Here's the latest for Wednesday September 16th: Hurricane Sally drenches Gulf Coast; Dirty air from fires could take weeks to clear; Trump denies downplaying coronavirus; Biden expresses support for Puerto Rico statehood.
RITA FOLEY: This is "AP NewsMinute." Hurricane Sally grew to a Category 2 storm as it moved slowly north across the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday. It dropped huge amounts of rain on coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and western Florida as it approached land.
Dangerously dirty air from the dozens of wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington is seeping into homes and businesses. Scientists say it could be weeks before the air clears in some places.
President Trump answered questions from voters during a televised town hall, and denied downplaying the coronavirus. He also expressed doubts about face masks, describing restaurant waiters adjusting their masks and touching plates.
Joe Biden went to Florida for the first time as Democratic presidential nominee. He appealed for support from the Latino community and signaled support for Puerto Rico to become a state. Rita Foley, the Associated Press, with "AP NewsMinute."