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Senate Judiciary Committee aide is out after sexual harassment charges resurface

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A media aide for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned because of reports that he had been accused of sexual harassment at a past job.

Garret Ventry, 29, who helped lead the Republican response to allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said he quit "in order to not be a distraction," according to the ...Read more

Comcast outbids Walt Disney Co. with $39 billion offer for Europe's Sky TV

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Comcast Corp. triumphed over the Walt Disney Co. in a hard-fought battle for Sky television by offering $39 billion for the satellite-TV service that has 23 million customers in five European countries.

Philadelphia-based Comcast won an auction conducted Saturday by British regulators. Britain's Takeover Panel announced the results in London ...Read more

Murdered Mexican journalist knew his life was in danger

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MEXICO CITY -- Two years ago, Mexican journalist Mario Gomez Sanchez went to police and told them he was afraid for his life.

Gomez, who worked at a newspaper in the southern state of Chiapas, said he had been threatened on Facebook by the driver of a member of Congress whom Gomez had accused of corruption in a news story.

According to the ...Read more

Kavanaugh's accuser agrees to testify

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WASHINGTON -- Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said in a letter Saturday.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University, still hopes that the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet several ...Read more

Trump disdains the UN, but he loves its stage

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made quite a splash at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last year.

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, he blasted North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and warned of global peril from "loser terrorists" and the "wicked few."

It ...Read more

More than 20 killed, dozens wounded when gunmen attacked military parade in Iran

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TEHRAN, Iran ––Gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing more than 20 people, including several members of the Revolutionary Guards in a rare militant attack in the tightly controlled Islamic Republic.

State media reported that at least 53 people were injured in the shooting in ...Read more

Dress codes target girls, Florida students and parents say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –– High school students, known to push rules to their limits, say dress codes designed to foster respect and safety discriminate against about half the population: girls.

Some say the rules appear to be targeted at females, such as not being allowed to wear tops with spaghetti straps or shorts above the kneecap. Torn ...Read more

Death toll in Tanzania ferry accident reaches 209; search for victims continues

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- The death toll in a ferry accident on Tanzania's Lake Victoria has risen to 209 as rescuers continue to search the capsized vessel, the transport minister said Saturday.

One person was found alive, two days after the accident, Transport Minister Isack Kamwelwe said. A ferry engineer is in a critical condition.

Nearly...Read more

Tropical storm named, gains momentum as it crosses the Atlantic

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MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center Saturday named Tropical Storm Kirk after it developed quickly, only three hours after the center said the storm was predicted to become only a tropical depression over the weekend.

Kirk is expected to gain momentum and move westward "across the deep tropical Atlantic Ocean" through Tuesday, with tropical...Read more

China calls off trade talks, probably until after US midterm elections

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BEIJING –– China has scrapped planned trade talks with the U.S. and is unlikely to resume them until after November's midterm elections, according to people familiar with the matter.

The decision to call off a planned meeting next week came as President Donald Trump signaled that he's prepared for short-term pain for the U.S. economy by ...Read more

Retired cop doesn't mince words: Racism haunts police forces

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Every black police officer has felt or witnessed racism on the job, Matthew Horace said. Every single one.

"There's not a black police officer or federal agent within this United States that -- if you ask them if they've seen racism within the ranks of their organizations -- will say 'no.'"

Right down to racial slurs, the retired cop said in a...Read more

Rust Belt states that helped Trump win appear to be spurning Republicans

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CHICAGO -- The Rust Belt states that provided an election night shocker two years ago -- delivering the presidency to Donald Trump -- could hand Democrats crucial wins in the midterm elections.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 by a total of less than 80,000 votes to put him over the top in the Electoral College ...Read more

Probe of FEMA chief finds improper use of government vehicles

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WASHINGTON -- Federal Emergency Management Agency Brock Long used government vehicles to travel between Washington and his home in North Carolina "without proper authorization," according to an inquiry by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General, and will reimburse the government.

The secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen ...Read more

North Carolina legislative leaders want special session on disaster aid sooner than Cooper suggested

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Legislative leaders want the North Carolina General Assembly to return to work next week to vote on Hurricane Florence relief money and policies.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news release Thursday that he wanted the legislature to return on Oct. 9 to handle Hurricane Florence relief. Senate leader Phil Berger and ...Read more

More than a dozen women and a man among those accusing surgeon of sexual assault

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LOS ANGELES -- The list of accusers alleging sexual assault by a Newport Beach surgeon has grown to more than a dozen, prosecutors said Friday.

More than 12 women and one man have claimed they were attacked by Dr. Grant Robicheaux, who has already been charged with drugging and raping two women, Orange County prosecutors said. One of the new ...Read more

Road kill: New Britain Democrats want to take 'Paul Manafort' off street name

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Tweaking the name Paul Manafort Drive to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive last month just wasn't enough, city Democratic leaders say.

They want the Manafort name off the street sign altogether.

"It's scandalous, it's an embarrassment to New Britain," said Carlo Carlozzi, majority leader of the common council.

Carlozzi and six ...Read more

Fugitive who threatened Trump and others is captured in Ohio

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ALLENTOWN, Pa.--Shawn Christy, the Schuylkill County man who led police on a three-month chase on charges he threatened President Donald Trump and others, was arrested Friday afternoon in Ohio, federal marshals said.

Christy, 26, of McAdoo, Pa., was taken into custody at 4:38 p.m. in Mifflin Township, Ohio, about 6 miles northeast of where he ...Read more

Trump urges Missouri supporters to back Hawley 'because you're voting for me'

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the early stages of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley faced criticism from some in his party over a sense that he was trying to distance himself from President Donald Trump.

No one is saying that anymore.

Hawley shared the stage with the president Friday night in Springfield, ...Read more

Police in Parkland shooting under criminal investigation

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida's top law enforcement agency says it is investigating whether police committed crimes while responding to February's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Immediately after the shooting, Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate law enforcement'...Read more

Opposition to Trump motivating Pennsylvania voters in new Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll

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WASHINGTON -- Sending lawmakers to Washington who will be a check on President Donald Trump is a top motivating factor for Pennsylvania's likely voters, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted less than two months before Election Day.

Nearly half -- 48 percent -- said their vote for Congress will be intended to signal ...Read more