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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden attends church, plans push on early voting

Oct. 25, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:40 p.m. With nine days to go until Election Day, Joe Biden is spending a quiet Sunday in Wilmington, Delaware. The Democratic presidential candidate attended church nearby his home with two of his granddaughters. It’s a...

Anti-government protesters gather on the closed Joumhouriya Bridge that leads to the Green Zone government areas in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Tear gas fired as thousands mark one year of Iraq protests

Oct. 25, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of people took to Iraq’s streets on Sunday to mark one year since mass anti-government demonstrations swept the country, with police firing tear gas in central Baghdad to stop protesters from crossing strategic bridges and both sides reporting injuries. Protesters marched in...

Court invalidates Florida county ordinance on airboat noise

Oct. 25, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A court has invalidated a Florida county's ordinance that restricted noise from airboats to certain times each day. A panel of three judges in Alachua County recently ruled that the county's airboat noise ordinance conflicted with state law and is unconstitutional. County officials...

FILE - This Wednesday July 1, 2020, file photo shows workers preparing to remove the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Devon Henry, whose company handled the summer removals of Richmond's Confederate monuments, spoke with The Associated Press about navigating safety concerns for himself and his crew and previously unreported complexities of the project. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

Oct. 25, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest. An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for...

This image released by the FBI shows the wanted poster of al-Qaida propagandist Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri. Afghanistan claimed Sunday, Oct, 25, 2020, it killed the top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed.  Al-Qaida did not immediately acknowledge al-Rauf's reported death. The FBI, the U.S. military and NATO did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (FBI via AP)

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

Oct. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued presence there as U.S. forces work to withdraw from America's longest-running war amid continued bloodshed....

Virus means no birthday bash as Georgia town turns 150

Oct. 25, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

CAIRO, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia town will turn 150 in the next few days, but the COVID-19 pandemic means there won't be much of a party. Cairo was granted its town charter on Oct. 28, 1870. The Thomasville Times-Enterprise reports that Mayor Howard Thrower is quashing hopes of a celebration because of...

Georgia names 10 more towns as zones for downtown tax breaks

Oct. 25, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has designated another 10 communities as “rural zones," making people who invest in designated downtown areas eligible for tax breaks if they create jobs and rehabilitate buildings. The department announced Wednesday that Colquitt,...

Lawsuit: Ex-clerk was punished after indictment of mayor

Oct. 25, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A former city clerk in Mississippi says in a lawsuit that she was unjustly fired and she wants her old job back. Jackie Benson was the Aberdeen city clerk for 16 years. She was fired in July by Mayor Maurice Howard shortly after he won a second term. Benson has filed a lawsuit...

Carlinville city council to choose acting mayor

Oct. 25, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

CARLINVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Carlinville officials will choose an acting leader this week after the central Illinois city's mayor died this month. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported that the city's council is set to choose an acting mayor from among its eight members on Thursday. City...

Hong Kong protesters and Taiwanese supporters march to demand the release of the 12 Hong Kong protesters that have been arrested by mainland Chinese authorities, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. A group of 12 people from Hong Kong were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan in August when Chinese authorities captured them and detained them.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Hundreds march in Taiwan to support 12 arrested Hong Kongers

Oct. 25, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people marched in Taiwan's capital on Sunday to demand the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government protesters who were arrested by mainland Chinese authorities in August. The 12 were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan when Chinese authorities detained them....