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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is shown while meeting with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)

Trump thrusts Supreme Court pick into election turmoil

Sep. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s stark expectation that the Supreme Court will intervene to “look at the ballots” in what he calls a rigged election casts new questions Wednesday on the Senate’s rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat before Nov....

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020 file photo, members of the Proud Boys, including leader Enrique Tarrio, second from left, gesture and cheer on stage as they and other right-wing demonstrators rally in Portland, Ore. President Donald Trump didn't condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer. Instead, he said the violence is a “left-wing

Trump to far-right extremists: 'Stand back and stand by'

Sep. 30, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.” “Almost everything I...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Trump press contrasts in Midwest after debate chaos

Sep. 30, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden kept up their debate-stage clash from afar on Wednesday as they competed for working-class voters in the Midwest, while elected officials in both parties — and the debate commission, too — sought to deal with the most chaotic...

Judge approves $800M Las Vegas shooting settlement

Sep. 30, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Nevada has approved a total of $800 million in payouts from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in recent U.S. history. Clark County District Court Judge Linda...

A Portland Police officer watches protesters rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner)

Portland asks US to rescind deputization of city police

Sep. 30, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland has asked U.S. officials to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers in Oregon's largest city as part of the response to ongoing protests in the city. Mayor Ted Wheeler said late Tuesday that he had “asked the U.S. attorney’s office...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as President Donald Trump walks onto stage for the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)

Debate commission says it will make changes to format

Sep. 30, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The presidential debate commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. The commission said Wednesday the debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to...

Members of the royal guard wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus ride towards the foreign ministry in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Spanish capital and its suburbs, the region in Europe where a second coronavirus wave is expanding by far the fastest, are edging closer to stricter mobility curbs and limits on social gatherings after days of a political row that has angered many Spaniards. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Political dispute deepens over anti-outbreak plan for Madrid

Sep. 30, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A proposal to set national standards for fighting coronavirus outbreaks in Spain's large cities was accepted Wednesday by most of the country's regions but rejected by Madrid, where Europe's second coronavirus wave is expanding at the fastest rate on the continent. The rejection of the...

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a tax bill and continuing resolution to fund the government, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump’s true financial picture has gotten renewed scrutiny in the wake of a New York Times report in September 2020 that he declared hundreds of millions in losses in recent years, allowing him to pay just $750 in taxes the year he won the presidency, and nothing for 10 of 15 years before that. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A lesson from Trump taxes: An underfunded IRS is outmatched

Sep. 30, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations of President Donald Trump’s near-zero federal income tax payments have underscored the ability of wealthy individuals with high-priced lawyers to outmatch an IRS that has long been understaffed and underfunded. A result is that the IRS has tended to pursue taxpayers of...

Former Montana GOP governor Marc Racicot voting for Biden

Sep. 30, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launch of the Mining and Development Program, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil president calls Biden's Amazon comments 'disastrous'

Sep. 30, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday attacked U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying that the South American nation should suffer “significant economic consequences” if devastation of the Amazon rainforest continues. Biden said during...