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Kavanaugh accuser commits to hearing

Sep. 23, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continued to resolve additional details ahead of the high-stakes showdown. Ford committed to an "open"...

The Latest: Top Dems again urge FBI review of Ford's claims

Sep. 23, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Top Democrats are asking President Donald Trump again to direct the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's claim that...

Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

Sep. 23, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had...

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Sep. 23, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea's...

Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Sep. 23, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate. So far, his strategy...

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

Sep. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. And while...

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

Sep. 23, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on...

Many states' governor's races become proxy battle over Trump

Sep. 23, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide...

US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

Sep. 23, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden — or "public...

Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package

Sep. 23, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence. Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1, and members of Congress will try to act on the disaster relief...

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Florence the week after: Thousands brace for more flooding

Sep. 23, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of coastal residents remained on edge Sunday, told they may need to leave their homes because rivers are still rising more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were told to be...

The Latest: Congress to start mulling Florence recovery aid

Sep. 23, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 3 p.m. Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence. Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new...

Massachusetts man to be awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Sep. 23, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

SHREWSBURY, Mass. (AP) — More than 70 years after the end of World War II, a Massachusetts man is being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. During the war, Ed Daley served in the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern will present Daley with the...

Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

Sep. 23, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had...

UNR wins $5 million USDA grant to study changing snowpack

Sep. 23, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Nevada, Reno a $5 million grant to lead a study on changing snowpack. UNR scientists will conduct the five-year study with researchers at the Desert Research Institute, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State...

Passenger airlifted from cruise ship off Nantucket island

Sep. 23, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A passenger suffering a possible stroke aboard a cruise ship had to be evacuated by helicopter off Nantucket. Coast Guard video shows an aircrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod hoisting the 78-year-old man, strapped onto a stretcher, from the Norwegian Escape and up into a Jayhawk...

Kavanaugh accuser commits to hearing

Sep. 23, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached agreement for a public hearing Thursday, as talks continued to resolve additional details ahead of the high-stakes showdown. Ford committed to an "open"...

The Latest: Top Dems again urge FBI review of Ford's claims

Sep. 23, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Top Democrats are asking President Donald Trump again to direct the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's claim that...

Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package

Sep. 23, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence. Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1, and members of Congress will try to act on the disaster relief...

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Sep. 23, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea's...