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FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway during a women's rights campaign in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her son, Salah al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, is set to go on trial Thursday in a court established to try terrorism cases in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on charges related to alleged social media posts criticizing the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

Sep. 30, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden says he would represent all Americans

Sep. 30, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local): 1 p.m. Democrat Joe Biden is talking to voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania as he takes a train tour of those states a day after his debate clash with President Donald Trump. At a stop in Alliance, Ohio, Biden pledged that if he...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Carla Shrive, right, who drives for various gig companies, joined other drivers to support a proposed ballot initiative challenging a recently signed law that makes it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors, in Sacramento, Calif. A battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and big labor could become the most expensive ballot measure on Nov. 3, 2020, in California history. Voters are being asked to decide via Proposition 22 whether to create an exemption to a new state law aimed at providing wage and benefit protections to Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on app-based drivers

Sep. 30, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians are being asked decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees. The battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and labor unions including the...

UConn deficit could be as high as $109 million amid pandemic

Sep. 30, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Budget cuts, furloughs and more state aid will be needed to address coronavirus-related losses in revenue at the University of Connecticut, the school's chief financial officer said Wednesday. The school estimates it will end the fiscal year next June with a deficit of $76 million,...

Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Atlanta. The Georgia state lawmaker and nine others arrested while protesting at the state Capitol in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections have filed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit further enforcement of the law cited in their arrest. Williams was among 15 people arrested in November 2018 while calling for uncounted ballots to be tallied. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020 against a dozen Department of Public Safety officers says the law in question is unconstitutional and overly broad. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, file)

Lawmaker, others sue over protest arrest after 2018 election

Sep. 30, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

A Georgia state lawmaker and nine others arrested while protesting at the state Capitol in the wake of the 2018 midterm elections have filed a lawsuit seeking to prohibit further enforcement of the law cited in their arrest. Democratic State Sen. Nikema Williams was among 15 people arrested in November 2018 while...

The new Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, center, performs the constitutional oath at the Kuwaiti National Assembly in Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Kuwait's Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. (AP Photo/Jaber Abdulkhaleg)

Sheikh Nawaf sworn in as Kuwait's new ruling emir

Sep. 30, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait’s Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in before parliament Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services. At age 83, Sheikh Nawaf is not...

Republicans don't want Bucks, Brewers at early voting sites

Sep. 30, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party warned Milwaukee's chief elections official that it would be illegal for any Milwaukee Bucks or Brewers players or mascots, including the Brewers' famous racing sausages, to participate in early voting events planned at their stadiums in...

Indiana school coronavirus tracker expected to be released

Sep. 30, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials are expected to release to the public a new online tool Wednesday designed to help track coronavirus cases in Indiana schools. The step comes as state health officials on Wednesday added 20 more COVID-19 deaths to the state’s pandemic toll. The newly recorded...

Colorado voters will be able to fix ballot issues via text

Sep. 30, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is testing a texting program that will allow voters to fix any issues with their ballots before the November election. The program is being rolled out statewide by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold's office, the Denver Post reported Wednesday. Voters can fix issues with...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 30, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 28 The Times and Democrat on violence against women: For a society that professes to celebrate women, disturbing realities remain. A national survey in 2019 concluded that one in 16 U.S. women say their first sexual experience was forced or coerced...