Here's the latest for Wednesday September 30th: Debate commission will make changes to format; Trump to far-right extremists: 'Stand back and stand by"; Pelosi and Mnuchin plan meeting on virus relief; Massive robot takes shape at Japan amusement park.
JULIAN STYLES: This is AP News Minute. The Presidential Debate Commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. The commission said Wednesday the debate made clear that additional structures should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn't condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a left-wing problem, and telling one far-right extremist group to "stand back and stand by." "Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing," said Trump, whose exchange with Democrat Joe Biden left the extremist group Proud Boys celebrating what some of its members saw as tacit approval.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are making a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of COVID-19 relief. Meanwhile, the Democratic-controlled House is moving on a separate track to override GOP opposition and pass A $2.2 trillion COVID-19 rescue bill as one of their final acts before leaving Washington to campaign.
A supersized version of popular Japanese animation character Gundam is taking shape at an amusement park in Yokohama, Japan. Construction of this massive humanoid robot began in 2014 to commemorate the 40th of the anniversary of popular TV series "Mobile Suit Gundam" last year. Julian Styles, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.