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Who is No. 1? Whoever gets to fill out 2020 Census form

By MIKE SCHNEIDER | February 23, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's a question spouses, domestic partners and roommates are going to be forced to confront in the next few weeks as they fill out their 2020 Census forms: Who gets to be the primary person in the household?Everyone else who lives...

Tech boom, suburban growth drive Nevada’s Democratic shift

By SCOTT SONNER | February 21, 2020

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Twenty years ago, long before Nevada was part of the early presidential selection process, the phone typically rang unanswered at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Reno during mid-term elections."We had a small conference...

California governor makes homelessness top issue in 2020

By ADAM BEAM and DON THOMPSON | February 19, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California's governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity.Governorstypically...

Pete Buttigieg’s next test: Winning over minority voters

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | February 18, 2020

So far, Pete Buttigieg has made it look easy.The once little-known former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city vaulted over a former vice president and several U.S. senators in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary. The 38-year-old's...

Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

By MAURA AJAK | February 18, 2020

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday.Around...

Trump takes Daytona 500 warmup lap in presidential limousine

By KEVIN FREKING | February 16, 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans Sunday when he became the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500. The presidential motorcade took to the track to join in a warm-up lap after...

Trump looks to rev up his base at Daytona 500

By KEVIN FREKING | February 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is out to rev up his appeal with a key voting demographic — NASCAR fans — as he takes in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.NASCAR drivers may veer to the left during their trip around the oval racetrack, but their...

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

By MIKE SCHNEIDER | February 15, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results.Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered...

US secretary of state heads to Africa after long absence

By KRISTA LARSON | February 14, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Africa this weekend as the first U.S. cabinet official to visit in more than 18 months, and he is certain to face questions about the U.S. military's future on the continent and new U.S....

Wanted: Texas Republicans need new voters in 2020, and fast

By PAUL J. WEBER | February 13, 2020

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — It's normal to target new voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Think volunteers holding clipboards at street festivals, malls or outside grocery stores. Democrats in Texas have made it a perennial focus, hoping they can end decades...

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 12, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative...

Report: Census Bureau at risk of not being ready for count

By MIKE SCHNEIDER | February 12, 2020

With the start of the 2020 census just a month away for most U.S. residents, the U.S. Census Bureau is behind in recruiting workers and establishing partnerships with civic groups, and it is at risk of missing some informational technology testing goals,...