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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden holds his face mask during a rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden looks to restore, expand Obama administration policies

Oct. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. Joe Biden is promising to take the country on a very different path from what it has seen over the past four years under President Donald Trump, on issues ranging from the coronavirus and health care to the environment, education and more. The Democratic presidential nominee...

A woman casts her vote during presidential election in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Tens of thousands of security forces deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term illegal. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Ivory Coast votes for president amid opposition boycott

Oct. 31, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Tens of thousands of security forces deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term illegal. In the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, voters lined up to cast...

This August 2018 photo provided by Jake Thompson shows Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by law enforcement in Clark County, Wash., on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The Clark County Sheriff's office has not released any details on the Thursday evening shooting. (Jake Thompson via AP)

Police shooting of Black man near Portland raises tension

Oct. 31, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The shooting of a Black man by law enforcement in Washington state threatened to increase tensions around Portland, Oregon, where protesters against racial injustice have clashed repeatedly with right-wing groups. Friends and family identified the dead man as Kevin E. Peterson Jr.,...

UN defeats Russia resolution promoting women at peace tables

Oct. 30, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council defeated a Russian resolution Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a U.N. measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace, with opponents objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur. Mahathir said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, he is disgusted because his comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of context

Oct. 30, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad stood by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying Friday that they were taken out of context and criticizing Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in a hanger at General Mitchell International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden: I've learned from Clinton campaign errors

Oct. 30, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Joe Biden says he has learned from the mistakes that Hillary Clinton's campaign made four years ago in the Midwest. At an event Friday in Milwaukee, Biden recounted campaigning for Clinton in 2016 and added, “For...

Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison, left, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, right, write notes as they prepare to debate on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. As he has before, Harrison brought a plexiglass barrier to separate him from Graham. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC's Graham, Harrison clash on criminal justice, health care

Oct. 30, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the Friday night before Election Day, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison met in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia for their second and final debate, clashing over issues related to criminal justice reform, health care and political...

In this. Oct. 8, 2020 image from video provided by the 36th District Court in Detroit, Jacob Wohl, left, and Jack Burkman, shown in the center left photo, are seen during an arraignment being conducted over Zoom in Detroit. The men were arraigned on voter intimidation charges for robocalls designed to scare people from voting in four states. In compliance with a New York judge's order on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, nearly 30,000 recipients of those robocalls received new court-ordered calls on Friday, Oct. 30, saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters. (36th District Court/Zoom via AP)

Court-ordered robocalls sent to 'electoral terror' victims

Oct. 30, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 30,000 recipients of what a judge described as “electoral terror” robocalls designed to scare people from voting in four states including Ohio and Pennsylvania received new court-ordered calls Friday saying the earlier call had false information that intimidated voters....

Tim McVean, 38, poses for a photo at a ballot drop-off location in Minneapolis after handing his ballot to election officials on Friday Oct. 30, 2020. McVean said he decided to drop off his ballot in-person after learning of an appeals court ruling Thursday evening that indicated mail-in ballots received after Election Day may not be counted. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ibrahim)

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

Oct. 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court’s ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would...

FILE - This Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, shows as  logo of a smartphone app TikTok on a user post on a smartphone screen in Tokyo. Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it’s made a deal with TikTok enabling merchants to create “shoppable” video ads that drive customers to online stores. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Judge postpones Trump's TikTok ban in suit brought by users

Oct. 30, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

A federal judge has postponed President Donald Trump's threatened shutdown of the popular short-form video app TikTok, siding with a Pennsylvania comedian and two other TikTok creators who say Trump's order hampers their free speech. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone on Friday blocked an upcoming Commerce...