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WASHINGTON — In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states? So far, the party's formula is to cast itself as defending the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law against a president itching to use the court to snatch both away. Democrats want to make it as excruciating as possible for a pair of moderate, pivotal Republican senators to back the selection because without a GOP defection, it's game over. Trump plans to unveil his choice Monday, less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Democrats seem to face an uphill battle to derail the pick, due to the sky-high stakes and the country's hyper-partisan political climate. The fight will be intense, fueled by Kennedy's status as the court's frequent swing vote and the GOP's hair-thin 51-49 Senate majority — effectively 50-49 since January, with Sen. John McCain battling cancer in Arizona. If Republicans remain united, Democrats can't stop a nominee, though either way it offers both parties a golden chance to raise money and galvanize voters. By Alan Fram. SENT: 930 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the two GOP Statehouse leaders have called for Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid what they say are credible claims that Hill drunkenly groped four women, including a lawmaker, at an Indianapolis bar. "Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana attorney general," the Republican governor said in a statement Thursday night. "The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state's zero tolerance sexual harassment policy." He said he agrees with GOP Senate leader David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma that Hill should resign and supports "a thorough investigation by the state's inspector general." Long and Bosma issued a joint statement Thursday evening, saying: "We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the attorney general's denial of these allegations." By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 790 words, photos.


— TOWN MARSHAL ARRESTED: Authorities say an Indiana town marshal faces charges after he allegedly took medication from a home while in uniform.

— BEATTY TOWNSHIP-HOMICIDE: Authorities are asking for the public's help to find an Indiana man suspected in a June homicide in northern Minnesota.

— DELAYED FAIR PROJECT: A southern Indiana woman who started a needlework project in 1978, aiming to enter it in her county's fair, has finally finished the artwork 40 years later.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Hannah Roberts first climbed on a BMX bike as a child to try and follow in her cousin's tracks. She has made a name for herself with her own high-flying tricks. The next potential star for USA Cycling in the Summer Games is getting ready for her senior year of high school. The 16-year-old Roberts, already one of the best BMX freestyle riders in the world, is helping blaze a trail for women in the Olympics. Organizers around the world are paying attention now, especially after the Olympics added freestyle as a medal sport for the Tokyo Games in 2020. A staple of the Summer X Games, BMX freestyle joins the Olympic roster as part of an effort to give the Games a more youthful and urban appeal. It should also give the United States a chance to grab more medals. Like BMX racing, which has been in the Olympics since 2008, freestyle traces its roots to Southern California in the 1970s. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 960 words, photos.


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