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New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the ...

Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

By GARY D. ROBERTSON, MARTHA WAGGONER and ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their ...

Will Bill Cosby, 81, go to prison? A judge is set to decide

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at ...

Michelle Obama drums up voter participation at Nevada rally

By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast ballots this fall, warning them that sitting out means someone else will make decisions for them. "We get ...

Inside Democrats’ struggle with the Kavanaugh accusation

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Sen. Dianne Feinstein huddled with the other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in a room just off the Senate floor, the rumors were flying. The senators already had heard talk of the mysterious letter from a ...

Eyeing White House, Cory Booker introduces himself to Iowa

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker isn't being subtle. With the Iowa caucuses still well over a year away, the New Jersey senator is working overtime to make an impression in Iowa and in other states crucial to the 2020 Democratic presidential ...

Fugitive accused of threatening Trump arrested in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a Pennsylvania man accused of threatening President Donald Trump and law enforcement officials has been arrested in Ohio. They say Shawn Richard Christy was arrested at 4:45 p.m. Friday in Mifflin Township, near Columbus, by marshals and ...

Withdraw Kavanaugh nomination? ‘Ridiculous,’ says Trump

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sided with his embattled Supreme Court nominee, defending Judge Brett Kavanaugh against allegations of sexual assault as the White House walked a fine line in addressing accusations that revived ...

Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city

By CHUCK BURTON and MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — With one of North Carolina's largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people ...

DeVos play not meant as ‘cartoon or lampoon,’ producer says

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. In a play performed Monday at Washington's ...