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Trump calls allegations against his court nominee a 'con game'

Trump calls allegations against his court nominee a 'con game'The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m.. Senior Senate Republicans said a vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday. In a break from convention, the outside lawyer, whose name was not released, will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee's Republican senators, 11 white men. The move brought a rebuke from Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:59:29 -0400
Suspect arrested in baseball-bat bludgeoning of homeless men in Los Angeles

Suspect arrested in baseball-bat bludgeoning of homeless men in Los AngelesA man has been arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning several homeless men with a baseball bat, two of them fatally, in a series of attacks this month in downtown Los Angeles and the adjacent beachfront city of Santa Monica, police said on Tuesday. Ramon Escobar, 47, who the Los Angeles Times reported is also wanted for questioning in the disappearance of an aunt and uncle in Houston, Texas, was arrested on Monday in Santa Monica after he allegedly beat a homeless man unconscious there, police said.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:09:52 -0400
Man who served in U.S. Army Reserves accused of being agent for China

Man who served in U.S. Army Reserves accused of being agent for ChinaA Chinese citizen was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday on charges that he covertly worked for a high-ranking Chinese intelligence official to help try and recruit engineers and scientists, including some who worked as U.S. defense contractors, the Justice Department said. Ji Chaoqun, 27, first came to the United States in 2013 to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in 2016 enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:07:45 -0400
Bill Cosby, in cuffs, imprisoned for up to 10 years for sexual assault

Bill Cosby, in cuffs, imprisoned for up to 10 years for sexual assaultCosby must spend at least three years in a Pennsylvania prison before he becomes eligible for supervised release, though he could end up behind bars for up to a decade. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill ordered Cosby to be jailed immediately, denying Cosby's request for bail while lawyers appeal the conviction. Minutes earlier, Constand left court with her arms folded, a smile spreading across her face as other women who have accused Cosby came to hug her.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:11:13 -0400
Ex-U.S. NSA employee sentenced to prison for exposing secrets

Ex-U.S. NSA employee sentenced to prison for exposing secretsNghia Hoang Pho, 68, of Ellicott City, Maryland, removed documents that contained classified national defense information and kept them at his home without authorization, the department said in a statement. A U.S. intelligence official previously has said on the condition of anonymity that Pho was the same NSA employee who had been identified in media reports for using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software on his home computer. As a result of his actions, Pho compromised some of our countrys most closely held types of intelligence, and forced NSA to abandon important initiatives to protect itself and its operational capabilities, at great economic and operational cost, said Robert Hur, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, in a statement.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:58:28 -0400
McConnell says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh will be confirmed

McConnell says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh will be confirmedU.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he believed President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, would be confirmed to the lifetime position. McConnell also said the Senate had hired a woman lawyer to do the questioning of Kavanaugh and his accuser for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Thursday's hearing.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:57:38 -0400
Investors at Smith & Wesson parent support call for gun safety report

Investors at Smith & Wesson parent support call for gun safety reportInvestors at American Outdoor Brands Corp approved a call for the gun maker to produce a safety report, officials said during its annual meeting on Tuesday, marking a second win for religious activist shareholders focused on firearms makers after a series of mass shootings in the United States. The resolution, approved over the company's objections, asks its board to report by February on its efforts to monitor gun violence, to research and produce safer guns, and for an assessment of reputational and financial risks. All nominated directors at the Springfield, Mass.-based company, the parent of Smith & Wesson, received a majority of votes cast, according to a preliminary vote tally given by an official during the webcast meeting.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:22:32 -0400
Lawyer, not Republican senators, to question Kavanaugh, accuser: lawmaker

Lawyer, not Republican senators, to question Kavanaugh, accuser: lawmakerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An outside lawyer will question President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday. Graham, a committee member, told reporters that "outside counsel," would ask questions for the panel's Republicans but gave no other details. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:23:01 -0400
Colorado wildlife refuge at old nuclear plant is open - for now

Colorado wildlife refuge at old nuclear plant is open - for nowLess than two miles (3 km) from where triggers for thermonuclear weapons were once manufactured and against the backdrop of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, a bull elk bugles as he defends his harem of cows from rival males. "It's rutting season and this is mating behavior," said David Lucas of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and manager of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Denver. Five environmental and community activist groups have sued the government, arguing the Rocky Flats refuge should be closed until more testing is done.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:16:47 -0400
Trump questions credibility of second Kavanaugh accuser

Trump questions credibility of second Kavanaugh accuserU.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday questioned the credibility of the second woman to accuse Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she admitted she was drunk at a party where the alleged behavior occurred. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of exposing himself to her at a drunken party during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who last week accused him of sexual assault in 1982.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:52:22 -0400
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