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Florence deaths rise

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Throwing a lifeline to a city surrounded by floodwaters, emergency crews delivered food and water to Wilmington on Monday as rescuers picked up more people stranded by Hurricane Florence and the storm's remnants took aim at the densely populated Northeast. The death ...

Hearing between Kavanaugh, accuser next week

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans on Monday abruptly called Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault decades ago to testify publicly next week, grudgingly setting up a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the allegation ...

Casey touts accomplishments in Senate in bid for 3rd term

By MARC LEVY Associated Press YORK, Pa. — Hit with the inevitable questions about his track record in office, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is putting more muscle into showing what he's accomplished in his second term as the Democrat vies for a third six-year term in November's ...

DeVos to students: Don’t hide behind a Twitter handle

By KRISTEN DE GROOT Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday encouraged students to engage others with respect and not to "be nasty" while hiding behind Twitter handles, leading one student to wonder why her boss, President Donald Trump, doesn't appear to ...

US lowers refugees ceiling for next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger ...

GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON— Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs toward Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis. The ...

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

By MICHAEL BIESECKER And GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say ...

Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania's eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse ...

Florence likely to expose gap in flood insurance

The Associated Press The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. An analysis of federal flood insurance records by The ...

Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established ...

Bill Cosby’s wife wants ethics board to investigate judge

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Days before a court hearing that could send her famous husband to prison, Bill Cosby's wife intensified her attacks on a judge she has called "arrogant," ''corrupt" and "unethical," and said the family had filed an ethics complaint and hired a former FBI ...

Man awaiting trial trys to kill witness, victim

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A man awaiting trial on charges including rape and statutory sexual assault is now accused of trying to arrange the murders of a witness and an alleged victim from prison. The Cumberland County district attorney's office alleges that 41-year-old Anthony Rizzo of ...

Three-vehicle crash in Poconos kills three

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a three-vehicle crash in the Pocono mountains killed three people. Emergency dispatchers in Monroe County said the crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday along Route 209 in Stroud Township. The four-way intersection has been the scene of severe ...

Seven injured when startled camel bucks at Pittsburgh circus

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seven people, most of them children, were injured when a startled camel started bucking during a Pittsburgh circus. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that two children and an adult were riding the camel during an intermission Sunday at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints ...

TODAY IN 1975

By The Associated Press On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. On this date: In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British. In 1793, President ...

Flash flood watch posted for much of central Pennsylvania

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Areas of central Pennsylvania are under a flash flood watch due to the remnants of the storm that devastated coastal areas over the weekend. The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning for much of the center of the ...

Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

By CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text ...

South Korean president lands in North for summit with Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in landed in Pyongyang on Tuesday for his third summit this year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon's goals are lofty: To try to resolve deadlocked nuclear diplomacy, ease a decades-long military standoff and promote peace ...

SpaceX close to announcing 1st private passenger

CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES — SpaceX is on the verge of announcing the name of person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon. The identity of the traveler will be revealed at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, during an event ...