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1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, ...

Jury shown shooting video repeatedly at Chicago cop’s trial

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ...

Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman's claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge's endangered ...

Kavanaugh willing to talk to panel, arrives at White House

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he was willing to speak to a Senate panel to "refute" an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school, after his accuser said via her attorney that ...

Survey finds 2M US teens are vaping marijuana

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday mean 2.1 ...

Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix

By DAVID PORTER and REGINA GARCIA-CANO, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — It's early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones ...

US border agent in Texas confesses to 4 killings, police say

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor who confessed to killing four women and assaulting a fifth who managed to escape remained in jail Monday, police said in court records. Juan David Ortiz is being held in Laredo on $2.5 million bond on four counts of murder, aggravated ...

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been ...

Fearsome new stage begins as Florence floods inland rivers

By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — As the death toll from Florence mounted and hundreds of people were pulled from flooded homes, North Carolina is bracing for what could be the next stage of a still-unfolding disaster: catastrophic, widespread river flooding. After ...