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September 18, 2018 - 12:00 am

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

The Latest: Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI probe before hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say she wants an FBI investigation of her allegation of being sexually assaulted decades ago by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a Judiciary Committee hearing set for Monday.

They say in a letter Tuesday that Ford wants to cooperate with the panel. But they say that in the days since she went public with her allegation, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats." They say her family has relocated.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the lawyers say an FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations."

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations that he groped her and tried to pull off her clothes during a party in high school in the early 1980s.

TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

The Latest: 2 die in rising flood waters that overtook a van

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.

Richardson didn't release their names. He said two other people were sent to a hospital for observation.

Richardson said the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in South Carolina are watching closely as water continues to pour into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence.

Richardson said "They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out." He says the van is still in the water.

Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern area of the state might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.

KOREAS-SUMMIT-THE LATEST

The Latest: Moon, Kim begin second day of summit talks

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have started their second day of summit talks in Pyongyang over the nuclear standoff and other inter-Korean issues.

Moon and Kim on Wednesday were seen talking as they stepped into a meeting room at Pyongyang's Paekhwawon State Guesthouse.

They were accompanied by their wives and top government officials, including Moon's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is seen as Kim's closest confident and possibly the second-most powerful figure in his ruling regime.

Moon and Kim were expected to release a joint statement later on Wednesday.

North Korea's state media says there was an "in-depth exchange of opinions on various issues" between the leaders during their first talks on Tuesday.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Experts say Trump action may expose sources

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.

The Justice Department says it's begun complying with the president's order, though it's not clear when the documents might be released.

It's also unclear if the multi-agency review now underway might find ways to try to withhold certain information or limit damage that may arise from the release, such as outing sources or scaring off potential sources.

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-THE LATEST

The Latest: Van Dyke's partner testifies at murder trial

CHICAGO (AP) — The second day of the trial of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald is beginning the way the first day ended: with a police officer who was at the scene the night of the killing.

Former officer Joseph Walsh was Jason Van Dyke's police partner that night. Walsh testified Tuesday under a grant of immunity. Walsh is among three officers indicted on charges they conspired to cover up how the 2014 killing of McDonald happened.

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 of the shooting does not confirm Walsh's account, but Walsh says it was taken from a different angle than his vantage point.

MATTIS

Mattis dismissive of news reports of tension with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is dismissing recent news reports of growing tensions between him and President Donald Trump, calling it a manufactured rumor that should not be taken seriously and that will soon go away.

Mattis made his comments in response to questions from reporters during an encounter on the steps of the Pentagon.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump has "soured" on Mattis, and that the president is considering whether he wants someone running the Pentagon who would be more vocally supportive. The newspaper also reported that Mattis is becoming weary of pushing back against various Trump proposals.

In his comments Tuesday, Mattis did not refer to any specific story but suggested that several recent articles were off base.

ELECTIONS 2018-CARTER-ABRAMS

Carter backs Abrams in Georgia, 48 years after his election

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is campaigning Tuesday in Georgia alongside Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams, bringing together the state's past and its potential future.

Their appearance in the tiny town of Plains highlights how much the state has changed since the 93-year-old Carter was elected governor in 1970, three years before Abrams was born.

The 44-year-old Atlanta attorney would be the first black female governor in U.S. history, and she's running as an unabashed liberal.

Carter ran for governor as a small-town populist against the Atlanta establishment as he navigated the South's emergence from Jim Crow segregation.

Carter is citing Abrams' emphasis on reversing the decline of rural health care services. He has chided Georgia's current Republican leadership and Abrams' opponent, Brian Kemp, for opposing Medicaid expansion.

REALITY SHOW DOCTOR-RAPES

Reality show doc, woman charged with California drug rapes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and a woman co-defendant have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities suspect there may be many more victims.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (ruh-KAH-kuhs) announced charges Tuesday against 38-year-old orthopedic surgeon Grant W. Robicheaux (roh-bih-shoh) of Newport Beach and 31-year-old Cerissa Laura Riley of Brea.

The district attorney showed reporters video of Robicheaux from a 2014 Bravo TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" in an episode titled "Three's A Crowd."

Rackauckas says the two women who were assaulted met the pair socially. Charges include rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance, among others.

Neither defendant could be immediately reached for comment by telephone.

BOOKS-WOODWARD

Woodward's "Fear" already a million-seller

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward's "Fear" is already a million-seller.

Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Woodward's takedown of President Donald Trump has sold more than 1.1 million copies just a week after publication. It is among the fastest selling hardcover books in memory and had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster, which also publishes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mary Higgins Clark.

"Fear" now joins Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" as a million-selling portrait of a chaotic Trump administration.

FORMER ATHLETE KILLED-GOLF COURSE-THE LATEST

Latest: Iowa State to wear helmet decals for slain golfer

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State football players will wear a decal on their helmets to honor slain school golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena during Saturday's game against Akron.

The Spanish golfer was found dead Monday morning in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Des Moines. Investigators say she was attacked earlier in the day while playing a round alone.

Barquin was Iowa State's 2018 female athlete of the year. A homeless man has been charged in her death .

Football coach Matt Campbell said Tuesday had been a tough day for the community. He called Barquin's death a "cowardly act of violence." He says the helmet decal will feature Barquin's initials and is the least the team can do to honor her.

Quarterback Zeb Noland says the death has hit the university's athletes hard, and that he feels terrible. He says he wishes there was "more we could do to try pull the pain away from the people who truly, truly feel it."

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