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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2020, file photo, cars are driven past a billboard urging voters to vote

New Zealand votes to legalize euthanasia but not marijuana

Oct. 29, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders voted to legalize euthanasia in a binding referendum, but preliminary results released Friday showed they likely would not legalize marijuana. With about 83% of votes counted, New Zealanders emphatically endorsed the euthanasia measure with 65% voting in favor...

Woman goes to prison over powder sent to Sen. Susan Collins

Oct. 29, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A woman convicted of mailing a letter containing powder to the Maine home of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker imposed the sentence on Suzanne Muscara, 38, of Burlington, Maine. Muscara was convicted of mailing a...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after arriving at Pope Army Field for an event with troops at Fort Bragg, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Pope Field, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

Oct. 29, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump quietly met with U.S. Special Forces troops involved in last year’s raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump flew into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday for what...

New Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum

Oct. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum.
A person is handcuffed and detained by police at 55th and Pine Street, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia, after the citywide curfew had passed, two days after Walter Wallace Jr. was killed by police officers. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Police who shot Wallace were improperly trained, family says

Oct. 29, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The footage from body-worn cameras that was taken as police responded to a call about Walter Wallace Jr. shows him emerging from a house with a knife as relatives shout at officers about his mental health condition, a lawyer for the man's family said Thursday. The video also shows...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In pre-recorded remarks Wednesday to a business conference taking place in Vietnam, Pompeo says the U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U,S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting Hanoi on Friday...

Police work behind a restricted zone near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

Oct. 29, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The attack in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, A Walmart logo is attached to the outside of a Walmart store in Walpole, Mass. Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest” in some areas. The nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas,  sell firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at U.S. stores

Oct. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest" in some areas. The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. “We have seen some isolated civil...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, a judge blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Gun-rights groups said Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law. The judge agreed. Attorney General Dana Nessel pledged to appeal the judge’s decision with just days left until the election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Court won't back gun ban outside Michigan polling places

Oct. 29, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court, in a 3-0 order, declined to hear the case but noted that it's already illegal to intimidate voters or aggressively wave a gun...

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...