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Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testifyA woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top U.S. court.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:17:06 -0400
Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur products

Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur productsThe city of Los Angeles, a leading center of the world's fashion industry, moved on Tuesday toward becoming the largest U.S. metropolis to outlaw the sale and manufacture of most fur products within its limits. Following the lead of San Francisco and two smaller California municipalities, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to direct the City Attorney's Office to draft an ordinance banning fur apparel and accessories ranging from mink coats to rabbit's foot charms. The draft must then gain final approval by the council and be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be enacted.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:15:08 -0400
U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimonySenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday there is no reason to delay the testimony of Christine Bassley Ford, and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands. Ford, a university professor in California, has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:04:47 -0400
Carolinas deluged by floods as Florence moves on

Carolinas deluged by floods as Florence moves on"One thing we know is that sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a late-afternoon press conference and warned the 15,000 residents living in shelters against returning home too soon. More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of Interstates 40 and 95. Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 33 people, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:41:52 -0400
Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricaneThe North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services projected the animal death toll after emergency workers and veterinarians spent days in the field assessing losses at farms following the storm. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:32:57 -0400
Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyer

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyerA woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, has called a hearing for Monday to look into the matter, and the White House has said Kavanaugh was ready to testify.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:05:35 -0400
Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pickU.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House, "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:30:55 -0400
Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence(Reuters) - More than 267,000 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Friday, power companies said. Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday. The remnants of the storm are producing heavy rain and power outages over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:24:19 -0400
Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricaneMore than 2,800 hogs on farms in North Carolina are estimated to have died in flooding from Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago, the state's agriculture commissioner said on Tuesday. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview after flying over flooded areas. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:07:16 -0400
Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public land

Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public landThe so-called Waste Prevention Rule was aimed at reducing leaks of natural gas, or methane, that occur through venting and flaring during oil and gas production on federal land. David Bernhardt, the Interior Department's deputy secretary, said revisions to the rule reflect President Donald Trump's policy avoiding "regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain growth and prevent job creation." Environmentalists slammed the rollback of the rule, which will not be implemented until after a 60-day comment period. "The Trump administration is relentless in its push to give the oil and gas industry multi-million-dollar handoutsat the expense of Americans' health and environment," said David Doniger, the Natural Resource Defense Council's senior strategic director for climate and clean energy.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:23:25 -0400
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