Here are the top stories for Thursday, October 15th: Judge Barrett's nomination clears Senate committee; Trump criticizes Fauci; Jobless claims rise; Government announces winter weather outlook.
ROBERT BUMSTED: This is "AP NewsMinute." Judge Amy Coney Barrett clearing a key hurdle Thursday, as the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared her Supreme Court nomination. The Republican-led committee powered past Democrats' objections of a power grab by President Trump to fill the seat just ahead of the November election. Barrett's nomination now heads for a final full Senate vote by month's end.
President Donald Trump attacking the credibility of his own infectious disease expert Thursday at a rally in North Carolina. He criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci about early recommendations to avoid mask wearing amid a shortage of PPE for health care workers. This comes as a new AP-NORC poll shows 65% of Americans say Trump has not taken the coronavirus outbreak seriously enough.
US jobless claims last week rose by the most in two months. The latest report by the Department of Labor says 898,000 people filed jobless claims, evidence that layoffs are hurting a recovery from the pandemic recession.
And don't expect much of a winter wallop this year. Government forecasters said Thursday that 2/3 of the US should see a warmer than normal winter, while increased drought is expected in the southern US coast to coast
Robert Bumsted, Associated Press, with "AP NewsMinute."