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Voters line up in front of the Yonkers Public Library in Yonkers, N.Y., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 as the first day of early voting in the presidential election begins across New York state. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News via AP)

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage

Oct. 25, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days. The opening of early voting locations in Florida, Texas and...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump aide: 'We're not going to control the pandemic'

Oct. 25, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declared: “We’re not going to control the pandemic.” Officials on...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. About half of U.S. states have seen their highest daily infection numbers so far at some point in October, and the country came very close to back-to-back record daily infection rates last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fear and anxiety spike in virus hot spots across US

Oct. 25, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. The South Salt Lake City, Utah, woman can’t work at her special education job due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not...

FILE - This Wednesday July 1, 2020, file photo shows workers preparing to remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Devon Henry, whose company handled the summer removals of Richmond's Confederate monuments, spoke with The Associated Press about navigating safety concerns for himself and his crew and previously unreported complexities of the project. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

Oct. 25, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest. An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for...

A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Mon

Oct. 25, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters Saturday Oct. 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama all had high-profile events in the state. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

Oct. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House says. Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president”...

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m. ET). (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR via AP)

New storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

Oct. 25, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Newly formed Tropical Storm Zeta gradually strengthened Sunday in the western Caribbean and forecasters said it would likely become a hurricane before hitting Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and the U.S. Gulf Coast in coming days. Zeta was the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm...

This surveillance image provided by the Boston Police Department shows a man approaching a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library, early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in downtown Boston. Massachusetts election officials say a fire was set at the ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a “deliberate attack.

FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

Oct. 25, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack,” now under investigation by the FBI. The fire that was set around 4 a.m. in a ballot drop box outside the Boston Public Library...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, accompanied by other members of the clergy, leaves St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Black D.C. archbishop's rise marks a historic moment

Oct. 25, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice. Gregory’s ascension, announced on Sunday...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 Series lead

Oct. 26, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw’s glittering career lacked two of the most satisfying accomplishments: a win deep in the World Series and a championship ring. He took the mound Sunday night with the Los Angeles Dodgers shaken, and Kershaw steadied his team with a gritty performance, plus one...

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FILE - In this March, 10, 2015, file photo, New Mexico state Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria speaks during the Senate Public Affairs Committee at the state Capital in Santa Fe, N.M. On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, Candelaria said he received anonymous threatening telephone messages shortly after publicly criticizing a political demonstration that took place outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. (Luke E. Montavon/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP, File)

New Mexico legislator flees home after threats received

Oct. 26, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state senator says he received anonymous threatening telephone messages after publicly criticizing people for gathering without masks at a political demonstration outside the state Capitol, and that he fears for his safety. State Sen. Jacob Candelaria said Sunday that he received a...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 Series lead

Oct. 26, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw’s glittering career lacked two of the most satisfying accomplishments: a win deep in the World Series and a championship ring. He took the mound Sunday night with the Los Angeles Dodgers shaken, and Kershaw steadied his team with a gritty performance, plus one...

Mohammad Ikram plays snooker with his chin at a local snooker club in Samundri town, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Ikram, 32, was born without arms, but everyone simply admires his snooker skills when he hits the cue ball with his chin and pots a colored ball on a snooker table. He lives in a remote rural town of Punjab province and his physical disability doesn't come in his way to fulfill his childhood dream of playing the game of snooker. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

No arms, no issue for Pakistan snooker player Mohammad Ikram

Oct. 26, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

SAMUNDRI, Pakistan (AP) — Mohammad Ikram leans over the snooker table, his face at almost touching distance behind the white ball as he assesses his options, then knocks it with his bearded chin. At the other end of the table a moment later, a red ball sinks into the corner pocket. With a twist of the...

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha delivers a speech during the special session at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Thailand's Parliament began a special session Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister's resignation. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai parliament opens special session over protest tensions

Oct. 26, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Parliament began a special session Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister's resignation. As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session,...

Residents on a motorcycle negotiate a flooded road due to Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Typhoon displaces thousands, floods villages in Philippines

Oct. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties from Typhoon Molave, but authorities reported at...

14-year-old boy is arrested in death of his mother in Marana

Oct. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death of his mother at a home in Marana, according to authorities. Pima County Sheriff's officials said the teenager was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder. His name wasn't being released because he’s a juvenile. Sheriff’s...

S.C. county's longest-serving volunteer firefighter retires

Oct. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WAMPEE, S.C. (AP) — James Hodge says he’s getting more sleep nowadays, even though he’s usually out of his house by 5:30 a.m. The school bus driver sleeps uninterrupted now, but for 40 years he was woken up in the middle of the night by a series of loud beeps. Within minutes he’d be at...

FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. On Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by the mothers’ opioid use. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

New guidelines address rise in opioid use during pregnancy

Oct. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use. The number of affected women and infants has increased in recent years but they often don’t get effective treatment, and the...

Candy shop owner recalls being stranded in India amid virus

Oct. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Sarah Taravath hates to fly. She once drove a rental car back from Colorado to avoid a return flight. In 43 years, Taravath has only been on a handful of such in-country visits. “I feel like I missed out on a lot of opportunities,” Taravath said. “Conferences,...

Today in History

Oct. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 300th day of 2020. There are 66 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 26th, 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. On this date: In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie...