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Protesters react to gunfire, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A police officer was shot in the evening. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines

Sep. 24, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism. The poll from The Associated...

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

Sep. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country. In...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Sep. 24, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber could also pass the $2 trillion-plus measure next week if talks fall...

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

Sep. 24, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday. The department...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court building on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

Sep. 24, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women’s rights. The president and first lady Melania Trump...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump lawyers: DA's fight for tax returns built on innuendo

Sep. 24, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the president's lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd...

FILE - This May 26, 2020 file photo shows an Official Democratic General Primary mail-in ballot and secrecy envelope, for the Pennsylvania primary in Pittsburgh. Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren't put in the proper envelope.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Democrats in Pa. scramble to limit number of 'naked ballots'

Sep. 24, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren't put in the proper envelope. The...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rejecting Trump, both parties' leaders see orderly election

Sep. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers were already turning to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the people. Congressional...

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promoting health care 'vision' in swing state NC

Sep. 24, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on preexisting medical conditions Thursday, amid a global pandemic and growing uncertainty about the future of protections guaranteed by the Obama-era health law his administration is still trying to overturn. In a visit to swing...

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., center, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

Sep. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and...

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FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  As the Trump administration moves toward antitrust action against search giant Google, it’s campaigning to enlist support from sympathetic state attorneys general across the country. And President Donald Trump is pushing his campaign against Big Tech on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, touting curbs on legal protections for social media platforms he denounces as biased against conservative views.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

Sep. 24, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday. The department...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Sep. 24, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber could also pass the $2 trillion-plus measure next week if talks fall...

Two men gather outside of Jefferson Square Park following protests over a lack of charges against Louisville police in Breonna Taylor's death, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Kentucky governor condemns shootings of officers

Sep. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 5:40 p.m. Kentucky’s governor has condemned the shooting of two Louisville police officers and is calling for protesters to be...

Idaho man sues over state's anti-sodomy law

Sep. 24, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man represented by a coalition of civil rights attorneys is suing the state's attorney general over Idaho's so-called “infamous crime against nature” law, which makes it illegal to have oral or anal sex. The man, who uses the pseudonym “John Doe,”...

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., center, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

Sep. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York.  U.S. stocks are swinging between losses and gains in Thursday, Sept. 24,  trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street’s tumultuous September.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US stocks end higher as market volatility continues

Sep. 24, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

Stocks eked out modest gains Thursday even as volatility continued to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% after earlier swinging between a loss of 0.9% and a gain of 1.3%. The market notched widespread gains, though technology stocks powered much of the...

Minnesota candidate's death triggers special House election

Sep. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota congressional race won't be decided in November after one of the candidates died, triggering a provision in state law that it be pushed to a special election in February, the secretary of state said. Adam Charles Weeks, of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, was running in the...

FILE - In this June 18, 2020, file photo a copy of

Bolton lawyers seek to question Trump officials over book

Sep. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo, The logo of the German car manufacturer BMW is visible at the headquarters during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany. BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its U.S. monthly sales numbers for five straight years. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 that the German luxury automaker kept a reserve of unreported sales that it drew on to meet monthly targets from 2015 to 2019.(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

BMW fined $18 million for inflating monthly US sales figures

Sep. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its monthly U.S. sales numbers for five straight years. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that the German luxury automaker kept a reserve of unreported sales that it drew on to meet monthly targets...

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promoting health care 'vision' in swing state NC

Sep. 24, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order on preexisting medical conditions Thursday, amid a global pandemic and growing uncertainty about the future of protections guaranteed by the Obama-era health law his administration is still trying to overturn. In a visit to swing...