DALLAS | Cruz, O’Rourke trade attacks during testy 1st Texas debate

DALLAS — Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke repeatedly traded barbs during a testy first debate Friday night, underscoring how a Texas Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one. Cruz went on the attack moments after stepping on the stage, charging that … Continue reading DALLAS | Cruz, O’Rourke trade attacks during testy 1st Texas debate

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Ford wants another day to consider testifying

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 9:35 p.m. The lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford wants another day to consider terms for testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Ford wants another day to consider testifying

WASHINGTON | GOP, Kavanaugh accuser in standoff over her Senate testimony

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday rejected key concessions sought by Brett Kavanaugh‘s accuser if she is testify about her claim Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and threatened a Monday vote by his panel on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination without a quick agreement. Minutes before a 10 p.m. deadline … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP, Kavanaugh accuser in standoff over her Senate testimony

WASHINGTON | AP NewsBreak: DHS secretary says FEMA chief won’t lose job

WASHINGTON — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William “Brock” Long had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog over possibly misusing government vehicles to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP NewsBreak: DHS secretary says FEMA chief won’t lose job

WASHINGTON | AP sources: Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

WASHINGTON— Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump last year amid law enforcement concerns about chaos in the White House, according to people familiar with exchanges at the time. One person who was present said Rosenstein was just being sarcastic. Rosenstein’s comments were first reported Friday by The New York Times. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP sources: Rosenstein spoke of possible secret Trump taping

GENEVA | UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

GENEVA — Drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men, the World Health Organization said. The U.N. health agency also warned that current policy responses are not sufficient to reverse trends predicting an increase in consumption over the next 10 years. In a new report Friday, the WHO said … Continue reading GENEVA | UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. | Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

WILMINGTON, N.C.  — Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Missouri News: AG Josh Hawley Joins 11-State Push for Deeper Cuts in Opioid Pill Manufacturing

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley joined an 11-state coalition in calling upon the federal government to implement sweeping reforms to account for the misuse of prescription painkillers and ultimately lead to the manufacturing of fewer opioids in 2019. Attorney General Hawley believes that although a 10-percent reduction is a step in … Continue reading Missouri News: AG Josh Hawley Joins 11-State Push for Deeper Cuts in Opioid Pill Manufacturing