Many Democrats in congress have said they support Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who this week publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago when they were teenagers. But few have made as big a splash as Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, whose statements at a news conference on Tuesday drew headlines across the mediasphere.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it is "very hard for me to imagine anything happened" between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault when both were teenagers. Trump praised his Supreme Court nominee as "an extraordinary man" with "an unblemished record" and said what he is experiencing is "unfair." But the president also said that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, deserves to be heard at a Senate hearing scheduled for Monday.
WASHINGTON - Anita Hill urged senators Wednesday to "push the pause button" on plans to hold a hearing next week on allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago. She said the FBI should be allowed to investigate, as his accuser has requested. Hill, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 that now-Justice Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, said senators should avoid a "sham" proceeding.
TOKYO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered Wednesday to permanently dismantle the country's main nuclear site, but only if the United States makes concessions first. President Donald Trump called the developments encouraging but made no new commitments. Leaving the White House on Wednesday, Trump said that "we're making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea" and took credit for changing a dynamic under which he said it once seemed "inevitable" that the United States would go to war with the country.
Before pulling the trigger, the professor was thoughtful. Mark J. Bird had been at the College of Southern Nevada for more than two decades in the department of human behavior. He had a feel for the rhythms of the school day, the timetables of when students filled the hallways or were tucked into classrooms. But as the 69-year-old arrived at the campus west of the Las Vegas Strip on Aug. 28, the sociology professor was not there to deliver a traditional lesson.
The sexual orientation of two puppets has long been the subject of curiosity. And now a longtime "Sesame Street" writer has added more reason for speculation. Mark Saltzman, who wrote for several episodes of the children's program over 13 years, said in a recent interview that when he wrote for Bert and Ernie, he thought of them as gay.
WASHINGTON - The woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee - a demand that came as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans increasingly rallied to the defense of the embattled Supreme Court nominee.
BEIJING - China said Tuesday it would retaliate for President Donald Trump's latest tariff salvo, risking further U.S. trade actions that could result in what some analysts are calling an economic Cold War. By next week, the United States and China appear likely to be on the brink of slapping tariffs on their entire goods trade, which exceeds $635 billion annually.
DALLAS - A Texas day care owner is accused of medicating small children, strapping them to car seats using ligatures tied around their necks and keeping them in a dark closet in her home, authorities said. Authorities said Rebecca Anderson admitted that she gave the children Tylenol "to make them stop crying and to make her job easier," then kept them confined for up to seven hours each day, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Anderson, 60, of Mesquite, has been charged with nine counts of endangering a child, according to court documents.
Pope Francis's once-overwhelming popularity in the U.S. has taken a major hit since a new report on sexual abuse was released in August, according to two new polls.