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Police: Girl killed by gunfire during birthday party in Ohio

Aug. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed during a backyard birthday party for a teenager at an Ohio home, authorities said. Akron police said several shots were fired shortly before midnight Friday in the Sherbondy Hill neighborhood. The 8-year-old was found wounded and was taken to Akron...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus, waves toward his supporters in Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Turkey's health minister says the number of new COVID-19 infections Saturday has hit its highest in 45 days and announced 1,256 new cases.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey's daily virus infection rate at highest in 45 days

Aug. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 infections in Turkey hit its highest level in 45 days on Saturday, the country's health minister said as he announced 1,256 new cases. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the number of seriously ill patients, mostly with underlying medical...

A woman cries holding a poster showing a photo of a protester beaten by police in a hospital, during a rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at the spot in Belarus' capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Belarus leader says Russia willing to help counter protests

Aug. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Belarus took to the streets again Saturday to demand that the country's authoritarian leader resign after a presidential vote they called fraudulent. In response, the president declared that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had agreed to provide security...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida records another 200 deaths from the coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials reported an additional 204 deaths from the coronavirus Saturday, pushing the state's reported COVID-19 death toll to nearly 9,500. Since the start of the pandemic five months ago, nearly 570,000 Floridians have become infected. On Saturday, state health officials...

Israel condemns UN Security Council's vote on Iran embargo

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Saturday condemned the U.N. Security Council's decision not to renew a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, saying the decision would encourage Iranian aggression in the Middle East. The 15-member council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Post Office warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

A statue of Febb Ensminger Burn and her son, Harry Burn, stands in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 3, 2020. Women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Heeding mom, Tennessee lawmaker helped women gain the vote

Aug. 15, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

One hundred years ago this month, women in the United States were guaranteed the right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment — secured by a 24-year-old Tennessee legislator's decisive vote, cast at the bidding of his mother. Harry T. Burn's surprise move set the stage for decades of slow but...

In this photo made available by the West Virginia's governor's office, Vice President Mike Pence, left, meets with Gov. Jim Justice at Justice's resort, The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., to discuss the coronavirus and a fundraiser for the Trump-Pence campaign. (Office of the Governor via AP)

Pence visits West Virginia governor's Greenbrier resort

Aug. 15, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's resort, The Greenbrier, on Saturday to congratulate the governor, a fellow Republican, on his response to the coronavirus. Pence pledged to make sure West Virginia continues to have the resources it...

Police keep marchers off major Chicago expressway

Aug. 15, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

A march that could have snarled traffic on Chicago's South Side on Saturday turned out to be a lot less disruptive than expected when police kept protesters off of the major expressways into the city they'd hoped to walk onto. The march that was called to protest police brutality followed a route on a roadway...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...