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Tennessee's Bredesen fields questions on Kavanaugh at forum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat Senate candidate Phil Bredesen faced some backlash from a Tennessee crowd for once again declining to say how he would vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Bredesen hosted a forum Monday in Chattanooga after his Republican opponent U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn declined to debate him. Instead, Blackburn opted to attend a fundraiser with President Donald Trump. Overall, the crowd applauded for the majority of Bredesen's answers to questions submitted by the audience. However, when pressed on Kavanaugh, a handful of members of the crowd booed as Bredesen

Company wants some Missouri boat death lawsuits dropped

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson is asking a judge to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The Kansas City Star reports Ripley Entertainment said in motions filed Monday that the boat's sinking July 19 on Table Rock Lake was "an unforeseeable and unintentional occurrence." The company also argues that the duck boats complied with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Survivors and relatives of those who died on the boat have filed several lawsuits against Ripley and five other

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

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Jeff Flake's visit to New England (all times local): 7:55 p.m. 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

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Tennessee rally (all times local): 7:45 p.m. 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

The Latest: Year after shooting, #VegasStronger is mantra

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Las Vegas is phasing out the "Vegas Strong" slogan that became a rallying cry for the community after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A year later, the phrase is being replaced with "Vegas Stronger." Fifty-eight people were killed and hundreds were injured Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman fired from the Mandalay Bay casino-resort into a crowd attending a country music festival on the Las

The Latest: Trump slams Dems who doubt Kavanaugh's integrity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Tennessee rally (all times local): 7:35 p.m. President Donald Trump is attacking Senate Democrats who questioned the integrity of his Supreme Court nominee. Trump, at a rally in Tennessee on Monday, declared the Democrats were trying to slow down the FBI probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The president said, "If we took 10 years, they'd want more time." He says the Democrats are undermining Kavanaugh's credibility and are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to submarine his agenda.

The Latest: Trump hails trade pact with Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a revamped North American free trade deal (all times local): 7 p.m. 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

Critics sound off on Garrison Keillor appearance in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the Burlington Book Festival are facing criticism over a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion." The Burlington Free Press reports that Steve Cormier called the decision "tone deaf" because Keillor was accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked on his radio show. Last November, Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with the then-75-year-old Keillor over the accusations. He is now 76. Rick Kisonak, the festival's founding director, defended his decision and noted Keillor's contributions to literature. He

Critics sound off on Garrison Keillor appearance in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the Burlington Book Festival are facing criticism over a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion." The Burlington Free Press reports that Steve Cormier called the decision "tone deaf" because Keillor was accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked on his radio show. Last November, Minnesota Public Radio severed ties with the then-75-year-old Keillor over the accusations. He is now 76. Rick Kisonak, the festival's founding director, defended his decision and noted Keillor's contributions to literature. He

The Latest: Ellison's ex: Didn't expect to be believed

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the report from an attorney hired by Democrats on the allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison (all times local): 6 p.m. A former girlfriend who accused Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic abuse says a new report that calls her claim "unsubstantiated" is why she didn't go public earlier. Karen Monahan says in a series of Twitter messages that she didn't expect to be "heard, believed or validated" when she accused Ellison. Monahan accused Ellison in August of trying to drag her off a bed in 2016 while screaming obscenities. Ellison denied any abuse.

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