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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., speaks to supporters at his victory celebration in Lexington, Ky.  Kentucky's 6th District has lived up to its reputation as a political battleground with the current slugfest between  Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Barr-Hicks race continues district's battleground reputation

Oct. 24, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's 6th District has lived up to its reputation as a political battleground with the current slugfest between Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks. Attack ads have blanketed the district, and their only debate turned acrimonious as each man...

People watch from their vehicle as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Biden in their last clash on stage

Oct. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more measured President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean a more truthful one. In the final debate of the presidential campaign, he was loose with facts on the crisis of the time — the pandemic — and much else. Trump did, though, exploit confusion sowed by Joe Biden...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to participate in a town hall with moderator ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. On Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that during this town hall Biden said if your 8-year-old child wants to be transgender to make life easier, “they have a right to transition and there is no reason for you to deny it.” Social media users shared an edited quote distorting his words. A transcript of the town hall shows Biden never mentioned transitioning or sex changing medical procedures in his response to a question from the parent of a transgender child. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden did not say transgender children should be able to...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as President Donald Trump listens during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night. President Donald Trump’s first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false and set the tone as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden unleashed a torrent of claims in their last presidential debate. Trump misrepresented...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Robert Brown Public Relations shows Greg Lindberg. Lindberg has started serving a federal prison sentence for corruption-related convictions and was in custody Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Scott Taylor, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. (Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg via AP, File)

N.C. insurance magnate begins serving federal prison term

Oct. 20, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina insurance magnate and prolific political donor has started serving a federal prison sentence for corruption-related convictions. Greg E. Lindberg was in custody on Tuesday at a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Scott Taylor, a spokesman for...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's falsehoods on virus, taxes and Bidens

Oct. 20, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back fully campaigning after COVID-19 sidelined him, President Donald Trump returned to familiar form, spreading a litany of falsehoods. Over the weekend, he asserted yet again the virus was “rounding the corner” when it isn't, misrepresented Democratic rival Joe Biden's...

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speaks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama boosts Peters' reelection bid in Michigan Senate ad

Oct. 20, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama gives a boost to Gary Peters of Michigan in a new ad released Tuesday by the Democratic senator's reelection campaign. The 30-second spot shows Obama lauding his “friend” Peters, who is facing a challenge from Republican John James. Peters...

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Bob Kadlec, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield appear at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

Analysis: Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

Oct. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's 2020 U.S. Senate race has the same top candidates as in 2018 — Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy. The world is different because of the coronavirus pandemic, which puts new emphasis on the candidates' differences over health care...

Bio highlights of Indiana governor candidates

Oct. 17, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A look at the candidates for Indiana governor in the Nov. 3 election: ERIC HOLCOMB Party: Republican Age: 52 Residence: Indianapolis Background: bachelor’s degree from Hanover College; served six years in the Navy Career: Various positions with Gov. Mitch Daniels, including...

President Donald Trump talks with voters after an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees what others do not in the pandemic

Oct. 17, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “I believe we’re rounding the corner." “We’re a winner on the excess mortality.” “We have the vaccines coming and we have the therapies coming.” “We have done an amazing job.” President Donald Trump sees in the pandemic what...