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President Donald Trump greets an overflow crowd before speaking at a campaign rally at Rochester International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path

Oct. 31, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden each has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Biden's is appreciably wider. The former vice president is competitive in all the battleground states Trump carried in 2016 and has put a handful...

Supporters of President Donald Trump watch a video screen showing his face during a campaign event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. (Nicole Hester/Mlive.com - Ann Arbor News via AP)

After year of disruption, America set to choose a path ahead

Oct. 31, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of deep disruption, America is poised for a presidential election that renders a verdict on the nation's role in the world and the direction of its economy, on its willingness to contain an escalating pandemic and its ability to confront systemic racial inequity. But the two...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

Oct. 31, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave and fearless secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90. Connery’s son Jason said his father died...

Then-Associated Press Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee, talks with Stephen Ohlemacher, who in 2020 is the decision desk editor, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press during election night. The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain in 2020 to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. “The general public has a more intense desire to understand it at a nitty-gritty level,” said Buzbee, who is now senior vice president and executive editor. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Show your work: AP plans to explain vote calling to public

Oct. 31, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain this year to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. The AP plans to write stories explaining how its experts make decisions or why, in tight...

Residents in Anchorage, Alaska, take part in early voting in a mall in Alaska's largest city on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Alaska residents living in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome can cast their votes early as designated locations. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues

Oct. 31, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly...

This image provided by U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service shows the website for HealthCare.gov. Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service via AP)

'Obamacare' sign-ups begin as millions more are uninsured

Oct. 31, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday. It's not a new COVID relief program from the government but the return of annual sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, better...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather near the Lincoln Memorial as final preparations are made for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election

Oct. 31, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. It has been a slogan, a rallying point. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like...

Archbishop Alexander Sample carries the Eucharist into downtown Portland, Ore., for an exorcism and rosary to bring peace and justice to the city on Oct. 17, 2020. In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. Recently, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism. They performed the rite in well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests. In Portland, Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample led a procession of more than 200 people to a city park, then conducted an exorcism rite. The event followed more than four months of racial-justice protests in Portland. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel via AP)

Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests

Oct. 31, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month, two Roman Catholic archbishops showed a different face of exorcism – performing the rite at well-attended outdoor ceremonies to drive out any evil spirits lingering after acrimonious protests....

In this photo provided by NASA, the Expedition 1 crew members pose with fresh oranges onboard the Zvezda Service Module of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on Dec. 4, 2000. Pictured, from left, are cosmonaut Yuri P. Gidzenko, Soyuz commander; astronaut Bill Shepherd, mission commander; and cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev, flight engineer. (NASA via AP)

Space station marking 20 years of people living in orbit

Oct. 31, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station was a cramped, humid, puny three rooms when the first crew moved in. Twenty years and 241 visitors later, the complex has a lookout tower, three toilets, six sleeping compartments and 12 rooms, depending on how you count. Monday marks two decades...

In this undated photo courtesy of the Heath family, Matthew Heath is seen at his mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. The former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela on Sept. 10, 2020, and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump, but the American’s plight has largely gone unnoticed. (Heath family via AP)

Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela

Oct. 31, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. “Han Solo always wins!” The weeks-old message is all the family of Matthew Heath has to pin its hopes on since the...

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Gamra, the mother of the Nice attacker Ibrahim Issaoui gestures as she adresses reporters in Sfax, Tunisia, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. The family of Ibrahim Issaoui expressed shock after he attacked a church in Nice and killed three people in what French and Tunisian authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack. Tunisian prosecutors say he had not been on their radar for radicalization before he fled with other migrants to the Italian island of Lampedusa in September, eventually making his way to Nice. (AP Photo/Mehdi El Arem)

France church attack: Assailant's family seeks answers

Oct. 31, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

SFAX, Tunisia (AP) — A third suspect is in French custody Saturday in connection with an Islamic extremist knife attack that killed three people in a Nice church, as the distraught family of the suspected Tunisian assailant asked to see video footage of what happened. Investigators in France, Tunisia and...

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, R-S.C., talks with state Reps. Chris Wooten, left, and Micah Caskey, right, at a get-out-the-vote event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC Republicans face well-funded Democrats in US House races

Oct. 31, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's $175 million U.S. Senate race has received much of the attention this election cycle, but every incumbent in the state trying to return to Congress has a major party challenger in 2020. The most expensive and most watched U.S. House race involves Democrat U.S. Rep....

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2016 file photo, Leanza Cornett, left, and Mark Steines arrive at the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles.  Cornett, Miss America 1993, has died from injuries suffered in a fall at her Florida home. The Miss America pageant announced her death. She died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at 49, two weeks after being injured at her Jacksonville home.(Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett dies after fall at 49

Oct. 31, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leanza Cornett, who was Miss America in 1993 and later a TV host, has died from injuries suffered in a fall at her Florida home. She was 49. The Miss America pageant announced the death on its Facebook page. The Jacksonville resident died Wednesday, two weeks after being injured....

FILE - This May 4, 2009 file photo shows Judge Robert Brutinel, a Yavapai County Superior Court judge, who was later appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court, in Phoenix. Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the additional of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, one of the stated expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey when he signed the expansion legislation into law. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five made the state high court less efficient because it now means two more justices and their law clerks review draft opinions before they're issued, current Brutinel said. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP, File)

2016 Arizona court expansion not seen as efficiency boost

Oct. 31, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Current and former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court say the addition of two more justices didn't make it more efficient, which was one of the expectations stated by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2016 when he signed the expansion legislation. In fact, the increase to seven justices from five...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

Oct. 31, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave and fearless secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90. Connery’s son Jason said his father died...

Shop owners fix a door in their shop damaged by shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery at a market in Stepanakert, the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Nagorno-Karabakh authorities said Azerbaijani military targeted a street market in Stepanakert and residential areas of Shushi on Saturday in violation of a mutual pledge not to target residential areas made after talks in Geneva. (AP Photo)

Armenia asks Moscow for help amid Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Oct. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s leader urged Russia on Saturday to consider providing security assistance to end more than a month of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, and both sides in the hostilities accused each other of breaking a mutual pledge not to target residential areas hours after it was...

Proposed geothermal plant draws fire in Nevada desert town

Oct. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Renewable energy power plants have their place — but not in Gerlach, say many residents of the town about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno. The community of about 100 is fired up about a geothermal project proposed by Reno-based Ormat Technologies Inc., which would sit less...

Warrant issued for former University of Evansville coach

Oct. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has issued an arrest warrant for former University of Evansville basketball coach Walter McCarty after he missed a court hearing in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a bank. McCarty, who was fired in January by the university after an investigation revealed allegations of...

EPA crews wrap cleanup of tainted site near Gary airport

Oct. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finished cleaning up contamination in northwest Indiana near Gary's airport that stemmed from a 1977 fire at a former hazardous waste recycling operation. The federal agency said it recently finished the cleanup of the Midco II Superfund Site...

Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots during early voting at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The wait to vote was over 4 hours. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana's 1.5M-plus early votes expected to delay results

Oct. 31, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The flood of Indiana voters choosing mail-in ballots or heading to early voting sites has kept up as the final votes are being cast in this year’s election. With more than 1.5 million votes cast heading into the weekend, Indiana is on its way to doubling the number of early votes...