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Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas"We're going to be there 100 percent," Trump told officials at a briefing shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina. You'll have everything you need." Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:46:51 -0400
Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuser

Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuserWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her decades ago has until Friday morning to provide prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman said on Wednesday.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:44:31 -0400
Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guilty

Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guiltyCristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old farm worker from Mexico accused of stabbing 20-year-old Tibbetts, appeared in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit at his arraignment in Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. "Mr. Rivera pleads not guilty," his lawyer Chad Frese told the judge as Rivera listened through black headphones to a translator.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:36:16 -0400
Texas man behind controversial 3-D printed guns charged with sex assault of minor

Texas man behind controversial 3-D printed guns charged with sex assault of minorAustin police on Aug. 22 received a report that a girl under the age of 17 had told an abuse counselor that she had sex with Cody Wilson at an Austin hotel for $500, according to an arrest affidavit. A lawyer for Wilson, who was charged with sexually assaulting a minor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wilson, 30, founded the group Defense Distributed, which has been selling 3-D firearm-design files on flash drives via regular mail after a U.S. federal judge barred them from posting the blueprints online.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:22:33 -0400
Trump defends his Supreme Court nominee, wants accuser to testify

Trump defends his Supreme Court nominee, wants accuser to testifyTrump made his remarks a day after lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, said she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee only if the FBI first investigates her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter. Ford's demand cast doubt on whether a hearing planned by the committee for Monday to hear testimony from Kavanaugh, who has called the allegation "completely false," and Ford will occur.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:44:40 -0400
A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zone

A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zoneThree days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I was documenting the damage to Wilmington and communities to the south when I was tipped that volunteer rescuers were headed to a Leland church where people were isolated by rising floodwaters. Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar have another way of getting to people and animals trapped by floods: a boat they haul from their Texas home to disaster zones. In the case of North Carolina, that was more than a thousand miles (1,600 km).

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:23:05 -0400
U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme

U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi schemeFederal prosecutors have accused three men of portraying themselves as investment professionals and using a phony portfolio of consumer debt to defraud hundreds of unwary investors out of tens of millions of dollars as part of a $364 million Ponzi scheme. Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada, 54, and Cameron Jezierski of Texas, 28, misused millions of dollars to maintain a lavish lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a federal court in Baltimore.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:15:34 -0400
Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses danger

Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses dangerOne of Smart's captors, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced to life imprisonment. "I do believe she's still a danger," Smart, now 30, said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the interview, Smart described Barzee, who she said would encourage Mitchell to rape Smart, as "evil and twisted." Smart characterized an apology letter Barzee, which the woman wrote to her as part of her plea deal, as insincere.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:28:40 -0400
Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos pollThe Sept. 11-17 poll found that 36 percent http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1519Y18/type/day/dates/20180801-20180918/collapsed/true of adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court, up 6 points from a similar poll conducted a month earlier. Only 31 percent of U.S. adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment. If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump's pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:12:51 -0400
Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll

Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters pollThe Democratic congressman aiming to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas has pulled even in the race, a Reuters poll found, a spark of hope for a party seeking a Senate majority to curb President Donald Trump's agenda. The Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released on Wednesday of several competitive U.S. Senate races offered a mixed picture of Democrats' chances in November of winning the two seats they would need to take control of that chamber. It showed tight races in Arizona, where Democrats are hoping to win a seat held by a retiring Republican, and in Florida, where Republicans aim to unseat a Democratic incumbent.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:15:47 -0400
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