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FILE - This photo from Sunday May 31, 2020, shows demonstrators raising their hands during a rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., for George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after being restrained by police officers. The chaos unleashed in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, has created space for different voices to speak, for different conversations to be had and for different questions to be asked. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Analysis: 2020, and the American chorus' newly loud voices

Oct. 31, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

It's LOUD in the United States these days. Voices are being raised everywhere, speaking about everything. They’re talking policing, health care, COVID. They're discussing the economic safety net, the environment. They’re challenging racism, sexism and the myriad ways we come up with to judge each...

Today in History

Oct. 31, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 305th day of 2020. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927. On this date: In 1795, English poet John...

Tim McVean, 38, poses for a photo at a ballot drop-off location in Minneapolis after handing his ballot to election officials on Friday Oct. 30, 2020. McVean said he decided to drop off his ballot in-person after learning of an appeals court ruling Thursday evening that indicated mail-in ballots received after Election Day may not be counted. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ibrahim)

Minnesota Democrats ramp up push for absentee ballot turnout

Oct. 30, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats and election officials on Friday urged people with absentee ballots not yet mailed to drop them off by hand or vote in person, a day after an appellate court’s ruling raised questions about whether ballots that arrive up to seven days beyond Election Day would...

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...

Members of Japanese civil groups attend a rally near Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Dozens of people protested outside Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters building in Tokyo on Friday, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers by accepting the South Korean supreme court ruling two years ago that severely strained relations between the two neighbors. The banners read

Protest outside Japan's Mitsubishi over wartime forced labor

Oct. 30, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — About a dozen people protested outside the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo on Friday, demanding Japanese companies pay compensation for their wartime abuse of Korean laborers. The protesters called on the companies to accept South Korean Supreme Court rulings that severely...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was correct at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services in Minneapolis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 that Minnesota absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a court.(Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Minnesota SOS: Too late to mail ballots -- but not to vote

Oct. 29, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's secretary of state said Thursday it's too late for voters to mail back their absentee ballots if they want to make sure their votes count, after an appeals court ruling indicated that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated. A three-judge...

President Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Girl Scouts tweet, then delete post about Amy Coney Barrett

Oct. 29, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

A tweet by the Girl Scouts congratulating new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett drew such outrage from Barrett’s critics that the youth organization swiftly deleted it – only to draw a new backlash from Barrett’s supporters. The original tweet, posted Wednesday evening, said,...

A voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Election 2020 Today: Wooing Florida, getting out the vote

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, five days until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Florida and North Carolina; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be in...

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...

FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives for questioning over bribery allegations at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s top court on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, upheld a 17-year prison term imposed on ex-President Lee over a range of high-profile corruption charges, a ruling that will send him back to jail again.(Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File)

S. Korea's top court upholds ex-leader's 17-year jail term

Oct. 29, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court upheld a 17-year prison sentence on former President Lee Myung-bak for a range of corruption crimes in a final ruling Thursday that will send him back to prison soon. Lee has been convicted of taking bribes worth millions of dollars from big...