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FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, Amy McGrath, a candidate for the Democratic nomination to U.S. Senate, speaks to people during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky. One of Kentucky’s most unpredictable political races in years is headed toward a possible photo finish Tuesday. That's when results from the primary will be announced after a week of counting absentee ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Early results showed progressive candidate Charles Booker and establishment-backed McGrath almost neck-and-neck as of late Monday afternoon. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

McGrath tries to turn McConnell's seniority into liability

Sep. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath tried to turn Mitch McConnell’s Senate seniority into a liability Wednesday, accusing the Republican leader of helping to create an “inept mess” as Congress struggles to break an impasse on more coronavirus aid in a hyper-partisan...

An elderly couple wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walks at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

Sep. 12, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Domestic air travel in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say. The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after meeting with Senate Republicans, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

McConnell clashes with McGrath over 9/11 comments

Sep. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath battled over an ad reviving her reference to the tragedy. The exchange was sparked by the latest ad from McConnell's...

U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath speaks to people during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky., Monday, June 22, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Democrat McGrath assails McConnell's leadership on virus

Sep. 8, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic candidate Amy McGrath laid the mounting toll of coronavirus cases in the U.S. at the feet of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday while declaring that the country needs people in power who “take responsibility again." During a campaign event...

Marylou Ligier takes a to-go order to a patron at her family's restaurant and pastry shop Clafoutis on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An outdoor tent, seen in the reflection of a pastry case, was installed three weeks ago in the parking lot after indoor seating was banned due to COVID-19. Ligier says the tent rental costs thousands of dollars each month, nearly amounting to a second mortgage. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico sees lowest new case number in months

Sep. 7, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials are reporting 46 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus — the lowest daily number in the state since early April. The new cases announced Monday bring the state’s total to 26,144. State health officials also said four more people have died from...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 4, 2019 file photo, Flavien Prat on Country House, third from right, races against Luis Saez on Maximum Security, right, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Maximum Security finished first but was disqualified. The fastest two minutes in sports will also be the quietest in Kentucky Derby history. Churchill Downs scraped plans earlier this month for 23,000 physically distanced, masked fans to attend Saturday's rescheduled Tripled Crown race due to the rise in coronavirus cases. It will be the first time spectators will not be allowed to attend the race.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Kentucky's governor will watch Derby from home this year

Sep. 1, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — For Kentucky governors, it's a coveted perk — presenting the trophy to the Kentucky Derby winner as a huge national television audience watches. But Gov. Andy Beshear says he won't be in the winner's circle Saturday with the triumphant owners at Churchill Downs. Instead, the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters during a visit to the Boundary Oak Distillery in Radcliff, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell chides mayors for response to destructive protests

Sep. 1, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chided some big-city mayors Tuesday for showing a reluctance to “enforce the law" when ongoing protests turn destructive. The Kentucky Republican also said police agencies deserve respect, but acknowledged there are “a...

McConnell rips McGrath, other Democrats at campaign forum

Aug. 31, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made an enthusiastic pitch Monday for Republican candidates on the ballot nationally, pointing to the pre-coronavirus economy and the appointment of conservative judges while saying Joe Biden would not be able to resist Democrats' leftward...

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speaks during the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Kentucky AG has received ballistics in Breonna Taylor case

Aug. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general has received a long-awaited FBI ballistics report in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron tweeted Sunday that there is additional analysis needed now that the report is in his hands, and there would be no...

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., center, and others, are escorted by Metropolitan Police after attending President Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the White House, Thursday night , Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington, after a crowd had enveloped Paul as he left the event and demanded that he acknowledge police shooting victim Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

Sen. Paul complains about 'angry mob' encounter after RNC

Aug. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul, who was surrounded by screaming protesters when he and his wife left President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech at the White House, claimed without evidence on Friday that he had been “attacked by an angry mob” of the type that...