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September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “we would be open” to Deborah Ramirez, a second woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, testifying before the Senate Judiciary panel this week. Sanders says that “process could take place on Thursday,” when Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has separately accused him of assaulting her in high school, are scheduled to testify.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the world has reached “a pivotal moment” in global warming and risks runaway climate change if leaders don’t act in the next two years. He is telling world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly that they aren’t doing enough to combat what he calls “a direct existential threat” that is moving faster than people are working to combat it.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has no plans to meet this week with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “despite requests.” Both leaders are attending an annual U.N. gathering in New York, but Rouhani also has ruled out meeting, telling NBC News conditions are not ripe for talks. Trump withdrew the U.S. from a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and reinstated economic sanctions on Iran and said Tuesday in a tweet that “Maybe someday in the future” he and Rouhani will meet.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby doesn’t plan to make a statement in court before he’s sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says the 81-year-old comedian plans to remain silent in court Tuesday. Cosby didn’t testify at either of his two trials. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. His attorney wants the judge to send Cosby home on house arrest, saying he’s too old and frail for prison.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger plan to leave the company in the next few weeks. There was no immediate word on why they chose to leave the company but Systrom says they plan to take time off to explore their creativity again.

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