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First lady Melania Trump arriving before the start of the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP PhotoJulio Cortez)


ELECTION 2020-DEBATE — President Trump and Joe Biden scrap over how to tame the raging coronavirus in their final 2020 debate. Trump sought to portray himself as the same outsider he first pitched to voters four years ago, while Biden argued that Trump was an incompetent leader of a country facing multiple crises. By Jonathan Lemire, Darlene Superville, Will Weissert and Michelle L. Price. SENT: 1,307 words, photos, video. See More on Debate below. ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-ANALYSIS — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year. There were heated clashes between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but far fewer of the angry interruptions and crosstalk that made the opening debate nearly unwatchable. An AP News Analysis by Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 860 words, photos. ELECTION SECURITY-RUSSIA — Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, and have stolen data from at least two servers, according to an advisory issued less than two weeks before the presidential election. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 972 words, photos. ELECTION 2020-CHINA’S HOPES — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. By By Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,283 words, photos. IRAQ-TROUBLED ECONOMY — Iraq’s government is struggling to pay the salaries of its public sector employees, its coffers drained because of this year’s plunge in oil prices. By Samya Kullab. SENT: 1,073 words, photos. US-RACIAL-INJUSTICE-MAYFLOWER-LEGACY — Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower and onto America’s shores, some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with the complicated legacy of their ancestors amid a global racial reckoning. For some, the devastating impact that the Pilgrims’ landing in New England had on Native Americans weighs heavily in this moment of unrest over systemic racism. By David Goldman and Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 938 words, photos. Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page in AP Newsroom.


Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden checks his watch during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP PhotoPatrick Semansky)



CALIFORNIA-RIDE-HAILING-LAWSUIT — A California appeals court has upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state’s gig economy law. SENT: 407 words, photo. MISSING PAINTING FOUND — A painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence that has not been seen in public for 60 years has been found and is taking its designated place in a 30-piece exhibit of Lawrence’s work. SENT: 474 words. TESLA-FULL SELF-DRIVING — A small group of Tesla owners is testing the company’s “full self-driving” system on public roads. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 914 words, photo. VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE-GOOD-THING-LONELY JAPAN — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, whose nonprofit offers a 24-hour text-messaging service for those seeking a sympathetic ear. SENT: 634 words, photos. ------------------------------------------------

Flames rise from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP PhotoDavid Zalubowski)



VIRUS OUTBREAK-DRUG — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. SENT: 448 words, photos. VIRUS OUTBREAK-ASIA — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. SENT: 455 words.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-IDAHO — Members of an Idaho health department board have voted to repeal a local mask mandate despite hearing a hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. SENT: 774 words, photos. VIRUS-OUTBREAK-UN-G20-TACKLING-COVID-19 — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to suppress the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. SENT: 575 words, photos.

Find more coverage on the Virus Outbreak on the featured topic page in AP Newsroom.




ELECTION-2020-DEBATE-TAKEAWAYS — President Donald Trump toned down his aggressive approach in his second debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden. SENT: 1,298 words, photos. ELECTION-2020-DEBATE-FACT CHECK — The facts took a hit Thursday as President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden exchanged a torrent of claims in their last presidential debate. SENT: 1,672 words, photos, videos.

ELECTION-2020-DEBATE-SCENE — After a raucous first debate led organizers to introduce a mute button, Thursday’s second and final meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden was a downright civil affair. SENT: 853 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEBATE-OIL INDUSTRY — Democrat Joe Biden’s remarks that he will transition away from the oil industry in favor of renewable energy sources have drawn quick attention from President Donald Trump. SENT: 769 words, photos. -----------------------—



NIGERIA-POLICE-PROTESTS — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken to the nation about the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days but without mentioning the shootings of peaceful protesters at Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday night that prompted international outrage. SENT: 1,339 words, photos. CHINA-US-NORTH KOREA — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has condemned what he called unilateralism, protectionism and extreme egoism in a jab at the United States made during a rally to mark the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the 1950-53 Korean War. SENT: 667 words, photos. EU-BREXIT-AP-EXPLAINS — More than four years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the two sides are still arguing over their post-Brexit relations. SENT: 1,007 words, photos. AUSTRALIA-VATICAN SCANDAL — Australian state police say they’re not investigating a transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia, throwing doubt on Italian media speculation that it might be linked to the overturned convictions of Cardinal George Pell for child sex abuse. SENT: 515 words, photos.




2020-CENSUS — From tribal lands in the Southwest to storm-battered Louisiana, the U.S. Census Bureau did not achieve its goal of reaching 99% of households during the 2020 census. SENT: 1,039 words, photos.

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATED FAMILIES — A federal judge is urging the Trump administration to do more to help court-appointed researchers find hundreds of parents who are still separated from their children three years after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. SENT: 596 words, photos.

WESTERN-WILDFIRES-COLORADO — In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire has persisted for much of September and October. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. BOOGALOO MARTYR — Duncan Socrates Lemp became a martyr for an anti-government movement after a police officer shot and killed the 21-year-old man during a pre-dawn raid on his family’s Maryland home in March. SENT: 1,035 words, photos. ————————————————



JAPAN-BRITAIN — Japan and Britain have signed a free trade deal in the first such major post-Brexit deal. SENT: 394 words, photos. CHINA-HUAWEI — Chinese tech giant Huawei says its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth slowed due to U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 416 words, photos. WALMART-OPIOID LAWSUIT — Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. SENT: 580 words, photos.



—————————————- MICHAEL JACKSON-ACCUSER LAWSUIT — A Los Angeles judge has dismissed the lawsuit of one of two men who alleged that Michael Jackson abused them as boys in the documentary “Leaving Neverland.” SENT: 267 words. —————


————— TEXAS-SCHOOL SONG-ANALYSIS — A controversy over “The Eyes of Texas”, a song that has links to the racist minstrel shows of yesteryear, has lingered for weeks now at the University of Texas. By Sports Writer Jim Vertuno. SENT: 1,082 words, photos. FBN-GIANTS-EAGLES — Carson Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Boston Scott with 40 seconds remaining and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit in the final seven minutes to beat the New York Giants 22-21 on Thursday night. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi FBN-NFL-THIS WEEK — Maybe all the delays involving the Titans and the jumbled NFL schedule led to the kind of showcase game we all need. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner.

BBO-WORLD SERIES — Charlie Morton has quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.




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