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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks to supporters on Friday, July 17, 2020, after casting an early voting ballot at the Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Trump boosts Hagerty on eve of Tennessee Senate GOP election

Aug. 5, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump offered one more virtual boost Wednesday on the eve of Election Day for Bill Hagerty, who is tangled up in a tough Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat. Trump predicted a win for his former ambassador to Japan during his second conference call...

Dr. Jorge Ballesteros gets off a boat on his way to collect samples to test for COVID-19 at a home, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The Latest: Mexico is nearing 50,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 5, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico is nearing 50,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19. The federal Health Department reported 829 newly confirmed deaths Wednesday, giving the country a total of 49,698 such deaths. That is the third highest number of pandemic deaths in the world. Officials said Mexico's number of confirmed...

Hawaii top court hears arguments over 'gut and replace' laws

Aug. 5, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. The justices listened to lawyers over a video link that was streamed live on YouTube. They were considering a...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for continued negotiations ahead of a meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

Aug. 5, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster...

Nebraska Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, as lawmakers debate a property tax and business incentive package. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Nebraska property tax, incentives packages wins initial OK

Aug. 5, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a compromise package Wednesday to soften the impact of local property tax increases, preserve tax incentives for businesses and commit as much as $300 million in state money to a proposed disaster response facility in Omaha. The measure won first-round...

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Top-two primary narrows candidates for governor, other races

Aug. 5, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The governor’s race in November is set, and Democrats appear to be the top two candidates in both the lieutenant governor’s race and the 10th Congressional District following Washington’s top-two primary. Tuesday night, incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who...

Nevada Senate declares racism a public health crisis

Aug. 5, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers passed a resolution on Wednesday that declares racism a public health crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic and months of protests around the nation over police brutality. The resolution urges lawmakers to revisit issues related to racism and public health when they...

Judge orders changes to voter guide for property tax measure

Aug. 5, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has ordered changes to an election guide mailed to every registered California voter this fall, ruling Wednesday that some arguments opposing a hotly contested property tax initiative are “false or misleading.” Proposition 15 will ask voters to...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 5, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 6 The Khaleej Times on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon: In times of adversity it is incumbent upon brother nations and, indeed, the whole world to share the grief and the burden of the loss. What happened in Beirut is a disaster of huge...

Georgia governor plans special session to fix tax bill

Aug. 5, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he plans to call a special session of the state legislature in order to fix a technical error on a bill that exempts hurricane relief payments from certain taxes. Kemp said in a statement that he signed House Bill 105 despite the problem. The...