Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A final vote has been set for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The vote on confirming Kavanaugh as an associate justice will begin at roughly 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Senators have been advised to be in their seats by the time the historic roll call begins. Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A large crowd has gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Pumping their fists and carrying signs, a few hundred people climbed the east steps of the Capitol for the demonstration. The crowd has been chanting, “November is coming!” and “Vote them out!” A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile in its first year. But it has put few of them in handcuffs. A task force begun by Los Angeles prosecutors last year in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein has investigated nearly two dozen entertainment-industry figures. None have been charged. Advocates and even some of those who have accused celebrities of sexual misconduct say the lack of charges isn’t totally disheartening.
UNDATED (AP) — Black Lives Matter activists say the conviction of a white Chicago police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager raises hope that police will be held more accountable. The conviction Friday of Jason Van Dyke in Chicago came about a month after a Texas police officer was convicted in the killing of an unarmed black teen. Activists say their efforts, along with the video evidence, could be changing the power balance between police and black communities.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican documentation into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations he slept with seminarians. The Vatican says it is aware that may produce evidence “that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues.” The statement did not address allegations that Francis himself knew of sexual misconduct allegations against now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013.