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India's top court limits use of gov't identification number

Sep. 26, 2018 3:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court has upheld the government's policy of issuing a 12-digit identification number to every Indian, but says it can't be made mandatory for services such as bank accounts, cellphone connections or school admissions. The Supreme Court says the government can use it for tax...

Are they ready? Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing

Sep. 26, 2018 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It's a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett...

Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism

Sep. 26, 2018 2:59 AM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, was spending...

Kavanaugh's 2nd accuser never sought spotlight, friends say

Sep. 26, 2018 12:45 AM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Between shifts ladling hot meals at the dining hall, Deborah Ramirez did her best to fit in with the blue-blooded social set of Yale University in the 1980s. She took a chartered flight to the Bahamas sophomore year with dozens of other spring breakers and attended booze-filled...

With Kavanaugh nomination, Trump faces #MeToo

Sep. 26, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's victory helped give rise to the #MeToo era. Now, as it threatens his latest pick to the Supreme Court and his party's electoral majorities in Congress, Trump is taking aim at the movement that has spurred a national reckoning around gender equity and sexual...

AP Was There: The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings

Sep. 26, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative judge's nomination to the Supreme Court is suddenly jeopardized by graphic allegations of a sexual nature. A Republican president says his nominee has been smeared but vows he will prevail. The accuser and the accused face off in a dramatic showdown on Capitol Hill. There...

GOP lines up Kavanaugh vote plan as showdown hearing nears

Sep. 26, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical "con job" on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she "has nothing." Senate...

Kavanaugh pal has written about own drunken escapades

Sep. 26, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Judge spent decades mining his recollections and writing books and articles full of semi-confessional details about the suburban Maryland prep school he attended with future Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Now, though, Judge's memory has drawn a blank. Judge, identified by...

If Rosenstein leaves Justice Department, what happens next?

Sep. 26, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it's Rod Rosenstein who oversees it. Rosenstein's fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after reports last week that he floated the idea of recording President Donald Trump. Rosenstein...

Illinois man pleads guilty to charges

Sep. 25, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An 18-year-old Illinois man facing conspiracy and weapons allegations has pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellis Mack of Clarence entered his plea Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats and violence and unlawful possession of a machine gun. U.S. Magistrate...