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GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

Sep. 20, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans say they're forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing and suggesting she's not being treated with "fairness and...

The Latest: Demonstrators chant, 'We believe Christine Ford'

Sep. 20, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:10 a.m. Demonstrators have congregated in a Senate office building to protest Republicans' handling of the sexual-assault accusation against Supreme...

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides' Gmail

Sep. 20, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

Attempts by foreign government hackers to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides persist — yet the Senate's security office is refusing to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office...

Candidates for governor spar over making tax returns public

Sep. 20, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won't you release your tax returns? It wasn't a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was...

Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to left

Sep. 20, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The college students and neighbors gathered at a St. Louis coffee shop seemed like one of the friendlier crowds Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill might face campaigning in heavily Republican Missouri. But the audience on a recent night came armed with tough questions and unafraid to push...

AP FACT CHECK: GOP ad misleads on McCaskill immigration vote

Sep. 20, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican political action committee has launched a television ad that alleges Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri shifted her stance on immigration policy and supported a reprieve for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The ad, which hit...

Trump's tariffs put GOP candidates in a bind in rural areas

Sep. 20, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) — In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy. "We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements," Dube said last week as local farmers gathered to hear Democratic House candidate...

Vulnerable US senator welcomes Trump in tight Nevada race

Sep. 20, 2018 2:55 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republicans' chances of keeping their majority in the U.S. Senate have become shakier as races in red states like Texas have tightened, but the party's most vulnerable member insists he's bullish about his re-election. The Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller has faced tight races before but...

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

Sep. 20, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump tweeted that he wants to know "where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending...

Women supporting Kavanaugh find themselves in storm's center

Sep. 20, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high...

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Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

Sep. 20, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official wasn't...

The Latest: Hospital: 4 brought there with gunshot wounds

Sep. 20, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A Baltimore hospital has received four patients with gunshot wounds after a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center spokeswoman Monica Stone said in an email...

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides' Gmail

Sep. 20, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

Attempts by foreign government hackers to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides persist — yet the Senate's security office is refusing to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office...

AP FACT CHECK: GOP ad misleads on McCaskill immigration vote

Sep. 20, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican political action committee has launched a television ad that alleges Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri shifted her stance on immigration policy and supported a reprieve for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The ad, which hit...

Texas church shooting lawsuits against Air Force combined

Sep. 20, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — All federal lawsuits against the U.S. Air Force over a Texas church shooting last year that left more than two dozen worshippers dead will be consolidated into one case, a judge says. Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra announced Wednesday that the lawsuits will be...

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

Sep. 20, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump tweeted that he wants to know "where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Sep. 20, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials: ___ Sept. 17 The Independent of Ashland on the poverty rate in Kentucky: The persistence of poverty in Kentucky continues. ... CNHI Kentucky's Ronnie Ellis reports the strong economy has helped lower the poverty rate in Kentucky. Still, Kentucky has one of the...

US: Possible October talks with North Korea on war remains

Sep. 20, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American servicemen, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday. Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, said...

Trump's immigrant roundups increasingly net noncriminals

Sep. 20, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A daughter who never returned home, a son gunned down point-blank, a mom who was brutally attacked — all deaths at the hands of immigrants in the country illegally, all gripping stories the White House has been eager to share. But for all the talk of murderers, rapists and other "bad...

The Latest: Sheriff: Shooting suspect in critical condition

Sep. 20, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Maryland (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Law enforcement officials say the lone suspect in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland is in custody in critical condition. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler says there is no...