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Analysis: Trump upends GOP strategy on assault claim

Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They calibrated their comments to avoid openly antagonizing Christine Blasey Ford, and by extension the women voters ahead of the November election.

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs.

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women.

Mormons to stay outdoors after split with Boy Scouts

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

The Mormon church’s new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday.

Wisconsin workplace shooting suspect had revoked gun permit

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

The gunman in a Wisconsin workplace shooting was taken to a mental health hospital and barred from possessing firearms in 2004 after telling South Dakota police that he thought co-workers were “talking bad about him,” according to court records.

Lawsuit: Montana high school trainer sexually abused student athletes

A lawsuit says an athletic trainer at a Montana high school sexually abused at least 18 student athletes decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance. The Billings Gazette says the lawsuit filed Friday also claims school and athletic officials knew about the alleged abuse and failed to stop it. The school’s attorney said he would comment after he reviewed the case.

Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues.

Trump delays Russia probe document; allies voiced concerns

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 10:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Friday delayed his own order to declassify and release documents from the FBI’s Russia investigation, saying the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure.

Woman stabs 5 – including newborns – at New York nursery

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 1:22 p.m.

A woman stabbed five people – including three newborn babies – and then slashed her wrist early Friday inside a New York City home that was apparently being used as an unlicensed neighborhood nursery for new mothers and their children, authorities said.

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year after the Category 4 storm hit.