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A memorial to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg includes a photograph of the late Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Ginsburg, who attended Harvard law school but transferred to Columbia, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 6:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week. Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus...

Spain to hear pardon requests for Catalan separatists

Sep. 23, 2020 5:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government says it will from next week start to hear requests for the pardon of the imprisoned leaders of Catalonia’s secessionist movement. Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campos said Wednesday that the requests to pardon the politicians and activists, who were...

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up signs as he speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump, Biden fight to define campaign's most pressing issues

Sep. 23, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

SWANTON, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump was interrupted twice during an Ohio rally this week by sign-waving supporters chanting, “Fill that seat!” “I will fill that seat,” Trump responded before launching into an extended riff on his plans to quickly nominate a successor to...

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves the Senate Chamber following a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Romney is one of four Republicans who could oppose a vote on a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to Election Day. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate GOP plans vote on Trump's court pick before election

Sep. 23, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election, launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a nominee is...

President Donald Trump reacts after a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat

Sep. 23, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefs as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court. Bill Clinton savored building a personal connection with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Ronald Reagan offered a personal touch in making his case for Anthony Kennedy after his first two picks for a...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares take breather after Wall Street gains

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook. Stocks slipped Wednesday in Japan, Hong Kong and Seoul but rose in Sydney after the government reported retail sales fared better than expected. Overnight, the S&P 500...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

Lauren Witzke, center, celebrates after winning Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Dover, Del. Witzke, a political newcomer, defeated attorney James DeMartino to become the GOP nominee for the seat currently held by Democrat Chris Coons. (Andre Lamar/The News Journal via AP)

GOP Senate candidate defends controversial Ginsburg meme

Sep. 22, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke on Tuesday defended a controversial meme in a Facebook post by her campaign after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Yes, my campaign posted a meme and I stand by it,” the firebrand political newcomer said...

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., left, and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham greet each other prior to a televised debate at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

Sep. 22, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Questions about the potential successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg hung heavy over Tuesday night’s second debate in a U.S. Senate race in North Carolina whose outcome could decide the chamber’s control. While Republican incumbent Thom Tillis embraced a swift process toward...