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FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Court: Late Minnesota absentee ballots must be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court, an appeals court panel said Thursday, in a ruling that puts the state's extended counting period at risk and sets the stage for post-election...

Vehicles line up as a healthcare workers help check people in as they are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'So frustrating': Grave missteps seen in US virus response

Oct. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A president who downplayed the coronavirus threat, scorned masks and undercut scientists at every turn. Governors who resisted or rolled back containment measures amid public backlash. State lawmakers who used federal COVID-19 aid to plug budget holes instead of beefing up testing and...

GOP campaigns asks that late absentee ballots be separated

Oct. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The campaigns for President Donald Trump and Republican state legislative candidates are petitioning the Minnesota Supreme Court to separate all mailed ballots received after Election Day in case of legal challenges to their validity. The petition filed Wednesday is the latest challenge...

With the U.S. Capitol dome visible, a voter drops a ballot into an early voting drop box, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Union Market in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election

Oct. 29, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes are tallied. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed — with the prospect of many more before and after Tuesday's voting — as both Democrats and Republicans...

FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3 election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash in final debate before Election Day

Oct. 28, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Wednesday night over attack ads, health care and the judiciary in their final debate before Election Day. Gideon, speaker of the Maine House, sought repeatedly to link Collins with Senate Majority Leader...

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Familiar refrain by Perdue, Ossoff in Georgia Senate debate

Oct. 28, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff battered each other Wednesday night with what has become the familiar refrains of their bitter race: Perdue repeatedly accused Ossoff of backing radical, socialist policies while Ossoff slammed Perdue's handling of the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to a gathering of supporters in Lawrenceburg, Ky., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Barrett confirmation rises as issue in Kentucky Senate race

Oct. 28, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a victory lap Wednesday for shepherding Amy Coney Barrett onto the U.S. Supreme Court, while his Democratic challenger questioned his priorities. Amy McGrath said the Republican should have done more to deliver more coronavirus aid to...

US Senate candidate Lewis out of hospital after 2-night stay

Oct. 28, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis of Minnesota was released from a hospital Wednesday afternoon following a two-night stay for emergency internal hernia surgery, the campaign said in a release. The statement said Lewis needed “a little time to fully recover” and...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2020, file photo, families of COVID-19 victims who died in New York nursing homes gather in front of Cobble Hill Heath Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, to demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to clusters in nursing homes during the pandemic. The Justice Department vastly expanded its inquiry into whether New York is undercounting the number of nursing home residents dead from the coronavirus, demanding the state turn over death tallies from hundreds of private facilities. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

Justice Department ramps up inquiry into NY care home deaths

Oct. 28, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department vastly expanded an inquiry Wednesday that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents, demanding detailed data from hundreds of private facilities. The demand ratchets up pressure on Democratic Gov. Andrew...

FILE - In this June 24, 2020 file photo, Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. A third-party congressional candidate told a close friend before he died that he had been recruited by Republicans to draw votes away from the Democratic incumbent, according to a published report Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The Star Tribune obtained a voicemail that Adam Weeks of the Legal Marijuana Now Party left for his friend, Joey Hudson, four weeks before Weeks died last month. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Even in death, pot candidate upends Minnesota US House race

Oct. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Weeks was never going to win Minnesota’s 2nd District seat in Congress, but the deceased Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate has had an outsized effect on the race. His death in September from an apparent accidental fentanyl overdose set off a legal battle over whether the...