National Politics

House Democrats hope to pass funding bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with a government-wide temporary funding bill that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month.

UK's Johnson urges 'spirit of togetherness' to combat virus

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed Tuesday for a “spirit of togetherness” through the winter as he unveiled a series of new restrictions on everyday life to suppress a dramatic spike in new coronavirus cases.

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections.

Evers extends Wisconsin's mask mandate until Nov. 21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21.

With 95% homes hit, feds say no need for census extension

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With the number of U.S. households counted topping 95%, there is no reason for a judge to order the U.S. Census Bureau to extend by a month the head count of every U.S. resident, government attorneys said in court papers Tuesday.

Court papers: Woman wrote 'give up' in ricin note to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Canadian woman accused of mailing a package containing ricin to the White House included a threatening letter in which she told President Donald Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election,” according to court papers filed Tuesday.

State auditor: UC wrongly admitted well-connected students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California “inappropriately admitted" at least 64 wealthy, mostly white students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends," according to an audit released Tuesday that found hundreds more questionable cases of students accepted to the top UC schools.

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Woodward says CNN reporter urged him to release Trump tapes

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward says he hadn't planned on releasing audio tapes of his interviews with President Donald Trump for his book “Rage” until CNN reporter Jamie Gangel and the author's wife convinced him.

San Diego County avoids more business closures due to virus

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California’s second-largest county was narrowly spared Tuesday from having to backpedal on its return to normalcy, escaping a major economic setback related to the coronavirus.

UN chief warns of crisis as world powers meet remotely

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N.’s first-ever virtual meeting of global leaders Tuesday that the world is facing an “epochal” health crisis, the biggest economic calamity and job losses since the Great Depression, threats to human rights and worries of a new Cold War between the U.S. and China.

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded that a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short.

Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire's growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving wildfire to make an unprecedented run through Southern California mountains and eventually find fuel in old-growth trees to become one of Los Angeles County's largest fires ever, an official said Tuesday.

Senate GOP lines up with Trump to quickly fill court seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump's rush to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat, all but ensuring a divisive confirmation vote despite Democrats' objections it's too close to the Nov. 3 election.

Attorneys: Mississippi gov properly vetoed parts of bills

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves acted within his constitutional powers when he issued partial vetoes of budget bills this year, the state attorney general's office is arguing in court papers.

Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's new coronavirus exposure notification app became available in app stores Tuesday could soon be compatible with those of three neighboring states, including New York.

Turkey, Greece soon to resume talks on resolving disputes

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks aimed at resolving long-festering disputes, following a weeks-long standoff between the neighbors over maritime boundaries and rights to exploit offshore oil and gas resources.

Cybersecurity experts: Requesting ballots by email is safe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of leading cybersecurity experts told an Ohio court that absentee ballot applications can be safely transmitted using email, countering the secretary of state's assertions that the practice would open up voting in the presidential battleground to outside interference.

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged world leaders to hold China accountable for the spread of the coronavirus, in a video address to a scaled-down U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday as America's death toll topped 200,000.