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Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration’s practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval.

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

  Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Former congressman Ron Paul hospitalized, says he’s OK

  Ginsburg makes history again, lying in state at Capitol

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

Appeals court hears fight over Trump tax returns — again

Virginia governor, wife, test positive for coronavirus

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  White House again criticizes FBI director for voting remarks

Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US

House investigation says lax healthcare in immigrant detention centers led to deaths

  ‘No easy answer’: Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

  Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

Moments after Trump arrived, booing could be heard from spectators about a block away from the court building. They chanted “vote him out” as the president stood near the coffin.

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions

Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.

  2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

The protests come after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.

TikTok’s owner applies for Chinese license to close US deal

Trump promises ‘born alive’ executive order in appeal to anti-abortion voters

  Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

  Long lines of mourners pay respects to Ginsburg at court

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

  Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  Rhodes College grad is potential Supreme Court nominee

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is making headlines as a potential nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Trump Homeland Security pick denies intelligence meddling

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security denied allegations Wednesday that he molded intelligence reports to suit the administration, telling a Senate committee that a recent whistleblower’s report is “patently false.”

Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election

A judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into the family’s businesses before the November election.

GOP Senate report on Biden’s son alleges conflict of interest

The report did not implicate Biden in any wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son, Hunter, who it said “cashed in” on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses

House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

Facebook: Fake pages from China tried to disrupt US politics

Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries.

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump

Democrat Joe Biden said Tuesday that Cindy McCain plans to endorse him for president, a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP’s 2008 nominee.

  Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices.

  Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election

Republicans believe the court fight will energize voters for Trump, boosting the party and potentially deflating Democrats who cannot stop the lifetime appointment for a conservative justice.

  At UN, Trump raps China for virus as US deaths hit 200,000

President Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded that the United Nations hold China accountable for the coronavirus pandemic as he defends his own handling of COVID-19 in America where the death toll reached 200,000.

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

Putin likely orchestrating efforts to meddle in 2020 U.S. presidential election, report says

The Washington Post reports that a CIA assessment says Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably directing” efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

  Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote.

Trooper who faced firing in Black man’s death dies in crash

Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was pronounced dead Tuesday following a brief hospitalization, Warren Lee, chief investigator for the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office, told The Associated Press.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  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.

  Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by week’s end, before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is buried, launching a monumental Senate confirmation fight ahead of the November election.

FAQ: Voting absentee in Shelby County in the 2020 presidential election

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Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

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

The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American cities.”

  Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at Supreme Court

Ginsburg’s casket will be on public view Wednesday and Thursday under the portico at the top of the court’s iconic steps in front of the building.

  Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

The U.S. Postal Service must live up to its responsibilities to timely process election mail by treating it as a priority, a New York judge ordered on Monday.

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

Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, is hailed by religious conservatives and others on the right as an ideological heir to conservative icon Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice for whom she clerked.

Foot Locker stores to double as voter registration sites

The athletic retailer is joining forces with Rock the Vote to provide voter registration services.

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.

  Pressure mounts on GOP senators over filling Ginsburg seat

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to rush a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as pressure mounted on senators to support or oppose a quick vote to fill the seat.

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

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she doesn’t support taking up a Supreme Court nomination so close to the Nov. 3 election.

AP sources: Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border.

  California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles is approaching 156 square miles, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities.

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.

’No one should be surprised’ Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will consider Pres. Trump’s candidate to replace Justice Ginsburg

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he will “consider” whoever President Trump nominates as a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  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.

  Rhodes College alumna once again on shortlist for Supreme Court

President Trump has yet to announce his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but a federal judge who graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis has emerged as one of the leading contenders.

  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

The corporate support for a QAnon-promoting politician is another example of how the conspiracy theory has penetrated mainstream politics, spreading beyond its origins on internet message boards popular with right-wing extremists.

AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin

Federal officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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

President Donald Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay.

Trump backs proposed TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart

President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns.

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

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday cast an immediate spotlight on the vacancy on the high court, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to bring President Donald Trump’s nominee to a vote with just over six weeks before the election.

  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 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.