Here are the top stories for Saturday, Sept. 19th: Court vacancy could roil possible election case; Trump to Senate: Vote 'without delay' on high court pick; Ginsburg's death draws surge of donations to Democrats; Bavarians hold toned-down Oktoberfest.
JULIAN STYLES: This is AP News Minute. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has left the Supreme Court shorthanded during a polarizing presidential campaign. President Donald Trump has already suggested he may not accept the outcome, and the High Court could be called on to step in and decide the fate of the nation. It's the second time in four years that a justice has died during an election year, though that eight-justice Court wasn't asked to referee any election disputes in 2016.
Meanwhile, Trump is urging the Republican-run Senate to consider his upcoming nomination to fill Ginsburg's seat without delay just six weeks before the election. Trump made his view known in a Tweet Saturday, the day after Ginsburg died. Democrats raised more than $31 million in the hours after Justice Ginsburg's death; the stunning sum demonstrates how the liberal icon's passing and the contentious Supreme Court nomination fight that lies ahead are already galvanizing the party's base.
Oktoberfest celebrations got underway in Munich on Saturday with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of "O'zapft is," or "it's tapped." But this year's festival is very much non-traditional and highly regulated over coronavirus concerns.
Julian Styles, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.