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  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

  Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at Supreme Court

  Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

  High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

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Foot Locker stores to double as voter registration sites

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

  Pressure mounts on GOP senators over filling Ginsburg seat

  Biden to GOP senators: Don’t jam through Ginsburg nominee

AP sources: Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

  California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

UN chief: No UN support for reimposing Iran sanctions now

The U.S. move faces stiff opposition from the other members of the U.N. Security Council who have vowed to ignore it.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

  GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Just 44 days before President Trump’s reelection will be decided, Republicans are again looking to a Supreme Court nomination fight to unite a deeply fractured party as it faces the very real possibility of losing the White House and control of the Senate this fall.

  Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice

Because the contest is a special election to finish John McCain’s term, the winner could be sworn in as soon as the results are officially certified. Other winners in the November election won’t take office until January.

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin

  Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick

Trump backs proposed TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart

  Trump to Senate: Vote ‘without delay’ on his high court pick

  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

  Flowers, homemade signs by high court in Ginsburg tribute

A large group of mourners packed the high court’s steps and the street across from the U.S. Capitol in a nighttime memorial.

  US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S. — a move that could effectively wreck the operation of both Chinese services for U.S. users.

  Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

Minnesota will feel like a genuine battleground on Friday when President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden campaign to mark the beginning of early voting.

Stopgap bill to prevent shutdown held up over farm funding

House Democrats on Friday prepared a temporary spending bill that is needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month — and that would allow lawmakers to leave Washington to campaign.

Manager ordered census layoffs despite judge’s ruling

It was unclear whether such actions would violate U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s temporary restraining order prohibiting the Census Bureau from winding down field operations while she considers a request to extend the headcount by a month.

  Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released $13 billion for reconstruction of the grid and to help rebuild schools damaged by the storm.

  More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery in detention

An Associated Press review of medical records for four women and interviews with lawyers revealed growing allegations that Dr. Mahendra Amin performed surgeries and other procedures on detained immigrants that they never sought or didn’t fully understand.

  Trump blasts lessons about racism and slavery, plans ‘patriotic education’ commission

During a Constitution Day speech at the National Archives museum, he blamed school curricula for inciting race-related protests.

Study: Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana seats

Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats.

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

For the first time since winning the nomination, Biden was to face live, unscripted questions from voters, with the coronavirus pandemic responsible for the unusual format of the CNN event: a drive-in of 35 cars parked outside PNC Field.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

  Ex-Pence adviser says Trump bungled virus; she’s for Biden

Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term.

  Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

The Trump administration has seized on the demonstrations and an aggressive federal response to showcase what the president says is his law-and-order prowess, claiming he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats.

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday.

First volume of Barack Obama’s memoir coming Nov. 17

The memoir is called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.

  Trump store in Tenn. to become early voting location

The building owner says his lease is up Oct. 13. According to the Bradley County Election Commission, they will set up shop the very next day, on Oct. 14.

Showdown set as US to declare UN sanctions on Iran are back

Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step.

  Barr takes aim at prosecutors inside his own Justice Dept.

Rejecting the notion that prosecutors should have final say in cases that they bring, Barr described them instead as part of the “permanent bureaucracy” and suggested they need to be supervised, and even reined in, by politically appointed leaders accountable to the president and Congress.

  Trump says he can talk GOP into going for ‘larger’ virus aid

Trump is particularly focused on getting a second round of stimulus checks to Americans. But top Republicans are shrugging off the president's call and suggesting they are unwilling to push their offer much higher than $1 trillion.

Report: Feds considered using ‘heat ray’ on DC protesters

Law enforcement that night clubbed and punched protesters and unleashed mounted officers and chemical agents against them in one of the most controversial confrontations at the height of this year’s nationwide protests over the killing of Black people at the hands of police.

Trump not ready to OK TikTok deal, admits US won’t get cut

President Donald Trump said he expects to get a report Thursday about Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video app TikTok.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

  Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s prime minister, succeeding Abe

The new prime minister has said he will pursue Abe’s unfinished policies, and that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around an economy battered by the pandemic.

  Science mag makes first endorsement in 175 years, taps Biden

The editorial sharply condemned Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as seeking cutbacks in scientific funding and hobbling the U.S. response to climate change.

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A ‘new’ Mideast?

The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already thawing relations with the two Arab nations in line with their common opposition to Iran and its aggression in the region.

  Police leaders pressed Rochester to keep Prude video secret

Newly released emails show Rochester police commanders urged city officials to hold off on publicly releasing body camera footage of Daniel Prude’s suffocation death because they feared violent blowback if the video came out during nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

  Democrats to investigate forced surgery claims in Georgia

A nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records.

Apology, no firing: Official said US scientists hurt Trump

Michael Caputo, the top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, apologized to his staff for the Facebook video, said an administration official.

  Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

A win for Biden in Florida would dramatically narrow Trump’s path to reelection. But there are mounting concerns that Biden may be slipping in the state, particularly with influential Latino voters.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

Lawyer: Bolton will cooperate with any probe into his book

A lawyer for former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton says Bolton will cooperate with any investigation related to the recent publication of his tell-all book.

US tariffs on China ruled to be illegal by world trade body

The decision marks the first time the Geneva-based trade body has ruled against a series of tariffs that President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed on a number of countries, allies and rivals alike.

Outside investigators look at South Dakota AG’s fatal crash

The state’s top law enforcement officer said he initially thought he hit a deer while driving home from a Republican fundraiser on Saturday night. He is under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.

  Mass. man puts electric fence around Trump sign to protect it from thieves

Though six signs supporting Trump disappeared from the yard, another sign, one that encouraged people to get out and vote, was never touched.

  Wildfires raise fight over climate change as Trump visits

California, Oregon and Washington state have seen historic wildfires that have burned faster and farther than ever before. Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S. to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas.

South Dakota AG discovered man’s body day after crash

Ravnsborg’s office has said he immediately called 911 after the accident.

Court: Trump can end temporary legal status for 4 countries

Since 1990, the policy has granted temporary legal status to people from countries affected by natural disasters and civil conflict.

  Trump spurns science on climate: ‘Don’t think science knows’

President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden focused their presidential battle on the wildfire-scorched West Coast Monday.

USPS sends vote-by-mail postcard to households

The mailing comes in the aftermath of questions about whether the agency was up to the task and questions from the White House about the validity of mail-in and absentee voting systems in various states.

Cruz urges Department of Justice to investigate Netflix film ‘Cuties’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wants the Department of Justice to investigate Netflix over the film “Cuties.”

  In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration’s pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus.

Source: Oracle wins TikTok over Microsoft in Trump-urged bid

Microsoft says its bid to buy popular video-sharing app TikTok has been rejected, removing a leading suitor for the Chinese-owned app a week before President Donald Trump promises to follow through with a plan to ban it in the U.S.

  Democrats try to streamline mail balloting for their voters

Democrats are rolling out an expanded online portal that allows people to register to vote and request a mail ballot in their state and even helps digitize their signature on their paperwork.

US ambassador to China to step down next month

Trade relations between the United States and China soured under the Trump administration, and other disputes followed over technology, human rights and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair along with a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000.

Florida city repeals 13-year ban on saggy pants

The Opa-locka City Commission voted to repeal both the original 2007 legislation and a 2013 ordinance that said women, not just men, could receive civil citations for wearing pants that exposed their undergarments.

  Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Relief groups facing the threat of the coronavirus are taking a different approach to sheltering people who have fled West Coast wildfires.

Bloomberg to spend at least $100M to help Biden in Florida

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing at least $100 million to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in the crucial battleground state of Florida.

Trump pushes into Nevada, questions integrity of election

Trump narrowly lost Nevada in 2016 to Clinton, and the state has trended further toward the Democrats in the past decade. But Trump’s campaign has invested heavily in the state, relying on its ground game to turn out voters.

Pence drops plan to go to fundraiser hosted by QAnon backers

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign told The Associated Press on Saturday that Pence’s schedule had been changed.

Warring Afghans meet to find peace after decades of war

Afghanistan’s warring sides have opened negotiations for the first time.