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Delta joins United, JetBlue in hiking U.S. baggage fees to $30

Delta joins United, JetBlue in hiking U.S. baggage fees to $30 Delta Airlines Inc, the second-largest U.S. airline, on Wednesday joined other major airlines in hiking domestic flight baggage fees by $5 per bag to $30. Delta, United and JetBlue are now charging $30 for the first checked bag on domestic routes, up from $25 previously, and $40 for the second bag, up from $35.


An African model for ethnic reconciliation?

An African model for ethnic reconciliation? With its great diversity of ethnic groups, Africa has long needed models of governance that are inclusive, especially after conflicts driven by ethnic differences. For nearly six months, Ethiopia has shown promise of being such a model. A new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has so far achieved a whirlwind of reforms, such as releasing political prisoners and making peace with neighboring Eritrea.


Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline

Trump defends Supreme Court nominee, accuser faces deadline With Trump's effort to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court on a knife's edge, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley set a Friday morning deadline for Christine Blasey Ford to decide if she will talk to lawmakers. Ford, a university professor in California, has said Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false." Grassley's committee, led by Trump's fellow Republicans, wants prepared testimony from her and an answer on whether she will accept its invitation to testify to the panel on Monday, either publicly or privately.


2 'detainees' drown as van swept into floodwaters

2 'detainees' drown as van swept into floodwaters COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two women who were being transported to a mental health facility drowned when a sheriff's department van was swept away in rising South Carolina floodwaters, according to authorities.


The Latest: Wisconsin workplace shooter dead, shot by police

The Latest: Wisconsin workplace shooter dead, shot by police MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on report of active shooter at a commercial building in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin (all times local):


Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas "We're going to be there 100 percent," Trump told officials at a briefing shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina. You'll have everything you need." Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.


Trump surveys Florence storm damage in North Carolina

Trump surveys Florence storm damage in North Carolina Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that “America grieves for you” as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina.


Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuser

Grassley sets Friday deadline for Trump top court pick Kavanaugh's accuser WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexually assaulting her decades ago has until Friday morning to provide prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman said on Wednesday.


Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guilty

Immigrant accused of killing Iowa student pleads not guilty Cristhian Bahena Rivera, a 24-year-old farm worker from Mexico accused of stabbing 20-year-old Tibbetts, appeared in a black-and-white striped jumpsuit at his arraignment in Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. "Mr. Rivera pleads not guilty," his lawyer Chad Frese told the judge as Rivera listened through black headphones to a translator.


Texas man behind controversial 3-D printed guns charged with sex assault of minor

Texas man behind controversial 3-D printed guns charged with sex assault of minor Austin police on Aug. 22 received a report that a girl under the age of 17 had told an abuse counselor that she had sex with Cody Wilson at an Austin hotel for $500, according to an arrest affidavit. A lawyer for Wilson, who was charged with sexually assaulting a minor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wilson, 30, founded the group Defense Distributed, which has been selling 3-D firearm-design files on flash drives via regular mail after a U.S. federal judge barred them from posting the blueprints online.


Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information about its air raid which triggered fire by Syrian forces that downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday.


Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world?

Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world? Alaa Faroukh insists he is the future. The jovial psychologist with a toothy smile, who can quote Freud as easily as he can recite the Quran, is speaking from his airy Amman clinic, located one floor below the headquarters of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the very movement he left. Faroukh is symbolic of a shift sweeping through parts of the Arab world.


A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zone

A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zone Three days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I was documenting the damage to Wilmington and communities to the south when I was tipped that volunteer rescuers were headed to a Leland church where people were isolated by rising floodwaters. Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar have another way of getting to people and animals trapped by floods: a boat they haul from their Texas home to disaster zones. In the case of North Carolina, that was more than a thousand miles (1,600 km).


U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme

U.S. prosecutors charge three men in $364 million Ponzi scheme Federal prosecutors have accused three men of portraying themselves as investment professionals and using a phony portfolio of consumer debt to defraud hundreds of unwary investors out of tens of millions of dollars as part of a $364 million Ponzi scheme. Kevin Merrill of Maryland, 53, Jay Ledford of Texas and Nevada, 54, and Cameron Jezierski of Texas, 28, misused millions of dollars to maintain a lavish lifestyle, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a federal court in Baltimore.


Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses danger

Elizabeth Smart says prison release of her captor poses danger One of Smart's captors, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced to life imprisonment. "I do believe she's still a danger," Smart, now 30, said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that aired on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the interview, Smart described Barzee, who she said would encourage Mitchell to rape Smart, as "evil and twisted." Smart characterized an apology letter Barzee, which the woman wrote to her as part of her plea deal, as insincere.


As cannabis comes to Canada, communities welcome accompanying job boom

As cannabis comes to Canada, communities welcome accompanying job boom “All of you who have come in right now are coming into a business that’s right at the very beginning,” Mr. Davloor tells the three dozen employees gathered at company headquarters in Kincardine, a municipality of about 11,000 on Lake Huron. Adam Schacher, a team lead hired six months ago, breaks in.


Factbox: Bayer's Monsanto faces broad U.S. glyphosate litigation

Factbox: Bayer's Monsanto faces broad U.S. glyphosate litigation The company filed a post-trial motion on Tuesday for California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos in San Francisco to set aside the Aug. 10 jury verdict, reduce the award or grant a new trial, saying there was insufficient evidence for the jury to conclude glyphosate caused the man's disease. Bayer denies allegations that glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed-killer, causes cancer and said it would appeal the verdict if necessary. The jury awarded $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages to school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, in 2014.


Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll The Sept. 11-17 poll found that 36 percent http://polling.reuters.com/#!response/TM1519Y18/type/day/dates/20180801-20180918/collapsed/true of adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court, up 6 points from a similar poll conducted a month earlier. Only 31 percent of U.S. adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment. If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump's pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.


Burt Reynolds' last cars to be sold at auction

Burt Reynolds' last cars to be sold at auction The very last cars Burt Reynolds' personally owned - including a 'Smokey and the Bandit' Trans Am - are headed to auction on September 29 during Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale


Trump Boasts About Steel Industry’s ‘New Life' As More Steelworkers Vote To Strike

Trump Boasts About Steel Industry’s ‘New Life' As More Steelworkers Vote To Strike President Donald Trump recently boasted about the U.S. steel industry. "It has


NC road closures and reopenings: I-40, I-95 affected by Florence

NC road closures and reopenings: I-40, I-95 affected by Florence Some roads have closed as Florence continues to make its way through North Carolina, bringing floods and tornadoes.


Sony PlayStation Classic announced for December 2018

Sony PlayStation Classic announced for December 2018 With 20 games built in, including "Final Fantasy VII," the PlayStation Classic is being listed at $99 USD, $129 CAN, €99, £89 and ¥9,980. Classic adventure game "Final Fantasy VII" is among the first five titles announced for the PlayStation Classic's on-board library ahead of a December 3 launch. Nintendo has already found great success with the $59 NES Mini and $79 SNES Mini, and now PlayStation is responding with a sub-$100 shrunk-down retro console of its own.


Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll

Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll The Democratic congressman aiming to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas has pulled even in the race, a Reuters poll found, a spark of hope for a party seeking a Senate majority to curb President Donald Trump's agenda. The Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released on Wednesday of several competitive U.S. Senate races offered a mixed picture of Democrats' chances in November of winning the two seats they would need to take control of that chamber. It showed tight races in Arizona, where Democrats are hoping to win a seat held by a retiring Republican, and in Florida, where Republicans aim to unseat a Democratic incumbent.


Some gun-toting Texans embrace Democrat's call for tougher firearm laws

Some gun-toting Texans embrace Democrat's call for tougher firearm laws Martin’s nuanced view on firearms - he loves them but wants to see tougher restrictions - is one U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke hopes is gaining traction in Texas. O'Rourke, a congressman from El Paso and the Democratic challenger to Ted Cruz in November's Texas Senate race, has made reforming gun laws a central part of his platform, calling for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. In previous elections, a Democrat calling for gun reforms in Texas, which has the country's highest rate of gun ownership, faced almost certain political suicide.


Factbox: Over 205,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

Factbox: Over 205,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area, said on Tuesday power had been restored to nearly 1.5 million customers out of nearly 1.7 million customers who experienced an outage during the storm. Florence, which made landfall on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before it was downgraded, has already killed at least 33 people, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. Rivers and waterways, swollen after Florence's historic deluge, rose dangerously across the Carolinas on Tuesday, closing roads, inundating communities, hindering rescue and repair efforts and preventing evacuees from returning home.


Kim Jong Un Will Visit Seoul In 'Near Future,' Vows To Dismantle Missile Site

Kim Jong Un Will Visit Seoul In 'Near Future,' Vows To Dismantle Missile Site North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that he planned to visit Seoul,


Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify A woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top U.S. court.


Tucker Carlson Blames Sexual Assault Victims For Not Going To The Police

Tucker Carlson Blames Sexual Assault Victims For Not Going To The Police Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been accused of victim blaming after he said


Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur products

Los Angeles, city of fashion and glamour, moves to ban fur products The city of Los Angeles, a leading center of the world's fashion industry, moved on Tuesday toward becoming the largest U.S. metropolis to outlaw the sale and manufacture of most fur products within its limits. Following the lead of San Francisco and two smaller California municipalities, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to direct the City Attorney's Office to draft an ordinance banning fur apparel and accessories ranging from mink coats to rabbit's foot charms. The draft must then gain final approval by the council and be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be enacted.


North Korea to allow international inspections for nuclear dismantlement, if U.S. takes reciprocal measures

North Korea to allow international inspections for nuclear dismantlement, if U.S. takes reciprocal measures SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed to allow international inspectors to observe a "permanent dismantlement" of its key missile facilities, and will take additional steps such as closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes reciprocal measures, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday. North and South Korea agreed that the Korean Peninsula should turn into a "land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats," Moon said following the conclusion of his summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...


U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

U.S Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday there is no reason to delay the testimony of Christine Bassley Ford, and an invitation for her to appear before the committee on Monday stands. Ford, a university professor in California, has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago.


Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services projected the animal death toll after emergency workers and veterinarians spent days in the field assessing losses at farms following the storm. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).


Tesla confirms criminal probe into Musk talk of going private

Tesla confirms criminal probe into Musk talk of going private Tesla confirmed Tuesday that US Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private. Tesla shares ended the formal Nasdaq trading day down 3.35 percent to $284.96. Tesla said it was confident the matter would be quickly resolved with the Justice Department.


Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyer

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before she will testify: lawyer A woman who has accused President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault decades ago wants her allegations to be investigated by the FBI before she appears at a U.S. Senate hearing, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, has called a hearing for Monday to look into the matter, and the White House has said Kavanaugh was ready to testify.


Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House, "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved.


Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

Over 267,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence (Reuters) - More than 267,000 U.S. homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Friday, power companies said. Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday. The remnants of the storm are producing heavy rain and power outages over portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.


Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane

Hog deaths, manure flooding from Florence seen surpassing 2016 hurricane More than 2,800 hogs on farms in North Carolina are estimated to have died in flooding from Hurricane Florence, exceeding the number killed in the state's last major hurricane two years ago, the state's agriculture commissioner said on Tuesday. "I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew," Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview after flying over flooded areas. North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.


Syria's Idlib spared attack, Turkey to send in more troops

Syria's Idlib spared attack, Turkey to send in more troops The deal unveiled on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Assad's most powerful ally, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will create a demilitarized zone from which "radical" rebels must withdraw by the middle of next month. Damascus also welcomed the agreement but vowed to continue its efforts to recover "every inch" of Syria. Iran, Assad's other main ally, said that "responsible diplomacy" had averted a war in Idlib "with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror".


Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances."


Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public land

Trump administration eases rule on methane leaks on public land The so-called Waste Prevention Rule was aimed at reducing leaks of natural gas, or methane, that occur through venting and flaring during oil and gas production on federal land. David Bernhardt, the Interior Department's deputy secretary, said revisions to the rule reflect President Donald Trump's policy avoiding "regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain growth and prevent job creation." Environmentalists slammed the rollback of the rule, which will not be implemented until after a 60-day comment period. "The Trump administration is relentless in its push to give the oil and gas industry multi-million-dollar handouts at the expense of Americans' health and environment," said David Doniger, the Natural Resource Defense Council's senior strategic director for climate and clean energy.


The 2019 BMW Z4 Is a Real Roadster Again

The 2019 BMW Z4 Is a Real Roadster Again The new softtop will offer six-cylinder M40i and four-cylinder 30i versions.


Twitter Users Rib Ted Cruz For Joking Beto O'Rourke Will Ban BBQ

Twitter Users Rib Ted Cruz For Joking Beto O'Rourke Will Ban BBQ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be getting desperate in his re-election bid for


Trump will consult with Congress on refugee cap: State Department

Trump will consult with Congress on refugee cap: State Department President Donald Trump will make the final decision on the number of refugees allowed into the United States after consulting with Congress, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States proposed capping the number of refugees at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. "The administration will have consultations with Congress.


In trial for eco-activist's murder, push for a full picture of justice

In trial for eco-activist's murder, push for a full picture of justice The long-awaited criminal trial for the murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres sputtered to a halt before it could begin this week, underscoring the prevalence of violence against environmental defenders and widespread impunity across Latin America. Here in one of the world’s most dangerous places for environmental defenders, their murders rarely result in anyone being held accountable, observers say. The appeals could delay the case for days – or possibly months – but Cáceres’ family say it is the only way to ensure true justice for the victim and her accused killers.


Doubts arise over whether Trump court nominee's accuser will testify

Doubts arise over whether Trump court nominee's accuser will testify Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination in jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee to contact her about appearing at the hearing, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday. Trump stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day though not with the president. "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you," Trump told a news conference.


Friend of U.S. high court nominee asks not to speak publicly on alleged assault

Friend of U.S. high court nominee asks not to speak publicly on alleged assault Mark Judge, a man identified as a witness to an alleged sexual assault by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said on Tuesday he does not want to speak publicly on the matter. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago when they were in high school and she said Judge was a witness. "In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident," Judge said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


California physician, girlfriend charged with rape

California physician, girlfriend charged with rape The Orange County District Attorney's office also charged Grant Robicheaux, 38, an orthopedic surgeon, and Cerissa Riley, 31, with assault to commit sexual offense and possession of a controlled substance related to two incidents in 2016. The district attorney's office said the couple was accused of raping one of the women and sexually assaulting a second woman with the intent to rape her. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters that Robicheaux had hundreds of videos and photographs of women on his phone who appeared to be intoxicated.


After Florence floods, the uninsured awaken to painful reality

After Florence floods, the uninsured awaken to painful reality Flood insurance was far from Stephanie Walker's mind in 2015 when she moved her family into a home in Fayetteville in central North Carolina, nearly 200 miles (320 km) from the coast. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency covered $25,000 but the family had to borrow the rest for her home. Matthew was the first storm that caused flooding, but the fear of another flood is causing greater anxiety.


Assault claim against Trump court nominee eases pressure on vulnerable Democrats

Assault claim against Trump court nominee eases pressure on vulnerable Democrats Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 faced a dilemma. If they voted against Kavanaugh, they could appear to be out of step with voters at home and risk losing re-election. The claim that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman while in high school now gives those endangered Democrats an escape hatch.


SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid 'Blackfish' impact

SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid 'Blackfish' impact SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary "Blackfish" on the company. "Blackfish," released in July 2013, had depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition of orcas, or killer whales, including by SeaWorld. The SEC on Tuesday said SeaWorld and Atchison downplayed the documentary's impact from Dec. 2013 to Aug. 2014, even as bad publicity began hurting attendance and SeaWorld's reputation.