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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Judge says ending 2020 census on Oct. 5 violates her order

Sep. 29, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday said a revised Oct. 5 date the U.S. Commerce Department picked to end the 2020 census may violate an order she issued last week that cleared the way for the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh suggested she would be open...

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks over to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as they meet with on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show

Sep. 29, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett his Supreme Court nominee more than a week ago at the White House — and she accepted, according to formal paperwork submitted to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearings. Barrett tells the Senate Judiciary...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate advances bill to fund government into December

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fund the federal government cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers sought to accomplish the bare minimum before they depart Washington to campaign — preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins. The measure to keep the government running...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks off stage after giving a speech on the Supreme Court at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden releases 2019 taxes as pre-debate contrast with Trump

Sep. 29, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden paid nearly $288,000 in federal income taxes last year, according to returns he released just hours before his Tuesday night debate with President Donald Trump. The move came following a report from The New York Times that Trump paid just $750 in...

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

Sep. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move to clamp down on use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths. The “Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act”...

FILE - In this May 24, 2020, file photo, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant prepares a plane bound for Orlando, Fla. for takeoff at Kansas City International airport in Kansas City, Mo. About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday, Oct. 1, unless Congress comes up with another aid package. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

Sep. 29, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. In a few days, he’ll be among roughly 40,000 airline workers whose jobs are likely to evaporate in an industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Unless Congress acts to help for a second time, United...

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Minnesota congresswoman sues to decide race in November

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order requiring that the November election in her congressional race be held as scheduled instead of being delayed until February under a Minnesota law that was triggered when a third-party candidate died. Craig, who is seeking a second...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, John Keeler, Vice President and General Counsel for Spectacle Entertainment, addresses the members of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis. Keeler has been indicted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, on federal charges of illegally funneling campaign contributions to a former state lawmaker's unsuccessful congressional campaign. (Doug McSchooler/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Indiana casino executive charged in illegal campaign scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One top executive of an Indiana casino company that is building a new $400 million casino in Gary has been indicted and another has left his position following a lengthy federal investigation into allegations that corporate money was illegally funneled to a former state...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, waits to speak in a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. A pair of new high-profile endorsements are adding fuel to an already contentious special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Former Gov. Nathan Deal has endorsed Republican Rep. Doug Collins in his bid to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a fellow Republican. Former president Jimmy Carter endorsed Democrat Raphael Warnock in the race. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Pair of endorsements adds more fuel to Georgia Senate race

Sep. 29, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A pair of new high-profile endorsements are adding fuel to an already contentious special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Former Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed Republican Rep. Doug Collins on Monday, backing his bid to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a fellow Republican. That puts Deal on...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the Supreme Court at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump's Midwest obstacles

Sep. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scott Brennan stood powerless in the Iowa Democratic Party's war room in the wee hours of Feb. 4 as efforts to report 2020's first presidential caucuses results failed spectacularly. But the Des Moines lawyer had been worried for years. He had been the Iowa Democratic chairman when...