Nation and World

  • Show your work: AP plans to explain vote calling to public
    by DAVID BAUDER on October 31, 2020 at 4:27 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain this year to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. The AP plans to write stories explaining how its experts make decisions or why, in tight contests, they are holding back. […]

  • Who is voting? Who is winning? Early vote only offers clues
    by NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ANGELIKI KASTANIS on October 31, 2020 at 4:19 am

    As early voting breaks records across the U.S., political analysts and campaigns are reviewing reams of data on the voters, looking for clues to key questions: Who is voting? And who is winning? On one level, the answers can be simple. Registered Democrats are outpacing registered Republicans significantly — by 14 percentage points — in […]

  • Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan’s Black voters
    by DAVID EGGERT, KEVIN FREKING and Aamer Madhani on October 31, 2020 at 4:07 am

    WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden enters the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee is teaming up with his former boss, Barack Obama, for a swing through Michigan […]

  • ‘Borat’ star gives church $100K after member appears in film
    by The Associated Press on October 31, 2020 at 2:50 am

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who stars in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” donated $100,000 to the church of a woman who believed she was taking part in a documentary but instead was being featured in the mockumentary comedy film. Jeanise Jones, 62, thought she had been recruited by her place of worship, Ebenezer […]

  • Chinese manufacturing expands in October but at slower pace
    by The Associated Press on October 31, 2020 at 2:40 am

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s manufacturing activity expanded in October for the eighth straight month, though at a slightly slower rate than in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday. The Purchasing Managers Index stood at 51.4, down from 51.5 the previous month, the agency announced. A reading above 50 in the monthly survey of […]

  • Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region
    by The Associated Press on October 31, 2020 at 1:54 am

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.” The government said it would use a range of advance purchase agreements with manufacturers via the global […]

  • Mexico rebukes governor for call to vote against Trump
    by The Associated Press on October 31, 2020 at 1:27 am

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s federal Interior Department issued a stern rebuke Friday to the governor of the western state of Michoacan for posting a video urging migrants living in the United States to vote against President Donald Trump. The department, which oversees Mexico’s domestic affairs, told Gov. Silvano Aureoles Friday that he had put […]

  • New Orleans Police: 2 officers ‘ambushed’ in French Quarter
    by The Associated Press on October 31, 2020 at 12:58 am

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspect is in custody after two New Orleans police officers were shot Friday in the city’s French Quarter in what the police chief described as an “ambush.” The officers were on routine patrol in the popular tourist area when they were ambushed and fired upon by an individual traveling as […]

  • Lori Loughlin begins 2-month sentence for role in admissions scandal
    by MICHAEL LEVENSON on October 31, 2020 at 12:46 am

    Lori Loughlin reported to federal prison on Friday, five months after the actress and her husband pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as rowing recruits, even though neither participated in the sport. Loughlin, 56, reported to the federal prison in Dublin, California, […]

  • The curious and lonely tale of ‘Seattle’s only Trump voter’ comes to an end
    by Danny Westneat on October 31, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Tod Steward was dubbed "Seattle's only Trump voter" after the 2016 election. But as with some others in the special group that veered from Obama to Trump, now he feels he can't defend the sitting president anymore. […]