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Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all -- under right terms

Sep. 20, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may personally testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. Ford...

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....

Stocks at records; Dow beats all-time high from January

Sep. 20, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

Wall Street delivered another set of milestones Thursday as a wave of buying sent U.S. stocks solidly higher, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the all-time high it closed at in January. The S&P 500, the benchmark for many index funds, also hit a new high, eclipsing the peak it reached last...

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

Sep. 20, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — A woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland got into an argument at work Thursday morning and began shooting colleagues, killing three before fatally shooting herself, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was "shooting like crazy," one witness said. She...

AP Analysis: Trump heads to UN as US retreats from world

Sep. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America first? Try America first, second and third. As President Donald Trump prepares for his second U.N. General Assembly, the Olympics of international diplomacy, his administration has turned unabashedly and profoundly inward, pursuing ever more unilateral policies in what critics...

After Florence's ferocity, exhaustion sets in on Wilmington

Sep. 20, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The sun rises blazing hot over Wilmington, and the line for ice is shorter than it was the day before. The lines across town for tarps and bottled water have dwindled, as well, and Brian Gray takes that as a hopeful sign that desperation is giving way to something else. Hurricane...

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

Sep. 20, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year...

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

Sep. 20, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for...

Suge Knight pleads to manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Sep. 20, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Averting a murder trial that had been nearly four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve nearly 30 years in prison. The Death Row Records...

Slayings raise alarms for women who practice sports alone

Sep. 20, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was decades ago, but Sara Schwendinger remembers perfectly the panic she felt when she realized a car was following her as she ran along a country road at dusk, just outside her small Wisconsin hometown. She desperately tore into a cornfield and listened as the vehicle stopped. "I...

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Colorado police make arrest in 30-year-old slaying of woman

Sep. 20, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado police arrested a man in a 30-year-old murder case Thursday, alleging he sexually assaulted, stabbed and beat a woman to death in an alley when he was 15. Investigators said DNA testing helped lead them to James Edward Papol, 46, but did not share more details to avoid compromising...

Daughter of legendary soul singer James Brown dies

Sep. 20, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A daughter of the late Godfather of Soul James Brown has died. According to a news release from the James Brown Family Foundation, Venisha Brown died Wednesday at AU Health Medical Center in Augusta due to complications from pneumonia. She was 53 years old. A songwriter and musician,...

Tennessee lawsuit over mishandled burials goes to jury

Sep. 20, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for funeral homes being sued over the way a Tennessee cemetery mishandled burials say the fault lies with the cemetery, but the plaintiffs' attorneys say the funeral homes should have made sure the burials were done properly. News outlets report lawyers argued their cases...

Colorado college to fund 'Dreamers" tuition up front

Sep. 20, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Immigrant students at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, who are in the country without authorization, now have the opportunity to earn their degrees without paying upfront through a first-of-its-kind funding model. The program — called Fund Sueños,...

Romanian man sentenced to 2 years for bribery scheme

Sep. 20, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Romanian man has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to bribe an official with the U.S. Air Force to win a lucrative contract. U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley on Thursday sentenced 65-year-old Constantin Schiller for his involvement in a bribery scheme to win...

California police try podcast in fugitive millionaire hunt

Sep. 20, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California police department has written and produced a six-episode "true crime" podcast in hopes of intensifying a potentially global manhunt for a millionaire suspected of killing his wife in 2012 and later vanishing while free on bail. Police in Newport Beach this week announced...

Patients react to new limits on Oregon medical marijuana

Sep. 20, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In August, a state analyst spotted dozens of suspicious transactions when he crunched cannabis sales data: a small number of medical marijuana cardholders bought unusually large quantities of marijuana flowers on consecutive days. Oregon regulators suspected medical marijuana patients...

Former college student found guilty for role in teen's death

Sep. 20, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A jury found a former Virginia Tech student guilty Thursday for her role in the death of a 13-year-old girl two years ago. Jurors will return to court Friday to hear statements and decide on a sentence for Natalie Keepers, The Roanoke Times reported. Keepers, from Laurel,...

Police papers say Toronto shooter 'emotionally disturbed'

Sep. 20, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Newly released Canadian police documents say the man who went on a shooting rampage that killed two people and wounded 13 in Toronto was an emotionally disturbed loner and did not appear to act out of any particular ideological motivation. The redacted documents made public Thursday also say...

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

Sep. 20, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees. American CEO Doug Parker says that his airline would be acting just like many other...