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Clock running out before some airlines begin furloughs

Sep. 30, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Airline employees and executives made 11th-hour appeals Wednesday for Congress to approve billions more in federal aid to avert thousands of layoffs that are scheduled to start Thursday. U.S. passenger airlines and their labor unions are lobbying for another $25 billion in taxpayer money to pay workers for six...

Editorial Roundup: US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Sept. 30 The San Francisco Chronicle on the presidential debate: Americans should be saddened, if not angered, by the distressingly unhinged debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Some of the blame...

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, is shown while meeting with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)

Trump thrusts Supreme Court pick into election turmoil

Sep. 30, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s stark expectation that the Supreme Court will intervene to “look at the ballots” in what he calls a rigged election casts new questions Wednesday on the Senate’s rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat before Nov....

Cori Gauff of the U.S. serves against Italy's Martina Trevisan in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Latest: Gauff undone by 19 double-faults in French loss

Sep. 30, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ___ 9:35 p.m. American teenager Coco Gauff’s French Open debut has ended in the second round after she double-faulted 19 times in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 loss to 159th-ranked qualifier Martina Trevisan. Gauff double-faulted twice in the last...

A waiter takes an order from customers sitting indoors as another has lunch at an outdoor table at Ginger and Lemongrass restaurant, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in New York. The city on Wednesday began allowing restaurants to offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: Studies: Immune system clue to virus reactions

Sep. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK — One of COVID-19′s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why. An international team of researchers found in some people with severe COVID-19, the body goes rogue and attacks one of its...

Tunisian Defense Minister Brahim Bartagi, right, talks with U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Tunis Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived Wednesday in Tunisia, before heading to Algeria and Morocco. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

Sep. 30, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing concern about lawlessness in Libya. Esper is expected to travel to Algeria on Thursday and Morocco on Friday, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in...

A look at some of the voting-related lawsuits across the US

Sep. 30, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed ahead of the November election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American balloting process, including how ballots are cast and counted. Here's a look at some of the top lawsuits in battleground states: NORTH CAROLINA: The Trump...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. Democrats and Republicans are involved in hundreds of lawsuits across the country relating to the upcoming election. The lawsuits concern the core fundamentals of the American voting process, including how ballots are cast and counted.(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

Sep. 30, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They've been fighting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the cutoff date for counting mailed ballots, and in North Carolina over witness requirements. Ohio is grappling with drop boxes for ballots as Texas faces a court challenge over extra days of early voting. Measuring the anxiety over...

Serena Williams of the U.S., right, leaves after a video link press conference in which she announced her withdrawal from the tournament because of an Achilles injury prior to her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open

Sep. 30, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams laughed at her own jokes and sounded an upbeat tone — or one as positive, at least, as could be expected from a player whose latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title ended because of injury, as did her season, probably. Williams tried to warm up for her...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launch of the Mining and Development Program, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil president calls Biden's Amazon comments 'disastrous'

Sep. 30, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday attacked U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying that the South American nation should suffer “significant economic consequences” if devastation of the Amazon rainforest continues. Biden said during...