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The Latest: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Sep. 22, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 7:55 p.m. A tentative agreement has been reached for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Sep. 22, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative agreement Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from decades ago, according to two people briefed on the matter. Lawyers...

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Sep. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in...

Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

Sep. 22, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar-family siblings who ask voters...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant claims on Kavanaugh, economy

Sep. 22, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juggling a suddenly hot-potato Supreme Court nomination and midterm-election jousting, President Donald Trump flubbed facts across a broad front over the past week. His comments about nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser betrayed a misunderstanding of how the process works. His claim to be...

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Sep. 22, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump couldn't...

Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

Sep. 22, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "little rocket man" no more. President Donald Trump isn't a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." In the year since Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. And...

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Sep. 22, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had "LIED! LIED! LIED!" Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump, though one person who was present at...

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way. As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state...

Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

Sep. 22, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat width and...

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AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Sep. 22, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative agreement Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from decades ago, according to two people briefed on the matter. Lawyers...

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

Sep. 22, 2018 9:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a U.S. trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. The Defense Ministry said...

The Latest: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Sep. 22, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 7:55 p.m. A tentative agreement has been reached for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

Sep. 22, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat width and...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power...

The Latest: UN chief offers condolences over attack in Iran

Sep. 22, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on attack on Iranian military parade(all times local): 2:50 a.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is offering condolences to Iranians affected by an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded dozens. A statement issued Saturday by the U.N....

Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

Sep. 22, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar-family siblings who ask voters...

Militants attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25

Sep. 22, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Militants disguised as soldiers opened fire Saturday on an annual Iranian military parade in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people and wounding over 60 in the deadliest terror attack to strike the country in nearly a decade. Women and children scattered along with...

The Latest: Arizona GOP congressman says siblings hate Trump

Sep. 22, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a political ad against an Arizona congressman featuring his siblings (all times local): 420 p.m. A Republican congressman in Arizona is firing back at six of his siblings who have urged voters in a TV ad to oust him from office in November. Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar on...

Hassan to speak at ceremony honoring fallen soldiers

Sep. 22, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

ATKINSON, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan is speaking at ceremonies honoring fallen New Hampshire soldiers. The senator on Saturday spoke at a morning dedication of a bridge on the Atkinson-Plaistow border in honor of Dimitrios Gavriel. Gavriel joined the Marines following the 9/11 terrorist...