RALEIGH, N.C. - Hurricane Teddy was bringing dangerous conditions to the North Carolina coast Sunday as it tracked through the Atlantic, forecasters say. The storm was located about 300 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and was moving northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday. Its current track doesn't show it making ...

WASHINGTON - For a Supreme Court that seeks to defend the legitimacy of its rulings as rooted in the law and not political ideology, what unfolds over the next few months is poised to be a historic test of its reputation. The Senate will hold a contentious confirmation vote to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a reliably conservative President Donald Trump appointee. ...

China is ratcheting up the risk of military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait, as Beijing seeks to deter Taipei from continuing to deepen ties with the U.S. and other like-minded democracies. People's Liberation Army aircraft repeatedly breached the median line between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland last week, in the latest of a series of military exercises in the area. The Chinese pilots ...

LOS ANGELES - The Bobcat fire is approaching 100,000 acres, making it one of the largest wildfires in Los Angeles County history, and continued to threaten some desert communities as well as the Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday. Although the fire is no longer bearing down on foothill communities like Arcadia and Monrovia, it is moving into some remote areas in the ...

LOS ANGELES - Rene Enriquez, a Mexican Mafia member who defected 18 years ago and helped law enforcement authorities incarcerate dozens of his one-time confederates, has been denied parole by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the fifth time in a row the state's governor has overruled a recommendation to free him. Newsom disagreed with a parole board's opinion that Enriquez, 58, deserved to walk free after ...

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican running in a tight race for reelection in Colorado, says he wants to protect people with medical conditions. In a mid-September tweet released by his campaign, he promoted legislation he introduced in August that he says will do just that. "People like my mother who battle chronic diseases are heroes," read the tweet. "I authored the bill to guarantee coverage ...

DON'T MISS: The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards - Late-night funny man Jimmy Kimmel is our virtual host for a socially distanced Emmy telecast that will look like no other. Kimmel is set to do the gig from a stage in Staples Center, but there will be no audience (or red carpet), and winners will deliver their acceptance speeches from home. Producers say they want the show to be "live as possible," ...

SEATTLE - Sometimes, even unity can be taken too far. Occasionally, getting your act together trumps moving together as one. That's the burden facing Pac-12 leaders right now. Their desire to keep a unified front may simply be holding them back. This is what San Jose Mercury News reporter Jon Wilner explained in a column Saturday morning. The Pac-12 presidents were expected to vote this week ...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Defensive end Dee Ford's neck injury prompted the 49ers to downgrade his status Saturday and rule him out of Sunday's game at the New York Jets. Ford played in last Sunday's opening loss, practiced Wednesday and then reported neck spasms that led to him missing the next two days of practice. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Ford was "meeting with guys and trying to ...

OTTAWA, Ontario - John Turner, the former Canadian prime minister who opposed efforts to bring his country into a free-trade agreement with the U.S., has died. He was 91. Turner died Saturday in Toronto, according to a government statement. Canada's 17th prime minister, Turner's tenure lasted less than three months, the second-shortest in the country's history, after he replaced Pierre Trudeau ...

CHICAGO - Before Illinois voters consider any candidate on the Nov. 3 ballot - the presidential contenders, a member of Congress, a state lawmaker or a local judge - they will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on what could become the biggest change in state taxation in decades. The question at the top of the ballot is whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to replace a ...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Bear fire looked like it would behave itself. It had been burning for three weeks in the Plumas National Forest, the result of a mid-August lightning strike, but hadn't done any lethal damage. It was part of a complex of fires that was about 50% contained. Even a significant windstorm that threatened to push the fire across the middle fork of the Feather River didn't ...

A package containing the poison ricin was reportedly sent to President Donald Trump this week but was intercepted by authorities. CNN quoted two law enforcement officials confirming the attempted poison attack, which was discovered at a mail-sorting facility and never came close to Trump. Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened ...

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Saturday said Republicans had an "obligation" to quickly fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court. Trump, who was informed about Ginsburg's death Friday night after a political rally in Minnesota, promised the next day to act "without delay" to fill the vacancy. "We were put in this position of power and importance to make ...

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where her husband was buried a decade ago. A private ceremony will be held for Ginsburg at the cemetery, which is also the final resting spot for many of her fellow Supreme Court judges, the top court said in a statement. Details were still scant Saturday about funeral plans. Jewish tradition ...

A single airline passenger unknowingly sickened with coronavirus managed to infect 15 other people aboard the 10-hour trip to Vietnam, highlighting the dangers of travel amid the pandemic. The global health crisis had only just begun its spread across Europe when the plane took off from a London airport back in March. By the time it touched down in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, 12 passengers ...

So Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead, and all I can think about is my sunflowers. They were tall and bright at the beginning of the week. Bees swarmed to their stamen, eager for pollen. The yellow petals shined, the heads ranged in size from my fist to a flour tortilla. Their strong stalks needed no stakes. I sprouted them in May, when the Supreme Court justice secretly began chemotherapy. I planted ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Black voters historically make up a huge voting bloc for the Democratic Party, and the Biden campaign is working to further motivate the key demographic even as it limits in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic With voting underway in North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, along with the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, ...

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Eight people have been arrested in connection with a deadly gas explosion at a mosque outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka earlier this month, investigators said on Saturday. Four engineers and four other officials employed by the state-run gas distribution company Titas were arrested for alleged negligence that caused the explosion in the mosque and the loss of 33 lives, ...

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans face a critical choice on replacing the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - vote on her successor before Election Day, or wait until immediately afterward - when Donald Trump will still be president no matter the Nov. 3 outcome until next January. The choice comes down to a calculation of the politics. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on ...

WASHINGTON - A trio of appeals court judges have emerged as front-runners as President Donald Trump prepares to nominate his third justice to the Supreme Court: Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar, according to people familiar with the process. The White House is preparing to press forward with a hotly contested nomination battle to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Trump ...

Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham's Saturday announcement that he intends to support the president's Supreme Court justice nomination during an election year pits him against one of the most prominent voices in the Republican party. That would be his 2016 self. As debate swirls on whether President Donald Trump should replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, progressive ...

SEATTLE - After breathing more than a week's worth of unhealthy air caused by wildfires, Western Washington residents were able to breathe clean air again Saturday morning after a rainstorm and westerly winds scoured out the smoke. Air quality monitors across the western side of the state displayed green dots, showing the air quality was good. Smoke forecasters said the east side of the state ...

WASHINGTON - The sudden U.S. Supreme Court vacancy means that what once were conservative legal fantasies are may soon be realistic goals. Overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling could be just the beginning should President Donald Trump succeed in appointing a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The vacancy could produce the biggest ideological shift of ...

BEIJING - TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance are making a fresh legal attempt to stop the impending end of the popular app in the United States. In a lawsuit filed on Friday night against U.S. President Donald Trump and the Department of Commerce, they are demanding, among other things, an injunction. A separate suit, to stop a ban on the Chinese app WeChat, was to be heard in a ...