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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

The Latest: Britain imposes monthlong lockdown to curb virus

Oct. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will start a monthlong lockdown next week. Johnson says the new measures will begin Thursday and last until Dec. 2. Non-essential shops must close and people can only leave home for a short list of reasons. Unlike the U.K.’s first...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the Beartooth Mountains glow in the morning light just after dawn southeast of Billings, Mont.   Democrats have sought to make public land protections a central issue in Montana and Colorado U.S. Senate races despite a GOP legislative win on the issue.(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Dems keep focus on public lands despite GOP legislative win

Oct. 31, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats seeking to pick up U.S. Senate seats in Montana and Colorado are falling back on a party playbook now familiar for the U.S. West: Paint their opponents as a threat to the public lands the two sprawling Rocky Mountain states are known for. The Republican incumbents appeared...

Honolulu proposes bills to increase public transport fares

Oct. 31, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation. Bill 89, introduced Thursday, would set up a fare structure for the city bus and the rail system and increases fares almost across the board. Bill 87 was introduced the same day and would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Oct. 31, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office. He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to...

FILE - This May 4, 2009 file photo shows Judge Robert Brutinel, a Yavapai County Superior Court judge, who was later appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court, in Phoenix. Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the additional of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, one of the stated expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey when he signed the expansion legislation into law. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five made the state high court less efficient because it now means two more justices and their law clerks review draft opinions before they're issued, current Brutinel said. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP, File)

2016 Arizona court expansion not seen as efficiency boost

Oct. 31, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the addition of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, which was one of the expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016 when he signed the expansion legislation. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather near the Lincoln Memorial as final preparations are made for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election

Oct. 31, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. It has been a slogan, a rallying point. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, New York state Senate members meet in the Senate Chamber on the opening day of the legislative session at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Democrats aren't in danger of losing their grip on Albany in Tuesday's election, but it could bring subtle shifts in a political landscape where Gov. Andrew Cuomo often calls the shots. Democrats could gain a veto-proof majority by winning just two more seats in the 63-seat Senate. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Democrats could cement wins, wield more influence with Cuomo

Oct. 31, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For all the drama around the 2020 election, one thing isn't at stake: Democratic control of New York's state legislature. But while the party isn't in danger of losing its grip on Albany, Tuesday's election could bring subtle shifts in a political landscape where Gov. Andrew Cuomo often...

Handful of races to set N. Carolina legislature rule, agenda

Oct. 31, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Control of the North Carolina General Assembly — which carries with it the leverage to shape current policies and draw district boundaries for the next decade — likely will come down to outcomes in about 15 closely contested House and Senate races. Democrats need to win...

FILE - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a coronavirus briefing in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  New Jersey will kick  off its open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act on Sunday, Nov. 1, debuting its state-based health care exchange and giving residents six extra weeks to sign up for coverage. (Anne-Marie Caruso/The Record via AP, Pool)

State debuts new state exchange for health open enrollment

Oct. 31, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey kicked off its open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act on Sunday, debuting its state-based health care exchange and giving residents six extra weeks to sign up for coverage. New Jersey this year is joining the District of Columbia and 14 other states in...