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Floodwater Putting North Carolina Dams Under Stress

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local ...

Hear Them Out, Then Decide

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and ...

Government Neither Hero Nor Villain

Last week, Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters of California was nearly stabbed by a 35-year-old Castro Valley resident, Farzad Fazeli. According to media reports, Fazeli started shouting about President Trump and then pulled out a switchblade. Thankfully, the switchblade ...

Democrats Resorting to Last-Minute Avalanche of Mud

The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the ...

Modernist Home Designers Think Outside the Box

Anyone who imagines that modernist houses across the United States are a homogeneous collection of sleek glass boxes may want to look again. At its best, modernism has always meant to commune with the landscape and reflect the lifestyle of each homeowner. So modernist homes in the United ...

Trump: Declassified Papers Expose ‘Bad Things’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed. But the decision, made against the backdrop of Trump’s spiraling ...

Kavanaugh’s Accuser Wants FBI Probe Before She Testifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter sent Tuesday to the panel. The ...

Noah Couldn’t Make It So They Sent a Helicopter

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A bedraggled kitten in North Carolina got a new nickname — “Survivor” — when it was pulled with its owner from floodwaters unleashed by Florence. That wasn’t the only weary animal needing help getting to high ground as rain-swollen rivers inundated highways ...

Lawsuit Filed Against Gas Company After Massachusetts Explosions

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what’s likely to be several filed against ...

Much-Needed History Lesson

They don’t teach history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court served as a teachable moment. Repeatedly, Kavanaugh referenced ...

A Cold Wind Off Lake Michigan

“It’s the Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street,” wrote columnist John Kass in the Chicago Tribune. In case the references are unclear, whether because high schools haven’t been assigning the William Golding novel in the last few decades or because out-of-towners unaccountably don’t ...

Nation’s Economic Boom Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...

Penn: Much Of #Metoo Divides Men And Women

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Penn says much of the spirit of the #MeToo movement is to “divide men and women.” Penn appeared Monday in an interview with the co-star of the new Hulu show “The First” on NBC’s “Today “ show. Natascha McElhone said her character is informed by the ...

Tom Arnold, ‘Apprentice’ Producer Scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Tom Arnold filed a police report Monday over an incident involving the producer of the “The Apprentice” at a weekend pre-Emmy Awards party, police said. Detectives will investigate Arnold’s allegations that Mark Burnett choked him at the party Sunday night, ...

‘Popular’ a Relative Term at Toronto Film Fest

TORONTO (AP) — For a festival that can be a hotbed of Oscar-predicting hysteria, the scuttling of the “best popular movie” category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barely registered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Most were too in the thrall of the 254 ...

Bill Cosby’s Wife Wants Ethics Board to Investigate Judge

Days before a court hearing that could send her famous husband to prison, Bill Cosby’s wife intensified her attacks on a judge she has called “arrogant,” “corrupt” and “unethical,” and said the family had filed an ethics complaint and hired a former FBI agent to investigate ...

GOP Plans Hearing for Kavanaugh, Accuser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans abruptly laid plans Monday for a Senate committee hearing at which Brett Kavanaugh and the woman alleging he sexually assaulted her decades ago will testify publicly, as GOP leaders grudgingly opted for a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the accusation ...

U.S., Russia Clash Over N. Korea Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia clashed Monday over enforcing U.N. sanctions against North Korea, with the U.S. ambassador accusing Moscow of “cheating” and Russia’s envoy accusing Washington of “political ill-intent.” The acrimonious meeting of the Security ...

Mueller Clears Way For Flynn Sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is ready for a judge to sentence former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a court document filed Monday. The move would bring Flynn’s involvement in the Russia investigation to a close nearly a year after he pleaded ...