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October 01, 2018 - 12:00 am

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

The Latest: FBI interviews woman Ford said attended party

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has interviewed a woman who Christine Blasey Ford said attended the same party where Ford said she was attacked by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

An attorney for Leland Keyser says she was questioned by FBI agents Saturday. The lawyer, Howard Walsh, isn't providing any additional details about the interview.

Walsh has said his client doesn't know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party with him. He has said Keyser believes Ford's account but is "unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question."

President Donald Trump ordered the FBI on Friday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation after several women, including Ford, accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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TRUMP-THE LATEST

The Latest: Trump declares Blackburn would be 'true fighter'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is barnstorming for the Republican Senate candidate locked in a tight race in Tennessee.

The president appeared at a rally in Johnson City to support U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is facing Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen (BRED'-uh-sen). They are competing for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

Trump declared that Blackburn would be a "true fighter" for Tennessee, while her opponent, if elected, could make Democrat Chuck Schumer the new Senate majority leader. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 advantage in the Senate and are trying to hold onto their majority.

As the prospects of the GOP keeping the House of Representatives appear to be fading, the president has accelerated his campaigning in support of Republican Senate candidates in recent weeks.

NORTH AMERICA TRADE-THE LATEST

The Latest: Trump hails trade pact with Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hailing his revamped North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as a breakthrough for U.S. workers, vowing to sign it by late November.

But it still faces a lengthy path to congressional approval. Trump notes that the agreement would need to be ratified by Congress, a step that could be affected by the outcome of the fall elections as Democrats try to regain majorities in the House and Senate.

Trump is branding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which the Canadians joined just before a Sunday midnight deadline, as the "USMCA."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country is in a more stable place now that it has completed the negotiations. He says: "We got the right deal. We got a win-win-win for all three countries."

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AP EXPLAINS-NAFTA REDUX

AP Explains: How NAFTA 2.0 will shake up business as usual

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages.

The North American trade agreement hammered out late Sunday between the United States and Canada, following an earlier U.S.-Mexico deal, shakes up — but likely won't revolutionize — the way businesses operate within the three-country trade bloc.

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which tore down trade barriers between the three countries.

NKOREA-US-DENUCLEARIZATION

North Korea says peace declaration not a bargaining chip

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has warned Washington that a declaration ending the Korean War shouldn't be seen as a bargaining chip in denuclearization talks.

The North's state media claimed Pyongyang has taken what it called significant measures to end hostile relations between the two countries. But it said the U.S. is "trying to subdue" it through sanctions — a clear call for Washington to lift sanctions if it wants further progress in their stalled nuclear negotiations.

The commentary Tuesday by the North's official news agency said a declaration replacing a 65-year-old armistice to formally end the war "is not just a gift from a man to another," and added, "it can never be a bargaining chip for getting the DPRK denuclearized."

UNITED NATIONS-GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sudan urges UN to double South Sudan regional force

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan's foreign minister is calling for implementation of the latest agreement to end the civil war in neighboring South Sudan and urging the U.N. Security Council to quickly approve doubling a regional protection force to monitor the accord.

Eldirdiri Mohamed Ahmed told Monday's final session of the General Assembly's ministerial meeting that Sudan hopes rival leaders in South Sudan will "give peace a chance."

He said regional leaders have called for the regional protection force in South Sudan to be doubled from 4,000 to 8,000 soldiers — with Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti and Somalia contributing troops.

Ahmed also cited "a real change in relations" between Sudan and South Sudan, including the possibility of resolving the Abyei border dispute and conflicts in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

FLAKE-2020-THE LATEST

The Latest: Flake vows to vote 'no' if Kavanaugh lied

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Republican senator at the center of the Supreme Court debate is vowing to make sure the FBI does "a real investigation" into President Donald Trump's nominee.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake spoke Monday as he trekked across New England while exploring a possible run for president. He told hundreds of young people at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, "It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover."

In Manchester, New Hampshire, Flake was asked what would cause him to vote "no" on nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He pointed to "any evidence that corroborates" Kavanaugh's accuser's story of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Flake told reporters that "any nominee that lies to the committee, that is disqualifying."

LAS VEGAS SHOOTING-THE LATEST

The Latest: Survivors, officials dedicate Vegas memorial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A garden that is the only permanent public space created in memory of the Las Vegas mass shooting victims is being formally dedicated during a ceremony Monday night.

Survivors, victims' family members, Gov. Brian Sandoval and others are gathering at the downtown Las Vegas space on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

The garden created by volunteers in the week after the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting is packed with colorful flowers, photos, flags and other mementos placed in memory of the victims.

The quarter-acre garden is home to 59 trees — one for each victim plus an oak that represents life — and a remembrance wall that has the names of all who were killed while attending an outdoor country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

The garden is a few feet away from a bus stop and an adult store and miles from the shooting site.

INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE

Desperation everywhere, aid slow to reach Indonesia victims

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Desperation is visible everywhere in areas heavily damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, four days after the disaster devastated parts of Indonesia's central Sulawesi island.

Signs propped along roads read "We Need Food" and "We Need Support," while traffic was snarled by people waiting for fuel.

The confirmed death toll of 844 is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.

Search-and-rescue teams combed destroyed homes and buildings for any trapped survivors, but they needed more heavy equipment to clear the rubble.

Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Palu alone, and hospitals were overwhelmed.

NOBEL-THE LATEST

The Latest: Nobel winner Allison hears the news from his son

STOCKHOLM (AP) — James Allison learned he had won the Nobel Prize in medicine this morning in a phone call from his son.

Allison of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center won the 2018 Nobel Prize on Monday along with Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University in Japan.

Allison, who was in a New York hotel for a scientific meeting, told a press conference later Monday that the Nobel committee had trouble reaching him to break the news. But his cellphone lit up with a call from his son at 5:30 a.m., when the names of the winners were released.

Allison says soon "there were people beating on my door at 6 in the morning with Champagne."

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