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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., looks up as she signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Newsweek apologizes for op-ed questioning Harris eligibility

Aug. 15, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newsweek has apologized for an op-ed that questioned Sen. Kamala Harris’ U.S. citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden’s running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed. “This op-ed is being used by some as a tool...

Hagedorn fires chief of staff after allowance spending spree

Aug. 15, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has fired his chief of staff after a spending spree on taxpayer-funded communications, his office said on Saturday. The freshman Republican congressman, who represents Minnesota's 1st District, spent almost 40% of his office’s annual expense allowances in the first quarter of this...

Right-wing group, counter-protesters clash in Michigan

Aug. 15, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Members of the far-right Proud Boys group and counter-protesters clashed violently Saturday afternoon in western Michigan, resulting in arrests, police said. Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said a few people were arrested, but...

The Latest: 9 Oklahoma football players positive for virus

Aug. 15, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Nine Oklahoma football players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a break in preseason camp. Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement during a Zoom call Saturday. Riley announced on Aug. 8 that the Sooners were...

Police: Girl killed by gunfire during birthday party in Ohio

Aug. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An 8-year-old girl was shot and killed during a backyard birthday party for a teenager at an Ohio home, authorities said. Akron police said several shots were fired shortly before midnight Friday in the Sherbondy Hill neighborhood. The 8-year-old was found wounded and was taken to Akron...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus, waves toward his supporters in Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Turkey's health minister says the number of new COVID-19 infections Saturday has hit its highest in 45 days and announced 1,256 new cases.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey's daily virus infection rate at highest in 45 days

Aug. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 infections in Turkey hit its highest level in 45 days on Saturday, the country's health minister said as he announced 1,256 new cases. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the number of seriously ill patients, mostly with underlying medical...

A woman cries holding a poster showing a photo of a protester beaten by police in a hospital, during a rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at the spot in Belarus' capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Belarus leader says Russia willing to help counter protests

Aug. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Belarus took to the streets again Saturday to demand that the country's authoritarian leader resign after a presidential vote they called fraudulent. In response, the president declared that Russian leader Vladimir Putin had agreed to provide security...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a roundtable meeting with transportation industry leaders at the Hilton Orlando-Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. DeSantis addressed coronavirus and state transportation construction concerns. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida records another 200 deaths from the coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials reported an additional 204 deaths from the coronavirus Saturday, pushing the state's reported COVID-19 death toll to nearly 9,500. Since the start of the pandemic five months ago, nearly 570,000 Floridians have become infected. On Saturday, state health officials...

Israel condemns UN Security Council's vote on Iran embargo

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders on Saturday condemned the U.N. Security Council's decision not to renew a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, saying the decision would encourage Iranian aggression in the Middle East. The 15-member council on Friday resoundingly defeated a U.S. resolution to indefinitely extend the...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Post Office warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...