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Serena Williams of the U.S., right, leaves after a video link press conference in which she announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of an Achilles injury prior to her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open

Sep. 30, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams laughed at her own jokes and sounded an upbeat tone — or one as positive, at least, as could be expected from a player whose latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title ended because of injury, as did her season, probably. Williams tried to warm up for her...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launch of the Mining and Development Program, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil president calls Biden's Amazon comments 'disastrous'

Sep. 30, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday attacked U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying that the South American nation should suffer “significant economic consequences” if devastation of the Amazon rainforest continues. Biden said during...

In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange traders gather at a post on the NYSE trading floor during the direct listing of Asana, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Wall Street is rallying Wednesday with rising hope that Washington may break through its partisanship to deliver more aid for the economy. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Stocks rise amid stimulus hope, still on pace for Sept. loss

Sep. 30, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is rallying Wednesday with rising hope that Washington may break through its partisanship to deliver more aid for the economy. The S&P 500 was up 1.6% in afternoon trading, though it's still on pace to close out its first monthly loss since March. After setting a record...

In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

Sep. 30, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for “chaos” and “insults” between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a “credibility deficit”...

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Vision 2020: How does early voting work in the US election?

Sep. 30, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What states vote early and when are these votes counted? All states allow some form of early voting, be it by casting votes in person at polling places, voting by mail, or both. But each state has its own rules and timelines on when this occurs. Some started in September. Some...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2012, file photo, Clarium Capital President Peter Thiel speaks during his keynote speech at the StartOut LGBT Entrepreneurship Awards in San Francisco. Seventeen years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money, Palantir Technologies is finally going public. Thiel, the iconoclastic entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, holds the largest chunk of Palantir stock. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Secretive, never profitable Palantir makes its market debut

Sep. 30, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seventeen years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money, the data-mining outfit Palantir Technologies is finally going public in the biggest Wall Street tech offering since last year's debut of Slack and Uber. Never profitable and dogged by ethical objections for assisting in the...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures, during a coronavirus briefing in Downing Street, London,  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  The number of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 and virus deaths in Britain are rising again, although both remain far below their springtime peak. (Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Britain renews sweeping powers to curb virus

Sep. 30, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON — British lawmakers have renewed the government’s sweeping powers to impose emergency restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic, although many legislators criticized the way Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration has used them. Legislators are increasingly...

Tunisian Defense Minister Brahim Bartagi, right, talks with U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Tunis Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Wednesday in Tunisia, before heading to Algeria and Morocco. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

Sep. 30, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing regional concern about lawlessness in Libya. Esper is expected to travel to Algeria on Thursday and Morocco on Friday, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy...

FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway during a women's rights campaign in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her son, Salah al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, is set to go on trial Thursday in a court established to try terrorism cases in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on charges related to alleged social media posts criticizing the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

Sep. 30, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018 file photo, former FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Washington. Comey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30, appearing just a month before the presidential election as Republicans have tried to make the case that he and his agency conspired against Donald Trump in 2016.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

Sep. 30, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lawmakers on Wednesday confronted former FBI Director James Comey about his oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation during a politically charged hearing that focused attention on problems with a probe that have becoming a rallying cry for supporters of President Donald...