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FILE - This pair of 2020 file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3, 2020, election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash in 4th debate in US Senate campaign

Oct. 22, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins seized the opportunity as she spoke from Washington during a debate Thursday to point out that she’s hard at work while Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has been unable to get the Legislature back into session since March....

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., talks to the crowd in front of photo of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while attending a Concerned Women for America event outside a gun store in Kansas City, Kan. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Marshall is facing stiff competition from state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the race to fill an open Senate seat in Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Democrat says she opposes expanding court in Senate debate

Oct. 22, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Barbara Bollier said Thursday that she wouldn't support adding additional justices to the U.S. Supreme Court or vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's plan to raise taxes on high-income earners if she's elected to Kansas' open U.S. Senate seat. Bollier made the...

FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

Oct. 22, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter accelerated Thursday after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign. With Democrats boycotting the...

Louisiana lawmakers skirmish in special session's final days

Oct. 22, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As they reached the final days of their special session, Louisiana lawmakers Thursday haggled over elections issues and a controversial police financing measure, skirmishes that kept them bickering rather than wrapping up the session early. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who didn't support...

In this Oct. 13, 2020, photo, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett answers questions from Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, during the second day of her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

AP Explains: What's next for Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Oct. 22, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is speeding toward confirmation, with a majority of the Senate supporting her and a final vote expected Monday. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination on Thursday as Democrats boycotted the vote. If confirmed on Monday, as is...

Trump adds support to Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill

Oct. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — Full federal recognition of North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe got a boost with President Donald Trump expressing support for a U.S. Senate bill that could bring millions of dollars in additional funding to the Native American community. The tribe, based in Robeson County and with...

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, speaks with Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during a Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Business meeting, including the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)

GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Oct. 22, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump's pick on track for confirmation before the Nov. 3 election. Democratic senators refused to show up...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks to reporters after a drive-in campaign rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent

Oct. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jaime Harrison raised a record-shattering $57 million last quarter in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, but the South Carolina Democrat told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cash is already spent. Harrison's financial haul in the third quarter of this year was the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, information signs are displayed at the closed Illinois Department of Employment Security WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Oct. 22, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels. Last week's figure was down from 842,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

More than 16% of Oregonians have cast their ballots

Oct. 22, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Eric Sample, a spokesperson for the Multnomah County Elections Division, had two words to describe recent times: “Extremely busy." In just the seven days since the division mailed out ballots for the 2020 election, Multnomah County has already received ballots from a fourth of...