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Woman goes to prison over powder sent to Sen. Susan Collins

Oct. 29, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A woman convicted of mailing a letter containing powder to the Maine home of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker imposed the sentence on Suzanne Muscara, 38, of Burlington, Maine. Muscara was convicted of mailing a...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after arriving at Pope Army Field for an event with troops at Fort Bragg, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Pope Field, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets troops involved in al-Baghdadi raid

Oct. 29, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump quietly met with U.S. Special Forces troops involved in last year’s raid to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump flew into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Thursday for what...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon speaks in front of newly replaced border wall sections Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. Top Trump administration officials will visit South Texas five days before Election Day to announce they have completed 400 miles of U.S.-Mexico border wall, attempting to show progress on perhaps the president's best-known campaign promise four years ago. But most of the wall went up in areas that already had smaller barriers. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Trump officials tout progress on border wall before election

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Top Trump administration officials visited Texas five days before Election Day to announce they have nearly completed 400 miles of U.S.-Mexico border wall, trying to show progress on perhaps the president's best-known campaign promise four years ago. While most of the wall went up in areas...

Democrats lose suit over Arizona redistricting panel list

Oct. 29, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Democratic leaders of the Arizona Legislature to disqualify two of five independents chosen by a judicial panel as potential chairs of a commission that will redraw political district boundaries next year. The lawsuit filed last week by House Minority Leader...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi, Trump administration trade blame over virus aid

Oct. 29, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The major players in Washington's COVID-19 relief blame game lobbed familiar volleys on Thursday, marking time in the days before an election that promises to change the landscape for talks that have dragged on for months without producing results. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, Alan Simpson, speaks in Washington, D.C. The family of the former Wyoming senator said he is in stable condition after suffering a stroke. The 89-year-old had a blood clot removed from an artery, which his son Colin Simpson said most likely caused the stroke on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Colin Simpson said Wednesday, Oct. 28 his father is coherent with good vital signs and was being evaluated for future risks at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., where he was hospitalized. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Former Wyoming US Sen. Alan Simpson recovering after stroke

Oct. 29, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is recovering at a Denver-area hospital after suffering a minor stroke earlier this week, his family said. Simpson, 89, was in good spirits with good vital signs at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood, his son, Colin Simpson, told...

Sandy Martinez begins filling in the first in-person ballot of the day at an early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Early voting centers opened Saturday across the state. In-person early voting extends for two weeks through Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Election regulator optimistic about New Mexico vote count

Oct. 29, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top election regulator said Thursday she is optimistic that an uncertified tally of votes can be accomplished statewide within one or two days after Election Day, amid a major shift toward voting by absentee ballots that take longer to tally. Secretary of State Maggie...

David Casey, with the Tulsa County Election Board, sets up makeshift voting booths at ONEOK Field, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Early voting begins across Oklahoma amid record turnout

Oct. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early in-person voting began Thursday across Oklahoma for an election that has already seen record turnout throughout the U.S. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at most of the 77 county election board offices on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In Tulsa,...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pelosi wants 'big' health care, infrastructure push in 2021

Oct. 29, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing a 2021 legislative agenda with two “great, big initiatives” — expanding health care access and rebuilding American infrastructure — that are longtime Democratic priorities aligned with Joe Biden’s platform and...

Tennessee's only open congressional race set to make history

Oct. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In northeastern Tennessee, two women have emerged as the top candidates vying for the state's only open congressional district in hopes of securing the seat that hasn't swung for a Democrat since the Civil War. First-time political candidates Republican Diana Harshbarger and...