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Sunday 09/20/2020
Family, work and opera filled Ginsburg's final summer
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — She was seeing family. She was exercising. She was listening to opera. She was doing the work of the court. She even officiated at a wedding.

Ginsburg's impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Sure, there were the RBG bobbleheads, the Halloween getups, the lace collars, the workout videos. The “I dissent” T-shirts, the refrigerator magnets, the onesies for babies or costumes for cats. And yes, the face masks, with slogans like: “You can’t spell TRUTH without RUTH.”

Southern California wildfire grows, burns nature center
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:32 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities.

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains in the Senate in an otherwise bad midterm election.

The Latest: Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:16 pm

BEIRUT — Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the government announced Sunday, amid a sharp increase in infections and deaths due to the new coronavirus.

2nd GOP senator a 'no' to filling court seat before election
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator came out in opposition to filling a vacant Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election while Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted without details that the Democratic-led House has “options” for stalling or preventing President Donald Trump from quickly installing a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:02 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP’s Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 11:45 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Twice delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia’s primary election earlier this year was marred by dysfunction: Hourslong wait times at polling places. Absentee ballots that never arrived. Votes cast after midnight.

Sen. Graham's challenge: Fill a court seat and save his own
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 11:32 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Few members of the Republican Party have taken a political journey as long as Lindsey Graham’s, from ridiculing Donald Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot" to becoming one of the president's fiercest defenders in Congress, as well as a regular golf partner.

Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 2:03 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation's once-a-decade headcount.

A rapper, an elevator and an elephant: stories Ginsburg told
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 10:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent years Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was surprised to find herself so popular that “everyone wants to take a picture with me.” The justice, who died Friday at 87, had become a feminist icon, with books, movies, clothing and even coloring books devoted to her.

Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 9:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations.

Sweden spared surge of virus cases but many questions remain
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 3:31 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A train pulls into the Odenplan subway station in central Stockholm, where morning commuters without masks get off or board before settling in to read their smartphones.

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:01 am

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier.

Saturday 09/19/2020
Today in History
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

Walmart, Amazon among donors to QAnon-promoting lawmaker
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:01 am

Walmart, Amazon and other corporate giants donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who had used social media to amplify and promote the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an Associated Press review of campaign finance records and the candidate’s posts.

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 10:02 pm

South Korea —— South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing.

AP source: Envelope addressed to White House contained ricin
Updated: September 20, 2020 - 1:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 9:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 deal to keep TikTok operating in US
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 8:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company.

Deadly party shooting adds new layer to Rochester's grief
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 8:32 pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Already roiled by this month's revelation of Daniel Prude's police suffocation death, the city of Rochester, New York, was further traumatized Saturday when gunfire at a backyard party killed two teenagers and wounded 14 others.

Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to Democrats
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 8:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats raised more than $71 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, demonstrating how the liberal icon's passing and the contentious nomination fight that lies ahead have already galvanized the party's base.

Official: Toilet display mocking mail-in voting is a crime
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 8:45 pm

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan resident's apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official.

Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native Brooklyn
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be built in her native Brooklyn, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

McConnell's legacy: Wielding majority power to reshape court
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s legacy time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

How Ginsburg's death could reshape the presidential campaign
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign that was already tugging at the nation’s most searing divides has been jolted by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially reshaping the election at a moment when some Americans were beginning to cast ballots.

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 pm

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong afternoon winds intensified a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier.

GOP senators confront past comments on Supreme Court vote
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators weighing what to do about the vacancy on the Supreme Court are facing questions about their own past comments amid complaints by Democrats that their views have shifted with changing political reality.

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is putting the Senate in uncharted political terrain. There's no recent precedent for a confirmation vote so close to a presidential election.

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women's march
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 3:32 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 300 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country.

'I loved her to pieces,' retired Justice Souter says of RBG
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remaining eight Supreme Court justices, and two former colleagues, are speaking out about their colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Homes burned as winds push California fire into desert floor
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:32 pm

JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds pushed a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles onto the desert floor and spread it rapidly in several directions, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes, officials said Saturday.

Minneapolis to name stretch of street for George Floyd
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:03 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the place where George Floyd was killed will soon be named in his honor.

Is 8 enough? Court vacancy could roil possible election case
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has left the Supreme Court shorthanded during a polarizing presidential campaign in which President Donald Trump has already suggested he may not accept the outcome and the court could be called on to step in and decide the fate of the nation.

AP OPINION: Trump's virus revisionism; Biden on the hoax
Posted: September 19, 2020 - 11:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of mass death and sickness, what could possibly count as a success story against the pandemic?

Police, protesters clash as London eyes tighter virus rules
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 11:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Police in London clashed with protesters Saturday at a rally against coronavirus restrictions, even as the mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely” that the British capital would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a sharp rise in infections.

Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 10:48 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s homestretch push to repeat his razor thin victory in Pennsylvania four years ago won't happen without white evangelicals, and there are signs that critical component of his coalition hasn't lost the faith.

Flowers, homemade signs by high court in Ginsburg tribute
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mourners dropped off bouquets and gathered outside the Supreme Court early Saturday in quiet tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Homemade cardboard signs and a collection of flowers blanketed the court's grounds.

Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 3:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate — and the Republican-led Senate should confirm — her successor, or whether the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of Trump’s race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.

Court weighs allowing courtroom cameras in George Floyd case
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 4:03 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck.

Russia's Navalny says he's now more than 'technically alive'
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 7:32 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities at the German hospital where he is being treated for suspected nerve agent poisoning but that he at first felt despair over his condition.

Iran vows 'hit' on all involved in US killing of top general
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:02 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard threatened Saturday to go after everyone who had a role in a top general's January killing during a U.S. drone strike in Iraq.

AP Week in Pictures, Global
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:45 am

SEPT. 12 - 18, 2020

Ginsburg, a feminist icon memorialized as the Notorious RBG
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 1:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg moved slowly.

Stopgap bill to prevent shutdown held up over farm funding
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 4:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to fashion a temporary spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month ran aground Friday amid a fight over farm bailout funding that's a key priority of President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans.

The Latest: Trump orders flags at half-staff for Ginsburg
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 12:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (all times local):

Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 4:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump's buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world's deadliest weapons.

Friday 09/18/2020
McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 12:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the crucial high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates.

Monday 02/02/2009
JOHNSON: The weekend's most important sport event didn't involve a bowl
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I spend a lot of time putting together these weekly columns. Days, sometimes weeks of walking to and from lunch, kicking rocks down the street. Hours scribbling in various notebooks, then a night getting all of them together and typed into a computer file.

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Tuesday 01/27/2009
JOHNSON: Drugs are bad, but they’re good enough
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

There's an interesting debate going on now about the nature of our drug laws.

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Tuesday 01/20/2009
JOHNSON: Two things are constant: Change and the Constitution
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Today president-elect Barack Obama gets to drop the "elect" and become president-proper. Whether he'll make a proper president, no one knows for sure, but everyone except bigots and professional partisans certainly has to be hoping he will, out of self-interest if not patriotism.

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Tuesday 01/13/2009
JOHNSON: Remember, it's only toilet humor if you laugh at it
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

When I was in high school, I played a football game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. It was a JV match, so very sparsely attended, and other than the fact that it was very cold, and we won, I don't remember much else about the game apart from the halftime.

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Tuesday 01/06/2009
JOHNSON: The Arabs have a proverb: All sunshine makes a desert
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

It's only natural when the New Year comes to start to think of all things new and yet to come.

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Tuesday 12/30/2008
JOHNSON: Should have been a super year for Cowboys
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Cowboys lost Sunday and didn't make the playoffs.

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Tuesday 12/23/2008
JOHNSON: Some light reflections on the Christmas season
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I hate Christmas lights.

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Tuesday 12/16/2008
JOHNSON: Sometimes delaying the inevitable makes the pain worse
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I saw an article the other day about tapes from the Lyndon Johnson presidency being released. 

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Tuesday 12/09/2008
JOHNSON: The reason why Bill & Ted's adventure was excellent
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've heard it said that the essence of music is to make people enjoy patterns without realizing it. As far as I can tell, this is true. I can't grasp music, whether I hear it, see a sheet of notes or play Guitar Hero. It's beyond me, but I like to listen.

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Tuesday 12/02/2008
JOHNSON: I experienced my first Black Friday last week
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Actually, until my sister got a job selling cell phones (down in the Sam's store), I was pretty ignorant about the whole idea.

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Tuesday 11/25/2008
JOHNSON: I think I need a new obsession
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I apologize in advance for my column this week. I had a very bad weekend, and the worst thing about it is nothing bad actually happened to me.

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Tuesday 11/18/2008
JOHNSON: The American Dream is alive, oh well
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 5:44 am

I once read that in a single year, California changed the nature of America more than any state ever has, maybe more than all the rest put together.

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Tuesday 11/11/2008
JOHNSON: The story of Robin Hood and his merriment
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The other day I sat down to watch all of the old Disney films I have on VHS.

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Tuesday 11/04/2008
JOHNSON: Christians remember: WWJVF - Who would Jesus vote for?
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If anything I say here offends you, I wasn't trying to. There are two things you don't talk about over dinner, but if that extended to newspaper columns, I wouldn't have much to write. Religion and politics offend easily, and taken together the problem is even worse. Actually, this is my point, that under no circumstances should we put either at risk by mixing them.

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Tuesday 10/28/2008
JOHNSON: Everyone is permitted to vote, but it isn’t always beneficial
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

By the time Nov. 4 comes and goes, the 2008 election may prove to be the most popular in American history. Even in Texas where the national races should be safely checked off for the Republicans, there's more excitement than usual.

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Tuesday 10/21/2008
JOHNSON: Westboro Baptist Church, and what’s best about America
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

According to the Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, God hates gays, 9/11 was the result of America's tolerance toward homosexuality, and every dead U.S. soldier is a sign of the Lord's judgment on our depraved national character.

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Tuesday 10/14/2008
JOHNSON: Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

My friend once told me a story of an ant farm of his. For a while they went around digging, eating and digging some more. You know, typical ant stuff. Then they started to die, one after another. Bacteria in the dirt of a closed container - or some such.

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Tuesday 10/07/2008
JOHNSON: You know, ‘plethora’ actually means ‘too much,’ not ‘a lot’
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Because I didn't know that until someone told me to look it up. It has nothing to do with anything, but some people only read headlines, and I wanted to share.

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Tuesday 09/30/2008
JOHNSON: You can learn a lot by watching C-SPAN
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If you have a basic cable package, you probably have C-SPAN and C-SPAN2. And you probably watch them about as much as if you didn't own TV. But you should watch them more (and by that I mean "some") because when you complain that "nothing is on," C-SPAN is, and you can learn a lot.

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Tuesday 09/23/2008
JOHNSON: So much depends upon a balding tennis ball
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've recently rediscovered bouncing. Tennis balls, rubber balls, golf balls, toy balls - whatever bounces and fits in my hand, I bounce it, oh how I do.

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Tuesday 09/16/2008
JOHNSON: Speak up! When you ought to be talking, make yourself heard
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I don’t know if you noticed (or remember), but the other day the OA published its weekly poll on the subject of offshore oil drilling. Something like 87 percent of our respondents were in favor of doing it while just 13 percent were against. Not a surprising result for this area, really.

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Tuesday 09/09/2008
JOHNSON: Here's a tip when it comes to customer service
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Another OA writer had a recent column mourning the death of Customer Service. In response, readers offered explanations why we’d reached this sad state where employees are apathetic, have a poor work ethic, are all-around incompetent or some mixture of the above.

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Tuesday 09/02/2008
JOHNSON: A short time spent channeling Yogi Berra
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I was talking to someone the other day about the Odessa American’s online discussion forum. You may not have been aware the OA had any forums, and that’s what we were talking about.

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Tuesday 08/26/2008
JOHNSON: It’s not about gold, it’s about sending a message
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Olympics have finished, and we finally have a chance for retrospection. The Olympics have finished, and we have lost.

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