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A political display is set up in the lawn of a home on West Columbia Street in Mason, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.  Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with how mail-in voting works. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime

Sep. 19, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official. The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.” Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 19, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J.; author...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, Buildings in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are obscured due to the heavy smoke in the air from the wildfires burning south of the border. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting maps of recent wildfires in the Pacific Northwest show the fires stop abruptly at the Canadian border. Maps circulating on social media with this claim include only American data. Canada has its own fire mapping system, which shows there are fires burning in British Columbia, just north of the western U.S. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 18, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Maps of recent wildfires in the Pacific Northwest show the fires stop...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Michigan State wide receiver Julian Barnett (2) makes a catch in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and said it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 23-24.  (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Whitmer: Mask order applies to Big Ten, but may be changed

Sep. 17, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said Thursday her requirement that athletes wear masks applies to Big Ten football in Michigan, but a face shield will suffice for players and the administration is open to potentially changing the order. Her office said it will talk to the conference...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Sep. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

The Husker Hounds sports apparel store in Omaha, Neb., shows on television screens Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, a Big Ten virtual news conference to discuss the reopening of the football season. President Donald Trump was quick to spike the ball in celebration when the Big Ten announced the return of fall football at colleges clustered in some of the Midwest battleground states critical to his reelection effort. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

With Big Ten reversal, Trump aims to score in battlegrounds

Sep. 17, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was quick to spike the ball in celebration when the Big Ten announced the return of fall football at colleges clustered in some of the Midwest battleground states critical to his reelection effort, declaring, “I'm the one who got football back.” But...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Penn State running back Journey Brown (4) celebrates his third quarter touchdown run against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and said it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

Reverse: Big Ten will try to play fall football after all

Sep. 16, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

Players were pumped. Coaches were stoked. Fans seemed relieved. Even the president was pleased. The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference ran a reverse Wednesday and said it...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Whitmer said Wednesday, it practically does not make sense for Michigan to enforce coronavirus restrictions at President Donald Trump's reelection campaign rallies while also pointing to First Amendment freedoms. The Democratic governor has expressed safety concerns with several thousand attending a Trump rally in the Saginaw area last week, calling it a potential COVID-19 superspreader event. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer: No enforcement of virus rules at Trump rallies

Sep. 16, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that it is impractical for Michigan to try to enforce coronavirus restrictions at President Donald Trump's reelection campaign rallies, while also pointing to people's constitutional rights. Whitmer has expressed safety concerns with...

Supporters react as President Donald Trump speaks at a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump defies virus rules as 'peaceful protest' rallies grow

Sep. 15, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running as the “law and order” candidate. But that hasn't stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration’s coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground...

Supporters react as President Donald Trump speaks at a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump defies virus rules as 'peaceful protest' rallies grow

Sep. 14, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running as the “law and order” candidate. But that hasn't stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration’s coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground...