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President-elect Joe Biden departs a news conference after introducing his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Election 2020 Today: Biden ponders health and defense picks

Dec. 3, 2020 6:02 AM EST

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020 and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: HEALTH CARE PICKS: Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences are seen around a facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. The U.S. Customd snd Border Protection on Wednesday said it will block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods for its suspected use of workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

US to block goods from Chinese company over rights abuses

Dec. 3, 2020 5:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Wednesday it would block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods because of its reliance on workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest. Customs and Border Protection issued an order halting shipments from the...

President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen theater, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

Dec. 3, 2020 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the tempestuous congressional session...

In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong. Jimmy Lai, the pro-democracy Hong Kong media tycoon who was arrested during a crackdown on dissent was charged Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, with fraud but no national security offenses, two newspapers reported. Jimmy Lai of Next Digital, which owns the Apple Daily newspaper, was among 10 people arrested Aug. 10 on what police said was suspicion of violating a national security law and collusion with a foreign country. Lai, 71, was later released on bail but police raided his company's offices in October. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge

Dec. 2, 2020 11:48 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Outspoken Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate and media tycoon Jimmy Lai was refused bail on Thursday on a fraud charge amid a growing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city. Jimmy Lai of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, was among 10 people arrested Aug. 10...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Dec. 2, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Pass Collin’s Law to help stop hazing The Columbus Dispatch Dec. 1 Few parents ever want to see lawmakers pass a bill named for their child, because when that happens, it typically comes after there has been a tragic end to a short...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, members of the Colorado House of Representatives toil as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session in the State Capitol in Denver. In an effort to keep Colorado residents fed and employed this winter, Colorado's Legislature concluded a special session Wednesday, Dec. 2, by passing bills offering assistance to restaurants and food pantries struggling to keep their doors open during the coronavirus pandemic. This week's session, called by Gov. Jared Polis, also passed bills creating and expanding several grant programs to improve internet access for students, assist childcare providers and aid individuals struggling to pay their utility and housing bills. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado lawmakers OK COVID-19 aid, say more is needed

Dec. 2, 2020 7:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — In an effort to keep Colorado residents fed and employed this winter, the state Legislature concluded a special session Wednesday by passing bills offering assistance to restaurants and food pantries struggling to keep their doors open during the pandemic. Democratic Sen. Tammy Story, the...

President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen theater, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

Dec. 2, 2020 6:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the tempestuous congressional...

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congress swats back Trump's veto threat of defense bill

Dec. 2, 2020 6:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing out his relationship with Congress with one more power jab, threatening to veto a hugely popular defense bill unless lawmakers clamp down on big tech companies he claims were biased against him during the election. Trump is demanding that Congress repeal...

US appeals court rules judge wrongly halted NC voter ID

Dec. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina's latest photo voter identification law, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, deciding she erred when declaring the requirement was tainted by racial bias largely because a previous voter ID law had been struck down on similar grounds. The...

Wyoming lawmakers advance autonomous vehicle legislation

Dec. 2, 2020 6:12 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Lawmakers in Wyoming have advanced a bill that would establish a regulatory framework for producers of self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles to begin testing on roadways across the state. The Joint Committee on Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs passed the bill on...