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FILE - In this file photo from July 30, 2020, Ohio state Rep. Bob Cupp, center, is congratulated after being elected Speaker of the House at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Cupp begins to lead the Ohio House as members of his party tout him as the

New Ohio House speaker's sterling narrative has detractors

Sep. 22, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has...

New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature

Sep. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., smiles as she removes her face covering to speak prior to Vice President Mike Pence arriving to speak at the

AP FACT CHECK: GOP ads twist deal for Ariz. Dem's ex-company

Sep. 22, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

Republicans in an Arizona U.S. Senate race are distorting the details of a development deal for a high-altitude balloon company co-founded by Mark Kelly, the Democratic candidate for the seat. Contrary to their TV and online ads, Kelly's company didn't get $15 million from taxpayers and give nothing back except...

An ambulance drives past the University Hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. German authorities say a hacker attack caused the partial failure of IT systems at a major hospital in Duesseldorf, and a woman who needed urgent admission died after she had to be taken to another city for treatment. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)

Report: German hospital cyberattack trail leads to Russia

Sep. 22, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia, German media reported Tuesday. The attack caused the failure of IT systems at Duesseldorf's University Hospital two weeks...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

Long lines are shown waiting outside the location where President Donald Trump will speak at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

Sep. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district. “It hasn’t ebbed. It’s crashed," said Lehner, who is not seeking reelection in the district of...

Judge dismisses Trump challenge to Nevada mail voting law

Sep. 21, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law. The campaign, which has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules, had asked...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that tens of thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, officials in the battleground state told counties that they aren't allowed to reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn't match the signature in the voter’s file. 
 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns

Sep. 21, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy...

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on SC mail ballots

Sep. 21, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the state...

Florida governor seeks new penalties for violent protesters

Sep. 21, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is going to get tough on people who engage in violence during protests, Florida's Republican governor said Monday in announcing new legislation. Gov. Ron DeSantis said his proposed legislation will impose felony-level penalties on anyone who damages property,...