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FILE - In this file photo provided by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Oklahoma County Judge Kendra Coleman smiles for a portrait. A panel of judges in Oklahoma has voted to remove Coleman from office over allegations of unpaid taxes, ethics reporting violations and her behavior in the courtroom. (Oklahoma Supreme Court via AP, File)

Special panel votes to remove Oklahoma judge from office

Sep. 18, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel of judges in Oklahoma voted Friday to remove a district judge from office over allegations of unpaid taxes, ethics reporting violations and her behavior in the courtroom. The nine-member Court on the Judiciary delivered its ruling against Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra...

Postal service to stop misleading mailers in Colorado

Sep. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday agreed to destroy any mailers with misleading information about Colorado mail voting that it had not already sent, settling a lawsuit filed by the state's top elections official. The postal service already sent 2.4 million postcards to the state's 4.1 million...

Judge declines to force Alaska to reprint 800K ballots

Sep. 18, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge decided Friday not to force the state of Alaska to reprint 800,000 ballots after a candidate complained about how some candidates were listed. Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson said Alyse Galvin, a nonpartisan candidate who won the Democratic primary in the U.S. House...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

A health worker displays a test kit showing a positive result for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

The Latest: New Hampshire school cancels Betsy DeVos visit

Sep. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Department of Education says a public school canceled a scheduled visit from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford informed the department Friday morning that it had a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Lawmakers must think big on utilities New Haven Register Sept. 17 A month later, with tempers having cooled, it would be easy to assume that everything is back to normal with Connecticut’s electric...

Judge: Michigan must count ballots that arrive post-election

Sep. 18, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan, saying envelopes postmarked by the eve of the Nov. 3 election are eligible, even if they show up days later. The decision is significant in a state that is anticipating waves of absentee ballots...

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP Exclusive: Census layoffs ordered despite judge's ruling

Sep. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two weeks after a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Census Bureau from winding down the 2020 census, a manager in Illinois instructed employees to get started with layoffs, according to an audio of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press. During a conference call Thursday,...

Justices stop Philly from broadcasting trials on YouTube

Sep. 18, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has put a stop to a local policy that allowed streaming of Philadelphia criminal trials over the internet. The state Supreme Court in an order dated Thursday halted the pandemic-prompted policy. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner asked the...

5 charged with damaging US courthouse during Vegas protests

Sep. 18, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five people are facing felony charges of damaging a downtown U.S. bankruptcy courthouse during protests May 30 following the death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis, federal officials in Las Vegas said. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich labeled defendants Alejandro Avalos,...