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Montana judge grants petition to change offensive lake name

Oct. 28, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has granted a petition to rename a small lake near Whitefish because its name includes an offensive term referring to a Black person. District Judge Dan Wilson approved the petition Tuesday to change the name of “Lost Coon Lake” to “Lost Loon...

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...

Jane McDow walks with her dog 'Duke' along the Lake Pontchartrain seawall in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall this afternoon as a category 2 storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hurricane Zeta speeds toward a storm-weary Louisiana

Oct. 28, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta sped toward storm-weary Louisiana on Wednesday with New Orleans squarely in its path, threatening to push up to 9 feet of sea water inland and batter homes and businesses with fierce winds in a Gulf Coast region already hit by multiple storms during a historically busy...

Michael Sampson poses for photo at Friendship Fountain in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Sampson cofounded the Jacksonville Community Action Committee to help drive change in a city emerging from its Confederate past. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

In Florida's Old South, a new political battleground emerges

Oct. 28, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The farther north you go in Florida, the saying goes, the deeper South you'll get. For generations, the Old South flourished in Duval County, a sprawling metropolis on the state's northern Atlantic coast that is home to Jacksonville and was once a reliable bastion of Republican...

Supporters of President Donald Trump wait for his arrival for a campaign rally Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Trump admires roaring jet flying by Ariz. rally

Oct. 28, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 4:25 p.m. President Donald Trump paused a campaign speech in the battleground state of Arizona to admire what he identified as a fighter jet flying by. Trump said Wednesday as the jet roared by his rally in Bullhead City:...

A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are under increasing strain. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

Oct. 28, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through financial...

Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86. Di Prima's longtime partner Sheppard Powell told The Associated Press that di Prima had been in failing health and...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks before President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Florida man charged with changing governor's voting address

Oct. 28, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis couldn't initially cast his ballot this week because someone illegally changed his address online, a complication that resulted in a suspect's arrest on felony charges and raised questions about the security of the state’s online registration...

Man gets 4 years in prison in plot to bribe Russian official

Oct. 28, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland businessman convicted of plotting to pay a Russian official more than $1.5 million in bribes to get lucrative contracts for transporting uranium was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison. Mark Lambert, a former co-president and part-owner of Transportation...

Barrett confirmation rises as issue in Kentucky Senate race

Oct. 28, 2020 4:22 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...