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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)

Post Office warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 14, 2020 9:06 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...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump dodges question on QAnon conspiracy theory

Aug. 14, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday twice ignored a question about whether he supports QAnon, a convoluted, right-wing, pro-Trump conspiracy theory. A reporter asked the president about the theory at a White House briefing Friday after Trump tweeted his congratulations to a QAnon-supporting...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Virus flareups in Europe lead to club closings, mask orders

Aug. 14, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — New flareups of COVID-19 are disrupting the peak summer vacation season across much of Europe, where authorities in some countries are reimposing restrictions on travelers, closing nightclubs again, banning fireworks displays and expanding mask orders even in chic resort areas. ...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a doctor holds a bag of blood plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor at at blood bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Mayo Clinic researchers are reporting a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover. But it's not proof, and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Study hints, can't prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

Aug. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a...

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 March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Aug. 14, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday. Kevin Clinesmith is accused of altering a...

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: ____...

FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic rifle is displayed with a 25 shot magazine, left, and a 10 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines

Aug. 14, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass...

President Donald Trump speaks as Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump watches, during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J., with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union

Aug. 14, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . “This guy has been...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden signs a required documents for receiving the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Major US postal workers union endorses Biden for president

Aug. 14, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major union representing U.S. postal workers has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president, a move that comes as President Donald Trump has acknowledged starving the postal service of money in order to make it more difficult to vote by mail in November's election. The National...

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Judge boots surprise billing initiative from Arizona ballot

Aug. 14, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge Friday ordered a citizen’s initiative that would have banned surprise medical billing and barred insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing medical conditions blocked from appearing on Arizona’s November ballot. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge...

FILE - In this June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic rifle is displayed with a 25 shot magazine, left, and a 10 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines

Aug. 14, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. As millions of California children are already back in the virtual classroom, families, teachers and districts are still scrambling to figure out some of the basics: How and when they can resume in-person learning and how to get the in-demand technology needed for distance learning in the meantime. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California schools scrambling for info, tech as year begins

Aug. 14, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With millions of California children already back in the virtual classroom, families, teachers and districts are still scrambling to figure out some of the basics: How and when they can resume in-person learning and how to get the in-demand technology needed for distance learning...

Clark County approves plan to provide tech for students

Aug. 14, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County School Board approved a set of policies meant to improve students' access to technology needed for online classes. Trustees approved a plan to use $37 million to purchase Chromebooks, iPads and internet hotspots for qualifying students. An additional $4.8 million will go...

Prosecutors in El Salvador file charges against ex-president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador presented charges of bribery, money laundering and criminal conspiracy Friday against former President Mauricio Funes, who has fled to Nicaragua. The charges allege that Funes, his companion, Ada Mitchell Guzmán, and several others defrauded...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shine amid the city's skyline, in New York. In an announcement made Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, plans are back on, amid the coronavirus pandemic, to beam twin columns of light into the Manhattan sky to represent the World Trade Center during the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Group vows to stage twin beams of light for NYC 9/11 tribute

Aug. 14, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Plans are back on to beam twin columns of light into the Manhattan sky to represent the World Trade Center during next month's anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Friday that it is working on plans to shine the twin beams during its alternative...

A cyclists passes an empty Flinders Street Station during lockdown due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus in Melbourne, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Latest: Navajo reservation ready to reopen tourist sites

Aug. 14, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Popular tourist destinations in the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe’s reopening plan. Much of the reservation has been closed since March as the new coronavirus swept through. The tribe released a plan this week...

Mississippi inmate dies after attack in privately-run prison

Aug. 14, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Friday that one inmate died Wednesday after being assaulted by another at a privately-run prison. The department said the attack happened at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler. Lester Andre Henderson, 36, died...

President Donald Trump speaks as Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump watches, during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J., with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union

Aug. 14, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . “This guy has been...

Despite caseload decrease, Texas coronavirus still spreads

Aug. 14, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite a slow but steady shrinkage in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reported by Texas health officials, the virus is still spreading geographically. A Sterling County resident was reported Thursday as testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, making the sparsely...