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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Vote will show Georgia as swing state or extend GOP control

Oct. 31, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The most competitive election cycle in decades could confirm Georgia as a swing state or leave Republicans still in control. After weeks of early balloting, voters on Tuesday will finish deciding whether the state awards its electoral votes to Democrat Joe Biden or again supports President...

In service-heavy Florida, minimum wage boost is on ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Joseph Gourgue wishes he could help out his children and grandchildren financially, but his $9 an hour wage as a wheelchair attendant at Orlando International Airport doesn't let him. Gourgue, 61, is hoping a gradual increase in Florida's minimum wage paves the way for him to be able...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has relied on massive arrests and intimidation tactics to hold on to power despite nearly three months of protests sparked by his re-election to a sixth term, but continuing protests have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

Oct. 31, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has...

New cars wait to be transported from a port Yantai in east China's Shandong province Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. China's manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

Chinese manufacturing expands in October but at slower pace

Oct. 31, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday. The Purchasing Managers' Index stood at 51.4, down from 51.5 the previous month, the agency announced....

A supporters of the United National Movement party holds an American national flag as he attends a parliamentary election campaign rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The parliamentary elections will take place in Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Georgians vote in hotly contested parliamentary elections

Oct. 31, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Voters in Georgia will cast ballots Saturday in a parliamentary election hotly contested between the governing party, founded by a billionaire, and an alliance around the country's ex-president who's in self-imposed exile in Ukraine — another former Soviet republic on the...

N. Carolina artists face fears, change tactics in pandemic

Oct. 31, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As she watched COVID-19 cancel Wilmington-area festivals earlier this year, Linda Callison started freaking out a little. Callison, a 60-year-old Wilmington-based artist, relies on venues like festivals and farmer’s markets to sell her work. Her jewelry business - called Out...

Vice President Mike Pence waves after speaking at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Vice president tries to woo voters in liberal Arizona cities

Oct. 30, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touched on the economy, tax cuts, abortion, religion and military service Friday in a wide-ranging appeal to voters in two Arizona counties that President Donald Trump lost in 2016. Pence's visits to the liberal cities of Flagstaff and Tucson came as both...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Trump pitches 'back to normal' as Biden warns of tough days

Oct. 30, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump dangled a promise to get a weary, fearful nation “back to normal” on Friday as he looked to campaign past the political damage of the devastating pandemic. It was a tantalizingly rosy pitch in sharp contrast to Democratic rival Joe...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo Sharon Hilliard speaks during an Assembly Insurance Committee hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Employment Development Department Director Hilliard announced Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, that she will retire at the end of the year. Hilliard, who has worked in state government for nearly 40 years, has led the department through the coronavirus pandemic, which saw an unprecedented number of people file for unemployment benefits. The agency has struggled to weed out fraud while keeping up with demand, leading to a backlog of more than 1 million cases. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)

California unemployment chief to retire amid claims backlog

Oct. 30, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of California's unemployment benefits department said Friday she will retire at the end of the year following an explosion of more than 15 million claims that overwhelmed the agency and resulted in months of frustrating delays for people who lost their jobs because of...