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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap oversees the recounting of ballots in the state's 2nd Congressional District, in Augusta, Maine. Dunlap is wrapping up his tenure after a frenetic four-year span in which he ushered in rules for voter-approved ranked-choice voting. Several Democrats hope to replace him when the new legislature convenes in December 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Dunlap reflects on myth of broad voter fraud as tenure ends

Nov. 28, 2020 10:27 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Matthew Dunlap, Maine's secretary of state, likens worries about voter fraud to Halloween fears of razor blades being placed in apples. People talk about it, and people worry about it. But no one knows anyone who's bitten into a booby-trapped apple. Dunlap, who made a name for himself...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Among...

U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Martin, junior sniper, assigned to the 1-186th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Guardian, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, provides security for a 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) C-130J Super Hercules during unloading operations at an unidentified location in Somalia Sunday, June 28, 2020. No country has been involved in Somalia's future as much as the United States but now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the nation at what some experts call the worst possible time. (Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP)

Temporary US Pentagon chief makes rare visit to Somalia

Nov. 27, 2020 3:24 PM EST

The Pentagon's acting defense secretary has made a rare visit to Somalia, a conflict-plagued nation in the Horn of Africa where American forces have been assisting in the fight against al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Christopher Miller, who was installed as acting defense...

UK's Johnson appoints new chief of staff after aides' exit

Nov. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a former Treasury official and management consultant as his chief of staff, as he tries to restore calm after a tumultuous period for Downing Street. Johnson’s office said Thursday that Dan Rosenfield will take up the post Dec. 7....

A street sign is displayed at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.  Stocks are mostly lower as Wall Street heads into the Thanksgiving holiday. The S&P 500 index slipped 0.4% in the early going Wednesday, but it's still holding on to a gain of almost 11% for the month.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street takes pause on optimism

Nov. 25, 2020 9:03 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Thursday, after Wall Street took a pause from the optimism underlined in a record-setting climb earlier in the week. A reality check appeared to be setting in amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and a batch of discouraging data on the U.S. economy, including jobless...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden seeks unity as Trump stokes fading embers of campaign

Nov. 25, 2020 8:09 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans on Wednesday to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden urges Americans to forgo big Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2020 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A big Biden family Thanksgiving is off the table for President-elect Joe Biden because of the pandemic. In remarks billed as a Thanksgiving address to the nation, the Democrat urged Americans to “hang on”...

Editorial Roundup: US

Nov. 25, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 25 The Baltimore Sun on toilet paper purchases during the pandemic: You’ve got packages of toilet paper stacked in your bathroom closet. And some stashed in the basement. But then you throw some more rolls into your grocery cart,...

President-elect Joe Biden removes his face mask as he arrives to introduce his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. President-elect Joe Biden’s first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for his White House staff have prized staying power over star power, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized federal bureaucracy.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks

Nov. 25, 2020 8:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback. President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and proficiency as he looks to rebuild a depleted and demoralized...

President-elect Joe Biden stands left as the podium is cleaned as he introduces his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Election 2020 Today: Biden picks key advisers, Senate silent

Nov. 25, 2020 6:26 AM EST

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday in Election 2020. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: ‘AMERICA IS BACK’: President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by...