Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:45 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming the return of just-freed American pastor Andrew Brunson. Trump and Brunson are meeting in the Oval Office, hours after the North Carolina native arrived back on U.S. soil. Trump told Brunson “we’ve been negotiating long and hard” for his release and that “we do not pay ransom in this country.”
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s top diplomat has reiterated a call to Saudi Arabia to allow Turkish authorities to enter the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul for an investigation on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had not yet cooperated with Turkey on the search for Khashoggi.
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Utility crews will be working throughout the weekend to restore power to Virginia customers. Dominion Energy said in an outage update Saturday morning that more than 6,000 personnel are working to get power back up for 160,000 customers who remain without service. Hurricane Michael crashed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday before moving northward and pounding Virginia as a tropical storm.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multi-billion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems. Analysts estimate private insurers will pay $6 billion in claims for wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial and industrial properties and vehicles.
BOSTON (AP) — Colleges across the U.S. say they’re grappling with a growing number of sexual misconduct complaints from the past, largely because of the #MeToo movement. Schools from New England to the West Coast say they’ve seen an uptick in older cases, some of them from decades ago. The reports have raised questions about how to investigate such accusations. Administrators must figure out how to usher the matters through newer discipline systems built upon updated ideas about right and wrong.