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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2020, file photo voters fill out their ballot during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, which President Donald Trump signed into existence in 2018, is working with other parts of the government to safeguard an election in the middle of a pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

Oct. 24, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message. Christopher Krebs, the director of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 23, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, a bloodied demonstrator is arrested by federal police during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Oakland, Portland sue over use of federal agents at protests

Oct. 15, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in U.S. District...

Cameroonian asylum-seekers accuse US of forcing deportation

Oct. 13, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

A group of asylum-seekers from Cameroon facing deportation back to their conflict-ridden country say they were pressured with force by U.S. immigration officers to sign their deportation paperwork, and that they and a slew of others facing an imminent return flight are at risk of persecution and death. The eight...

Court: Press, others remain exempt from dispersal orders

Oct. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Journalists and legal observers will be exempt from federal officers’ orders to disperse during Portland protests as federal agencies appeal a lower court’s preliminary injunction, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. The panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf speaks during an event at DHS headquarters in Washington. The Department of Homeland Security has rolled out a series of of immigration measures in recent days. The agency is helping to revive an issue that was at the heart of Trump’s successful 2016 campaign, but largely on the back burner in the current one.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump administration turns to immigration as vote nears

Oct. 8, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had the ingredients of a President Donald Trump campaign speech: dangerous immigrants, attacks on Democrat-run cities, even a mention of “America First.” But it was Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announcing a routine, and relatively...

A public service announcement from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity agency is photographed Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The government agencies have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans can take to counter the foreign interference threat.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Voter beware: US tells public how to avoid election mischief

Oct. 7, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency have issued a series of advisories in recent weeks aimed at warning voters about problems that could surface in the election — as well as steps Americans can take to counter the foreign interference threat. The...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were among those affected, U.S. officials said. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive

Oct. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were among those affected,...

Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on

Trump administration to sharply limit skilled-worker visas

Oct. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to sharply limit visas for skilled workers from overseas, a move officials said was a priority amid job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor officials said new rules for what's...