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Bishop Duane Royster sits on a bench in a park in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Royster is the interim executive director of POWER Interfaith, a group of religious leaders from more than 50 congregations in Pennsylvania that focuses on social justice issues, and has been active in the community following the police shooting death of Walter Wallace, Jr. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign

Oct. 29, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The fatal shooting of another Black man on America's streets by police — with subsequent unrest — has brought the fraught issues of policing and racism in the nation back to the fore of the presidential election in its closing days. Philadelphia police say Walter Wallace...

Get-out-the-vote letter writer Nancy Gehman poses for a photo at her home on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gehman is one of 182,000 people who have participated in Vote Forward, a 50-state letter-writing campaign to more than 17.5 million homes. In the best of times, it’s a massive logistical challenge to get millions out to vote. In 2020, the difficulty has been dramatically compounded: by fear of the coronavirus, by complications and confusion over mail-in ballots, by palpable anxiety over the bitter divisions in the country. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters

Oct. 29, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

Sometimes her hand hurt, but Nancy Gehman kept writing. Every evening from July until mid-October, the 85-year-old retiree sat with a gel pen, writing notes imploring fellow Americans to find a way to vote. Then she mailed them: All 1,260 letters. “It was comforting to know that I was doing something...

With the U.S. Capitol dome visible, a voter drops a ballot into an early voting drop box, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Union Market in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election

Oct. 29, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

In the most litigious presidential election in memory, court fights are even happening over where poll watchers may stand as the votes are tallied. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed — with the prospect of many more before and after Tuesday's voting — as both Democrats and Republicans...

A demonstrator raises a fist near Philadelphia police in Philadelphia, late Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death

Oct. 29, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police pledged to release 911 tapes and police body camera footage “in the near future” in the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems, a death that prompted protests, widespread vandalism and an overnight curfew days before...

Medina, New York City FC hand Toronto FC 2nd straight loss

Oct. 28, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jesús Medina scored for the second consecutive game and New York City FC beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Wednesday night. Valentín Castellanos ripped a right-footer from well outside the box that was parried away by goalkeeper Quentin Westburg, but Medina put away the rebound...

Cory Burke scores in the 65th, Union beat Fire 2-1

Oct. 28, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute, helping the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night. Philadelphia (13-3-5) has won five of its last six matches and leads the MLS with 44 points. Chicago (5-9-6) is winless in its last three. Kacper Przybylko...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Mildred Madison, 94, right, on a

The Latest: Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event

Oct. 28, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Joe Biden is getting a boost from Oprah Winfrey in the final days of the presidential campaign. The Democratic nominee made a surprise appearance Wednesday on a virtual get-out-the-vote event hosted by Winfrey that...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 28, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 27 The Los Angeles Times on the Dodgers' World Series win: For the second time in this strange and awful year, Los Angeles has found a reason to cheer. The World Series championship won by the Dodgers on Tuesday night is its first in 32...

FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference in Houston. The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of the overhaul of the front office that began after an underachieving season. The deal is expected to be finalized as early as this weekend, multiple people with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has not been made official. Morey and the Rockets split a little over a year after he sparked a rift between the NBA and Chinese government. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers

Oct. 28, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to become president of basketball operations as part of their front-office overhaul that began after an underachieving season, multiple people with direct knowledge of the...

Detroit Lions players point at the football held by Atlanta Falcons' Todd Gurley during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Gurley saw a tantalizing path to the end zone and couldn't help himself.  He tried to fall down, but it was too late. Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Can Falcons find yet another unique way to lose a game?

Oct. 28, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

There is losing, and there is LOSING. The Atlanta Falcons have mastered the capitalized version. Blown leads, botched onside kicks and, last Sunday, scoring when they shouldn't have. It's all added up to a 1-6 record, a coach and general manager fired, and ridicule across America for what is actually one of the...