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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during the committee's business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the

GOP-led Senate committees issue report on Bidens, Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday on the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine. Biden’s campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks before the election, as an effort by an ally of...

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if the single-dose vaccine can protect against the coronavirus. (Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP)

Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US

Sep. 23, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina,...

A memorial to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg includes a photograph of the late Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Ginsburg, who attended Harvard law school but transferred to Columbia, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week. Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus...

President Donald Trump reacts after a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat

Sep. 23, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefs as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court. Bill Clinton savored building a personal connection with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And Ronald Reagan offered a personal touch in making his case for Anthony Kennedy after his first two picks for a...

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden cheer as a motorcade with Biden aboard arrives at Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

‘Bidin’ his time': Joe Biden battles being chronically late

Sep. 23, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden was running late. Again. On a recent Friday, he’d already apologized for the delayed start to a speech, then taken more questions than expected at a subsequent press conference. When it was finally over, Biden’s motorcade sped away quickly enough to leave...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves the Senate Chamber following a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Romney is one of four Republicans who could oppose a vote on a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg prior to Election Day. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate GOP plans vote on Trump's court pick before election

Sep. 23, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election, launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a nominee is...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Collins is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it's the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: Collins to vote no on court pick before election

Sep. 22, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Maine’s Susan Collins has become the first Republican senator to say she’ll vote against any of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Supreme Court...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Moon Township, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump expands ban on US money for certain diversity training

Sep. 22, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an order that he said will expand a ban on the use of federal money for certain diversity training. Trump earlier this month ordered his administration to stop paying for critical race theory diversity training in federal agencies. He said his new order will expand the...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Sep. 22, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout. The stopgap measure will keep federal...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo Cindy McCain, wife of former Arizona Sen. John McCain, waves to the crowd after being acknowledged by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey during his State of the State address on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden said Sept. 22 that Cindy McCain plans to endorse him for president. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump

Sep. 22, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP's 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with members of John McCain's family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during his 2016 campaign. But the...

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A memorial to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg includes a photograph of the late Justice, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, outside the Harvard Law School library at Langdell Hall, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Ginsburg, who attended Harvard law school but transferred to Columbia, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the age of 87. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women's rights champion, leader of the court's liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week. Even with the court closed to the public because of the coronavirus...

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during the committee's business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the

GOP-led Senate committees issue report on Bidens, Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday on the work Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son did in Ukraine. Biden’s campaign immediately panned the report, released six weeks before the election, as an effort by an ally of...

This September 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the company. Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if the single-dose vaccine can protect against the coronavirus. (Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP)

Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US

Sep. 23, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina,...

FILE - In this image made from undated, file video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. China on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. (CCTV via AP Video, File)

China blasts US House bill, denies forced labor in Xinjiang

Sep. 23, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the bill “maliciously...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Asian markets were mostly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a wary eye on how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the economic outlook.
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global shares mostly higher after Wall Street rebound

Sep. 23, 2020 5:13 AM EDT

World stocks were mostly higher on Wednesday as European shares advanced despite fresh data showing the regional economic recovery may be faltering. Surveys of purchasing managers by IHS Markit indicated business activity slowed in the region using the euro. Signs of strength in manufacturing were countered by...

1 dead after small plane crashes in Georgia

Sep. 23, 2020 2:33 AM EDT

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane died when it crashed into a pond in Georgia, according to authorities. The single-engine Cessna 182 went down on a property near Lincolnton at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The identity of the pilot was not...

US firm pleads guilty to paying bribes in Brazil, Venezuela

Sep. 23, 2020 2:25 AM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — A major U.S. asphalt company agreed to pay $16.6 million in fines while pleading guilty Tuesday to federal charges that it paid millions in bribes to officials in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela for almost a decade to win lucrative contracts. The plea agreement by Sargeant Marine...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield appears at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics

Sep. 23, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “I did the best I could,” President Donald Trump said. Huddled with aides in the West Wing last week, his eyes fixed on Fox News, Trump wasn’t talking about how he had led the nation through the deadliest pandemic in a century. In a conversation overheard by an...

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up signs as he speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump, Biden fight to define campaign's most pressing issues

Sep. 23, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

SWANTON, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump was interrupted twice during an Ohio rally this week by sign-waving supporters chanting, “Fill that seat!” “I will fill that seat,” Trump responded before launching into an extended riff on his plans to quickly nominate a successor to...

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

Sep. 23, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to...