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September 19, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says there’s “no reason for any further delay” in a hearing about a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford say she wants an FBI investigation of the incident before a Judiciary Committee hearing set for Monday. But Grassley says nothing done by the FBI or other investigators would have any bearing on what Ford tells senators.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Two people have died after a van was overtaken by rising flood waters in South Carolina. Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells The Associated Press that two women drowned at around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a van tried to cross a roadway between Mullins and Nichols and was overtaken by water.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The leaders of the two Koreas have signed a joint statement after their summit talks, but no details of what it said were released. South Korean media pool footage shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signing the documents in Pyongyang on Wednesday. The leaders posed for photos while displaying the documents. Seoul says the two Koreans leaders are to jointly announce the results of their summit later Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, saying Tuesday that his action will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed. But experts say that the decision may expose sensitive sources and methods and brush up against privacy law protections. They also believe that Trump has a clear conflict of interest by trying to discredit an investigation in which he himself is a subject.

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who was partnered with Jason Van Dyke the night he shot black teenager Laquan McDonald is testifying at Van Dyke’s murder trial. Walsh says that after he and Van Dyke got out of their squad car to confront McDonald, he saw the 17-year-old raise his right arm and “swing that up to shoulder level ... in our direction.” McDonald had a small knife in his right hand. Video doesn’t confirm Walsh’s account, but he says it was taken from a different angle than his vantage point.

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