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Trump approves permit for Alaska cross-border railroad line

Sep. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a permit for a proposed rail line connecting Alaska and Canada. So-called presidential permits are required for certain cross-border projects. Trump sent a tweet Friday announcing his intention to sign the permit for the A2A cross-border...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Judge says ending 2020 census on Oct. 5 violates her order

Sep. 29, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

A federal judge on Tuesday said a revised Oct. 5 date the U.S. Commerce Department picked to end the 2020 census may violate an order she issued last week that cleared the way for the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh suggested she would be open...

Vote stickers are seen at a satellite election office at Temple University's Liacouras Center, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

US Chamber of Commerce parts ways with top strategist

Sep. 29, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce parted ways Tuesday with its longtime political strategist, as the organization, once a Republican stalwart, has demonstrated a more bipartisan spending streak in the Donald Trump era. Scott Reed said he left after “constant disagreements” about...

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks over to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as they meet with on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show

Sep. 29, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett his Supreme Court nominee more than a week ago at the White House — and she accepted, according to formal paperwork submitted to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearings. Barrett tells the Senate Judiciary...

David Glockner, Commonwealth Edison executive vice president for compliance and audit, testifies during the House Special Investigating Committee II hearing at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The committee is looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in what prosecutors say was a long-running bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez, who headed...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 26, 2019 file photo, UCLA gynecologist James Heaps appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. More than 100 suspected victims of Heaps will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to aid crime survivors. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Laws aid sexual assault victims, those hurt by other crimes

Sep. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday to aid crime survivors. Similar to previous provisions in...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate advances bill to fund government into December

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fund the federal government cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers sought to accomplish the bare minimum before they depart Washington to campaign — preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins. The measure to keep the government running...

Virginia House approves budget focused on police reforms

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates approved a budget Tuesday that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The House spending plan allocates $28.4 million to pay for the package of reforms, which...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'

Sep. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official...

A worker holds stickers at a polling place for the South Carolina primary election, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changing absentee rules leave South Carolina voters confused

Sep. 29, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting beginning in less than a week. The rulings stem...