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September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault when they were teens. That’s according to the GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley had tried to have the panel’s staff conduct phone interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. But Democrats rejected the private interviews and want the FBI to investigate the allegations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it’s working with the director of national intelligence to comply with President Donald Trump’s order declassifying a trove of documents in the Russia investigation. In a statement Monday night, a department spokesperson says an order like the one Trump gave earlier in the day triggers a declassification review by various agencies “to ensure the safety of America’s national security interests.” That review is now ongoing.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Florence has now claimed more than 30 lives and an untold number of homes on its slow march across North Carolina, inundating city after city. But even though the pounding rain has slowed, rivers are quietly churning and continuing to rise. Officials now fear that by the time the Cape Fear River in Cumberland County crests Tuesday, it will threaten to swamp anything within a mile on either side of it. Authorities are warning people in evacuation zones to leave before the water rushes in.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000. The announcement comes despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year’s cap of 45,000 was too low. The actual number allowed could be lower.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the Trump administration’s move to slap tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods will only have a modest impact on the U.S. economy, but it represents a setback to hopes the trade dispute was cooling.

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