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Debate appears likely to topple 36-year ratings record

The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday appears likely to set a record for the most-watched presidential debate ever. A final viewership estimate from the Nielsen company was not immediately available on Tuesday. But preliminary estimates from 11 of the networks that carried the debate totaled 81.4 ...

Donald Trump y Hillary Clinton se saludan antes del debate el 26 de septiembre del 2016 en la Universidad de Hofstra en Hempstead, Nueva York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Many women say Trump showed too much testosterone at debate

Constant interruption. A condescending tone. Eye-rolling. For many women, the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a case study in deja vu. For more than 90 minutes on a national stage, they said Tuesday, Trump subjected the first female presidential candidate from a major party to indignities ...

FILE - In this March 18, 2014 file photo, voters cast their ballots in the Illinois primary in Hinsdale, Ill. A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides with Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year's extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, temporarily blocks wider same-day registration lawmakers put into effect in 2015. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Judge's ruling weakens Election Day registration in Illinois

Voters in highly populated areas of Illinois will have fewer options to register on Election Day this November after a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily halted broader registration rules that Republicans call unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move means there'll be no same-day registration on Nov. 8 at individual polling places ...

David Wildstein leaves Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Wildstein, pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Three years after gridlock paralyzed a New Jersey town next to the George Washington Bridge for days, two former allies of Christie, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, are being tried, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie's White House ambitions. David ...

FILE - In this May 17, 1996, file photo, the new Miss Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela reacts as she is crowned by the 1995 winner Chelsi Smith at the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas. Machado became a topic of conversation during the first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

A Miss Universe insulted by Trump steps up for Clinton

When she gained weight after being crowned Miss Universe for 1996, Alicia Machado said, Donald Trump labeled her with a sexist nickname — "Miss Piggy" — that caused her shame and humiliation. Two decades later, Machado's dealings with Trump, her one-time beauty pageant boss, are reverberating through the 2016 campaign ...

AP-GfK poll: Americans divide on importance of tax returns

American voters are divided along party lines about whether it's important for presidential candidates to release their tax returns, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Democrat Hillary Clinton has released her tax returns to the public, while Republican Donald Trump has not. Voters have mixed opinions on whether Trump's ...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers a question during the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Latest: Trump, Clinton to trade jokes at Smith dinner

The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 3:57 p.m. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will share a stage next month — but will trade jokes, not attack lines. The Archdiocese of New York announced Tuesday that both candidates will both appear at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial ...

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AP-GfK poll: Voters more confident in Trump's health

The "stamina," the "look": A new poll suggests voters are buying in to Donald Trump's insinuations about Hillary Clinton's health. They're ignoring the medical reports. Voters — especially men — have more confidence that Trump is healthy enough for the presidency than Clinton, according to the Associated Press-GfK poll. It's ...

How the AP-GfK poll on the candidates' health was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on health and the presidential race was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Sept. 15-19. It is based on online interviews of 1,694 adults, including 1,476 registered voters and 1,251 likely voters, who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a roundtable event, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Clinton deny their own words in debate

For all of his occasional restraint, Donald Trump offered debate viewers a greatest-hits collection from his history of mangled facts, with some new ones thrown in. For all of her policy sobriety, Hillary Clinton was far from flawless. People who had somehow avoided the campaign until the opening presidential debate ...

Libertarian Rex Bell responds to a question during a debate for Indiana Governor, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. Democrat John Gregg and Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb also participated in the debate. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

Cause of teacher shortage splits gubernatorial candidates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg blamed Republican-backed school initiatives Tuesday for Indiana's teacher shortages, while GOP nominee Eric Holcomb countered during a debate that the state isn't alone in struggling to attract would-be educators. The two candidates both said they want to replace the state's much-maligned ISTEP standardized test given ...

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton laughs to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

'Hillary's Shimmy' is now a thing on social media

Hillary Clinton may not have a future on “Dancing  with the Stars,” she has bigger fish to fry, but she did pop a move during the first presidential debate Monday night that has the social media world talking. And shimmying. It was a little shrug of the shoulders, a response ...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spar during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Neither Trump, Clinton exactly right about stop-and- frisk

Donald Trump says the police tactic known as stop-and-frisk led to a drop in murders in New York City, while Hillary Clinton says it has been ruled unconstitutional. At the first presidential debate, neither was quite right. The New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk, an approach to policing in ...

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Trump blames others after combative debate with Clinton

Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of criticism about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. The Republican nominee plunged into re-litigating some of Clinton's most damaging attacks, even when ...

Chinese students chat as they watch a live broadcasting of the presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at a cafe in Beijing, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

People around the world react to first Trump-Clinton debate

Views from around the world on Monday's first U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump: ____ AUSTRALIA RICHARD MCCONOCHIE watched the debate on a big screen in a Canberra pub and said, "To me Trump aced it." "He came across as a man who could control ...

Vice President Joe Biden campaigns at Drexel University, urging students to register to vote and come out for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Charles Fox /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Biden assails Trump on housing crisis remarks

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday questioned Donald Trump's "moral center" as a result of the Republican presidential candidate's comments about America's housing collapse. At a rally for Hillary Clinton at Drexel University, Biden said that Trump had bragged at Monday's presidential debate about profiting from the failed housing market. ...

The Latest: Pence holding debate practice with Scott Walker

The Latest on Mike Pence in the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 1:05 p.m. Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is meeting with Gov. Scott Walker for debate preparation in Wisconsin. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter says the Indiana governor was to meet with Walker on Tuesday, one week before ...

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Trooper trumps carpool lane cheater

A Washington state trooper may have done a double take before pulling over a driver in Auburn on Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending stories Motorcycle Trooper Greg Ulrich stopped a vehicle in the northbound lanes of State Route 167, Trooper Rick Johnson said. The vehicle was in the carpool lane ...

FBI chief says immunity for Clinton aide limited to laptop

FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Tuesday that his agency granted immunity to Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff because agents wanted to inspect her laptop as part of a now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state. The immunity deal for ...

Republican vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence waits to do a television interview before the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change

Donald Trump's running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee's claim that climate change is not the result of human activity. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Tuesday "there's no question" that human activity affects both the climate and the environment. At Monday's presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton challenged Trump's ...

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