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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks to the media in the spin room following the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'Do something:' Harris' rapid rise driven by call to action

Aug. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hours before Kamala Harris took the stage for the first time as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, she received a text message from a childhood classmate with photos from their school days. In one of the pictures, a racially diverse group of first-graders are gathered in a...

Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, looks at her granddaughter, 8-year-old Traris

The Latest: Arizona nearing 4,500 deaths from coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 69 deaths on Saturday. That increases the state’s totals to more than 192,000 cases and 4,492 deaths. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased from 2,550 to 1,021 per day from July 30 to Aug. 13. The seven-day rolling...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020 file photo, protesters clash with Dallas police officers at Griffin and Young, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Dallas.  A report released by Dallas police, Friday, Aug. 14,  on their response to protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis outlines changes the department plans to make, including who can authorize the use of tear gas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas police plan changes after examining protest response

Aug. 15, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A report released by Dallas police on their response to protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis outlines changes the department plans to make, including who can authorize the use of tear gas and how to train for incidents involving mass arrests. Dallas police...

July to be "National Blueberry Month" after Maine pols urge

Aug. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has approved a request to designate July as “National Blueberry Month” at the urging of senators from one of the country's most important blueberry growing states. Maine Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Angus King, an independent, called for the...

Oklahoma governor's secretary of education steps down

Aug. 15, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of education is the latest member of the governor’s cabinet to announce his resignation. Secretary of State Michael Rogers told the governor this week that he plans to resign from his positions as both Stitt’s secretary of...

940 employees to be laid off at McCarran Airport in Vegas

Aug. 15, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The food service provider at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas says it will lay off 940 employees, the organization said in a letter to Nevada officials. HMSHost sent a letter to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation about the decisions on Tuesday. The...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas. As President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenged Nevada's new voting law in court, the president and Republicans argued the rules would facilitate fraud and illegal voting. Chief among their volley of criticism was the law's provision allowing “ballot harvesting.

'Ballot harvesting' targeted amid fight over voting rules

Aug. 15, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenged Nevada's new voting law in court, the president and Republicans argued the rules would facilitate fraud and illegal voting. Chief among their criticisms was a provision allowing “ballot harvesting." The Nevada lawsuit...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., looks up as she signs required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President and Vice President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Newsweek apologizes for op-ed questioning Harris birthright

Aug. 15, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Newsweek has apologized for an op-ed that questioned Sen. Kamala Harris’ U.S. citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden’s running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed. “This op-ed is being used by some as a tool...

New Mexico deputy sheriff accused of criminal solicitation

Aug. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico undersheriff is accused of ordering his subordinates to draw guns on other officers who arrested his boss in May, officials said. Prosecutors say Rio Arriba County Undersheriff Martin Trujillo ordered his deputies to respond to the Rio Arriba County station, where other...

Elena German reacts as she speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Alexander Taraikovsky's life-partner Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday that she is sure her 34-year-old mate was shot by police. German spoke a few hours before Taraikovsky's funeral and burial, an event that could reinforce the anger of demonstrators who for the past have protested what they consider a sham presidential election and the violent police response to their protests. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

Partner of dead Belarus protester believes police shot him

Aug. 15, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The partner of a man who died in the protests engulfing Belarus says she does not believe the official account that Alexander Taraikovsky was killed when an explosive device that he intended to throw at police blew up in his hand. Elena German told The Associated Press on Saturday...