WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he knew nothing about the sexual misconduct allegations against a judge who was a friend and mentor. Kavanaugh said Wednesday that when the allegations against former federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Flooding remains the major concern as Tropical Depression Gordon could dump a foot or more of rain before the remnants of the storm are finished pushing through Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The National Weather Service in Mobile said Wednesday morning that Pensacola got 8 inches of rainfall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is declining to comment on disparaging comments about President Donald Trump in Bob Woodward's new book, saying he's not seen it. The book contains quotes attributed to top White House aides that ridicule Trump's intellect. Ryan said Wednesday he has nothing to say and referred questions to the White House. The Wisconsin Republican drew laughs when he said he's not spoken to Woodward for a few years.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's rial has fallen to a record low as worried residents of Tehran line up outside beleaguered moneychangers, part of a staggering 140-percent drop in the currency's value since America pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago. Those who went to work at the start of the Iranian week on Saturday saw their money shed a quarter of its value by the time they left the office Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google has skipped a Senate intelligence hearing on social media companies, and a lawmaker says it's "maybe because they're arrogant." Sen. Marco Rubio is also citing questions raised in a new report by a watchdog group that had success buying ads while posing as Russia's Internet Research Agency. That's the propaganda machine accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. Rubio says he's sure that Google executives "don't want to be here to answer" tough questions.