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  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.

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

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

  Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

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

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday; 4th Circuit judge on list

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

  Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

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

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

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

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

  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

  Pressure mounts on GOP senators over filling Ginsburg seat

When and where to vote early in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield

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

Virginia female lawyers, lawmakers remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg

AP sources: Woman accused of sending ricin letter arrested

  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.

  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.

3 dozen orders issued with Virginia’s new “red flag” gun law

At least three dozen Virginia residents have been prohibited temporarily or permanently from having firearms or purchasing them based on a new state law letting courts decide they would be a danger to themselves or others.

  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.

Vigil honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg planned for Sunday in Richmond

The vigil, planned through a Facebook event, is slated for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 7:30-8:30 p.m at the Federal Courthouse at 701 Broad Street.

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.

Democrats raise over $31 million after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death

Democrats raised more than $31 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

  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

A statue of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be built in her native Brooklyn.

  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.

  How to track your absentee mail-in ballot in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a new absentee mail-in ballot tracker to allow voters to follow their ballots before receiving them, and after they’re sent back to the registrar, to make sure they're processed.

  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.

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday.

First volume of Barack Obama’s memoir coming Nov. 17

The memoir is called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.

  Indecision 2020: What to expect about ballot returns on Election Night

Those in the know say November 3 will likely be the beginning, not the end, of the vote count.

  Trump store in Tenn. to become early voting location

The building owner says his lease is up Oct. 13. According to the Bradley County Election Commission, they will set up shop the very next day, on Oct. 14.

Showdown set as US to declare UN sanctions on Iran are back

Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step.

  Barr takes aim at prosecutors inside his own Justice Dept.

Rejecting the notion that prosecutors should have final say in cases that they bring, Barr described them instead as part of the “permanent bureaucracy” and suggested they need to be supervised, and even reined in, by politically appointed leaders accountable to the president and Congress.

  Trump says he can talk GOP into going for ‘larger’ virus aid

Trump is particularly focused on getting a second round of stimulus checks to Americans. But top Republicans are shrugging off the president's call and suggesting they are unwilling to push their offer much higher than $1 trillion.

Report: Feds considered using ‘heat ray’ on DC protesters

Law enforcement that night clubbed and punched protesters and unleashed mounted officers and chemical agents against them in one of the most controversial confrontations at the height of this year’s nationwide protests over the killing of Black people at the hands of police.

Trump not ready to OK TikTok deal, admits US won’t get cut

President Donald Trump said he expects to get a report Thursday about Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video app TikTok.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

  Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s prime minister, succeeding Abe

The new prime minister has said he will pursue Abe’s unfinished policies, and that his top priorities will be fighting the coronavirus and turning around an economy battered by the pandemic.

  Science mag makes first endorsement in 175 years, taps Biden

The editorial sharply condemned Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as seeking cutbacks in scientific funding and hobbling the U.S. response to climate change.

Israel signs pacts with 2 Arab states: A ‘new’ Mideast?

The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already thawing relations with the two Arab nations in line with their common opposition to Iran and its aggression in the region.

  Northam: State is prepared for unprecedented election and absentee voting

During a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday afternoon, Northam said the State Department of Elections is prepared for November and the expected high number of absentee votes, either by mail or in-person.

  Police leaders pressed Rochester to keep Prude video secret

Newly released emails show Rochester police commanders urged city officials to hold off on publicly releasing body camera footage of Daniel Prude’s suffocation death because they feared violent blowback if the video came out during nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

  Democrats to investigate forced surgery claims in Georgia

A nurse alleges that the Irwin County Detention Center performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records.

Apology, no firing: Official said US scientists hurt Trump

Michael Caputo, the top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, apologized to his staff for the Facebook video, said an administration official.

  Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

A win for Biden in Florida would dramatically narrow Trump’s path to reelection. But there are mounting concerns that Biden may be slipping in the state, particularly with influential Latino voters.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

Lawyer: Bolton will cooperate with any probe into his book

A lawyer for former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton says Bolton will cooperate with any investigation related to the recent publication of his tell-all book.

US tariffs on China ruled to be illegal by world trade body

The decision marks the first time the Geneva-based trade body has ruled against a series of tariffs that President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed on a number of countries, allies and rivals alike.

Outside investigators look at South Dakota AG’s fatal crash

The state’s top law enforcement officer said he initially thought he hit a deer while driving home from a Republican fundraiser on Saturday night. He is under investigation by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.