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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...