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Montana court rules ballots must be received by Election Day

May. 27, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters must have their primary ballots in to their county election offices by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order for them to be counted, the Montana Supreme Court said Wednesday. The justices blocked an order issued by a Billings judge last week that said ballots would be counted as long...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., back right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown

May. 27, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Wednesday to toughen the U.S. response to a brutal Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries. The House passed a bipartisan bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved...

Second lawsuit filed against Missouri Medicaid expansion

May. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Conservative advocacy group United for Missouri on Wednesday announced it's suing to take a proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults off the Aug. 4 ballot. The limited-government group's lawsuit against the Secretary of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin during their meeting via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Moscow mayor announced easing lockdown restrictions in the city starting from June 1, сiting the slowing of the coronavirus outbreak in Russia's capital. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark

May. 27, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference in Washington. New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a northern congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago, as the sun sets on a Democratic political dynasty that emerged from a territorial 19th century legislature.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Congressman urges New Mexico to extend mail-in vote deadline

May. 27, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Wednesday urged New Mexico´s top election regulator to provide more time for people to submit absentee ballots by mail in the state's June 2 primary even though state law may not allow it. Lujan requested Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver...

Riot policeman pushes a woman as she is taking a photograph of the detained protesters at the area in Mongkok, Hong Kong, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for U.S. to withdraw the former British colony’s preferential trade and financial status it has enjoyed since it...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada judge rules Huawei CFO's extradition case can proceed

May. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge ruled Wednesday the U.S. extradition case against a senior Huawei executive can proceed to the next stage, a decision that is expected to further harm relations between China and Canada. The Chinese embassy in Ottawa later warned Canada to drop the case...

Arkansas' active virus cases continue to rise, deaths at 120

May. 27, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' active coronavirus cases continued to rise on Wednesday as the secretary of state announced the state Capitol would reopen on a limited basis next month. The Health Department said at least 6,277 people in Arkansas have tested positive for the virus, an increase over the...

Vermont National Guard Sgt. Michael Menard grabs boxes of food and loads them onto people's vehicles at a Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution site at Brattleboro Union High School, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont gov says to prepare for mail-in voting, decide later

May. 27, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday he is in favor of preparing to hold the November election by mail, but he wants to wait until later in the year to determine if it's needed. Speaking at his regular COVID-19 news conference, Scott said he is not opposed philosophically to voting-by-mail...

A currency trader talks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), right, and the foreign exchange rates at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Major Asian stock markets have declined as US-Chinese tension over Hong Kong competes with optimism about recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Wall Street closes higher on economic revival hopes

May. 27, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday, extending the market's gains into a third day on hopes for a coming economic revival as larger swaths of the country relax stay-at-home mandates imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic and clear the way for more businesses to reopen. Despite a choppy day of trading,...