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Republican April Becker campaigns for the Nevada state senate from a converted ice cream truck Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. Becker is running against incumbent state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democrats eye supermajority in battleground statehouse races

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two years after riding a blue wave to historic heights, Nevada Democrats are hoping to tighten their grips on the reins of power in the Legislature. As the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn show few signs of slowing, the election will determine the balance of power when the...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, lounge chairs fill an empty beach in Cancun, Mexico. In a bill approved unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz, File)

Mexico enacts law to guarantee public access to all beaches

Oct. 21, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Property owners in Mexico are being required to allow access through their land for the public to reach beaches that do not have access roads, under a law enacted Wednesday. The Environment Department said land owners would be compensated for access. The law also establishes fines of up...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, an ambulance drives by a homeless encampment in Oakland, Calif. City officials in Oakland, growing weary of a ballooning homeless population, approved a contentious new policy that will prohibit homeless people from setting up tents in parks or near homes, businesses, schools and some churches. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)

Oakland approves rules to restrict homeless encampments

Oct. 21, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — City officials in Oakland approved a contentious new policy that will prohibit homeless people from setting up tents in parks or near homes, businesses, schools and some churches in the city that has seen a recent spike in the homeless population. The Oakland City Council unanimously...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Senators stall bill prohibiting emergency rules on churches

Oct. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to keep Louisiana's emergency orders from governing churches and to upend prosecution of a pastor who violated Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions was narrowly shelved Wednesday by state senators. A Senate judiciary committee voted 3-2 to kill the bill by Oil...

Ex-Blue Bell Creameries CEO charged in deadly listeria case

Oct. 21, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover up a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company's ice cream that killed three people in Kansas and sickened several others, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. A federal...

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, gavels in the Special Legislative Session, Monday Sept. 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana session winds down after GOP virus oversight deal

Oct. 21, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Now that Republicans in Louisiana's House and Senate have muscled through a deal to give themselves the ability to nullify Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions, the waiting game begins. Will the Democratic governor veto the bill, sending lawmakers home with little to show...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Ruling that cleared way to drive people to vote is blocked

Oct. 21, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court suspended a decision that would allow groups to offer free or reduced price rides to polling places in Michigan. The court issued a stay Wednesday to allow the Republican-controlled Legislature to appeal the ruling by a federal judge in Flint. Since 1895, Michigan has...

2 charged with tearing down Wisconsin Capitol statutes

Oct. 21, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors charged two more men Wednesday with damaging property for allegedly helping topple two statutes on the Wisconsin Capitol grounds during a June protest against police brutality and racism. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that 21-year-old Sasha Clemente and 27-year-old...

Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Oct. 21, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came...