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People watch from their vehicle as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Analysis: Debate is brief interlude of normalcy in 2020 race

Oct. 23, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year, and a reprieve for voters turned off by the candidates’ noxious first faceoff. President Donald Trump and Democratic...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, early Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from a debate in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person

Oct. 23, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida. Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

Oct. 23, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as President Donald Trump listens during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

Oct. 23, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night. President Donald Trump’s first line of the night, about COVID-19 deaths, was false and set the tone as he and Democratic rival Joe Biden unleashed a torrent of claims in their last presidential debate. Trump misrepresented...

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Debate Takeaways: Round 2 highlights policy over petulance

Oct. 23, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met for the second and last time on a debate stage after a previously scheduled town hall debate was scrapped after the Republican incumbent became one of the millions of Americans to contract coronavirus. For Trump, the matchup...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

Final Trump-Biden debate marked by clashes but less chaos

Oct. 23, 2020 1:41 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After a raucous first debate led organizers to introduce a mute button, the second and final meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was a downright civil affair. Whether because of that button this time or the terrible reviews in the first debate...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 23, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering...

Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News listens as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)

NBC's Welker sharp in first turn as debate moderator

Oct. 22, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Moderator Kristen Welker — with the help of an offstage mute button — helped give Americans the substantive, crackling debate over leadership that had been missing so far during the 2020 presidential campaign. The NBC News White House correspondent worked hard Thursday to keep...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

President Donald Trump pumps his fist, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Washington. Trump is headed to Nashville, Tenn., for a debate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump posts unedited '60 Minutes' interview before it airs

Oct. 22, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump took on the country's most influential news program in unprecedented fashion, posting unedited video of interviews that he and Vice President Mike Pence gave to “60 Minutes” before its broadcast this weekend. The video released Thursday shows an...

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President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, early Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from a debate in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person

Oct. 23, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida. Trump is heading to his home state Friday for campaign rallies at The Villages and in...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 23, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering...

Vehicles stop at a drive-thru U.S. Census participation campaign organized by Montana Native Vote on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Mont. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. There have always been geographic and cultural challenges to Census taking on Native lands, but the pandemic dealt a devastating setback. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Oct. 23, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana, census workers who go door to door were unable to reach all the households they needed for a complete tally of the U.S. population, a count that ended abruptly last week after a Supreme Court ruling. Community...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

Oct. 23, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

Oct. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. Both...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. The Supreme Court’s action in a Pennsylvania voting case has heightened fears among Democrats about Amy Coney Barrett joining the high court in time to decide a post-election dispute and with it, the winner of the White House.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit

Oct. 22, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Trump campaign has been videotaping people as they deposit ballots in drop boxes in Philadelphia in what it says is an attempt to catch violations, surveillance that the battleground state’s Democratic attorney general suggested could amount to illegal intimidation. The...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020 file photo, An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident is shown in Detroit. A top lawmaker says the Trump administration is seeking to delay deadlines for the 2020 census because of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney said Monday, April 13, 2020 that administration officials also were asking that the timetable for releasing apportionment and redistricting data used to draw congressional and legislative districts be pushed back. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

2nd group of judges blocks Trump order on House seats count

Oct. 22, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

For the second time in two months, a panel of federal judges on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump's effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of divvying up congressional seats by state. The decision from a panel of three district judges in California went further...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo an election worker pulls a stack of returned ballots from a sorting machine at the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Renton, Wash. U.S. officials said Thursday, Oct. 22, that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to discuss the process of approving COVID-19 vaccines.  (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

Oct. 22, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientific advisers told U.S. regulators Thursday they’re concerned that allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine could damage confidence in the shots and make it harder to ever find out how well they really work. The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year's...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, signage is pictured at a Walmart store in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, Walmart filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Oct. 22, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. The government is expected to take civil action against the world's largest retailer, seeking big financial penalties, for the role its pharmacies may have played...