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October 04, 2018 - 12:00 am

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

The Latest: Kavanaugh says he may have been 'too emotional'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is acknowledging he "might have been too emotional" in Senate testimony but says he can be counted on to be an "even-keeled" judge.

Kavanaugh said Thursday in an op-ed that his "tone was sharp" and he said "a few things" he should not have during testimony to the Judiciary Committee about accusations of sexual misconduct. He forcefully denied the allegations.

Kavanaugh's op-ed in The Wall Street Journal was published on the eve of a key procedural vote in the Senate on his nomination. His column appeared aimed at winning over the three GOP senators who remain undecided.

He wrote that he always treats others with "utmost respect," and "going forward, you can count on" him to be the "same kind of judge" he's always been.

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WARMING WIND POWER

No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study out of Harvard finds that ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation's temperatures.

The study finds overall that the U.S. would warm a few tenths of a degree if the number of turbines were increased dramatically. That's because wind mixes the normal layers of warm and cool air in a way that makes the surface toastier.

As Harvard professor David Keith puts it, when it comes to energy production, "there is no free lunch."

Still, the researchers and other scientists stress that climate change from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels is clearly a far bigger threat globally and over the long term.

And despite the potential drawbacks, they say wind energy still makes more sense for the environment than fossil fuels.

AP-AS-INDONESIA-EARTHQUAKE-THE-LATEST

The Latest: Death toll tops 1,500

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck central Sulawesi island a week ago has surged past 1,500.

The agency, which earlier Thursday says the death toll was 1,424, updated the number of dead to 1,558 on Twitter later the same day.

The disasters struck Palu and surrounding districts in Central Sulawesi province last Friday.

8.15 p.m.

A French rescue worker says his team, using high-tech scanners, has detected a person believed to be still alive under the rubble of a hotel in the Indonesian city of Palu, nearly a week after it was struck by a powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Philip Besson, a member of the French organization Pompiers de l'urgence, said the team "detected the presence of a victim" in the wreckage of the Mercure Hotel but wasn't able to say if the person is conscious.

Besson said the team was unable to reach the victim, who was trapped under thick concrete. The team only had a hand drill and stopped digging as night fell. Besson said it will bring heavy equipment early Friday to try and rescue the person.

More than 1,400 people were killed in last Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

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7.45 p.m.

Indonesian national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the body of a South Korean missing since last Friday's earthquake and tsunami in central Sulawesi has been found.

Local television reported that rescuers pulled out the bodies of the South Korean and an Indonesian from under the wreckage of the Roa Roa Hotel in the city of Palu, where most of the 1,424 deaths have been. The report said the two were paragliding athletes taking part in an event in the area.

Nugroho confirmed that rescuers found the body of the South Korean, making him the only foreigner known to have perished in the disaster. He earlier said that 120 foreigners were reported to be in the disaster-struck zone, but 119 have been rescued and evacuated.

6.30 p.m.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi says military transport aircraft from India and Singapore have arrived to help in relief efforts in central Sulawesi, which was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Marsudi says 18 countries have offered help, and agreements have been reached with some of them. She told reporters that the government is still working out arrangements with other countries including Japan and the U.S.

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 11 transport aircraft have been pledged, including two each from Singapore, South Korea, the U.K. and Malaysia, and one from India. He said Japan and Qatar are waiting for clearance to send planes.

He said the aircraft will be used to transport supplies and evacuate victims.

More than 1,400 people were killed in last Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

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RONALDO-SPONSORS

Nike 'deeply concerned' by 'disturbing' Ronaldo rape claims

LONDON (AP) — Nike has told The Associated Press that it's "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" facing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The emailed statement Thursday from the media department for the U.S. sportswear firm follows the filing of a lawsuit in Las Vegas by a woman who alleges that she was raped by Ronaldo in 2009.

Ronaldo has denied the claims.

In the email, Nike says "we are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Nike has had a contract with Ronaldo, one of the wealthiest and most famous soccer players in the world, since 2003.

AP-US-INSECTS-BIOWARFARE

Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

NEW YORK (AP) — A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to alter plants' genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.

In a paper in Science, the authors say the U.S. needs to provide greater justification about the peace-time purpose of its Insect Allies project to avoid being perceived as hostile to other countries.

The military research agency says it has been open about its goal to protect the nation's food supply from threats like drought, crop disease and bioterrorism. It says the State Department was briefed to ensure the work doesn't violate international treaties.

The project differs from genetically modified seeds because it seeks to alter crops already growing in fields.

SEC-ELON MUSK

Musk takes swipe at SEC on heels of fraud settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is apparently taunting the government agency that accused him of duping investors just days after negotiating a settlement to keep his job.

Musk jabbed the Securities and Exchange Commission on his Twitter account, the same agency that went after him for an August 7 tweet in which he declared he had secured financing for a Tesla buyout. The SEC alleged that Musk hadn't locked up the estimated $25 billion to $50 billion that it would have required to pull off that deal.

In a Thursday tweet , Musk praised the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission" for "doing incredible work."

Musk has long feuded with short sellers, a category of investors that have been betting on Tesla's stock to fall.

Tesla shares declined 2 percent in extended trading after Musk's tweet.

AP-US-OBIT-RFK-ASSASSINATION-BUSBOY

Juan Romero, who aided wounded Robert Kennedy, dies at 68

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hotel busboy who came to Robert F. Kennedy's aid when the New York senator was shot in Los Angeles, has died.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that Juan Romero died of Monday in Modesto, California, at age 68.

Longtime friend Rigo Chacon of San Jose tells the Times that Chacon suffered an apparent heart attack several days earlier.

Romero was a teenage busboy in June 1968 when Kennedy walked through the Ambassador Hotel kitchen after his victory in the California presidential primary and an assassin shot him in the head.

Romero held the mortally wounded Kennedy as he lay on the ground, struggling to keep the senator's bleeding head from hitting the floor.

The moment captured on film haunted Romero for years.

PEOPLE-SUGE KNIGHT-THE LATEST

The Latest: Prison sentence handed down to 'Suge' Knight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has sentenced Marion "Suge" Knight to 28 years in prison nearly four years after the former rap mogul killed a man with his truck.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen handed down the sentence as expected Thursday for running over and killing businessman Terry Carter outside a Compton burger stand in 2015.

Members of Carter's family addressed the court including daughter Crystal, who called Knight "a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species."

Knight stared forward throughout.

Knight avoided a murder trial that was about to begin when he agreed two weeks ago to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter and accept the sentence.

The Death Row Records co-founder appeared in court for the sentencing wearing orange prison attire with chains on his arms and legs alongside Albert Deblanc Jr., his 16th lawyer in the case.

POLICE SHOOTING-SOUTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST

The Latest: Sheriff: Shooting scene still being processed

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The sheriff in charge of the investigation into a shooting that killed one police officer and wounded six others in South Carolina says his deputies haven't finished processing the massive crime scene in an upscale neighborhood.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Thursday that until the work is finished, he can't know how many weapons were used or shots were fired.

Lott says a suspect is in custody but investigators aren't to the point where they are ready to file charges.

Florence County deputies have identified the suspect as 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins.

Lott says the sheriff in Florence County asked him to investigate instead of the State Law Enforcement Division because his department based in the capital city of Columbia has plenty of experience in complex homicides.

CAR EXPLOSION-ALLENTOWN

Cops: Letters show man killed in car blast planned explosion

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Investigators say a man who died with two others in a car blast last weekend had sent letters to family and police indicating he used an explosive to kill himself, his toddler son and adult friend.

Officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed the contents of the letters at a news conference Thursday with prosecutors and Allentown police. They say 26-year-old Jacob Schmoyer sent the letters out before the explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, that killed him, his 2-year-old son Jonathan "J.J." Schmoyer and a friend, 66-year-old David Hallman.

The blast scattered debris and body parts over several city blocks.

Schmoyer's grandmother, Kathleen Pond, tells WFMZ she received a letter Wednesday. She says: "Maybe in my heart I knew he would do it to himself, but never to JJ."

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This story has been corrected to has been corrected to show 66-year-old victim's last name is Hallman, not Hillman.

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