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Memory’s frailty may be playing starring role in Kavanaugh matter

NEW YORK — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it’s possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who said a drunken Kavanaugh ...

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Several tornadoes struck as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction across southern Minnesota overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday. The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a ...

‘Less is a bore’: Robert Venturi, postmodernist architect, dies at 93

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Architect Robert Venturi, who rejected austere modern design and instead ushered in postmodern complexity with the dictum “Less is a bore,” has died. He was 93. His family released a statement on his firm’s website saying Venturi died at home in Philadelphia on ...

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died Wednesday at a New York ...

Air has seeped out of Russia-collusion balloon

“I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, “Fear,” replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question, “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, ...

Trump’s beast in the night: Manafort’s claims

If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and unbending denials, you might ...

Questionable mom enters the family

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, “Ted,” and his wife decided to call it quits over the holidays after being together since high school (about 25 years). Their relationship was very strained and was more of a roommate situation than a marriage for at least 15 years, getting worse every year. ...

Don’t delay cancer treatment

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a relative with cancer who is about to begin multiple therapeutic interventions. My friends tell me all cancer treatments are toxic and kill people instead of curing them, and that I should tell my relative to look into other forms of treatment. What do you suggest I do? ...

Candidates for governor spar over tax returns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns? It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential ...

Puerto Rico marks year since Maria with choirs, protests

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The uplifting strains of one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved songs filled the air at 6:15 a.m. Thursday as a choir stood in the coastal town where Hurricane Maria made landfall at that moment exactly one year ago. The serenade in Yabucoa, a fishing and farming ...

State-backed hackers target senators, aides

State-backed hackers still are trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday ...

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday. China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a “significant transaction” involving the ...

Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick ...

New landslide kills 15, buries houses in Philippines

NAGA, Philippines (AP) — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 15 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help. The slide surged down on about 30 houses in two ...

Plight of jailed Catalans strains dialogue with Spain

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — A farm tractor with a crane lifts up half a dozen people holding Catalan independence flags in northeast Spain, trying to get high enough so they can peek into a prison courtyard and see their separatist heroes. The distance makes it hard to recognize ...

Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all

WASHINGTON — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The ...

Police arrest 2 in shooting

LOS ANGELES — Police arrested two men and recovered a gun Thursday after a student and a school employee were wounded in a lunch-hour shooting at a fast-food restaurant across the street from a Los Angeles charter school, authorities said. One suspect was located shortly after police ...

Scientists fear some insects declining

OXFORD, Pa. — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, ...

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland shooting

ABERDEEN, Md. — A woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland got into an argument at work Thursday morning and began shooting colleagues, killing three before fatally turning the gun on herself, authorities and witnesses said. Workers at the Rite Aide distribution ...

Darnold has chance to show Browns what they’re missing

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sam Darnold once thought he’d be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color. But the former USC star wasn’t precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold checked most of the boxes, but not ...