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A fun spot in post-hurricane Puerto Rico helps the healing: 'A little beer. Some dancing. You get distracted'
A middle-aged man sways across the outdoor dance floor, nodding and smiling at friends as he moves to the rhythm of the bachata coming from a band called Grupo Melaza Mania. In his left hand, the man holds a can of Medalla Premium Light beer. He extends his right hand to a woman in tall black heels,...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

New sexual abuse allegations roil Kavanaugh nomination
Brett Kavanaugh’s embattled nomination for the Supreme Court faced further disarray Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct when he was in college, putting the White House on the defensive and the judge’s confirmation in fresh doubt. Scrambling to respond,...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:45:00 PDT)

GOP troubles with women get worse after Trump defends Kavanaugh on sexual assault accusation
The video Katie Hill posted Friday on social media opens with a striking declaration for a congressional candidate: “I have experienced sexual assault multiple times, different ways.” The 31-year-old Democrat, who is trying to unseat Republican Steve Knight of Palmdale, tells viewers she knows...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:40:00 PDT)

Burials begin in Tanzania as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224
Relatives wept in grief Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colorfully painted coffins were lined up for burial on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins. The overloaded boat...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:05:00 PDT)

A year after his stormy debut at the U.N., Trump will claim foreign policy successes from his brash diplomacy
President Trump had a stormy debut at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders last September. From the podium of the packed 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...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:20:00 PDT)

Climate change swells ranks of refugees as Trump administration retreats to the sidelines
From African farms shriveled into desert to monster storms revved up by warmer air over the oceans, climate change is stoking environmental disasters around the globe and uprooting millions of people a year — adding to a refugee crisis said to be the worst since World War II. The increasingly extreme...
(Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Number of immigrants in U.S. illegally could be double the widely accepted estimates, study suggests
The number of people living in the U.S. illegally could be more than double the widely accepted estimate of 11 million, according to a new study by researchers at Yale and MIT. Unlike previous studies that have concentrated on census statistics, the study used fresh federal data on border arrests,...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:40:00 PDT)

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford reaches tentative deal to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday
Christine Blasey Ford, the California woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, is willing to “provide her firsthand knowledge” to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, her attorneys said Saturday, and the committee has tentatively agreed...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:05:00 PDT)

Maryland warehouse shooting victim was a newlywed
On the day he died, Sunday Aguda had a new job and new wife. They had been planning to celebrate his birthday, just three days away. But he never reached 45 years old. Thursday morning, Aguda went for his break outside a Rite Aid warehouse in Harford County, Md. He found himself in the path of...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:30:00 PDT)

Six siblings of Arizona GOP congressman endorse his opponent
Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate. The television ad from Democrat David Brill combines video interviews with Gosar family siblings who ask voters to...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:00:00 PDT)

Trump asked why Kavanaugh's accuser didn't report him at the time. History provides some answers
Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were high schoolers, says she never called police and did not speak about the incident to anyone for decades after the alleged attack in the early 1980s. Trying to...
(Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:20:00 PDT)

Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'
In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Trump intensified the controversy over his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, by expressing doubt about the woman accusing him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school. Trump portrayed the allegations...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:05:00 PDT)

Indiana to ask Supreme Court to hear abortion case
The state of Indiana is planning to ask the Supreme Court to settle an abortion dispute involving a state law that could reopen the debate over Roe vs. Wade in the upcoming term. The state said recently in court filings that it will ask the justices to consider whether a woman can be prohibited...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:20:00 PDT)

Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
President Trump on Friday backed down from his order to declassify certain documents from the Russia investigation, including text messages exchanged among law enforcement leaders. The decision will likely disappoint conservative House Republicans and media figures who had encouraged the president...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:40:00 PDT)

A high-stakes game of chicken over the Supreme Court
As the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh hung in the balance, senators from both parties engaged in an extensive game of chicken this week on the issue of whether and when the public might hear from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of a sexual assault years ago. Neither...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:35:00 PDT)

The Alaskan Arctic in autumn: Last gasps of color and light before the dark of winter
It's fall in the northwest corner of Alaska's Arctic, and the land is exploding in a riot of activity, color, cold air and sunshine - the natural world's last shout before the arrival of dark and ice.
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Forget Trump and demonize Democrats as wild-eyed radicals — that's the Republican midterm strategy
To hear Katie Porter tell it, she’s just your average Orange County mom, clipping coupons, shopping specials at the supermarket and puttering about with three kids in a Toyota minivan that’s pushing 120,000 miles. But turn on the TV and you’re likely to see a more ominous portrait, etched in shades...
(Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, facing a tough reelection fight, ridicules sex assault accusation against Kavanaugh
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, in a tight race to retain his Orange County seat, ridiculed the decades-old allegation of sexual assault that has thrown the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh into turmoil, according to a recording acquired by Talking Points Memo. “This guy who’s going...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:05:00 PDT)

Kavanaugh accuser's offer to testify about alleged sexual assault puts key Republicans in a bind
After days of silence about whether she would appear, California professor Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that she is willing to testify next week about her allegations of a decades-old sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The offer, made...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:25:00 PDT)

State Department announces sanctions on 33, including Russians charged with meddling in 2016 U.S. election
The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on 33 foreign individuals and businesses, including at least 25 Russian nationals previously indicted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on charges of interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. The sanctions, announced by the...
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:20:00 PDT)

A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn’t been lost for good — while fearing the next big one
Puerto Rico and its residents have struggled to recover during the past year after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving a mess responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths. The island marks the storm's anniversary Sept. 20.
(Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump visits the Carolinas to view hurricane damage and gets a warm welcome
When Mabrey Smith heard on Wednesday that President Trump might pass by the used-car dealership he runs with his girlfriend here, he dug through his belongings and emerged with two lawn signs from the 2016 campaign — “Trump-Pence.” Then Smith placed them along the road and waited for Trump’s motorcade...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:25:00 PDT)

GOP pushes Kavanaugh accuser to testify about sexual assault allegation, but risks a #MeToo backlash
Republicans hardened their position and closed ranks Wednesday in the handling of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ramping up their rhetoric and unifying around the idea that his accuser should testify — publicly or privately — by Monday. It’s a big political...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:50:00 PDT)

The GOP wants to know why Feinstein didn't come forward sooner with Kavanaugh allegation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein was one of four female senators who rode into Washington in 1992 amid a political backlash over the all-male panel that quizzed Anita Hill on her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a year earlier. Now as the top Democrat handling the...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:30:00 PDT)

Trump administration faces criticism for seeking sharp cut in refugees settled in the U.S.
Facing backlash over the decision to drastically limit the number of refugees who will be permitted to settle in the United States, State Department officials are attempting to defend the move and soften its impact. But ultimately, the proposed new quota — down a third from last year’s number and...
(Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:50:00 PDT)

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