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Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser's Senate appearance in limbo

Sep. 22, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify on Capitol Hill stretched into Saturday as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to lawmakers and a riveted nation. Vice President...

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Sep. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant claims on Kavanaugh, economy

Sep. 22, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juggling a suddenly hot-potato Supreme Court nomination and midterm-election jousting, President Donald Trump flubbed facts across a broad front over the past week. His comments about nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser betrayed a misunderstanding of how the process works. His claim to be...

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Sep. 22, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump couldn't...

Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

Sep. 22, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "little rocket man" no more. President Donald Trump isn't a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." In the year since Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. And...

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

Sep. 22, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had "LIED! LIED! LIED!" Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump, though one person who was present at...

The Latest: Pence calls Kavanaugh 'a man of integrity'

Sep. 22, 2018 12:20 PM 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 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence calls Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials." Pence tells a gathering...

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Sep. 22, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way. As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state...

Party power on the line in many state legislative elections

Sep. 22, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

A total of 6,066 state legislative seats will be on general election ballots around the country this year, and nearly two dozen more will be decided in November special elections to fill vacancies. Here's a look at the current partisan composition of state House and Senate chambers, as well as some of the most...

Trump wants to rid Justice Department of 'lingering stench'

Sep. 22, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising more firings to rid a "lingering stench" after reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump. Trump, at a political rally Friday night in...

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The Latest: Florence damage estimated at $44 billion so far

Sep. 22, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 1:40 p.m. An economic research firm estimates Hurricane Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output. Moody's Analytics says that would put the storm on par with California's Northridge earthquake...

6 siblings of Arizona GOP congressman endorse his opponent

Sep. 22, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar-family siblings who ask voters to...

Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser's Senate appearance in limbo

Sep. 22, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify on Capitol Hill stretched into Saturday as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to lawmakers and a riveted nation. Vice President...

$30M natural gas pipeline proposed under Missouri River

Sep. 22, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $30 million natural gas pipeline proposed in northwestern North Dakota would cross under the Missouri River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing a permit application from Kinder Morgan for the 10-mile pipeline that would go beneath the river for about 2 1/2 miles in...

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Sep. 22, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump couldn't...

Socialists, ballots and pot: The week in Florida politics

Sep. 22, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and...

Kennedy wants unclaimed retirement funds sent to states

Sep. 22, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy wants federal officials to release billions of dollars in unclaimed retirement benefits to states, saying they're better equipped to try to locate the people owed the money. The Republican senator met with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on...

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Sep. 22, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in...

The Latest: Pence calls Kavanaugh 'a man of integrity'

Sep. 22, 2018 12:20 PM 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 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence calls Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials." Pence tells a gathering...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise Saturday at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke...