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Seattle Council to vote on policing change budget vetoes

Sep. 21, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council will take action Tuesday on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s vetoes of council bills meant to scale back the police department and ramp up community-led programs starting this year. The mayor may mostly get her way, The Seattle Times reported. With seven votes, the...

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont talks to Audrey Blondin, right, of Torrington, during a watch party for the Democratic National Convention at Dunkin' Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Latest: Connecticut forms advisory groups on vaccines

Sep. 21, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut is forming an advisory group to validate the safety of any coronavirus vaccines and how to distribute them to the public, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday. Lamont said the goals are to make sure the vaccines are not harmful, the public can have confidence in them and they are distributed...

Resident of veterans home tests positive for a 2nd time

Sep. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A resident of a veterans care center in Massachusetts has tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, state health officials announced Monday. “A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again...

Judge dismisses Trump challenge to Nevada mail voting law

Sep. 21, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law. The campaign, which has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules, had asked...

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Ginsburg's death exposes fragility of health law protection

Sep. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A week after the presidential election, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on an...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa. A federal judge on Monday, Sept. 14 struck down Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down, calling them unconstitutional. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt planned

Sep. 21, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, and lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly said they would try to override it. The Wolf administration’s limits on gatherings of...

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. With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the battleground state told counties that they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn't match the signature in the voter’s file. 
 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns

Sep. 21, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy...

Coloradans will vote on a 22-week abortion ban in November

Sep. 21, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Despite past failed attempts to ban or limit abortions in Colorado, anti-abortion advocates have another chance to win over voters with a November ballot measure that would ban the procedure after 22 weeks. The measure would make abortions illegal during the third trimester of pregnancy...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats unveil temporary funding bill to avert shutdown

Sep. 21, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House unveiled a government-wide temporary funding bill on Monday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December. The measure would prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month,...

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on SC mail ballots

Sep. 21, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the state...