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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

Sep. 22, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine Republican...

Man pleads guilty to stealing from nonprofit

Sep. 22, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The former director of a western Kentucky nonprofit has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $25,000 from the organization that police said went to pay social media scammers. David Boggs, 51, admitted in McCracken County District Court on Monday that he took the money from Paducah's annual...

Judge invalidates firing of Holyoke Soldiers' Home boss

Sep. 22, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration wrongfully fired the head of a home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened with the coronavirus have died, a judge has ruled. The Hampden Superior Court judge's ruling on Monday invalidates the firing of former Holyoke...

South Carolina wood pellet plant accused of air pollution

Sep. 22, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups threatened to sue a wood pellet factory on Tuesday, accusing it of releasing more than 100 tons of air pollution a year in violation of the Clean Air Act. A legal notice filed against Jasper Pellets says the plant in Ridgeland is operating equipment without a...

Baltimore must pay alleged police victim full settlement

Sep. 22, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore must stop withholding tens of thousands of dollars from an alleged victim of police misconduct, despite the city’s accusation that the Black woman violated a non-disparagement clause that was part of a 2014 settlement, a federal judge ruled Monday. The judge...

Fight follows murder sentence in Ramsey County

Sep. 22, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A family fight following a sentencing for murder at the Ramsey County Courthouse caused deputies to lock down the building before gunshots were fired outside nearby in a shooting believed to be related to the argument. No one was injured in the shooting several blocks from the...

Republicans want to appeal major Michigan ballot decision

Sep. 22, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature is seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow Michigan absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 are eligible to...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020 file photo, family members of Ronald Greene listen to speakers as demonstrators gather for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

Sep. 22, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

A Louisiana state trooper has died following a single-vehicle highway crash that happened just hours after he learned he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was pronounced dead Tuesday following a brief hospitalization, Warren Lee,...

Greece: Prosecutors told to put anti-maskers on trial

Sep. 22, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Judicial authorities in Greece received instructions Tuesday to pursue the prosecution of anti-mask activists with fast-tracked trials and penalties for convictions of up to a year in prison. The instructions issued by a Supreme Court prosecutor described activists who oppose...

Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid

Sep. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EDT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid.