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This boy’s calendar: a window to Kavanaugh’s summer of ’82

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The letters are scrawled in blue ink across a calendar page from June 1982: BEACH WEEK. The big, bold font seems to indicate the importance of this nine-day stretch on the social calendar of a young Brett Kavanaugh, especially amid more ...

Trump says he prefers to keep Rosenstein, may delay meeting

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would "certainly prefer not" to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's No. 2 official. Trump said Rosenstein denied making ...

Engineers search for cause in cracked beam at transit hub

By JANIE HAR and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials struggled Wednesday to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a just-opened, $2 billion transit center meant to serve as a bold architectural statement from a wealthy, ...

Trump says his past accusers influence thinking on Kavanaugh

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This is personal for President Donald Trump. For 10 days, Trump has watched as allegations of sexual misconduct have swirled around Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Trump spoke aloud ...

Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and SALLY HO, Associated Press BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Every time Chris Gilman leaves her home at the foot of Washington's Mount Rainier, she fights the gnawing urge to turn around and check that someone isn't about to shoot her. Sometimes she wins the battle. ...

In TV interview, Kavanaugh denies sexually assaulting anyone

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life and didn't even attend a party where one accuser said he assaulted ...

With newfound aggressiveness, GOP ramps up Kavanaugh fight

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations drive me out of this process" as he, President Donald Trump and top Republicans mount an aggressive drive to rally the public and GOP senators behind his shaky Supreme Court ...

For Bill Cosby and chief accuser, a day of reckoning arrives

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday, when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. Cosby, 81, will have the ...

After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven't flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. She ...

Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature

By RYAN TARINELLI, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The firing of a white Dallas police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer said. Robert Rogers, who represents the ...

Rosenstein’s job to be topic of Thursday meeting with Trump

By ZEKE MILLER and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After a long weekend spent wondering if he should resign or would be fired, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein still has his job — for now. President Donald Trump gave Rosenstein a three-day reprieve pending their ...

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 ...