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Sergeant arrested after alleging police misconduct in Joliet

Oct. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer who made public allegations of misconduct in the death of a Black criminal suspect while in custody was arrested Wednesday, according to Joliet police. Sgt. Javier Esqueda was arrested and charged with two counts of official misconduct. The charges are...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, Will Ainsworth, center, then-Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, talks with constituents during the Public Retiree Convention at Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Ala. Lt. Gov. Ainsworth, who has called the state mask order a government overstep, announced Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that he tested positive for the new coronavirus. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)

Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 21, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s lieutenant governor, who has called the state's mask order a government overstep, announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Republican Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said he had a positive test result but so far, he has no symptoms. He said he took the...

This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 (Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

Oct. 21, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support as the pact nears the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, which supporters say could happen this week. The U.S. letter to signatories, obtained...

Alaska US senator says he will support Barrett nomination

Oct. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will support the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, calling her an “exceptional jurist.” Sullivan announced his support Wednesday, as the Republican-led Senate pushes to confirm Barrett in the coming days....

Pro-democracy activists protest in front of Government House, the prime minister's offices in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters march in show of strength against government

Oct. 21, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Student-led protesters in Thailand defiantly marched to the streets near the prime minister's office on Wednesday night, repeating their demand that he step down even as he urged them to let Parliament deal with their calls for democratic reforms. The demonstrators pushed through lines of...

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, then-Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and now Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Officials say Russia and Iran have obtained some voter registration data, aiming to interfere in the November election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

US officials call out Iran, Russia for election interference

Oct. 21, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, U.S. officials said Wednesday night in calling out both Tehran and Russia for activities meant to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The announcement at a rare news conference...

Health Commissioner at Summit County Department of Health Donna Skoda, left, explains the process of testing at a COVID-19 testing site at Chapel Hill Mall on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small, from Idaho to Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

The Latest: Pandemic straining hospitals in northern Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Health officials in Idaho say people with COVID-19 in the northern part of the state soon may have to be sent for treatment in Seattle or Portland, Oregon, because the region’s hospitals are nearing capacity. Kootenai Health said in a statement Wednesday that its hospital is...

Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests

Oct. 21, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A split Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a new Republican-backed law that could bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications. The 4-3 ruling means that voters who want to cast mail-in...

Mock debaters perform onstage as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate at Belmont University, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Face to face: Trump, Biden to meet for final debate

Oct. 21, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. Worried about losing the White...

Dell Weston, left, holds out his hands to receive hand sanitizer from a poll worker at the fair grounds early voting center on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Weston, a retired artist and metalworker, said he's a Republican plans to vote for Trump. He came for a sample ballot so that he could research down-ballot candidates and issues before he votes in person in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Watchdog group cites interference at polls in Latino areas

Oct. 21, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights group says that caravans of flag-waving President Donald Trump supporters appeared to obstruct and intimidate voters at two polling location in predominantly ethnic-minority neighborhoods last weekend in the Albuquerque area. Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director...