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‘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 ...

Trump Imposes Tariffs on Chinese Goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start ...

Emergency Crews Throw Supply Lifeline to Isolated Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Throwing a lifeline to a city surrounded by floodwaters, emergency crews delivered food and water to Wilmington on Monday as rescuers picked up more people stranded by Hurricane Florence and the storm’s remnants took aim at the densely populated Northeast. The ...

Death Toll From Florence Rises to 17 as Floods Spread Inland

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper ...

Florence May Expose Flood Insurance Gaps

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans with flood insurance is on the rise, yet Hurricane Florence is likely to make it painfully clear that too many homeowners in the Carolinas and other vulnerable regions remain unprotected. An analysis of federal flood insurance records by The ...

Swollen N.C. Rivers Raise Pollution Fear

(AP) - As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region’s swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, ...

‘X Files’ Actor Donat Dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Donat, the Canadian actor who played Agent Fox Mulder’s father in “The X-Files” and had roles in TV shows, films and onstage, has died. He was 90. His son, Caleb, said his father died last week from complications of diabetes. Donat also had guest roles on TV ...

Squirrels Fruitful and Multiplying

(AP) - There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert ...

Democrats Serious in Texas

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

Americans Don’t Trust Government

Fifty-five percent of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent an obvious call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to ...

Failure of Two-Parent Families Often Cause of Poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler ...

W.Va. Cancels $11M Contract For Repairs to Capitol Dome

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials have canceled a nearly $11 million contract to repair significant damage to the state Capitol dome. The decision, announced Friday by the Department of Administration, was based on the contractor’s inability to comply with design requirements for ...

West Virginia Woman Overcomes Traumas While Serving in Army

By SARAH GOODRICH For The Intelligencer BUCKHANNON — Surviving assault and coping with the death of her child was not easy for Amanda Barbo-Vezinat during her time overseas serving in the United States Army. However, her resiliency led her to persevere through those traumatic events and ...

Bhutanese Refugees Work to Keep Culture Alive

CLEVELAND (AP) — Refugees forced from their homes in the Asian kingdom of Bhutan have been working to create a new home in northeastern Ohio while also forming a community aimed at preserving their Bhutanese heritage. More than 100,000 Bhutanese people were forced out of that country by its ...

‘The Predator’ Gobbles Up Box Office Competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Predator” is at the top of the food chain after its first weekend in theaters. 20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. But with an $88 million production price tag, the Shane ...

Politics, Diversity Could Headline Emmys Tonight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are critical points about the 70th Emmy Awards to keep in mind, starting with this: The ceremony airs tonight. Typically held on a Sunday, it was punted one day so this year’s host network, NBC, could accommodate its “Sunday Night Football” franchise. As for ...