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Long lines accompany start of early voting in Virginia

Sep. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Lines of voters stretched hundreds deep in northern Virginia and other parts of the state on the first day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election. Friday marked the first day of early voting across the commonwealth. In past presidential elections, Virginia voters needed a...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo, young patrons eat a meal on a closed-off street near sparsely sat tables in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: Jobless rate edges down to 11.4% in California

Sep. 18, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August amid its slow recovery from the pandemic’s damage to the economy. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs during the month. Most were government jobs, including temporary positions for...

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...

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...

School cancels DeVos visit, says a staffer tested positive

Sep. 18, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Bedford public school canceled a scheduled visit Friday by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Department of Education said. “They had informed us this morning that they had a positive...

St. Louis County health officials defend sports ban

Sep. 18, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A ban on some high school sports will continue in St. Louis County until the number of coronavirus cases in the county is reduced and in-person education can resume, health officials said Friday. St. Louis County's ban announced Sept. 9 on some moderate-contact and high-contact sports...

Former intern may soon lead Iowa City Police Department

Sep. 18, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Dustin Liston once served as an intern for the Iowa City Police Department. Now, he may soon lead it. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Iowa City Manager Geoff Fruin is recommending Liston, currently a lieutenant with the El Paso Police Department in Texas, to take the top job in...

Independent investigation into Daniel Prude death advances

Sep. 18, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The Rochester City Council Friday gave investigators the power to subpoena city departments and others as part of an independent investigation into the suffocation death of Daniel Prude. The council, which authorized the investigation Tuesday, unanimously approved the measure without...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York, to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. In a Sept. 10, 2020, letter to the mayor by the leaders of a number of businesses, de Blasio was urged

NYC mayor 'very confident' in new school reopening timeline

Sep. 18, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Friday. “I feel very confident about that date,” de...

FILE -- In this file photo taken on April 24, 2006, a crucifix towers over Corleone, Italy.The Sicilian town of Corleone, made famous by the fictional Mafia clan in “The Godfather,” has ordered schools closed and a limited lockdown after a spate of coronavirus infections were tied to a big wedding there last week. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Big wedding in fictional home of 'The Godfather' fuels virus

Sep. 18, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Sicilian town of Corleone, made famous by the fictional Mafia clan in “The Godfather,” has ordered schools closed and a limited lockdown after a spate of coronavirus infections were tied to a big wedding there last week. The city administration told all 250 guests at the Sept....