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Thursday 09/24/2020
The Latest: Protests in other cites over Breonna Taylor
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 10:02 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT)

Kenosha shooter's defense portrays him as 'American patriot'
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 10:02 am

The way lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse tell it, he wasn't just a scared teenager acting in self-defense when he shot to death two Kenosha, Wisconsin, protesters. He was a courageous defender of liberty, a patriot exercising his right to bear arms amid rioting in the streets.

Some in GOP dispute Trump, say they'd accept if he loses
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 10:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

US stocks swing from losses to gains as volatility dominates
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 10:02 am

New York (AP) — U.S. stocks are swinging between losses and gains in Thursday morning trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September.

3 accused of creating 'man cave' under Grand Central station
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:48 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Three railroad workers have been suspended for turning a storage room under New York's Grand Central Terminal into an unauthorized “man cave” with a television, a refrigerator, a microwave and a futon couch, officials said Thursday.

Trump pays respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday morning, just two days before he announces his nominee to replace her on the high court.

The Latest: Sweden's PM keeps limit on gatherings
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:47 am

STOCKHOLM -- Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says he’s keeping the 50 person-limit for gatherings.

UniConverter Celebrates 11th Anniversary
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:31 am

VANCOUVER, Canada, Sept. 24, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Wondershare UniConverter has reached a milestone as the software celebrates 11 years of providing professional and reliable video converting technology. Through Wondershare UniConverter offerings, hundreds of countries and millions of people enjoy convenient and professional video conversion services.

Trump-appointed judges under an election-year political lens
Posted: September 24, 2020 - 9:02 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson, a Trump administration appointee who bucked the president's conservative base by blocking a Tennessee law that restricts mail-in voting, had an announcement to make before wrapping up his decision: it had nothing to do with politics.

Over 360 more detained in Belarus in protests against leader
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:31 am

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Over 360 more people have been detained in Belarus during protests against the country's authoritarian president, who was unexpectedly sworn in to his sixth term in office after an election the opposition says was rigged.

In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:15 am

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the officers were charged with Taylor's killing, although one was indicted for shooting into a neighboring home that had people inside.

'Are people to be left to die?' Vaccine pleas fill UN summit
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:04 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — If the United Nations was created from the ashes of World War II, what will be born from the global crisis of COVID-19?

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:04 am

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.

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 9:04 am

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic.

As virus surges, critics say UK hasn't learned from mistakes
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 8:46 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it’s about to do it again.

From quick shortcuts to slow cookers, how we're eating now
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 8:33 am

In normal times, food trends often started in restaurants, with top chefs. Maybe they got written up in food magazines or blogs. After some time, you could find the trending ingredients on grocery store shelves.

Dismay over Breonna Taylor spills into America's streets
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 8:17 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Anger, frustration and sadness over the decision not to charge Kentucky police officers for Breonna Taylor’s death poured into America’s streets as protesters lashed out at a criminal justice system they say is stacked against Black people. Violence seized the demonstrations in her hometown of Louisville as gunfire rang out and wounded two police officers.

The American Friends of Capodimonte announce new Senior Fellow, Board Member and opening of 2021 Fellowship application
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 8:03 am

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 24, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It is with great pleasure that American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) announce the appointment of Dr. Claire Van Cleave as the AFC Senior Fellow at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy. The AFC’s unique mission places an American scholar directly inside the staff of an important Italian museum.

VirPack and Mortgage Builder Announce Integration Built to Streamline the Digital Mortgage Process
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 8:03 am

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 24, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — VirPack is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mortgage Builder, a Constellation Mortgage Solution Company and full loan lifecycle solution. This new integration will provide Mortgage Builder customers advanced workflow and document management capabilities, including optical character recognition that automates document recognition and data extraction to easily determine if data extracted from critical loan documents matches loan data in Mortgage Builder.

Election 2020 Today: Trump's power move; Biden courted
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 7:01 am

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Election 2020, 40 days until Election Day:

Dear Donald, Dear Mr. President: A Trump-Nixon '80s tale
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 6:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were two men in Manhattan who craved the same thing: validation. One was a brash, young real estate developer looking to put his stamp on New York, the other a disgraced elder statesman bent on repairing his reputation.

Integro Builders Adds Commercial Interiors to Their Service Offerings
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 6:32 am

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 24, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Integro Builders, an award-winning general contractor for custom luxury homes and commercial interiors in Chicagoland and Western Michigan, is excited to announce they are accepting commercial interior contracts, effective immediately. The company is poised to meet the modern demands of commercial interiors and businesses.

Sir Harold Evans, crusading publisher and author, dies at 92
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 6:17 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Harold Evans, the charismatic publisher, author and muckraker who was a bold-faced name for decades for exposing wrongdoing in 1960s London to publishing such 1990s best-sellers as “Primary Colors," has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 92.

Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 4:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

The Latest: Black women address rally in downtown Portland
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 1:02 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT)

Wednesday 09/23/2020
2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 12:05 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor's death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black people at the hands of police.

GOP senators see political, principle gain in court fight
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 12:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump marveled at a rally this week about how important Supreme Court nominations are to voters.

Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 6:48 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Joe Biden ran away with the Democratic presidential nomination in March, leading progressives have accepted him — sometimes grudgingly — as their party's leader. But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides.

AP OPINION: Trump's untruths on court pick, Biden's flubs
Posted: September 23, 2020 - 11:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Senate allies are misrepresenting the facts about Supreme Court nominations as he prepares to push ahead with a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Today in History
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 11:18 pm

Today in History

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 3:03 am

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage.

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 4:00 am

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede.

Asian shares fall as caution sets in after Wall St retreat
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 11:05 pm

Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday as caution set in after a retreat on Wall Street driven by a decline in technology shares.

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 9:48 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive.

Long lines of mourners pay respects to Ginsburg at court
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 9:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

GOP Senate report on Biden son alleges conflict of interest
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 8:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the report also offered no support for President Donald Trump's claim that the Democratic presidential nominee had improperly pressed for the firing of the country's top prosecutor to protect his son.

'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 8:32 pm

JIYYEH, Lebanon (AP) — When Mustafa Kinno felt the ground shake and heard the deafening blast toward the port, he frantically called his brother living nearby.

Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King' fame sued for defamation
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 8:32 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carole Baskin, who became a pop culture sensation due to Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King,” is being sued for defamation by a former assistant. As part of the lawsuit, the daughters of Baskin's former husband are seeking more information about what happened to their father, who disappeared mysteriously more than two decades ago.

World leaders criticize haphazard response to pandemic
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 10:05 pm

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders gathering remotely Wednesday criticized a haphazard global response to a microscopic virus that has unleashed economic havoc and taken nearly 1 million lives in its march across the globe. In the words of Kazakhstan’s president, it was “a critical collapse of global cooperation.”

In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 7:49 pm

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the officers were charged with Taylor's killing, although one was indicted for shooting into a neighboring home that had people inside.

GOP senators see political, principle gain in court fight
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 10:05 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump marveled at a rally this week about how important Supreme Court nominations are to voters.

US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 7:49 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 6:48 pm

Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates his gains for veterans
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 6:48 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed to receive a 2016 award from military veterans that didn't exist and falsely denigrated the record of the late Republican Sen. John McCain on veterans affairs, whose widow endorsed Democratic rival Joe Biden for president.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 6:16 pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — 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.

Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 6:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown could cause long-term harm if not reversed, federal officials warned Wednesday.

Former staffer: White House politicized Bolton book review
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials repeatedly exerted political pressure in an unsuccessful effort to block the release of former national security adviser John Bolton’s tell-all book, a career government records professional said in a court filing Wednesday.

Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 5:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric has until Oct. 7 to speak to New York investigators probing his family’s business practices, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ contention that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay until after the November election.

eBay workers who sent spiders to couple to plead guilty
Updated: September 23, 2020 - 4:47 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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