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  • U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday there is no reason to delay the testimony of Christine Bassley Ford, and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands. Ford, a university professor in California, has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:04:47 -0400
  • Carolinas deluged by floods as Florence moves on

    "One thing we know is that sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a late-afternoon press conference and warned the 15,000 residents living in shelters against returning home too soon. More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of Interstates 40 and 95. Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 33 people, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:41:52 -0400
  • Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

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    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services projected the animal death toll after emergency workers and veterinarians spent days in the field assessing losses at farms following the storm. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:32:57 -0400
  • Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyer

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    A woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, has called a hearing for Monday to look into the matter, and the White House has said Kavanaugh was ready to testify.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:05:35 -0400
  • Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

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    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House, "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:30:55 -0400
  • Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    (Reuters) - More than 267,000 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Friday, power companies said. Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday. The remnants of the storm are producing heavy rain and power outages over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:24:19 -0400
  • Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

    More than 2,800 hogs on farms in North Carolina are estimated to have died in flooding from Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago, the state's agriculture commissioner said on Tuesday. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview after flying over flooded areas. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:07:16 -0400
  • Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public land

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    The so-called Waste Prevention Rule was aimed at reducing leaks of natural gas, or methane, that occur through venting and flaring during oil and gas production on federal land. David Bernhardt, the Interior Department's deputy secretary, said revisions to the rule reflect President Donald Trump's policy avoiding "regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain growth and prevent job creation." Environmentalists slammed the rollback of the rule, which will not be implemented until after a 60-day comment period. "The Trump administration is relentless in its push to give the oil and gas industry multi-million-dollar handouts at the expense of Americans' health and environment," said David Doniger, the Natural Resource Defense Council's senior strategic director for climate and clean energy.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:23:25 -0400
  • Trump will consult with Congress on refugee cap: State Department

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    President Donald Trump will make the final decision on the number of refugees allowed into the United States after consulting with Congress, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States proposed capping the number of refugees at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. "The administration will have consultations with Congress.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:42:12 -0400
  • Doubts arise over whether Trump court nominee's accuser will testify

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    Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination in jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee to contact her about appearing at the hearing, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday. Trump stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day though not with the president. "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you," Trump told a news conference.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:12:55 -0400
  • Friend of U.S. high court nominee asks not to speak publicly on alleged assault

    Mark Judge, a man identified as a witness to an alleged sexual assault by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said on Tuesday he does not want to speak publicly on the matter. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago when they were in high school and she said Judge was a witness. "In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident," Judge said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:49:08 -0400
  • California physician, girlfriend charged with rape

    The Orange County District Attorney's office also charged Grant Robicheaux, 38, an orthopedic surgeon, and Cerissa Riley, 31, with assault to commit sexual offense and possession of a controlled substance related to two incidents in 2016. The district attorney's office said the couple was accused of raping one of the women and sexually assaulting a second woman with the intent to rape her. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux had hundreds of videos and photographs of women on his phone who appeared to be intoxicated.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:24:32 -0400
  • After Florence floods, the uninsured awaken to painful reality

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    Flood insurance was far from Stephanie Walker's mind in 2015 when she moved her family into a home in Fayetteville in central North Carolina, nearly 200 miles (320 km) from the coast. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency covered $25,000 but the family had to borrow the rest for her home. Matthew was the first storm that caused flooding, but the fear of another flood is causing greater anxiety.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:06:59 -0400
  • Assault claim against Trump court nominee eases pressure on vulnerable Democrats

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    Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 faced a dilemma. If they voted against Kavanaugh, they could appear to be out of step with voters at home and risk losing re-election. The claim that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman while in high school now gives those endangered Democrats an escape hatch.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:18:07 -0400
  • SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid 'Blackfish' impact

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    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary "Blackfish" on the company. "Blackfish," released in July 2013, had depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition of orcas, or killer whales, including by SeaWorld. The SEC on Tuesday said SeaWorld and Atchison downplayed the documentary's impact from Dec. 2013 to Aug. 2014, even as bad publicity began hurting attendance and SeaWorld's reputation.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:14:28 -0400
  • Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions

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    A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week's deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system. The proposed class action lawsuit targets NiSource and its subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which services Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, three communities northwest of Boston that staged large-scale evacuations following the Thursday afternoon blasts that killed one person and injured at least 25. The lawsuit in Essex County Superior Court is the first to be filed after Thursday's explosions.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:12:56 -0400
  • Trump to visit hurricane-stricken North Carolina, death toll at 33

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    Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, the National Weather Service said. The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:46:18 -0400
  • U.S. judge will not force Georgia to use paper ballots despite concerns

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    U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling late on Monday that while it is important for citizens to know their ballots are properly counted, voters also must rely on a smooth process, especially in a fast-approaching election race. "Ultimately, any chaos or problems that arise in connection with a sudden rollout of a paper ballot system with accompanying scanning equipment may swamp the polls with work and voters – and result in voter frustration and disaffection from the voting process," Totenberg said in a 46-page decision. Democrat Stacey Abrams faces Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, who is responsible for the state's elections and is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:25:40 -0400
  • Probe of FEMA chief referred to prosecutors: source

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    The person, who spoke anonymously because the investigation is not public, said Long never had authorization to use a government car to drive to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia accepted the referral and the prosecutors in the Justice Department’s public integrity section are also involved, the person added. The person said Long was also under investigation for improperly using motorcades during the drives to North Carolina and putting aides up in hotels.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:40:48 -0400
  • Hurricane Florence insured losses $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion: AIR Worldwide

    (Reuters) - Insured losses from winds and storm surge spurred by Hurricane Florence will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion, catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide said on Tuesday.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:37:36 -0400
  • U.N. refugee agency gives Trump's latest cuts a weary shrug

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    The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR declined to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump's cut in refugee resettlement places on Tuesday, saying it was up to the United States to decide on its policy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. would be capped at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 set for 2018. "Decisions on which refugees will be resettled and where they go are made solely by the governments of countries that, like the United States, admit refugees for resettlement," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:47:39 -0400
  • Millions of chickens drown in Florence floodwaters, manure pits damaged

    CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut on Monday in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. Florence, which has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, was interrupting supply lines around the state and into neighboring South Carolina. North Carolina is a top U.S. producer of poultry, hogs and tobacco.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:23:10 -0400
  • Over 400,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Florence weakened to a post-tropical cyclone on Monday, continuing to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, has already restored more than 1.1 million of its roughly 1.4 million customers affected by the storm but said total power restoration could take weeks.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:33:29 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, complicating what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, next Monday.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:14:44 -0400
  • Most U.S. states lack reserves to weather next recession: S&P

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    While U.S. states' financial health has strengthened in 2018 compared with last year, fewer than half have enough financial reserves to weather the first year of a moderate recession, according to an S&P Global Ratings report on Monday. Only 20 states have the reserves needed to operate for the first year of an economic downturn without having to slash budgets or raise taxes, S&P said. "In their fight against recessions, budget reserves are what states send to the frontline," the report said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:42:33 -0400
  • Over 400,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    (Reuters) - More than 400,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Monday after storm Florence hit over the weekend, power companies said. Florence weakened to a post-tropical cyclone on Monday, continuing to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, has already restored more than 1.1 million of its roughly 1.4 million customers affected by the storm but said total power restoration could take weeks.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:33:15 -0400
  • In Florence's wake, uncertainty haunts migrant workers

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    SPIVEY'S CORNER, N.C. (Reuters) - Francisco Javier Jaramillo and Victor Chavez should be picking sweet potatoes at a North Carolina farm and sending much-needed money to their families in Mexico. Instead, Hurricane Florence has forced the migrant workers to evacuate their farm and seek refuge at a school-turned-shelter near the tiny hamlet of Spivey’s Corner, where they sleep in school hallways, wait and worry.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:05:41 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

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    With Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House earlier on Monday and issued a fresh denial, calling the assault allegation "completely false." Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate, which must confirm Supreme Court appointments, looked for a way forward. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, next Monday.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:48:09 -0400
  • U.S. to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019

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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:47:29 -0400
  • Kavanaugh, accuser will testify at U.S. Senate hearing next Monday: panel's chairman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault will testify next Monday at a public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said in a statement.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:33:43 -0400
  • Chicago officer unjustified in killing black teen, prosecutor says

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    The white police officer who shot to death a black teen in 2014 fired 16 shots without justification, prosecutors told a Chicago jury on Monday, as the trial began in a decisive case for race relations and policing in the United States' third-largest city. "What he saw that night was a black boy with the audacity to ignore the police," special prosecutor Joseph McMahon said during his opening statement of the officer, Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke's defense lawyer, Daniel Herbert, portrayed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as a dangerous drug user who caused the officer to fear for his safety.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:32:12 -0400
  • Kavanaugh, accuser will be called to testify in Senate next Monday: New York Times

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed Senate Republican aide. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:27:14 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Catholic Church sued for names of priests in abuse report

    Pennsylvania's attorney general released a grand jury report in August that found that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference did not respond to a request for comment.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:22:06 -0400
  • Public hearing will be held on accusations against Kavanaugh: Senator tells reporters

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public hearing on accusations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman 36 years ago will be held, Republican Senator John Kennedy told reporters on Monday, according to multiple media reports. Both Kavanaugh, who denies the accusations, and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will have the opportunity to testify, Kennedy said, according to the reports. Kennedy is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling the nomination. He did not say when the hearing would be held. ...

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:15:14 -0400
  • Florence's drenching rains kill 23 in the Carolinas

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    WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) - Deeper flooding loomed in the hours and days ahead from rivers in the Carolinas swollen by Tropical Depression Florence, which has killed 23 people, even if rain-weary residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday. The slow-moving storm, a hurricane when it hit the North Carolina coast, has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands. Residents of the Carolinas were starting to confront the storm's after-effects, including power outages, impassable roads, and sewage spilling into flooded areas, while the hurricane's remnants headed north.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • NHC says Florence becomes post-tropical cyclone

    (Reuters) - Florence is now a post-tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday, adding that system continues to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. Some strengthening is forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday as Florence transitions into an extratropical cyclone, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. The system is located about 85 miles (125 km) west-southwest of Morgantown, West Virginia with maximum sustained winds of 25 miles per hour (35 km per hour), the NHC said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Florence flooding limits road access to Duke nuclear plant

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    (Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp said on Monday that its Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina remained safely shut down despite limited road access to the site due to flooding from storm Florence. The remnants of Florence, which came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, are still dropping heavy amounts of rain on the already waterlogged Carolinas, with officials warning the worst is yet to come as swollen rivers pose a growing threat. Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green said there was road access to the Brunswick site but it was "limited access." She said there were about 300 people at the plant.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Second ash leak reported at retired Duke plant in Florence's wake

    One leak was reported from the shuttered plant on Saturday and a second occurred late on Sunday, said Reggie Cheatham, director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Management, speaking on a conference call. Coal ash can contaminate water. Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Trump says doesn't mind if Kavanaugh vote delayed to allow accuser to be heard

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    President Donald Trump said on Monday it was okay with him if the Senate confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is briefly delayed to allow a woman accusing him of sexual assault to be heard. "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay," Trump told reporters in the White House Roosevelt Room.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:53:04 -0400
  • UPS to hire 100,000 for holiday season, up 5 percent from last year

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    Package delivery companies and retailers have increased their seasonal hiring this year, to cater to the e-commerce sector that is expecting heavy shipping volumes, as shoppers spend more buoyed by a strong economy and labor market. Last week retailer Target Corp unveiled plans to hire about 120,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, up 20 percent from last year, while department store chain Macy's Inc said it would hire 23,500 temporary workers at its online fulfillment centers across the U.S., an increase of about 30 percent. UPS' smaller rival FedEx Corp is also hiring about 55,000 workers for the season, up about 10 percent compared with a year earlier.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:06:27 -0400
  • Senate judiciary chair says he's working to get to bottom of Kavanaugh allegations

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he is working to get to the bottom of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that Kavanaugh's accuser should be able to present her case. "Anyone who comes forward as Dr. (Christine Blasey) Ford has deserves to be heard," Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:43:36 -0400
  • Schumer: FBI should reopen Kavanaugh background check - ABC

    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called the sexual misconduct allegation brought by a woman against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh extremely credible and said the FBI should reopen its background investigation on the judge. A planned vote on Kavanaugh's nomination should be put on hold while the FBI investigates the allegation against President Donald Trump's nominee for the nation's highest court, Schumer said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:46:49 -0400
  • U.S. pushes back national wireless alert test to Oct. 3

    The test message was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)on Thursday but is being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because of response efforts to Tropical Depression Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement. FEMA, which will send the alert, said last week that the messages would bear the headline “Presidential Alert,” and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:40:13 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary Democrats seek delay of vote on Trump's top court nominee

    All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday called on the panel's Republican chairman to postpone Thursday's planned vote on U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a day after a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct went public with her allegations. The panel should decide on the appropriate next steps in a bipartisan way only after the Federal Bureau of Investigation has completed its review of the woman's accusations, the Democrats wrote in a letter to committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:03:36 -0400
  • Trump court pick Kavanaugh calls sexual misconduct accusation 'completely false'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, said on Monday that an accusation of sexual misconduct against him was "completely false" and that the incident "never happened."

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:25:02 -0400
  • Florence to become an extratropical cyclone by Tuesday: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical depression Florence is expected to weaken on Monday before re-intensifying as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. The tropical depression continues to produce widespread heavy rains over parts of North Carolina and north-eastern South Carolina into western Virginia and flash flooding will continue over portions of the western mid-Atlantic region, it said. ...

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:32:08 -0400
  • North Carolina devastated as floodwaters rise from deadly storm Florence

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    WILMINGTON/WILSON, N.C. (Reuters) - Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point. Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern South Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:38:48 -0400
  • North Carolina's raging rivers from storm Florence test beefed-up defenses

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    Deadly storm Florence's historic rainfall is testing the best efforts by many North Carolina cities to bolster their defenses against flooding since Hurricane Matthew inundated the eastern part of the state two years ago. Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are equipped with inflatable boats used to pluck people from raging rivers and streams. More dams have been built on many of the rivers that snake through the state, and improved forecasting tools have made it easier to position rescue teams.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:29:35 -0400
  • North Carolina's raging rivers from storm Florence test beefed-up defenses

    Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are equipped with inflatable boats used to pluck people from raging rivers and streams. More dams have been built on many of the rivers that snake through the state, and improved forecasting tools have made it easier to position rescue teams. In the city of Lumberton, where the Lumber River overflowed its banks following Matthew, the city built a berm, an earthen wall along the riverbank to contain the rising current and prevent a repeat of the 2016 flooding.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:16:38 -0400
  • Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

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    In an interview with the Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford said that as a high school student in suburban Maryland decades earlier, a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing. Last week, Kavanaugh, Republican President Donald Trump's second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations. Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's Republican chairman, was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, given the revelation of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file." "The Chairman and Ranking Member routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made to nominees' background files," Foy said in a statement.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:09:55 -0400
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