National
October 17

Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law

A federal appeals court has upheld a decades-old Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in…
National
October 17

US judge mulls competency of Mexican man who shot American

A federal judge in San Francisco is mulling the competency to stand trial of a Mexican man who shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle, a shooting that figured prominently in President Donald Trump's run for the White House four years ago.
National
October 17

Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term

Gone are the days when President Donald Trump held forth daily at the White House podium flanked by members of his coronavirus task force. And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump's office to brief him immediately after their meetings.
National
October 17

Vision 2020: Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time?If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to…
National
October 17
Voters filled out their ballot during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland on Oct. 6.

Virus surges in key Midwest battleground states as election nears

Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before Election Day are the latest worry for election officials and voters fearing chaos or exposure to the virus at polling places despite months of planning.
State + Local
October 17
Todd Gallagher prepares mail-in ballot envelopes including an "I voted" sticker in Minneapolis in July. Absentee ballots are being requested at a reco

An election like no other: Tracking Minnesota's early voting

With more than 911,000 absentee votes already accepted, Minnesotans are trending well ahead of previous election early voting after only two weeks.
Politics
October 17
Voters stood in a cold wind Friday to cast their early ballots at the Elections & Voter Services offices in Minneapolis.

Twin Cities voters flock to early voting centers in huge numbers

The votes accepted to date have surpassed the total number of early voters in the 2016 presidential election by more than 234,600, according to the secretary of state.
National
October 17
Harvard University graduate student Maya James received an email from a political action committee that seemed harmless: If you support Joe Biden, it

Scammers seize on US election, but it's not votes they want

The email from a political action committee seemed harmless: if you support Joe Biden, it urged, click here to make sure you're registered to vote.
National
October 17

Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests

Inspired by the global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Nigerian American blogger Nifesimi Akingbe donned a black shirt that read "I am Black…
National
October 17

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees what others do not in the pandemic

"I believe we're rounding the corner." "We're a winner on the excess mortality." "We have the vaccines coming and we have the therapies coming." "We have done an amazing job."
National
October 17

For Trump, city where 'bad things happen' looms large

When President Donald Trump told the world that "bad things happen in Philadelphia," it was, in part, a blunt assessment of his party's struggles in the nation's sixth-most populous city.
National
October 17

Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states

Backed into a corner and facing financial strains, President Donald Trump went after his opponent's family and defended his own struggle to contain the pandemic as he fought to energize his sagging reelection bid in the nation's Sun Belt. With Election Day looming, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.
National
October 17

Life on the line: Early voters wait 'as long as it takes'

Americans are accustomed to standing in line. They queue up for airport security, the latest iPhone, COVID tests, concerts or food. But the line of voters building before sunrise outside Mallard Creek High School in a distant suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday was different.
National
October 17
Rudy Giuliani

Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani

A New York tabloid's puzzling account about how it acquired emails purportedly from Joe Biden's son has raised some red flags. One of the biggest involves the source of the emails: Rudy Giuliani.
National
October 17

Low-key Democrat tries to hang onto Senate seat in Michigan

Call him low-key, understated, maybe even "boring." First-term Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan is betting voters care more about his effectiveness, as he desperately fights to keep a seat his party is counting on to take the Senate majority.
National
October 16

Today in History

Today in HistoryToday is Saturday, Oct. 17, the 291st day of 2020. There are 75 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 17,…
Politics
October 16
Gov. Tim Walz has steadily increased his presence on the campaign trail, even though he doesn’t face re-election until 2022.

Gov. Walz not on the ballot this year in Minnesota? Think again

As the state's top elected executive, and a face of the state's response to COVID-19, the governor and his record are an election-year issue in the 201 legislative races for control of the State Capitol.
Politics
October 16
The statue of Christopher Columbus lies on the ground after it was toppled in front of the Minnesota State Capitol, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in St. P

Walz officials nixed return of Columbus statue at Capitol

Internal e-mails were released shortly before Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced the formation of two task forces to help guide decisions.
National
October 16

Judge refuses to block New York COVID-19 restrictions

A federal judge has refused to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order limiting worship to as few as 10 congregants in communities seeing spikes in coronavirus…
National
October 16
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Maco

GOP senator mispronounces Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally

Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on Friday by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Donald Trump.