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Off limits: Report on state college abuse kept from public

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press Even as top Pennsylvania officials assail the Catholic Church over its cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, a state agency is refusing to release a report on allegations of sexual abuse by a high-ranking state university administrator despite lingering ...

New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It won't be an easy job. Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve ...

Tips sought from public after car explosion that left 3 dead

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a downtown street in what authorities called a "criminal incident" being probed by federal, state and local authorities. Three males were found dead after the 9:30 p.m. ...

New California internet neutrality law sparks US lawsuit

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating the internet. Advocates ...

Trump bows to pressure, agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats' demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for ...

Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

By MATT O'BRIEN and MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook reported a major security breach in which 50 million user accounts were accessed by unknown attackers. The attackers gained the ability to "seize control" of those user accounts, Facebook said, by stealing ...

California bans gun sales to people under 21

By SOPHIA BOLLAG, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most people under 21 won't be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday. It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already ...

Ford, Kavanaugh and a Senate hearing: A viewer’s guide

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It'll be a snapshot of the state of the union. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday turns on the credibility of its two star witnesses, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he ...

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 ...