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At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the pandemic "criminal" and his administration "totally irresponsible." "You've got to level with the American people — shoot from the ...

Mayors vow to launch guaranteed income programs across US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it — part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income to combat poverty and systemic racism. Mayors in at least ...

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by ...

Phoenix courthouse shooting suspect agrees to remain jailed

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man accused of opening fire earlier this week on a security officer outside the federal courthouse in downtown Phoenix has agreed to remain jailed on assault and weapons charges. James Lee Carr, who made his first court appearance Thursday since his arrest, didn't seek ...

Biden assembles legal team ahead of divisive 2020 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden is assembling a team of top lawyers in anticipation of court challenges to the election process that could ultimately determine who wins the race for the White House. Biden's presidential campaign says the legal war room will work to ensure that elections ...

South Dakota agency: AG reported hitting deer, but hit man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer with his car on Saturday night but actually killed a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, state investigators said Monday. Ravnsborg's office has said he immediately called 911 ...

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration can end humanitarian protections that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to remain in the United States, a divided appeals court ruled Monday. While an appeal is imminent and orders to leave ...

Judge chastises government for not producing census records

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge chastised government attorneys Monday for failing to produce documents that showed how the U.S. Census Bureau made its decision to cut short by a month the head count of every U.S. resident. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose told government ...

California governor confronts Trump on climate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom had President Donald Trump one-on-one on live TV Monday, a perfect opportunity to spar with Democrats' public enemy No. 1 just 50 days before the election. But Newsom dropped the fiery tone he has employed in recent weeks about climate ...

Biden faces worries that Latino support slipping in Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris' motorcade raced past Colombian neighborhoods and made a quick stop for takeout in Doral — or "Doral-zuela" as it's known locally because of its large Venezuelan population — before speeding through the Cuban stronghold of Hialeah. But during her first ...

About 8,800 unaccompanied children are expelled at US border

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum, authorities said Friday. The Trump administration has expelled more than 159,000 people since the ...

From a stable job to a tent: A waiter’s homeless struggle

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Lello has never been rich, but the 42-year-old could pocket $100 cash most weekend nights at the steakhouse chain where he waited tables. He always had enough money for groceries, his car and the modest Orlando apartment he rented with roommates. But when he ...

Indiana murder trial starts with warning of gruesome photos

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The murder trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body began with a prosecutor warning jurors that they'll see photos of the 2014 crime scene "worse than anything you would see in a horror movie." Clark County ...

Lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair sells for more than $81,000

BOSTON (AP) — A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair along with a blood-stained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000. The items were sold during an auction that ended Saturday, according to RR Auction of Boston. No information about the buyer was ...

Massive smoke clouds from wildfires darken West Coast sky

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hazy clouds of smoke from dozens of wildfires darkened the sky to an eerie orange glow over much of the West Coast on Wednesday, keeping street lights illuminated during the day and putting residents on edge. The California Highway Patrol urged drivers to turn on their ...

Wisconsin Democrats think they can avoid mistakes of 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats, stung by President Donald Trump's narrow win four years ago, are confident the lessons they learned will ensure he doesn't do it again. But Republicans say civil unrest that followed a police shooting in Kenosha, and Trump's "law and order" message, ...

States ask judge to reverse changes at US Postal Service

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has already said he's halting some of the changes, ...

In battlegrounds, absentee ballot rejections could triple

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of absentee ballots get rejected in every presidential election. This year, that problem could be much worse and potentially pivotal in hotly contested battleground states. With the coronavirus creating a surge in mail-in balloting and postal delays reported across ...

Food banks: USDA program helped but better ways to meet need

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As she inched ahead in her rusty Chevy pickup, Brianna Lordz bemoaned that engine problems had prevented her from making it to the last few drive-up produce giveaways organized by a Des Moines food pantry. But Lordz managed to coax her old truck to a former Sears ...