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The Latest: Senate staff says hearing terms 'non-negotiable'

Sep. 23, 2018 2:44 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): 2:35 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee staff have written lawyers for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey...

Kavanaugh accuser commits to hearing

Sep. 23, 2018 1:49 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 Sunday to resolve potentially make-or-break details, such as potential witnesses who could...

Maldives voters flock to polls despite political turmoil

Sep. 23, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — A raid on the opposition's main campaign office and the specter of U.S. sanctions on government officials did not deter thousands of people from voting Sunday in the Maldives' presidential election, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation's young democracy. As officials began...

Illinois judiciary celebrates bicentennial with gala

Sep. 23, 2018 9:53 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyer and best-selling author Scott Turow will be the keynote speaker at a bicentennial celebration of the Illinois judiciary. The Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a gala Oct. 9 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum . That day is the 200th...

Iran executes 9 men convicted of rape

Sep. 23, 2018 5:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say nine men convicted of raping a woman have been hanged. The Arman daily reported Sunday that the men broke into the woman's villa in the southern Fars province and raped her, without specifying when the crime took place. They were hanged Saturday after the Supreme Court...

AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

Sep. 23, 2018 12:35 AM 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...

The Latest: Lawyer says woman doesn't recall attending party

Sep. 23, 2018 12:13 AM 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): 12:10 a.m. The lawyer for a woman who Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has said attended the 1980s party at which he allegedly molested her has told Senate...

In light of Trump tweet, senator shares decades-old assault

Sep. 22, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state lawmaker who disclosed a decades-old assault at the hands of a male classmate says she was inspired to come forward by President Donald Trump's tweet questioning the truthfulness of the woman who's accused his U.S. Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct. New Hampshire Sen....

North Dakota Senate candidate: Kavanaugh allegation 'absurd'

Sep. 22, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer said a sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "even more absurd" than Anita Hill's 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas because Kavanaugh and his accuser were teenagers who...

The Latest: Cramer seeks to clarify Kavanaugh comments

Sep. 22, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer's comments on an allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer of North Dakota is seeking to clarify comments he made about a sexual assault...