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Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

Sep. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move to clamp down on use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths. The “Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act”...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

House lawyer says Trump's census order breaks with history

Sep. 29, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s directive to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when the number of congressional seats in each state is determined is an unlawful order and following it would break with almost 250 years of history, an attorney for the U.S. House of...

Virus rental aid program announced in July slow to deliver

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $24 million rental aid program Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in July for people facing eviction because of coronavirus -related lost wages has committed less than one-third of the assistance promised, even though demand was so high that applications were suspended within days. ...

Correction: Native American Lawmaker-Team Name story

Sep. 29, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story September 22, 2020, about legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools in Washington state, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Democratic state Rep. Debra Lekanoff was the first Native American woman elected to the state House of...

In this April 28, 2020, photo, empty tables and chairs sit in the plaza outside the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. The Opry has suspended all events through May 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As businesses start to gradually reopen across the state, Tennessee tourism destinations like the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland and Dollywood remain closed Wednesday. But many of them are preparing to start welcoming visitors once again in a state where tourists spent $22 billion in 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee won't say which businesses got virus relief

Sep. 29, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has given more than $170 million in federal relief funds to businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, but top state officials aren't saying exactly who is getting the money. “This is considered confidential taxpayer information,”...

FILE - In this May 24, 2020, file photo, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant prepares a plane bound for Orlando, Fla. for takeoff at Kansas City International airport in Kansas City, Mo. About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday, Oct. 1, unless Congress comes up with another aid package. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Unfriendly skies: Airline workers brace for mass layoffs

Sep. 29, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The worries are growing for United Airlines flight attendant Jordy Comeaux. In a few days, he’ll be among roughly 40,000 airline workers whose jobs are likely to evaporate in an industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Unless Congress acts to help for a second time, United...

Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference unveiling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Minnesota congresswoman sues to decide race in November

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig is seeking a court order requiring that the November election in her congressional race be held as scheduled instead of being delayed until February under a Minnesota law that was triggered when a third-party candidate died. Craig, who is seeking a second...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'

Sep. 29, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official...

The EU flag hangs from Europa House in London, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain is set to start in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

Sep. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of creating a post-Brexit trade deal. But the atmosphere was soured by U.K. lawmakers voting to let their government wriggle out of commitments...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, John Keeler, Vice President and General Counsel for Spectacle Entertainment, addresses the members of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis. Keeler has been indicted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, on federal charges of illegally funneling campaign contributions to a former state lawmaker's unsuccessful congressional campaign. (Doug McSchooler/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Indiana casino executive charged in illegal campaign scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One top executive of an Indiana casino company that is building a new $400 million casino in Gary has been indicted and another has left his position following a lengthy federal investigation into allegations that corporate money was illegally funneled to a former state...