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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...

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...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Biden is holding rallies today in Des Moines, Iowa, Saint Paul, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan's Black voters

Oct. 31, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters, whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat Donald Trump. The Democratic nominee was to team up Saturday with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump throws a hat to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally at the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wis. Hackers stole $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party's chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's voting wrongs; Biden's trade miss

Oct. 31, 2020 9:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The actual crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and a manufactured crisis over voting fraud featured heavily in President Donald Trump’s misstatements during the 2020 campaign’s final week. Democrat Joe Biden went astray on trade as he assailed the president’s record on...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

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...

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Latest: Obama to return Monday to Georgia and Florida

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Barack Obama plans to campaign in Georgia on Monday in an election-eve push to shift the traditionally Republican into the Democratic column. Obama will be in Atlanta for a rally to boost Joe Biden and the two leading...

Omari Barksdale is shown in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. As millions of Americans cast their ballots in the final days before the election, a convergence of three unprecedented, simultaneous national crises has led many to believe this presidential election is a referendum on race relations in America. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Election emerges as referendum on race relations in America

Oct. 30, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale. His sister, Laneeka Barksdale, died of COVID-19 in late March in Detroit — and since then, so have more than 228,000 Americans. Many were Black Americans whose communities were disproportionately devastated by the virus. Omari...

US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

Oct. 31, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said Saturday. Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2020 file photo Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper, front, talks during a debate with Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner during a debate between the candidates in Fort Collins, Colo. Democrats seeking to pick up senate seats in Montana and Colorado are painting their opponents as a threat to the undeveloped public lands for which the two Rocky Mountain states are known. (Bethany Baker File)/The Coloradoan via AP, File)

Dems keep focus on public lands despite GOP legislative win

Oct. 31, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats seeking to pick up U.S. Senate seats in Montana and Colorado are falling back on a party playbook now familiar for the U.S. West: Paint their opponents as a threat to the public lands the two sprawling Rocky Mountain states are known for. The Republican incumbents appeared...

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, A full gallery oversees the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott giving his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, a longtime Republican incumbent held onto his west Houston state House seat by the slimmest of margins, a mere one-tenth of percentage point in a race that helped the GOP withstand a Democratic wave. This year, the stakes are even higher. AP Photo/Eric Gay)

State legislative elections key to redistricting power

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Not long ago, Berta Patterson’s corner of Houston was as symbolically red as they come. Up the road is the Harris County GOP headquarters. In the other direction are the old 9th floor offices of the late Republican President George H.W. Bush. Roughly in between is Trini Mendenhall...

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty arrives at 10 Downing Street, before Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speaks press conference, London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, pool)

The Latest: Britain reaches more than 1 million virus cases

Oct. 31, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

LONDON — Britain has recorded more than 1 million cases of the coronavirus since the start of the outbreak. The British Department of Health on Saturday announced 21,915 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1.01 million cases. The United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain,...

4 dozen undelivered ballots found at Florida post office

Oct. 31, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Postal and law enforcement officials are investigating after four dozen mail-in ballots were found undelivered at a post office in Florida. U.S. Postal Service Office investigators said Saturday they found six completed ballots and 42 blank ballots among piles of undelivered mail in...

Botanists gather Siler Pincushion cacti near the White Dome Nature Preserve Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in St. George, Utah. The species moved from endangered to threatened in 1993, however, the numbers are slow to increase as development moves in on their habitat. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)

Utah scientists get dirty to save threatened cactus

Oct. 31, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Blake Wellard holds a middle-aged cactus in his hand, its long tendrilous roots dangling a foot and a half below the clod of desert dirt in which they are, purposefully, still enmeshed. The freelance botanist, as Wellard calls himself, knows that having these delicate and desiccated...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, the Sudanese news agency said Hamdok's senior advisor, Al-Sheikh Khedr, his office manager, Ali Bakheet, and the governor of the Central Bank Mohamed Alfatih Zain Alabdeen have tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo, File)

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

Oct. 31, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future compensation claims being filed against the African country in U.S. courts, following Washington's decision to remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The deal restores in U.S....

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Oct. 31, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office. He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to...

A pedestrian passes by a mural encouraging people to in Washington state to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in downtown Seattle. A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Majority of Washington voters have already returned ballots

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots in an election where they’ll weigh in on scores of federal and state races ranging from president to governor to local legislative districts. Nearly 65 % of the state’s more than 4.8 million...

HOLD FOR WEEKEND STORY BY SOPHIA TAREEN - FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, center, a candidate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District, appears in Springfield, Ill. Dirksen Londrigan is opposing Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

A closer look at the key congressional matchups in Illinois

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From Chicago’s suburbs to the southern tip of the state, Tuesday's election will feature several closely watched congressional races in Illinois. Here’s a closer look at key districts: REMATCH IN THE 13TH Four-term Republican Rep. Rodney Davis faces a tough reelection bid...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020 file photo, Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District  in Baton Rouge, La. The balance of power in Louisiana’s U.S. House delegation — five Republicans and one Democrat — is unlikely to change in Tuesday, Nov. 3 election. But there's a question as to who will represent a heavily Republican district where the incumbent isn't seeking re-election.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Abortion amendment, Abraham's successor on Louisiana ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The balance of power in Louisiana's U.S. House delegation — five Republicans and one Democrat — is unlikely to change in Tuesday's election, but there is a question as to who will represent a heavily Republican district where the incumbent is not seeking re-election. Five...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with then California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires in Paradise, Calif. Nearly two years ago President Trump ordered the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior to make federal lands less susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. But the agencies fell short of his goals in 2019, treating a combined 4.3 million acres — just over half of the 8.45 million acres the president sought. It was only slightly better than their average annual performance over nearly two decades, according to government data. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Federal agencies fall short of Trump forest protection goals

Oct. 31, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on poor forest management. "You've got to take care of the floors, you know? The floors of the forest, very important," the president said. He ordered the...