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Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came...

US officials call out Iran, Russia for election interference

Oct. 21, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, U.S. officials said Wednesday night in calling out both Tehran and Russia for activities meant to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The announcement at a rare news conference...

Former President Barack Obama speaks at Citizens Bank Park as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Matt Slocum)

In rebuke of Trump, Obama urges voters to show up for Biden

Oct. 21, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former President Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his response to racial unrest and his fundamental unfitness for the job in his first in-person campaign pitch Wednesday for Joe Biden, his former vice president. With less than...

Mock debaters perform onstage as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate at Belmont University, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Face to face: Trump, Biden to meet for final debate

Oct. 21, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. Worried about losing the White...

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)

If Google's a monopoly, who is harmed by its market power?

Oct. 21, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

Google has long defended itself against charges of monopoly by stressing that its products are free and that no one has to use them. And it's avoided tough government scrutiny for years based in part on the idea that people searching the internet are not Google’s true customers. We’re its product....

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, clinical research coordinator Tammy Lewis-McCauley administers an injection to Katelyn Evans, a trial participant, as part of the hospital’s clinical trial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via AP)

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Oct. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year. Older adults may be most vulnerable to the coronavirus, but ending the pandemic will...

Medical Assistant Casey Garrison inputs patient information on a form at the drive-thru coronavirus testing at a respiratory clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March.(Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Oct. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Pope Francis listens to a priests introducing the group of faithful attending the weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Divided reactions in US as pope backs same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said Wednesday that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence,...

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US officials call out Iran, Russia for election interference

Oct. 21, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, U.S. officials said Wednesday night in calling out both Tehran and Russia for activities meant to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The announcement at a rare news conference...

Health Commissioner at Summit County Department of Health Donna Skoda, left, explains the process of testing at a COVID-19 testing site at Chapel Hill Mall on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small, from Idaho to Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

The Latest: Pandemic straining hospitals in northern Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Health officials in Idaho say people with COVID-19 in the northern part of the state soon may have to be sent for treatment in Seattle or Portland, Oregon, because the region’s hospitals are nearing capacity. Kootenai Health said in a statement Wednesday that its hospital is...

Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Oct. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon rapidly gained major hurricane strength on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to skirt east of Bermuda in the coming day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. The Category 3 storm is packing top sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and Bermuda remains under a tropical storm...

Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a new Republican-backed law that could bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications. The 4-3 ruling means that voters who want to cast mail-in...

Mock debaters perform onstage as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate at Belmont University, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Face to face: Trump, Biden to meet for final debate

Oct. 21, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. Worried about losing the White...

Dell Weston, left, holds out his hands to receive hand sanitizer from a poll worker at the fair grounds early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Weston, a retired artist and metalworker, said he's a Republican plans to vote for Trump. He came for a sample ballot so that he could research down-ballot candidates and issues before he votes in person in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Watchdog group cites interference at polls in Latino areas

Oct. 21, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights group says that caravans of flag-waving President Donald Trump supporters appeared to obstruct and intimidate voters at two polling location in predominantly ethnic-minority neighborhoods last weekend in the Albuquerque area. Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director...

Son of ex-U of Nebraska official accused of sexual assault

Oct. 21, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 21-year old Nebraska man previously convicted of child pornography charges is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at a sleepover three years ago, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Jack Eichorst, son of University of Nebraska's former athletic director Shawn...

Kentucky Democrats outpace Republicans in absentee voting

Oct. 21, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democrats have cast absentee ballots at more than twice the rate as Republicans, but more GOP voters are turning out for early in-person voting, according to voting figures. Through Tuesday, more than 282,400 Democrats statewide had returned absentee ballots, compared with...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The governor is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 — nearly double. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer: Michigan at 'dangerous moment' as virus cases spike

Oct. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Wednesday that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. The number of COVID-19 cases had been gradually rising...

Canada avoids snap election after Parliament vote

Oct. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Justin Trudeau's Liberal government avoided being toppled in a confidence vote Wednesday after a majority of Parliament members voted against a Conservative motion to create a special anti-corruption committee The Liberal government had declared the motion to be a matter of confidence....