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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. DeLauro will face Republican Margaret Streicker for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District in the 2020 elections. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

Reps. DeLauro, Hayes face aggressive Republican challengers

Oct. 20, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jahana Hayes, the most senior and junior members of Connecticut's all-Democratic delegation to the U.S. House, are facing not only anonymous internet antagonists, but also aggressive Republican challengers in the 2020 election. The two have several advantages in the Nov. 3 election, given...

Murphy taps Morris County leader as education commissioner

Oct. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he was nominating Angelica Allen-McMillan to be the state's next education commissioner. The appointment comes as the states' more than 600 school districts work through the COVID-19 outbreak, with many holding online-only or hybrid...

U-Michigan students told to hunker down for 2 weeks

Oct. 20, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Students at the University of Michigan were ordered Tuesday to stay in place for two weeks after a surge of coronavirus cases driven by social gatherings on and off campus. The surge is “overwhelming the ability” of local health officials to confront the pandemic, Washtenaw...

Arkansas lawmakers test positive for virus, governor exposed

Oct. 20, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three Arkansas lawmakers announced Tuesday they have tested positive for the coronavirus and the state’s governor said he’s scaling back his public events and meetings after being exposed to someone with the virus. Senate President Jim Hendren said the Legislature...

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows SpaceShipTwo Unity being released from the carrier mothership, VMS Eve for second successful glide flight in New Mexico on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Virgin Galactic is celebrating the second successful glide flight of its spaceship over Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Window opens for Virgin Galactic's final round of testing

Oct. 20, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft opens later this week as the company inches toward commercial flights. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday. He said...

FILE - In this June 14, 2020, file photo, James Juanillo poses outside of his home in San Francisco. Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about with life, San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, on the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN legislation, a nod to a widespread meme using the name

San Francisco set to let people sue over racist 911 calls

Oct. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about their lives, San Francisco leaders are set to approve hate crime legislation giving the targets of those calls the ability to sue the caller. The Board of Supervisors...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice prepares for a debate with Democratic challenger, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango, Tuesday Oct. 13. 2020, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathy Batten)

West Virginia voters have heavy slate of choices on Nov. 3

Oct. 20, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia voters have a packed ballot to ponder in the Nov. 3 election. In addition to the presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden, in which Trump is widely expected to carry the state...

Republican Rep. Tom Dent diagnosed with COVID-19

Oct. 20, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Tom Dent of Moses Lake is the second Washington lawmaker known to have tested positive for COVID-19. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Monday that Dent, who is up for reelection, talked about his diagnosis on NewsTalk-KIT Radio and said he's been recovering at...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coons faces political newcomer Lauren Witzke in Delaware's U.S. Senate race. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP, File)

Delaware Senate race conjures comparison with 2010 campaign

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — This year’s U.S. Senate race in Delaware is conjuring up comparisons with a campaign a decade ago that resulted in Democrat Chris Coons winning the seat once held by Joe Biden after conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell in a campaign ad famously assured voters she was...

Utah committee approves bill changing steps to rename places

Oct. 20, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative committee in Utah has approved legislation that seeks to streamline the federal process for changing geographic names statewide that contain language derogatory to Native Americans. The draft bill would allow the Utah Division of Indian Affairs to work with the state...