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APNewsBreak: Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

Sep. 21, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. Army leaders tell The Associated Press they were about 6,500 soldiers short of their goal in signing up only about 70,000 new troops for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The other service branches met their...

Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

Sep. 21, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. Trump's change in tone — and...

The Latest: Trump challenges Kavanaugh's accuser by name

Sep. 21, 2018 9:33 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): 9:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is challenging by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying if the attack she alleges...

For Kavanaugh, path forward could be like Clarence Thomas'

Sep. 21, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. "It doesn't matter how you got here. All that matters...

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Sep. 21, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet here in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

Sep. 21, 2018 5:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he is providing "critical information" as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Michael Cohen, who...

Kremlin slams new US sanctions affecting arms exports

Sep. 21, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has dismissed the latest round of U.S. sanctions that affected an aircraft-making factory as an "unfair" move to undercut Russia as a major arms exporter. The United States on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian nationals and three entities in a new round of sanctions for the Russian...

Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

Sep. 21, 2018 3:41 AM EDT

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as...

Will what happened at Georgetown Prep stay there?

Sep. 20, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — To the uninitiated, Georgetown Preparatory School feels less like a high school than a well-heeled liberal arts college. The 93-acre campus in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital boasts a state-of-the-art athletic center, a nine-hole golf course, and its own gift shop....

Trump: Allies concerned about declassifying Russia papers

Sep. 21, 2018 12:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says several close allies of the United States have called to raise concerns about his decision to declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, Asked for a status update during an interview with Fox News host Sean...

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Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

Sep. 21, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. Trump's change in tone — and...

Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces

Sep. 21, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday The announcement came as Turkey's Defense Ministry said in a Friday statement that the borders of...

Missouri River changes create sinkholes in Iowa community

Sep. 21, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Missouri River's fluctuating water levels are keeping crews busy fixing broken sewer lines and filling sinkholes around Council Bluffs. The Daily Nonpareil reports that the Army Corps of Engineers believes the river will fluctuate between 23 feet (7 meters) and 28 feet (8.5...

Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

Sep. 21, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it's possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her...

APNewsBreak: Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

Sep. 21, 2018 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. Army leaders tell The Associated Press they were about 6,500 soldiers short of their goal in signing up only about 70,000 new troops for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The other service branches met their...

University partners with military to study optimal fitness

Sep. 21, 2018 10:16 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky has been awarded a contract from the Defense Department to study physical and mental fitness. WKYT-TV reports UK President Eli Capilouto announced the $4 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research on Tuesday. He...

Connecticut man charged with wire fraud by grand jury

Sep. 21, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Connecticut man has been detained in connection with an investment fraud scheme. A federal grand jury returned an indictment for Leonid Pollak on multiple counts of wire fraud Sept. 12. The agency says the 58-year-old Greenwich man was arrested...

China treats Uighur kids as 'orphans' after parents seized

Sep. 21, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive. Meripet and her husband left the kids with their grandmother at home in China when they went to nurse Meripet's sick father in...

Congressmen question Google over kids' privacy on YouTube

Sep. 21, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children's privacy. Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, sent a letter this week to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for more...

NOAA seeks to fine 'Codfather' $3 million, revoke permits

Sep. 21, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fishing magnate known as "the Codfather" is already in prison after pleading guilty to criminal charges, but his troubles aren't over. Federal fishing regulators have issued superseding charging documents in their civil administrative case involving Carlos...