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FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is followed by reporters as she arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Collins is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it's the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Supreme Court vacancy rattles Susan Collins' Senate race

Sep. 22, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it’s the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It comes six...

Nurses say state staffing levels leave patients vulnerable

Sep. 21, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Some Denver nurses said the state’s minimum staffing levels have left them overworked and patients vulnerable to substandard care. A Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment review of staffing regulations coincided with concerns of nurses at hospitals owned by HealthOne LLC...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., speaks during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Republican-leaning California 48th Congressional District in Orange County, Republican challenger Michelle Steel has talked about taxes, while Rouda has focused on health care and prescription drug costs. In the campaign for House control, some districts are seeing a fight between Democrats saying they'll protect voters from Republicans willing to take their health coverage away, while GOP candidates are raising specters of rioters imperiling neighborhoods if Democrats win. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

Law and order vs. health care as Dems, GOP vie for suburbs

Sep. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican hands for 28 years but now up for grabs, a suburban Missouri congressional district hugging St. Louis has become a lab for what each party considers one of its most lethal political weapons. TV ads by GOP Rep. Ann Wagner show protesters stomping a police car as the narrator...

High court blocks referendum on Arkansas eye surgery law

Sep. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a referendum on a law expanding the procedures optometrists can perform that had sparked an unusually heated and expensive campaign. In a 6-1 ruling, justices ruled that the campaign behind the referendum didn't comply with a law...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks

Sep. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is contradicting the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the potential availability of a coronavirus vaccine to the general public and on mask wearing. Trump said...

Tennessee defends abortion reversal law in legal challenge

Sep. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law requiring doctors to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be reversed is critical for women who may change their minds halfway through the procedure, the state's top legal chief said. Last month, abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit arguing the newly...

Election officials refuse to allow deputies in nursing homes

Sep. 16, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials decided Wednesday to stay with their decision not to allow special voting deputies into nursing homes to help residents cast absentee ballots in November's election out of concerns of spreading the coronavirus. State law allows local clerks to appoint...

FILE- In this March 25, 2020 file photo, residents from St. Joseph's Senior Home are helped on to buses in Woodbridge, N.J. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law four bills aimed at improving nursing home care after the COVID-19 outbreak devastated long-term care center residents and, at times, overwhelmed facilities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NJ enacts 4 laws aimed at nursing homes after virus response

Sep. 16, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed into law four bills aimed at improving nursing home care after the COVID-19 outbreak devastated long-term care center residents and, at times, overwhelmed facilities. Murphy, a Democrat, said Wednesday that residents and staff at the...

High school football players, coaches and fans gather at the Connecticut State Capitol during a rally trying to reinstate a football season on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (Aaron Flaum/Record-Journal via AP)

Meeting doesn't change state opinion on high school football

Sep. 11, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An hourslong meeting Friday with the organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut failed to convince the state's top public health official that a fall football season should go forward, she said. Dr. Deidre Gifford, the acting health commissioner, listened as the...

Officials: Keep vote helpers out of Wisconsin nursing homes

Sep. 10, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission shouldn't allow special voting deputies to enter nursing homes to help residents cast absentee ballots in November because the risk they could spread COVID-19 through the facilities is still too great, the commission's top administrator warned...