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Wendy Caldwell-Liddell, left, who helped start Mobilize Detroit, a newly formed grassroots organization, talks to Margaret Roberts about voting in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are battling for support among Black voters across Michigan, and Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will be in the state on Tuesday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black voters in Detroit key for Biden, but are they engaged?

Sep. 22, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Wendy Caldwell-Liddell is tired of waiting for change in Detroit. The nation’s largest Black-majority city has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in the city. So when the...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is followed by reporters as she arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Collins is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it's the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Supreme Court vacancy rattles Susan Collins' Senate race

Sep. 22, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it’s the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It comes six...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang speaks at a press reception for his book on China's property market in Shanghai. Ren, who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in a corruption case, the government announced. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Critic of Chinese leader sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Sep. 21, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about...

Seattle police drop effort to get protest images from media

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department will withdraw a subpoena requiring five Seattle news organizations to give them unpublished news videos and photos taken during racial injustice demonstrations May 30 that investigators argued would help them solve arson and theft cases. In a motion filed with...

A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

Ross Chastain is introduced to the crowd before the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chastain snags Ganassi Cup ride in busy NASCAR free agency

Sep. 21, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ross Chastain snagged one of the coveted open Cup seats on Monday in a promotion at Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 next season. This year marks a particularly active free agency period with heavy turnover expected among a limited number of rides. The No. 42 Chevrolet at...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4. 2020 file photo taken from Kenosha County Court video, Jacob Blake answers questions during a hearing  in Kenosha, Wis. Wisconsin's attorney general planned to provide an update Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on the investigation into the police shooting of Blake, who was shot in the back by a white police officer last month, sparking days of protests. (Kenosha County Court via AP, File)

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

Sep. 21, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. The...

FILE - In this May 28, 1957, file photo, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, left, Rev. Robert S. Graetz, center, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talk outside the witness room during a bombing trial in Montgomery, Ala. Abernathy's church and home were bombed as well as the home of Graetz, who has an all-Black congregation. A wave of bombings took place after full integration on buses that resulted from the 13-month Montgomery Bus Boycott. Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery bus boycott, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He was 92. (AP Photo/File)

White minister who supported Montgomery bus boycott dies

Sep. 21, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Robert Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery bus boycott and who became the target of scorn and bombings for doing so, died Sunday. He was 92. Graetz died of complications of Parkinson’s disease at his home in Montgomery surrounded by his wife,...

Nevada governor won't punish county that held Trump rally

Sep. 21, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday that he does not plan to take back the $8.9 million in coronavirus relief that Nevada allocated to Douglas County, despite local officials agreeing to welcome President Donald Trump for a campaign rally in defiance of state pandemic directives. To...

Report: LAPD used facial recognition nearly 30,000 times

Sep. 21, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department has used facial-recognition software nearly 30,000 times since 2009 even while denying at times that it used the controversial technology at all, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The LAPD doesn't have its own face-scanning platform but uses the...