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  • Showdown between Kavanaugh, accuser scheduled for next week

    WASHINGTON — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman’s claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge’s endangered Supreme Court nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between him and his accuser. Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a […]

  • ‘Justice for Junior’: 14th suspect in teen’s machete slaying pleads not guilty

    NEW YORK — The 14th suspect arrested in the brutal gang-related slaying of a teenager outside a New York City deli has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Twenty-year-old Frederick Then, of Reading, Pennsylvania, entered the plea at his arraignment Monday in connection with the June 20 machete death of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz. “The defendant was known to have allegedly pursued Junior throughout the streets of the Bronx. There is video surveillance capturing his pursuit on foot that ultimately […]

  • Russia says Syrian missiles shot down its aircraft

    MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean early Tuesday, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defense ministry said. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria. The Russian military said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was hit 35 kilometers (22 miles) off the coast as it was returning to its home base nearby. “The Israeli […]

  • US slashes number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year

    WASHINGTON  — 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 zones. Up to 30,000 refugees will be allowed into the country next year, down from a cap of 45,000 this year. It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began […]

  • Man caught shaving on NJ Transit train out of NYC in viral video says don’t judge

    NEW YORK — A man who was mocked online after he was recorded shaving at his seat on a commuter train headed out of New York City said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. Anthony Torres, 56, told The Associated Press that the people judging him on social media don’t know the struggle he’s been through in his life. “My life is all screwed up. That’s the reason I was shaving on […]

  • Body of baby swept away by Florence floodwaters is found

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — The body of a 1-year-old boy has been recovered after he was swept away by floodwaters in North Carolina when the boy’s mother lost her grip on him, authorities said Monday. Union County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Underwood said a woman and her child were on their way to visit relatives when she drove past some barricades on highway 218 in northern Union County. The woman later told authorities someone had pushed the barricades to the side a […]

  • 2 men drown trying to rescue swimmer later saved by NJ police

    HAZLET, N.J. — Authorities say two swimmers drowned in New Jersey while trying to rescue another man who was later saved by police. The men were all swimming in the Thornes Creek in Hazlet when one of them started yelling for help around 2:40 p.m. Sunday. The two other men went to help the one who was struggling, but they soon went under and didn’t surface. Police soon found the first swimmer near the water’s edge. He was taken to […]

  • Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault, roiling plan for Supreme Court vote

    WASHINGTON — Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the Supreme Court is taking an uncertain turn as Republican senators express concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers. The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter. With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of […]

  • New leak shows Julian Assange sought Russian visa in 2010

    Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in a vise, the silver-haired Australian wrote to the Russian Consulate in London. “I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, […]

  • Jersey Shore businesses crippled by Sandy hope for big Labor Day turnout

    Man dies while swimming in rough water off Jersey shore

    JERSEY SHORE, N.J. — A man died in an apparent drowning while swimming in rough water off a beach at the New Jersey shore, authorities said. His wife and young son watched from the beach as first responders tried to save him, NJ.com reports. Officers in Seaside Heights responded shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday to a report of a man struck by a wave and floating in the ocean. NJ.com reports that three officers entered the water and reported strong […]