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September 16, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The National Weather Service has declared a flash-flood emergency for part of the county that is home to North Carolina’s biggest city, Charlotte. The emergency was put into effect Sunday afternoon for central and southeastern Mecklenburg County. The weather service says streams and creeks are running very high in south Charlotte, Matthews and nearby areas.

HONG KONG (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut (MAHN’-koot) has barreled into southern China, killing two people after it lashed the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. State media says more than 2.4 million people were evacuated in southern China’s Guangdong province and nearly 50,000 fishing boats were called back to port.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s Democratic leader says the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee must postpone a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination now that a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago has told her story to The Washington Post. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that postponement is warranted until what he calls “serious and credible allegations” are thoroughly investigated. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations. A vote is scheduled for Thursday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are increasingly worried about the party’s prospects in the midterm elections. Party leaders were already worried that a surge in enthusiasm among Democrats and moderate Republicans’ disdain for Trump would put the House out of reach. But some Republicans now fear their Senate majority is also in peril — a scenario that was unthinkable a few months ago given the favorable Senate map for the GOP.

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in Texas say a U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot four female sex workers in the head. Affidavits indicate the first body was located Sept. 4 and a second victim was found alive Thursday morning, but died at a hospital. Affidavits say one woman escaped from Juan David Ortiz Friday night after he pulled a gun on her. Investigators believe Ortiz picked up and fatally shot two more victims after the surviving victim fled. Ortiz is being held on four murder charges.

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