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GOP picks female prosecutor to question Kavanaugh, accuser

Sep. 26, 2018 3:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced and, above all, objective. Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question both...

Senate panel to hear from internet execs on privacy policies

Sep. 26, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have more...

What's happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas?

Sep. 26, 2018 3:03 AM EDT

The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with "bump stocks" that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire. The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in the immediate...

Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law

Sep. 26, 2018 2:32 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National...

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...

Today in History

Sep. 26, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2018. There are 96 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon faced off before a national TV...

Conservative caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify

Sep. 25, 2018 11:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows says Rosenstein should answer questions about reports that he floated the idea of secretly recording President...

US Senate rivals in Tennessee clash in 1st debate

Sep. 25, 2018 11:04 PM EDT

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen quickly promised not to vote for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as his Republican opponent U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly sought to tie the former Tennessee governor to national Democrats in their first debate for U.S. Senate on Tuesday....

Trump hits 'con job' on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing

Sep. 25, 2018 10:35 PM 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...