Early voting allows voters to react quickly after debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton scores a high note or commits a blunder in Sunday's presidential debate, millions of voters can respond almost immediately. They can fill out a mail-in ballot right away or head to a polling location the next day.

  • Written by HOPE YEN, Associated Press

Report shows big increase in people seeking asylum on border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people have sought asylum along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years, a dramatic increase that shows how migrants have changed from mostly Mexican men trying to evade capture to more Central American families who often turn themselves in, a report for the federal government shows.

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  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Weakening but still powerful Matthew plows up Atlantic coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Matthew continued its march along the Atlantic coast early Saturday, lashing two of the South's most historic cities, flooding towns and gouging out roads.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Republicans reeling after Trump's vulgar comments revealed

NEW YORK (AP) — In a videotaped midnight apology, Donald Trump declared "I was wrong and I apologize" after being caught on tape making shockingly vulgar and sexually charged comments. Yet he also defiantly dismissed the revelations as "nothing more than a distraction" from a decade ago and signaled he would close his presidential campaign by arguing rival Hillary Clinton has committed greater sins against women.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

US turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russia, accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election and suggesting that Russia's military is committing war crimes in Syria.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer