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Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis announces the state's phase three openings at news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. (John Pendygraft/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

The Latest: Iowa reports new cases in schools, nursing homes

Sep. 25, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa reported a jump of 1,086 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the second consecutive day of new cases exceeding 1,000. Four more people died, pushing the state’s death toll from the virus to 1,303. Data from state health and education departments indicate the virus is circulating...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, U.S. Attorney David Freed speaks at a news conference at the Centre County Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa. Freed's office issued a statement on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, that nine mailed-in military ballots had been

Probe into 'discarded' ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

Sep. 25, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been “discarded” by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for...

National, state Republicans sue over major ballot decision

Sep. 25, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count certain absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be honored. A...

Prosecutor: Supervisor used county vehicle to deliver meth

Sep. 25, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A county supervisor in South Carolina used his government vehicle to deliver meth to buyers because it was less likely to get pulled over, prosecutors said. Chester County Supervisor Kenneth Shane Stuart was part of a drug ring that was distributing at least a pound of...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. Former GOP presidential candidate Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he's OK

Sep. 25, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul posted a picture of himself in a hospital Friday but said he was OK after video circulated online of him struggling to speak during an interview. The 85-year-old former Texas congressman, who ran for president three times, posted a picture on...

South Dakota's congressional delegation to honor election

Sep. 25, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation say they are committed to a peaceful transition of power if President Donald Trump were to lose the November election. Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses on Nov. 3. But South Dakota...

Missouri State Auditor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway observes a moment of silence to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Coronavirus throws wrench into Missouri governor's race

Sep. 25, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is hijacking the Missouri governor’s race, stalling Gov. Mike Parson’s campaign after he tested positive this week and taking center stage in his Democratic challenger's pitch to voters. Parson's wife on Wednesday tested positive for the...

This photo provided by NASA. Expedition 64 crew member NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, is seen during Soyuz qualification exams Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 25 that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing for a mid-October launch to the International Space Station, where she’ll spend the next six months.  (Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/NASA via AP)

NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station

Sep. 25, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the...

Tennessee judge rules election panel violated open meetings

Sep. 25, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Friday the state's Registry of Election Finance violated open meetings law when it held a vote by email on the eve of an election filing deadline. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle rejected the state's argument that the vote was inconsequential...

President Donald Trump arrives for a Latinos for Trump event at Trump National Doral Miami resort, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump hits battleground states courting key voters

Sep. 25, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

DORAL, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump tried on Friday to chip away at his Democratic rival's support among Hispanic voters in Florida, who could determine the election outcome in this crucial battleground state. “Joe Biden betrayed Hispanic Americans and I’m fighting for you,”...