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Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

A Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice.



Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in --again, for the cameras, this time -- Monday night at a White House ceremony, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction."



Cuomo says limo shouldn't have been on road; victims mourned

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn't have been on the road, and the driver wasn't properly licensed, New York's governor said Monday.



2 Americans win economics Nobel for work on climate and growth

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

Just a day after a United Nations panel called for urgent action on climate change, the Nobel Prize in economics was awarded Monday to one American researcher for his work on the economics of a warming planet and to another whose study of innovation raises hopes that people can do something about it.



As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

Are America's employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire?



Working past 65? It's easier to do if you graduated college

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

Close to one in five Americans who's 65 or older is still working, the highest percentage in more than half a century. And the one who's still working may be better off.



Reprieve for Rosenstein: Trump says he's not firing official

Posted 10/9/2018 in National

President Donald Trump declared a reprieve Monday for Rod Rosenstein, saying he has no plans to fire his deputy attorney general whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks.



'Tremendous victory': Trump celebrates Kavanaugh win

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee.



Senate majority leader says Senate 'not broken' after Kavanaugh fight

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

Picking up the pieces after a contentious nomination battle, the Senate's majority leader said Sunday that the chamber won't be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct that has swirled around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.



No Columbus Day in Columbus: Ohio city to honor veterans instead

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday that honors the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans.



Still far off, Tropical Storm Michael a growing menace to Florida Panhandle

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

A tropical storm that rapidly formed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has gained new strength and could become a dangerous Category 2 hurricane with an expected midweek strike on the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle, forecasts say.



UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.



20 dead in New York limousine crash

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

A limousine carrying four sisters, other relatives and friends to a birthday celebration blew through a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store in upstate New York, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians, officials and victims' relatives said Sunday.



Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays, leaders say

Posted 10/8/2018 in National

Mormons will start spending less time at church each Sunday -- two hours instead of three -- after a change announced Saturday aimed at making worship more manageable for members around the globe.



Kavanaugh sworn to high court after rancorous confirmation

Posted 10/6/2018 in National

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization -- now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.



Man charged after toxic letters sent to Trump, other leaders

Posted 10/6/2018 in National

A Navy veteran was charged Friday with threatening to use a biological toxin as a weapon by sending letters to President Donald Trump and other leaders containing ground castor beans, the substance from which the poison ricin is derived.



Officer convicted of murder in slaying of Laquan McDonald

Posted 10/6/2018 in National

A white Chicago officer was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager that was captured on shocking dashcam video that showed him crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from police.



US unemployment falls to 3.7 percent -- lowest since 1969

Posted 10/6/2018 in National

The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969, when young men were being drafted to fight in Vietnam and the American auto industry and the space program were going full blast.



Senate gets FBI Kavanaugh report, with initial vote Friday

Posted 10/4/2018 in National

The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an election-season battle that has consumed the nation.



Who sees it? Senators, staff to have access to FBI's Supreme Court nominee report

Posted 10/4/2018 in National

All 100 senators, and a handful of Senate staff, will be able to read the FBI's new report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it's unclear if the public will see it.



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