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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...

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...

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...

UK leader May hits back after EU trashes her Brexit plan

Sep. 21, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May challenged the European Union on Friday to break the "impasse" in Brexit negotiations, fighting back after the bloc threw divorce negotiations into doubt by labeling May's blueprint for leaving the bloc unworkable. With British newspapers declaring that May...

5 people, 3 of them infants, stabbed at home day care center

Sep. 21, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say three infants and two adults were stabbed at an overnight day care center in New York City. All are in critical but stable condition. Authorities say the stabbings happened just before 4 a.m. Friday at a home in Queens. They say a 3-day-old girl and a 1-month-old girl were...

Carolinas farms could take billions in losses from Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend's high winds and rain that was measured in feet, followed by...

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...

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...

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

Sep. 21, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...

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Germans angry over spy chief's promotion after comments

Sep. 21, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A center-left party in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government wants to revisit a deal that saw the country's embattled domestic intelligence chief promoted to a new post. German media reported Friday that Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles is responding to outrage among members of...

Student accused of threats charged with making false report

Sep. 21, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a student who allegedly made threats against a Tennessee high school has been charged with making a false report. News outlets report Rutherford County Schools investigated the threat when administrators were notified late Thursday afternoon about social media...

Good rhino news in South Africa, where killing rate drops

Sep. 21, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reporting some cautiously good news for rhinos after years in which poachers killed them in record numbers. The government said Friday that most provinces have experienced "dramatic declines" in the killing of rhinos. It says poachers killed 508 rhinos in the first eight...

12-year-old girl from Honduras reunited with her family

Sep. 21, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A girl from Honduras has been reunited with her family in New Hampshire after she was separated from them by the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings. Twelve-year-old Nathalia Guzman travelled from Yoro, Honduras with her aunt Francia Guzman,...

Texas woman gets prison in virtual kidnapping, ransom scam

Sep. 21, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas woman has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for her role in what investigators called a "virtual kidnapping" extortion scam with ties to Mexico. Yanette Rodriguez Acosta was sentenced Thursday to 88 months in prison. The 35-year-old Houston woman pleaded...

Anti-India rebels abduct and kill 3 policemen in Kashmir

Sep. 21, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India rebels in disputed Kashmir raided over a dozen homes of police officers and abducted three whose bullet-riddled bodies were recovered Friday, officials said. Also Friday, Indian government forces killed five suspected militants, ending a two-day gunbattle. The police...

Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election

Sep. 21, 2018 10:36 AM EDT

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday. Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in Sarajevo, the...

Man convicted in 2013 New Orleans shooting death

Sep. 21, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man has been convicted in a 2013 shooting death in New Orleans after a jury deliberated 15 minutes. Thirty-six Nytilex Jones was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 38-year-old Samuel Kelly. Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reported that Jones' attorney,...

NY school district closed over threat posted on social media

Sep. 21, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — All five schools in an upstate New York district are closed for the day because of a threat made over social media. The Monticello Central School District announced Thursday night that its schools would be closed Friday while authorities investigate the online threat. The Times...

Police look for links in deadly LA-area homeless beatings

Sep. 21, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man was found fatally bludgeoned on a Southern California beach the same day two of three homeless men beaten in downtown Los Angeles last weekend died. Santa Monica police say the body of man in his 30s was found around 6:40 a.m. Thursday under the city's pier and...