California voters returning ballots in big numbers, election officials say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Eddie Tong of Sacramento carried his pink vote-by-mail ballot into the county elections office Friday, intent on making sure his preference in the country's bruising presidential race showed up in next month's tally.

Tong's ballot will join several hundred thousand mail ballots already cast, as election officials around ...Read more

Supreme Court ruling makes it harder to monitor US elections

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WASHINGTON -- Next month's presidential election will be the first in more than 50 years that the federal government won't send special observers to monitor elections in states with histories of discriminatory voting practices.

After the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder weakened a core provision of the Voting Rights Act ...Read more

Clinton makes pitch in Ohio for wavering Trump supporters

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CLEVELAND -- Hillary Clinton is making a direct appeal to voters who may be reconsidering their support of Republican Donald Trump after his tumultuous few weeks in the presidential race, saying she wants to assuage voters who are still wary about backing her instead.

"I know you may still have questions of me," Clinton said during a rally ...Read more

Trump attorneys seek to block testimony from LA Times columnist

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LOS ANGELES -- Attorneys for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Trump University are seeking to block Los Angeles Times consumer columnist David Lazarus from testifying in a class-action fraud case brought by former Trump University students.

In a motion filed Thursday in federal court in San Diego, Trump's attorneys argued ...Read more

Poll: Trump, Clinton are neck and neck in Georgia

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ATLANTA -- The presidential race in Georgia could come down to the wire.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked with less than three weeks until Election Day. Trump is leading Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent among likely Georgia voters, which is within the poll's margin of ...Read more

Clinton's WikiLeaks strategy: doubt, delay, distract

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The emails are full of potential damage for Hillary Clinton. She weighed the political implications of policies. She is close to Wall Street. Her aides gathered information to discredit a woman who'd accused her husband of rape.

So how has she so far remained largely unscathed by the unprecedented release of hacked emails? It's...Read more

'The world hates us,' Trump tells Pa. crowd

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- In the same arena where the 1977 film "Slap Shot" once satirized the violence of hockey, Republican Donald Trump gave a typically bare-fisted speech, taking on his rivals, the media and President Barack Obama.

"The world hates our president. The world hates us," said Trump before a crowd of at least 4,000 people at the Cambria...Read more

Khizr Khan, father of slain Army captain, appears in Clinton ad

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WASHINGTON -- Among the many striking moments of the presidential campaign was the father of a slain Army soldier speaking out against Donald Trump at the Democratic convention -- and Trump's subsequent attacks on Khizr Kahn's family and its Muslim faith.

Khan appeared Friday in a Hillary Clinton ad in which the grief-stricken parent tells the ...Read more

As election nears, Obama to dive into congressional races

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WASHINGTON -- With the Senate in play and Democrats sensing gains in the House, White House aides say President Barack Obama will get more and more involved in down-ballot races as Election Day nears.

Until Thursday, Obama's public campaign rallies have focused almost exclusively on making the case for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ...Read more

Another prominent Republican, Michael Steele, will not back Donald Trump

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Add Michael Steele to the list.

Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, will not vote for Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.

He made the announcement Thursday at a San Francisco dinner hosted by the liberal-leaning Mother Jones magazine, according to BuzzFeed.

Trump, said Steele, has "captured that racist ...Read more

Trump tries a surprising new tack: confronting the possibility of an election loss

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FLETCHER, N.C. -- Donald Trump looked out at a sea of supporters inside an airy exhibition center Friday and noted the pink "Women for Trump" signs.

He mentioned the size of the crowd, which was smaller than usual but still substantial, and accused the media of failing to tell the truth. "I think we're going to do well with women for Trump."

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Trump tells western NC: 'Your companies won't be leaving NC under a Trump administration'

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FLETCHER, N.C. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters in North Carolina on Friday that he will bring jobs back if he is elected, and said businesses won't move positions abroad.

"Your companies won't be leaving N.C. under a Trump administration," he said. "There will be consequences."

Trump said he has been working ...Read more

Congressman: 'Sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's nasty'

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump was largely derided when he called Hillary Clinton "a nasty woman" during the third presidential debate, but Texas Rep. Brian Babin said the Republican presidential candidate should have.

Appearing on Alan Colmes' radio show on Thursday, Babin said Trump won the debate and said Trump was in the right for referring to ...Read more

Gretchen Carlson to testify before Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson says she will testify before Congress after the election.

Time magazine reported on Friday that the former "Fox & Friends" co-host will testify about forced arbitration, which is when companies have employees sign away their rights to litigation and agree to settle employment disputes through ...Read more

Poll: Clinton leads by double digits in Virginia

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in Virginia as independents turn toward the Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton leads in Virginia with 45 percent of likely voters compared to 33 percent backing Trump, the poll from the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport ...Read more

Beware election-themed email attacks, says hacking specialist

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WASHINGTON -- Heading toward Election Day in the U.S., hackers may target your inbox instead of the ballot box.

It's difficult to alter overall ballot counts in the U.S., which doesn't have a centralized voting system, but hackers could take advantage of the Nov. 8 election to dupe people and gain access to their personal information, according...Read more

Little-known force on the left tiptoes into 2016 races

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NEW YORK -- There's a new, deep-pocketed liberal donor in town.

It's called the Civic Participation Action Fund, and it's run by a man named Stephen McConnell in Washington. Formed last year with $50 million, it has donated to at least three different Democrat-aligned super political action committees this year, including $1.5 million to ...Read more

Trump gets booed by crowd at New York charity dinner

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NEW YORK -- The day after the final presidential debate, where each charged the other with being a crook, a liar and a puppet, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton honored a tradition that had them sitting down to dinner together to exchange jokes.

It was an awkward night.

The customary self-deprecating addresses candidates have been giving at the...Read more

Many Americans worried about voter fraud, but experts says it's rare

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ST. LOUIS -- On Twitter, Donald Trump said: "Of course there is large-scale voter fraud happening on and before Election Day."

In the third presidential debate this week he said that he would "keep you in suspense" about whether he would accept results of the Nov. 8 election.

Experts say there has never been evidence of the type of election ...Read more

Trump 'not afraid to take on the hard fights,' daughter says at campaign stop

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- Donald Trump is not beholden to anyone other than the American people, his daughter Ivanka Trump said during a town hall meeting here Thursday.

"He's not afraid to take on the hard fights, he's not afraid to solve the complicated problems and start with addressing them," Trump said. "And that is so, so rare."

A day after the...Read more