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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

Oct. 26, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's choice to...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, coronavirus-themed Halloween decorations are displayed on a lawn in Tenafly, N.J. In a year when fear and death have commandeered front-row seats in American life, what does it mean to encounter Halloween, a holiday whose very existence hinges on turning fear and death into entertainment? (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The Latest: Ky. gov urges more care in hardest-hit counties

Oct. 26, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s governor is urging people in the state’s counties hit hardest by the pandemic to take stricter steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Andy Beshear stressed Monday that he is only offering recommendations — not mandates. Beshear says people...

Madison, Wis. residents Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city's City-County Building Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

High court won’t extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

Oct. 26, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day. In a 5-3 order, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, fans in Los Angeles celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the championship. A backlog in coronavirus testing results hid a recent rise in infections in Los Angeles County, the county's top health official said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, warning that fans gathering to watch recent championship sporting events may have increased the spread. (AP Photo/Jintak Han, File)

Lakers, Dodgers fans helping drive uptick in LA virus cases

Oct. 26, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

The success of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers are bringing fans together in the LA area and that may be helping drive an uptick in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County's top health official said Monday, The Lakers won the NBA championship two weeks ago and the Dodgers are one game away from winning the...

Panama's 2nd biggest Indigenous group votes to ban masks

Oct. 26, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A cultural body for the Guna Yala people in Panama voted Monday to ban the wearing of face masks used to combat coronavirus infections, arguing “it is not a custom of our people.” The measure would drop a requirement for masks in schools and forbid government officials...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

Oct. 26, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital. Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join...

ESPN won't hold college basketball events in Florida bubble

Oct. 26, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — ESPN won’t hold college basketball tournaments in a Florida bubble next month. In a statement Monday, ESPN Events said it had “set out to create a protected environment” in Orlando for teams set to compete in events it operates. Those plans changed due to...

FILE - In this May 16, 2007, file photo, a Taiwanese navy frigate launches a

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

Oct. 26, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just hours after Beijing announced sanctions on U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, the lead contractor on the Harpoon deal. “The United States...

Beshear urges stricter steps to curb virus in hard-hit areas

Oct. 26, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor urged counties hardest-hit by the COVID-19 surge to take stricter steps to contain the spread as the state's record-setting pace of virus cases continued Monday. Gov. Andy Beshear stressed he was offering recommendations — not mandates — as the state...

El Paso imposes curfew as virus cases overwhelm hospitals

Oct. 26, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals, prompting the state to dedicate part of the city's civic center as a makeshift care center for the ill. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego...