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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had...

Judge: SC cannot reject ballots due to mismatched signatures

Oct. 27, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election boards cannot reject voters’ ballots on the basis of mismatched signatures and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The temporary injunction comes after a...

Court to hear challenge to Minnesota mailed ballot extension

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday was set to hear a challenge to Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots after Election Day, which the Republican plaintiffs argue could lead to thousands of votes received after Nov. 3 being disqualified and the election being...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden says Trump turned 'crisis into a tragedy'

Oct. 27, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Joe Biden is telling Americans to “clear the decks for action” on everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the economy if he is elected president. In remarks at Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden went after...

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for votes during a rare weekend session to advance the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins votes against Barrett, heads home to save Senate job

Oct. 27, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When Republican Sen. Susan Collins had to vote on a Supreme Court justice in 2018, she deliberated under the spotlight for weeks, building suspense that ended with a dramatic floor speech. When she announced her support for President Donald Trump’s nominee, she triggered an...

In this image provided by the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Washington as Judge Barrett's husband, Jesse M. Barrett, holds the Bible. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

Oct. 27, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in Tuesday as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, her oath administered in private by Chief Justice John Roberts. Her first votes on the court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden greets Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, as he arrives with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, center, and sister Valerie Biden, right, at Columbus Airport in Columbus, Ga., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, to travel to Warm Springs, Ga. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden goes on offense in Georgia while Trump targets Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — One week until Election Day, Joe Biden went on offense Tuesday, heading to Georgia, which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992 and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago. The...

E. Jean Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse following a hearing in her defamation lawsuit against Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in New York. A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Judge: US can't replace Trump in accuser's defamation suit

Oct. 27, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit, which alleges he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s, was denied Tuesday by a federal judge. The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan came...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson throws a pass against Ohio State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King moved a change of plea hearing from June 18 to July 1, 2020, for Daniel Rippy. Rippy is accused of making an

1-year sentence for angry fan who made football game threat

Oct. 27, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A California man’s threats to harm college football players because they beat his favored team epitomized “fandom spiraled out of control,” something that can't be ignored in the age of mass shootings, a federal judge said Tuesday as he handed down a sentence of...

A man drops off his ballot for the 2020 General Election in the United States outside the Chester County Government Services Center, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

More than 3M in Pennsylvania apply for mail-in ballots

Oct. 27, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A week ahead of the Nov. 3 election, applications in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania for mail-in or absentee ballots have exceeded 3 million, with Tuesday the last day to request one. State data shows that, of those applications, more than 57% have been returned...