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Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Jordan and Hamlin purchased a charter for their team from Germain Racing that guarantees Wallace a spot in the 40-car field every week.

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

Police cancel vacations; prepare for Breonna Taylor decision

Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a ‘new chapter’

  Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

Bank shares slide on report of rampant money laundering

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

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  Wall Street falls, S&P 500 down 1.2% as global markets swoon

  Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt’s Saqqara pyramid

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040

Police officers get 2 new bikes for sisters sharing 1

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.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

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.

  Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert is continuing to threaten homes.

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

Navalny says nerve agent was found ‘in and on’ his body

  Humpback whale swims free of croc-infested Australian river

  Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at Supreme Court

Thyroid pills recalled by Acella Pharmaceuticals

  Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday.

  Grandmother escapes Sally flooding carrying grandson in Fla.

Dozens living in the apartment complex had to be rescued from their homes that morning.

  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.

Nebraska man charged in protester’s death dies by suicide

Jacob Gardner, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found dead Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Hillsboro Police Department said in a news release.

  Raging Colorado wildfire forces evacuations

The Cameron Peak fire has been burning since Aug. 13. Stiff southwest winds sent that fire racing to the northeast.

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.

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

The new military branch, pushed by President Donald Trump, has provoked skepticism in Congress.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

All the winners accepted their awards virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony,

Deputies find 1 woman dead, 1 chained to bed at Texas home

Deputies determined the two victims cleaned houses for the suspect, who told them he had revealing photos of one of them.

  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.

  Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas, Louisiana

Beta would be the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in 2020, tying a record set in 1916.

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.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

  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.

  Fire crews rescue boy who crawled on roof to escape burning Milwaukee house

The family believes an electrical failure within the walls started the fire that destroyed their home.

  Boy, 6, helps critically injured dad call 911 after double shooting that killed mother

Police are searching for two men who allegedly robbed the couple before shooting them.

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

Beta is forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday.

  Police: 2 dead, 14 wounded at party in Rochester, New York

Authorities in Rochester, New York, say a mass shooting has resulted in fatalities.

  Homes destroyed after winds push California fire into desert

The El Dorado Fire has burned more than 33 square miles and was 65% contained, with 10 buildings destroyed and six damaged.

  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.

  Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native Brooklyn

Cuomo, a Democrat, said that he’ll appoint a commission to choose an artist and oversee the selection of a location for the statue.

  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.

Wells police, Texas Rangers investigate missing 5-week-old baby

Wells police, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers are investigating a missing five-week-old baby boy.

After wildfire smoke clears, protests resume in Portland

Photos show that smoke was used to clear the crowd, and it appeared that tear gas was deployed.

Russia’s Navalny says he’s now more than ‘technically alive’

Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than a week while being treated with an antidote.

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles southern California

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck Southern California late Friday night.

Iran vows to go after Americans who killed top general

U.S. President Donald Trump warned this week that Washington would harshly respond to any Iranian attempts to take revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

  Homes destroyed after winds push California fire into desert

A firefighter has died battling a wildfire in California that officials say was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby’s gender.

  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.

  Hundreds of thousands still without power in Sally cleanup

Baldwin County coroner Dr. Brian Pierce said the death in the Foley area and was of someone who was involved in storm cleanup.

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.

  Officer stops to toss the football with boy playing catch by himself

The officer said the youngster impressed him with his one-handed catches and ability to run under long passes.

  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.

Cracker Barrel adds beer, mimosas to more locations

The old Southern charm of Cracker Barrel dining rooms is about to get an upgrade. The decor is staying the same, but the chain is introducing booze to its menu.

  Family of Maine couple asks public for cards to celebrate 65th anniversary

A couple should be celebrating a milestone anniversary with a big party this year. But the pandemic has thrown a kink in those plans.

  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.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  Texas teen goes viral after mom falls through ceiling during TikTok video

Liz San Millan was recording herself singing on TikTok when her mom made an unexpected appearance in the video.

Walmart raising wages for about 165,000 workers

Approximately 165,000 hourly workers at Walmart will be getting a pay raise ahead of schedule.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  America’s longest-living couple celebrates 85th wedding anniversary

In life, there’s something to be said for being agreeable. Each grew to love the passions of the other.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.