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FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 14, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two most senior officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, speaks to voters during a town hall meeting in Belen, N.M. Torres Small announced Thursday, March 19, 2020, she will go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Hopefuls in key US House race in New Mexico OK 2 debates

Aug. 14, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small and Republican challenger Yvette Herrell have agreed to at least two televised debates in a closely watched race in southern New Mexico. And they may be looking for more. Torres Small and Herrell said this week they agreed to participate in...

Hawaii governor seeking details on Trump's unemployment plan

Aug. 14, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said he is working to find out whether the federal government would fully pay for $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced under an executive order last weekend or whether the state would wind up having to foot the bill if it...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., listens during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Several Native American groups are warning Inhofe that legislation being discussed in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could undermine tribal sovereignty. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Tribal groups warn Inhofe bill could undermine sovereignty

Aug. 14, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation being discussed by some members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision threatens to undermine tribal sovereignty, several Native American groups warned in a letter this week to Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. The leaders of eight...

FILE - U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath speaks to members of the media during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky., in a Monday, June 22, 2020 file photo. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's prominent role in the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic has become Topic A in his bitter campaign against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, providing fodder for both sides.  (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

McGrath changes campaign managers in bid to upset McConnell

Aug. 14, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath switched campaign managers Friday in a shakeup heading into the stretch run of her bid to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath has raised prolific amounts of campaign cash, fueled by Democrats who made McConnell a prime...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Jennifer Pope wears a mask and sits by ready to help at a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Census Bureau adds emails, phone calls to door-knocking

Aug. 14, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less than 50%. The...

FILE - In this undated photo, provided by her campaign, is Mary Fay, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, in Connecticut. Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican Congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in the November 2020 general election. (Courtesy of Mary Fay Campaign via AP, File)

West Hartford town councilor wins GOP Congressional primary

Aug. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Fay, a financial services executive and member of the West Hartford Town Council, has won a Republican congressional primary and will face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson in November's general election. Fay billed herself as a moderate who is best-suited to defeat Larson and...

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse announces the cancellation of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade and Road Race due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

UMass taps lawyer to probe Alex Morse misconduct allegations

Aug. 14, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state university has hired a prominent Boston lawyer to conduct an independent review into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, a former adjunct professor who is running for Congress. The University of Massachusetts Amherst said Friday that...

RETRANSMISSION TO REMOVE OUT OF CONTEXT SENTENCE ABOUT SUCCESSION - FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden stands at left as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting Harris is not eligible to serve as president because her parents were immigrants. Harris, 55, was born on Oct. 20, 1964, in Oakland, Calif., making her a natural-born U.S. citizen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Not Real News: A look at false claims around Kamala Harris

Aug. 14, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. This week the Not Real News focuses on false news that spread about Sen. Kamala Harris after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday she would be his running mate. Here are the facts: ____...