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An electoral official, right, tells a voter that the ballots haven't arrived at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico set for 2nd voting round after botched primaries

Aug. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans prepared Thursday for a second consecutive weekend of primary elections after the U.S. territory's Supreme Court ordered authorities to reopen polling centers where botched ballot supplies prevented people from voting in the first round. The court's ruling...

Funeral scheduled for boy, 5, who was fatally shot in Wilson

Aug. 13, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A funeral is being held for a 5-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the North Carolina city of Wilson. News outlets report that a funeral was scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. for Cannon Hinnant. Authorities have charged Darrius Sessoms, 25, with first-degree murder in Cannon’s...

Pappas sponsoring bill to protect voting rights for young

Aug. 13, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas of New Hampshire is sponsoring a bill that would strengthen voting rights protections for young people. The Protect the Youth Vote Act defines actions that violate the 26th Amendment, which prohibits state and federal governments from using age as a reason for...

An official turns away two voters at a voting center lacking ballots in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico Supreme Court upholds second round for primaries

Aug. 12, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the votes cast during a botched primary over the weekend are valid and that a second round of voting will be held this Sunday at centers that never opened or did not remain open for the required eight hours. The ruling was...

Arizona history Aug. 9-15

Aug. 12, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

Sunday, Aug. 16 On this date in 1879, the stages between Maricopa and Phoenix were held up so frequently that acting Gov. John W. Gasper offered a bounty of $500 for every highwayman caught in the act. On this date in 1881, Ethel Macia, Tombstone pioneer, was born. On this date in 1901, lightning struck a tree in...

Editorial Roundup: US

Aug. 12, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that could soon smother social network TikTok, Microsoft emerged as a potential savior for the U.S.-based but Chinese-owned video snacking...

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, hands over credentials to Namal Rajapaksa, elder son of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after appointing him as the country's sports minister during a ceremony in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Sri Lanka's president swore into office a new Cabinet on Wednesday that includes two of his elder brothers and a nephew, after a landslide election victory last week. (AP Photo)

3 Rajapaksas sworn into new Sri Lanka Cabinet after election

Aug. 12, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president swore into office a new Cabinet on Wednesday that includes two of his brothers and a nephew, after a landslide election victory last week. The 26 Cabinet members include Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who also holds the finance, urban development...

Election officials sort absentee ballots, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Voters in Georgia return to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to settle party nominations in four congressional races and 17 legislative races, as well as a closely watched contest for who will claim the Democratic nod for district attorney in Fulton County. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal and Constitution via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts choose GOP House nominees

Aug. 12, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts chose nominees to Congress on Tuesday, with voters in northwest Georgia's 14th district embracing construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene despite warnings from establishment Republicans about her support of conspiracy theories and...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.  A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a judge can be ordered to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn now that the Justice Department no longer wants to pursue it.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case

Aug. 11, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington appeared inclined Tuesday to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department's request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. Many members of the court expressed...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Westerville, Ohio. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden has chosen Harris as his running mate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Latest: Sarah Palin offers running mate advice to Harris

Aug. 11, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is congratulating Kamala Harris on the historic nature of being selected as Joe...