ATLANTA (AP) — In his final TV ad, Republican David Perdue is arguing Georgia's tight race for Senate comes down to a matter of trust.
The ad asks voters whether they feel President Barack Obama and Perdue's Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn can be trusted to tackle the debt, create jobs and keep the nation safe. Perdue then appears on screen, asking for their trust and their vote if they "believe we can do better."
Georgia has become a key battleground in the fight for control of the Senate. Polls suggest a tight race that could extend to a Jan. 6 runoff. The Associated Press was given a preview of the ad Thursday.
Perdue spokeswoman Megan Whittemore says "Georgians don't trust Washington" and that Perdue will work to "solve problems families face every day."
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez were set to go before a judge to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.
Hernandez's lawyers argued in a court filing that a "relentless avalanche of pretrial publicity" has had a "devastating effort" on the jury pool in the area of southeastern Massachusetts where the killing took place. They cite a poll they commissioned that found 7 in 10 adults in Bristol County believe Hernandez is either definitely or probably guilty.
Prosecutors argued in their response that Hernandez's lawyers have not shown that the media coverage has made it impossible for Hernandez to get a fair trial in Bristol County. They've also challenged the objectivity and reliability of the defense survey.
A hearing in the Lloyd case was scheduled for Thursday in Fall River Superior Court.
Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, also is charged in the 2012 killings of two Boston men. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez followed the men and shot into their car at a red light after one of the men accidentally spilled a drink on him in a Boston nightclub. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in those killings.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are drifting in Thursday morning trading as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 100 points, almost entirely thanks to a strong gain for Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock.
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who promised to defy Maine's quarantine for health care workers who've treated Ebola patients has followed through on her vow.
Kaci Hickox left her Fort Kent home with her boyfriend on Thursday and went for a bike ride, trailed by reporters and a state police cruiser. They returned about an hour later.
State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.
Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge.
Hickox contends there's no need for quarantine because she's showing no symptoms after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She told reporters on the bike ride that she hopes that a compromise can be reached "amicably."
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard-by-yard as it slides toward the ocean.
"She is so gentle, but so unrelenting. She is just slow and steady," said Jamila Dandini, a retiree who stopped at a coffee shop down the road from where scientists have forecast the lava will likely cross.
Lava from a vent at Kilauea volcano has been sliding northeast toward the ocean since June. Last month, scientists said it was two weeks away from hitting the main road in Pahoa, a small town of about 950 residents. The lava slowed but has largely remained on course.
Late Wednesday, it was about 225 yards away from Pahoa Village Road, Hawaii County civil defense officials said. It was traveling about 5 to 10 yards an hour.
The languid pace has given residents time to pack their valuables and get out of the way. Yet it's been agonizing for those wondering whether the lava might change directions and head for them. And stressful for those trying to figure out how they will cope once the lava blocks the only roads in and out of town.
"It's like slow torture. It speeds up, it slows down. It speeds up, it slows down," said Paul Utes, who owns and operates the Black Rock Cafe. "It's not like any other event where it comes and goes and it gets over with and you can move on."
Utes' restaurant is not in the predicted path even though it's just a few hundred yards south from where the lava will likely cross the main road.
But he worries this could change. Even if the cafe is spared, he doesn't know how traffic will be diverted once lava crosses the road, how his vendors will supply his restaurant and what the public — his customers — will do.
For the time being, business is up because more people from around the island and tourists from outside Hawaii have been streaming into town hoping to get a glimpse of the molten rock.
"The anxiety building up is kind of hard to deal with," he said.
Some changes brought by lava are already starting to have an effect.
The county bus no longer passes through the main street lined with wood buildings dating to the town's heyday as a lumber- and sugar-plantation town. So Dandini has to walk into town from where the bus drops her off on the outskirts.
Once the lava crosses the road and the bypass road, effectively slicing Pahoa in half, most residents won't be able to get to the area's only supermarket even though it's only a mile from the town center.
The rural, mostly agricultural community of Puna, for which Pahoa is its commercial center, will be cut off even more if the lava makes it all the way to the ocean, some 6 miles away.
Some businesses are closing or moving. Some are vowing to stay.
Dandini likened the impending isolation to being on "an island on an island."
She predicted it would be an opportunity for people to work together to solve their problems. Some people, she said, have been discussing pooling their resources for supply runs to Hilo, the nearest city, because it could take hours to get there on alternate routes once Pahoa's main roads are cut off.
So far, lava has burned a garden shed, tires and some metal materials.
Dozens of homes, business and other structures are in the area of the lava flow. That number could increase as the flow front widens.
Erbin Gamurot, 48, a handyman, said Pele just wants to visit her sister, Namakaokahai, the sea goddess.
"She's doing what she gotta do. That's her way, that's her nature. Who can stop her?" he asked.
Associated Press writer Alina Hartounian in Phoenix contributed to this report.