AP News Roundup at 11:36 pm EST | nation and world

AP News Roundup at 11:36 pm EST |  nation and world

Democrats and GOP make urgent final pitches as election season winds down

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — From coast to coast, big-name candidates and sponsors made the final appeal to voters Monday in the closing hours of a tense midterm election season, with Republicans excited about the prospect. to take back Congress. President Joe Biden insisted that his party would “shock a lot of people,” while acknowledging that Washington will be “more difficult” if he falls short. Democrats contend that Republican victories could profoundly and adversely reshape the country, eliminating abortion rights across the country and unleashing broad threats to the very future of American democracy. Republicans say the public is tired of Biden’s policies amid high inflation and concerns about crime.

Putin-linked businessman admits meddling in US election

Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has admitted he interfered in US elections and would continue to do so. The statement from the man known as “Putin’s chef” by his catering company confirmed for the first time the accusations he has denied for years. In a post on a Russian social media platform, Prigozhin said: “We have interfered, we are interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way.” The comments came on the eve of the US midterm elections in response to a request for comment. Prigozhin and other Russians were accused in 2018 of operating a covert social media campaign aimed at dividing American public opinion ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.

American voters worry about democracy and polarization ahead of the election

American voters are politically and culturally fractured ahead of Election Day, and they are eager to find out where their country is headed: inflation, abortion, immigration, crime and much more. They also feel that something more fundamental is at stake at a time of growing distrust of institutions and each other: the future of democracy. Some Americans remain hopeful, but an uneasy prospect emerges from interviews with more than two dozen Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated voters ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, the first since supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to stop the certification of the victory of President Joe Biden in 2020.

North Korea denies US claims it sent artillery shells to Russia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has denied U.S. claims that it is sending artillery shells and ammunition to Russia for its war against Ukraine, and on Tuesday accused the United States of lying. The denial came in the wake of dozens of weapons tests by North Korea, including nuclear-capable missiles with the ability to strike the continental United States. He said he was testing the missiles and artillery so he could “mercilessly” attack key South Korean and US targets if he wanted to. US officials recently confirmed a US intelligence finding that Russia was in the process of buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea.

AP Sources: Justice Department prosecutor investigating Massachusetts federal prosecutor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is investigating the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, following U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins’ appearance at a political fundraiser with first lady Jill Biden. That’s according to two people briefed on the investigation who were not authorized to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The nation’s 93 US Attorneys are political appointees and are among the highest-ranking federal law enforcement officials. Such an investigation targeting one of them is highly unusual. And the ethical concerns surrounding Rollins threaten to undermine Attorney General Merrick Garland’s efforts to restore the Justice Department’s reputation for political independence.

Musk’s partisan tweets question Twitter’s neutrality

Elon Musk used his Twitter megaphone to appeal to “independent-minded voters” on Monday, urging them to vote Republican in the US midterm elections as it would not be seen as favoring one side over the other. While Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion, has expressed political views in the past, such direct endorsement of one party over another raises concerns about Twitter’s ability to remain neutral under Musk’s rule.

Pelosi says the attack on her husband weighs on her future plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her decision whether or not to remain in Congress if Democrats lose control in the midterm elections has been affected by the assault on her husband. . The Democratic leader did not reveal her plans during an interview Monday on CNN. Many expect Pelosi and other Democrats to relinquish leadership if the party suffers losses. Pelosi said her “decision will be affected by what happened.” Paul Pelosi was hit with a hammer after authorities said an intruder broke into the family’s San Francisco home looking for the speaker in a politically motivated attack.

Sandinistas complete their political domination of Nicaragua

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s Sandinista National Liberation Front has completed its political domination of the country by winning local elections deemed unfair in the country’s 153 municipalities. The country’s Supreme Electoral Council announced the sweep on Monday. Before Sunday’s elections, President Daniel Ortega’s party already controlled 141 of Nicaragua’s municipalities. But with the country’s main opposition parties outlawed and dozens of opposition figures jailed, the field was clear for a Sandinista victory. They appeared to achieve de facto single party status, wresting control of the last 12 municipalities that had been in the hands of other parties, even though those groups were considered collaborators by much of the exiled opposition.

Q&A: A look at the $1.9B Powerball jackpot, how it grew so big

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The estimated $1.9 billion Powerball jackpot is nearly $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot and will keep growing until someone finally wins the prize. The jackpot started at $20 million on August 6 and over three months without a win it has grown to be 95 times bigger before Monday night’s drawing. It’s a long time without a winner, but that’s how the game is designed. At odds of 1 in 292 million, that means it’s unlikely anyone will win the jackpot until a growing jackpot draws in more players. And more ticket sales mean the lottery can raise more money for public programs, which is the goal of state lotteries.

Drake and Houston lead Ravens to beat Saints for third straight win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kenyan Drake rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Houston had an interception to go along with his third straight multi-sack game and the Baltimore Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints 27-13. Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass and frustrated New Orleans with his mobility, rushing for 82 yards and exhibiting a variety of jump cuts and spin moves. Baltimore won its third straight game and stayed atop the AFC North at 6-3, one game ahead of Cincinnati. The Saints fell to 3-6 and were outscored by a Baltimore team that was missing several offensive starters. The Ravens converted 9 of 15 third downs.

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