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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

September 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide on the terms for her to testify about allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens at a party. That’s according to a late-night tweet from Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley said he “just granted another extension” to Ford.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising further firings to get rid of a “lingering stench.” Trump was speaking at a campaign rally in Missouri after reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president. Trump is lashing out against what he sees as anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department, touting the firings he has orchestrated.

WASHINGTON (AP) — DHS has found that the head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but he will not lose his job over it. William “Brock” Long had been under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s watchdog over travel to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. The news of the probe came to light just as Hurricane Florence was striking the Carolinas.

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina town where a levee breached is among the latest to feel the punch of Hurricane Florence. Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water to escape when Cape Fear River water came pouring into their yard late Thursday. They got in a friend’s pickup and were eventually driven out on a military vehicle. They were among 100 people evacuated with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation that lasted into Friday morning.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has missed its recruiting goal for the first time in more than a decade. Army leaders tell The Associated Press they signed up about 70,000 new troops for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. That is about 6,500 soldiers short of their goal. The other service branches met their targets. The shortfall is fueled by the strong American economy and a smaller pool of eligible recruits.

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