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Homeland Security whistleblower delays House testimony

Sep. 18, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whistleblower from the Department of Homeland Security who says he was pressured to suppress facts in intelligence reports says he won’t be able to testify before a House panel until the department gives him more access to “relevant information,” according to his...

An election official directs Jason Miller of Minneapolis to the check-in desk at the city's early voting center on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Miller was the first in line at the center in Minneapolis as early voting opened in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota begins early voting as candidates visit the state

Sep. 18, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The battleground state of Minnesota began voting in the presidential election on Friday as polling stations opened in every county and local officials began mailing out huge piles of absentee ballots to make voting safer amid the pandemic. Jason Miller, 33, a painter from Minneapolis,...

Judge: Michigan must count absentee ballots that arrive late

Sep. 18, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan, saying envelopes postmarked by the eve of the Nov. 3 election are eligible, even if they show up days later. The decision is significant in a state that is anticipating waves of absentee ballots...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2004, file photo, parliamentarians Goran Lennmarker, right, of Sweden and Stavros Evagorow, of Cyprus, observe the American voting process as voters cast their ballots at Robbinsdale City Hall in Robbinsdale, Minn. The two men are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Officials said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the security organization had drastically scaled back plans to send up to 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election, and now will deploy just 30. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

AP Exclusive: Pandemic shrinking Europe's monitor of US vote

Sep. 18, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

Europe’s largest security organization said Friday that it has drastically scaled back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election and now will deploy just 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...

Official tells AP that Europe will send 30 observers for US presidential vote instead of 500 because of the pandemic

Sep. 18, 2020 1:10 PM EDT
VIENNA (AP) — Official tells AP that Europe will send 30 observers for US presidential vote instead of 500 because of the pandemic.

Long lines accompany start of early voting in Virginia

Sep. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Lines of voters stretched hundreds deep in northern Virginia and other parts of the state on the first day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election. Friday marked the first day of early voting across the commonwealth. In past presidential elections, Virginia voters needed a...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to board a plane at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, en route to Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has backed Democratic presidential candidates for nearly half a century and rarely receives much attention during the final stages of the race. This is when campaigns typically focus their resources on more traditional swing states like Florida or Pennsylvania. But Minnesota...

FILE – In this April 28, 2020 file photo, Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio. A county judge ruled Tuesday, September 15, 2020 that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose's directive restricting counties to providing just one ballot drop box in November was

Ohio limit of 1 ballot drop box per county blocked, appealed

Sep. 18, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has temporarily blocked the Republican secretary of state’s order limiting counties in the critical presidential battleground to one ballot drop box, and the state and Republicans have appealed. A judge in Franklin County, home to the state capital, blocked the...

FILE - In this May 21, 2020 file photo, Gov. Wanda Vazquez, wearing a protective face mask amid the new coronavirus pandemic, attends a press conference, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vazquez announced Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, that she will place the U.S. territory on a 24-hour lockdown every Sunday as part of stricter measures to fight a spike in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

Puerto Rico getting funds for power grid 3 years after Maria

Sep. 18, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico is getting much of the money it needs to rebuild its power grid three years after it was wiped out by Hurricane Maria, the island territory's governor and the White House said Friday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $13 billion for reconstruction of the...

FILE - In this July 10, 2020 file photo, Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, attends a police-guarded ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. An official with Poland's conservative governing party said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that the the country's right-wing coalition government has collapsed. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Poland's senior right-wing party moving to govern alone

Sep. 18, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

An official with Poland's conservative governing party said Friday that the country's right-wing government coalition has collapsed, but other politicians talked of only a serious crisis. Marek Suski, a top lawmaker, said the Law and Justice party would continue to run Poland as a minority government, without...