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Trump hits ‘con job’ on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing

Brett Kavanaugh, Ashley Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical “con job” on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she “has nothing.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted that Kavanaugh would win approval, despite the new allegations …

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Texas man accused of series of California homeless beatings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A “violent predator” arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of attacks against seven mainly homeless men in Southern California, brutally beating them and killing three, also faced investigation in the disappearances of two of his relatives in Texas, authorities said Tuesday. Ramon Escobar, 47, who was believed to be homeless himself, likely targeted his …

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Big changes about small fish are in store for fishermen

Fisheries managers are adopting a host of potentially major changes for Atlantic herring, an economically important fish that serves as a key part of the ocean ecosystem in New England. Atlantic herring is a small, schooling fish that is the target of an industry that collects more than 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of catch every year. The fish …

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Chinese man accused of spying, helping recruit US engineers

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chinese citizen living in Chicago was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying, including by helping with the recruitment of U.S. engineers, defense contractors and scientists for intelligence services in China, federal prosecutors said. Ji Chaoqun, 27, is charged with one count of knowingly acting in the U.S. as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification …

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Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders enjoying new role with Lions

Barry Sanders

DETROIT (AP) — Barry Sanders shook hands with fans, posed for pictures and engaged in small talk outside a suite at Ford Field before the Detroit Lions opened the season against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Hall of Fame running back was on the field to turn a huge key, and the stadium’s speakers blared with the sounds …

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Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron

NEW YORK (AP) — Gone is the shoulder squeezing, the affectionate dandruff-brushing — and French President Emmanuel Macron’s hope that he could use his unlikely friendship with Donald Trump to rein in the American president’s more incendiary instincts. When the two men met Monday in New York, they shook hands lightly and got down to the tasks at hand. They …

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US judge repeats Trump vulgarity during immigration hearing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge Tuesday repeated President Donald Trump’s vulgar description of African countries while questioning his administration’s motives for ending a program that lets immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the U.S. Judge Edward Chen during a hearing in a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program also cited a memo that he said …

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Iran says US wants to overthrow govt, rejects two-way talks

Hassan Rouhani

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to overthrow his government, rejecting bilateral talks after President Donald Trump denounced Iran’s leaders and predicted stepped-up U.S. sanctions would get Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program. Addressing world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Rouhani accused the Trump administration of violating the …

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No jail time in assault case spurs push to oust Alaska judge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man drove an Alaska Native woman to a dark street, said he would kill her and choked her until she blacked out. He then masturbated on her face. Originally charged with kidnapping, 34-year-old Justin Schneider pleaded guilty to a single count of felony assault in a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced last week to …

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Mattis: Jury is out on women succeeding in combat jobs

Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jury is still out on whether women can be successful in infantry jobs, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, while offering students at the Virginia Military Institute a dim view of female troops serving on the front line. Mattis, a retired Marine, said there are too few women in the infantry ranks to provide enough data …

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