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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and former President Barack Obama greet each other at a rally at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

Oct. 31, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan on the final...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 where he announced new restrictions to help combat a coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, Pool)

The Latest: Britain imposes monthlong lockdown to curb virus

Oct. 31, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will start a monthlong lockdown next week. Johnson says the new measures will begin Thursday and last until Dec. 2. Non-essential shops must close and people can only leave home for a short list of reasons. Unlike the U.K.’s first...

Young people take part in a massive protest against the conservative government on the eighth straight day of angry demonstrations that were triggered by a recent tightening of the abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Abortion rights protest held for 10th day in Poland

Oct. 31, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators held anti-government protests across Poland for the 10th straight day Saturday in response to the tightening of one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. The latest protests, though smaller than in previous days, showed the determination and discontent of...

Deadline passes for requesting absentee ballots in Maine

Oct. 31, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline has now passed to request an absentee ballot in Maine, unless extenuating circumstances are shown. All told, nearly 480,000 Mainers had voted by absentee ballot either in person or returned through the mail as of Friday. Friday was also the last day to cast an early...

Honolulu proposes bills to increase public transport fares

Oct. 31, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has introduced two bills that would increase fares for public transportation. Bill 89, introduced Thursday, would set up a fare structure for the city bus and the rail system and increases fares almost across the board. Bill 87 was introduced the same day and would...

Ex-town employee indicted in $200K dumpster-related scam

Oct. 31, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A solid-waste superintendent for a town in North Carolina was accused by authorities of defrauding the community of at least $200,000. Thad Leslie Buck, who worked for the town of Kernersville, was indicted Monday on eight counts of obtaining property by false pretenses,...

Police in riot gear line up Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Wauwatosa, Wis. On Wednesday, District Attorney John Chisholm refused to issue charges against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah for the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole at Mayfair Mall. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Lawyer: Wisconsin cop can't be fired for future shooting

Oct. 31, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for a Wisconsin police officer who has fatally shot three people since 2015 says his client shouldn't be disciplined or fired simply because city officials are worried he might do it again. Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah, who is Black, has been cleared of any criminal...

New Mexico cultural group stands up for Spanish heritage

Oct. 31, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Time mattered when Virgil Vigil flew wounded soldiers to the hospital in a medevac helicopter during the Vietnam War. Vigil, a former pilot and retired Army colonel, said the life-or-death 60 minutes was called the golden hour. “You go and you pick up your patient at the site...

Savannah councilwoman may face censure for ethics violations

Oct. 31, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A city councilwoman in Savannah faces a possible public censure after officials concluded she violated City Hall’s code of ethics. A three-member panel found that Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter violated ethical standards when she used profanity during a closed-door meeting, news...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 file photo, Belarusian opposition supporters light phones lights and wave an old Belarusian national flags during a protest rally in front of the government building at Independent Square in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has relied on massive arrests and intimidation tactics to hold on to power despite nearly three months of protests sparked by his re-election to a sixth term, but continuing protests have cast an unprecedented challenge to his 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

Nearly 3 months after vote, Belarus protests still go strong

Oct. 31, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Belarus' authoritarian president's re-election to a sixth term in a vote widely seen as rigged, demonstrators keep swarming the streets of Belarusian cities to demand his resignation in the most massive and sustained wave of protests the ex-Soviet nation has...