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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares, US futures gain after last Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after President Donald Trump and his challenger former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 3 election. Stocks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai. Sydney's benchmark ended flat. In their debate late...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, early Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from a debate in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person

Oct. 23, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida. Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in...

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....

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...

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...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in New York. Stocks are mostly lower in Asia after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street.  US stocks are drifting higher Wednesday, Oct. 21,  as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on lack of US aid plan

Oct. 21, 2020 11:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as investors watched Washington for signs of whether political leaders can agree on an economic aid plan in the two weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated. On Wall...

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

Oct. 21, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from rushing to confirm President Donald Trump's pick before Election Day. The Judiciary Committee,...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: The courts have already been packed Idaho Mountain Express Oct. 21 Former Vice President Joe Biden is asked, over and over, whether he will pack the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. The better question is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,...