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Court to hear challenge to Minnesota mailed ballot extension

Oct. 27, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday was set to hear a challenge to Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots after Election Day, which the Republican plaintiffs argue could lead to thousands of votes received after Nov. 3 being disqualified and the election being...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden says Trump turned 'crisis into a tragedy'

Oct. 27, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Joe Biden is telling Americans to “clear the decks for action” on everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the economy if he is elected president. In remarks at Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden went after...

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for votes during a rare weekend session to advance the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins votes against Barrett, heads home to save Senate job

Oct. 27, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When Republican Sen. Susan Collins had to vote on a Supreme Court justice in 2018, she deliberated under the spotlight for weeks, building suspense that ended with a dramatic floor speech. When she announced her support for President Donald Trump’s nominee, she triggered an...

Rise in coronavirus infections may impact winter sports plan

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

The organization that oversees high school sports in Connecticut says it may need to wait until mid-November before deciding whether or how to move forward with a winter sports season as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to rise. Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday the rate of people found with the...

A local resident arrives to cast her ballot during early voting for the general election, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Adel, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa elections officials concerned over surge in virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Elections officials in Iowa are worried about the state's rising number of coronavirus cases, saying that any illnesses or absences among key workers and volunteers could hinder their services through Election Day. A week before the election, Iowa is reporting a new high 7-day...

Vermont officials: gatherings, travel bring new COVID cases

Oct. 27, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

Vermont's top officials said Tuesday that small gatherings and out-of-state travel by people who do not quarantine on their return appear to be the source of COVID-19 infections that are increasing across the state. During his regular Tuesday virus briefing, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said the outbreak that began...

5 deaths tied to COVID-19 outbreak at North Carolina church

Oct. 27, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At least five people have now died in COVID-19 cases linked to events held at a North Carolina church, health officials said. Mecklenburg County Public Health reports 143 cases of COVID-19 linked to convocation events at the United House of Prayer for All People in Charlotte on Oct....

Philadelphia struggles with virus upsurge, eyes restrictions

Oct. 27, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus infections is growing so quickly that Philadelphia is losing the ability to adequately trace the contacts of everybody who is testing positive and may have to impose restrictions on activity, officials said Tuesday. The city's health commissioner, Dr....

In this image provided by the Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Washington as Judge Barrett's husband, Jesse M. Barrett, holds the Bible. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

Oct. 27, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in Tuesday as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, her oath administered in private by Chief Justice John Roberts. Her first votes on the court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President...

Algerian leader "stable" in hospital with unknown illness

Oct. 27, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's President Abedelmadjid Tebboune has been hospitalized at a military hospital in the south of the capital Algiers, his office said Tuesday. The statement downplayed the seriousness of the 75-year-old's condition saying he was “stable.” It did not give the...