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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., speaks during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Republican-leaning California 48th Congressional District in Orange County, Republican challenger Michelle Steel has talked about taxes, while Rouda has focused on health care and prescription drug costs. In the campaign for House control, some districts are seeing a fight between Democrats saying they'll protect voters from Republicans willing to take their health coverage away, while GOP candidates are raising specters of rioters imperiling neighborhoods if Democrats win. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

Law and order vs. health care as Dems, GOP vie for suburbs

Sep. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican hands for 28 years but now up for grabs, a suburban Missouri congressional district hugging St. Louis has become a lab for what each party considers one of its most lethal political weapons. TV ads by GOP Rep. Ann Wagner show protesters stomping a police car as the narrator...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media, from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill., in front of a painting painting depicting a political debate in Charleston, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1858 between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool File)/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Douglas statue comes down, but Lincoln had racist views, too

Sep. 20, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery. Just inside the Statehouse hangs...

Protesters with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation broke out after an Aug. 9 election that officials say gave him a sixth term in office and that opponents say was rigged. (AP Photo/TUT.by)

March of 100,000 marks week 7 of Belarus protests

Sep. 20, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital Sunday as the country’s wave of protests entered its seventh week. Hundreds of soldiers blocked off the center of Minsk, deploying water cannons and armored personnel...

FILE - A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Judge agrees to delay US gov't restrictions on WeChat

Sep. 20, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government's actions...

Nina Bahinskaya, 73, poses for a photo holding an old Belarusian national flag at an entrance of her apartment building in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The 73-year-old former geologist has become one of the most recognizable faces of Belarus protests, fearlessly waving a huge opposition's red-and-white flag in front of riot police.

AP PHOTOS: Elderly protesters defy Belarus' strongman

Sep. 20, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of protesters who have flooded Belarusian cities for six weeks of demonstrations to demand an end to the 26-year rule of the country’s authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko include people of all ages, professions and social groups. While younger people make up...

President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump promises to replace Ginsburg with a woman - and soon

Sep. 20, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. Taking the stage Saturday night at a...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick

Sep. 19, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. Taking the stage at a North...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Donald Trump said Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

Sep. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy...

FILE - In this  Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing.  The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?

Sep. 19, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

The U.S. government is cracking down on the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting by barring them from app stores on Sunday. President Donald Trump has cited concerns about Chinese government snooping as his administration prepares to follow through on executive orders that could make it increasingly...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...