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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, 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-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots as Democrats had...

President Donald Trump talks with the traveling press as first lady Melania Trump waits near Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. They flew together on Marine One to Andrews Air Force Base but are traveling on different planes to campaign separately. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Melania Trump makes 1st solo 2020 campaign trip

Oct. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Melania Trump is slamming Joe Biden, Democrats and the media as she campaigns for her husband in Pennsylvania. In her first solo appearance of the presidential campaign, Mrs. Trump says Democrats focused on a...

US land agency sued over plans for southwest Colorado

Oct. 27, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn a land use plan for southwestern Colorado approved under the tenure of a Trump administration official who was later removed from a leadership post by court order. Representatives of the Sierra Club and other groups said in a lawsuit...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden vows unity can 'save this country'; Trump hits Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

WARM SPRINGS, Ga (AP) — Joe Biden traveled to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio on Tuesday to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises, pledging to be the unifying force who can "restore our soul and save this...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, Democrat House Minority Leader Paul Thissen listens listens as top lawmakers met with the media at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Thissen is facing voters for the first time since his appointment in 2018. Challenging him is frequent candidate Michelle MacDonald, who is making her fourth bid for a seat on a court that has disciplined her before over professional conduct, and could impose new restrictions on her law license. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Important Minnesota high court race sits on back of ballot

Oct. 27, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters may be fixated on the presidential race or other high-profile races, but there's an important race on the back of the ballot. Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Thissen is facing voters for the first time since his appointment in 2018. Challenging him is...

Man pleads no contest to child sex abuse in plea deal

Oct. 27, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An 18-year-old Sweet Home man has pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sex abuse in Linn County Circuit Court. Seven Lee Bullock entered the pleas last week and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 6, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported. The crimes occurred between November...

Judge: SC cannot reject ballots due to mismatched signatures

Oct. 27, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election boards cannot reject voters’ ballots on the basis of mismatched signatures and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The temporary injunction comes after a...

Court to hear challenge to Minnesota mailed ballot extension

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday was set to hear a challenge to Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots after Election Day, which the Republican plaintiffs argue could lead to thousands of votes received after Nov. 3 being disqualified and the election being...

FILE - In a Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, Michelle Lodzinski, sits with Chris Davitt, left, and her defense attorney Gerald Krovatin during her sentencing hearing, where she was sentenced to 30 years for the 1991 murder of her 5 year-old son Timothy Wiltsey, at Middlesex County Court in New Brunswick, N.J. One of New Jersey's most infamous cold cases entered another chapter Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, when the state's Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Florida woman's 2016 conviction for killing her 5-year-old son 25 years earlier should be thrown out. (Tanya Breen/The Asbury Park Press via AP, Pool, File)

Court considers mom's conviction for killing 5-year-old son

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

One of New Jersey's most infamous cold cases entered another chapter Tuesday when the state's Supreme Court heard arguments on whether a Florida woman's 2016 conviction for killing her 5-year-old son 25 years ago should be thrown out. Michelle Lodzinski was living in Port St. Lucie and had two older children...

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for votes during a rare weekend session to advance the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins votes against Barrett, heads home to save Senate job

Oct. 27, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When Republican Sen. Susan Collins had to vote on a Supreme Court justice in 2018, she deliberated under the spotlight for weeks, building suspense that ended with a dramatic floor speech. When she announced her support for President Donald Trump’s nominee, she triggered an...