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President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)

Here's the reality behind Trump's claims about mail voting

Sep. 30, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

President Donald Trump continued his assault on the integrity of the U.S. elections during the first presidential debate Tuesday, spreading falsehoods about the security of voting and misrepresenting issues with mail ballots. In the final segment of the contentious debate between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden,...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Trump press contrasts in Midwest after debate chaos

Sep. 30, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden kept up their debate-stage clash from afar on Wednesday as they competed for working-class voters in the Midwest, while elected officials in both parties — and the debate commission, too — sought to deal with the most chaotic...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2020 file photo, members of the Proud Boys, including leader Enrique Tarrio, second from left, gesture and cheer on stage as they and other right-wing demonstrators rally in Portland, Ore. President Donald Trump didn't condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer. Instead, he said the violence is a “left-wing

Trump to far-right extremists: 'Stand back and stand by'

Sep. 30, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.” “Almost everything I...

Black Lives Matter protesters march, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Louisville. Breonna Taylor's family demanded Friday that Kentucky authorities release all body camera footage, police files and the transcripts of the grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed the Black woman during a March drug raid at her apartment. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Prosecutor: Breonna Taylor jury records to be public Friday

Sep. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge delayed until Friday the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor’s killing by police, according to the state attorney general's office. Audio recordings of the proceedings were originally supposed to be released Wednesday. Attorney General...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva comments on the investigation of the shooting of two deputies during a news conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles. A photo from surveillance video of the assault is at left. Authorities say they have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in their squad car. Villanueva and District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 said attempted murder charges have been filed against 36-year-old Deonte Lee Murray. He was arrested two weeks ago in connection with a separate carjacking. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Man arrested in ambush of 2 Los Angeles County deputies

Sep. 30, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month as they sat in their squad car, authorities said Wednesday. Attempted murder charges were filed against Deonte Lee Murray, 36, District...

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News listens as President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: False claims swamp first Trump-Biden debate

Sep. 30, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing....

A cyclist passes by Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have at least one more day to see if the team’s coronavirus outbreak is under control before their game with the Steelers is rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday. Only one new positive test result came back Wednesday, a day after the Titans had three...

Volunteer Divino Humberto tries to douse the fire along a dirt road off the Trans-Pantanal highway, in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Pouring the water had little effect as wind redirected the fire toward a tree, causing it to explode as though it had been soaked with gasoline. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

As Brazil's wetlands burned, government did little to help

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

PORTO JOFRE, Brazil (AP) — After hours navigating Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands in search of jaguars earlier this month, Daniel Moura beached his boat to survey the fire damage. In every direction, he saw only devastation. No wildlife, and no support from federal authorities. “We used to see...

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Vision 2020: How does early voting work in the US election?

Sep. 30, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What states vote early and when are these votes counted? All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs. Some started in September. Some...

Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza arrives at the Palais de Justice courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The controversial Congolese activist and four others are going on trial Wednesday on aggravated theft charges for trying to remove a 19th century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, in a protest against colonial-era plundering of African art. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

'It belongs to us!": Tense French trial over colonial art

Sep. 30, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court weighed Wednesday in an emotionally charged trial centered around a Congolese activist campaigning to take back art he says was plundered by colonizers. “It...

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Teen hiker missing near Mount St. Helens found by searchers

Sep. 30, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A Vancouver teen who was missing for more than 24 hours after going on a hike with family was found by searchers, The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook. The sheriff’s office said that Anthony Mancuso was alive and walking out with searchers on Monday...

Gov. Roy Cooper removes his mask before answering a reporter's question during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response at the NC Emergency Operations Center, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

N. Carolina moves to Phase 3 but COVID progress is 'fragile'

Sep. 30, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that bars, amusement parks and movie theaters can partially reopen starting on Friday under a new Phase 3 order. The updated executive order that will remain in effect through Oct. 23 also allows fans to attend outdoor sporting...

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt removes his mask before speaking at a news conference Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Stitt said again that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Task force: Oklahoma 3rd in US in coronavirus positivity

Sep. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma remains third in the United States for the number of positive coronavirus tests per 100,000 people and is among the worst affected states for the number of new reported cases, according to a report released this week by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Oklahoma ranks...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 30 The San Francisco Chronicle on the presidential debate: Americans should be saddened, if not angered, by the distressingly unhinged debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Some of the blame...

Springfield man sentenced to 4 years for heroin trafficking

Sep. 30, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a heroin trafficking scheme. Marcos Pena, 31, was sentenced in Boston's federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges in June 2019. He also was sentenced to five years of supervised release....

Youths blamed for COVID-19 spread; trick or treating allowed

Sep. 30, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor lashed out at 19- to 24-year-olds Wednesday for irresponsible behavior she said helped push coronavirus infections to their highest single-day levels since last spring. Gov. Gina Raimondo told a news conference she's appointing a young adult task force in...

Judge dismisses gym owner's lawsuit; welcome center closes

Sep. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Vermont gym owner against the state over whether he could operate during the COVID-19 business restrictions this past spring. The Vermont attorney general had sued Sean Manovill in May for operating Club Fitness in Rutland in...

Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana's mailed ballots

Sep. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and Republican groups to block Montana counties from holding a mostly-by-mail general election, saying claims that the election could be marred by widespread voter fraud is...

A waiter takes an order from customers sitting indoors as another has lunch at an outdoor table at Ginger and Lemongrass restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in New York. The city on Wednesday began allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Studies: Immune system clue to virus reactions

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK — One of COVID-19′s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its...

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glasser fire burning in...