In our news wrap Friday, Russia called the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to Moscow in an attempt to halt nearly two weeks of fighting. The flare-up over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region is the worst in 25 years. Also, New York Yankees pitching great and Hall of Famer Whitey Ford has died at age 91. He had the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century.
In the day's other news: President Trump is restarting his campaign just a week after falling ill with COVID-19. Aides say he will address a crowd tomorrow from a White House balcony. And he will hold a rally in on Monday.
Today, he spent two hours on the Rush Limbaugh radio show, and pushed for distribution of an experimental antibody drug that he was given.
President Donald Trump:
People are going to get immediately better, like I did. I mean, I feel better now than I did two weeks ago. It's crazy. And I recovered immediately, almost immediately. I might not have recovered at all from COVID.
Tonight, Mr. Trump has his first TV interview since being diagnosed. FOX News says that he will also have a medical evaluation on the air.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas today, Democratic nominee Joe Biden urged Latino voters to go to the polls.
Former Vice President Joe Biden:
You can determine the outcome of this election, not just — not just for president, but for Senate, for the Congress. And that's the biggest mark. The single most consequential thing anyone can do is vote.
The former vice president will campaign tomorrow in Pennsylvania.
The White House has upped its offer on a new round of economic relief. That comes after President Trump urged negotiators to — quote — "go big." He had called off talks earlier this week.
Today, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed $1.8 trillion. Democrats' most recent offer was $2.2 trillion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled plans today for evaluating the president's fitness for office. The bill would create a commission authorized under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which cites terms for removal of a president.
Pelosi argued it's about more than President Trump.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.
It isn't about any of us making a decision as to whether the 25th Amendment should be invoked. That's totally not the point.
The White House and Senate Republican leaders dismissed the proposal.
New details emerged today in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The state attorney general said that authorities moved Whitmer and her family several times, for their safety, during the investigation. In all, 13 men face state or federal charges. At least seven are affiliated with a far right paramilitary group.
The U.N. World Food Program has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for its work combating hunger. The Nobel Committee said today that recognizing the agency's work symbolizes the need for unity amid the global pandemic. We will hear from the WFP's top official after the news summary.
Russia called the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to Moscow today, in a bid to halt nearly two weeks of fighting. The flare-up over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region is the worst in 25 years.
But Armenia's prime minister said today his country wants peace.
Nikol Pashinyan (through translator):
We are committed to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, and are ready to resume the peace process, in accordance with the recent statements from the European security group.
Azerbaijan's president said that a settlement is possible on principles offered by the U.S., Russia, and France.
Back in this country, Twitter will bar candidates from declaring victory before a race is called, and tighten rules against spreading misinformation and inciting violence. The company also said today that it will make it harder to retweet misleading posts. Twitter already banned political advertising.
A federal judge in Florida refused today to extend the state's voter registration deadline. A computer crash on Monday potentially blocked thousands of people from signing up.
And in Ohio, elections officials announced that nearly 50,000 voters around Columbus received flawed absentee ballots. They promised to mail out new ones.
On Wall Street, stocks finished out Friday with another rally. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 161 points to close near 28587. The Nasdaq rose almost 159 points, and the S&P 500 added 30. Overall, the Dow had its best week since August. The S&P and the Nasdaq had their best week since July.
And New York Yankees pitching great and Hall of Famer Whitey Ford has died. He had Alzheimer's disease. Ford was a key to the Yankees' dominance in the 1950s and '60s, and he was a six-time World Series champion. He had the best winning percentage of any pitcher in the 20th century.
Whitey Ford was 91 years old.
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