SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Kavanaugh promises to be ‘team player’ on court
WASHINGTON (AP) — New Justice Brett Kavanaugh says the Supreme Court “is not a partisan or political institution,” and is promising to “always be a team player on a team of nine.”
The Senate vote approving Kavanaugh’s nomination followed a bitter partisan fight that became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged. He emphatically denied the allegations.
Kavanaugh is describing the confirmation process as “contentious and emotional” but says he has “no bitterness.”
Kavanaugh says all four of the clerks who will work for him at the high court are women.
He was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House. Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday. The other eight justices are all in attendance.
LIMOUSINE CRASH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Over 1,000 honor limo crash victims at vigil
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — Over 1,000 people have jammed a riverside park to honor the victims of a limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York.
Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday’s vigil in Amsterdam, New York. Some victims lived in the small city.
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko told the families, in his words, “We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you.” He’s a Democrat from Amsterdam.
The ceremony ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.
The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV on Saturday in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR’-ee). Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died. The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.
BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Hurricane Michael is continuing to intensify
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Michael is continuing to intensify and storm surge and hurricane warnings are in effect for the northeastern Gulf Coast.
By 11 p.m. Monday, Michael’s top sustained winds were around 90 mph (144 kph) as it headed north at 12 mph (19 kph).
The National Hurricane Center says the storm is located about 450 miles (724 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida. Hurricane-force winds extend out up to 35 miles (56 kilometers) and tropical-storm-force winds outward about 175 miles (281 kilometers)
Forecasters say the center of Michael will continue to move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico Monday night and then move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday into the evening.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for the Okaloosa/Walton County line to the Anclote River in Florida. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Alabama/Florida border to the Suwannee River in Florida.
The Latest: Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a reprieve for Rod Rosenstein, saying he has no plans to fire his deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein’s future has been the source of intense speculation since news reports last month that in early 2017 he had discussed the possibilities of secretly recording Trump to expose chaos in the White House and invoking constitutional provisions to have him removed from office.
Trump traveled with Rosenstein to an international police chiefs’ conference in Florida Monday.
As he returned to the White House, Trump told reporters: “I’m not making any changes. We just had a very nice talk. We actually get along.”
Rosenstein later attended the ceremonial swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Brazilians weigh stark visions of future in runoff election
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians showed their disgust with corruption and rising crime in the first round of presidential voting, nearly giving an outright victory to a brash-speaking former army captain who has promised to restore “traditional values,” give police a freer hand to shoot drug traffickers and to jail crooked politicians.
But with far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro getting 46 percent of the vote Sunday, short of the 50-plus percent he needed, voters also signaled they were not quite ready to make a final decision. On Oct. 28, Bolsonaro will face in a runoff second-place finisher Fernando Haddad, the Workers’ Party standard-bearer who was appointed by jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio da Silva.
Bolsonaro was expected to come out in front, but he far outperformed predictions, blazing past competitors with more financing and institutional backing.
Netflix chooses New Mexico for new US production hub
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is negotiating to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex in the state’s largest city.
It is the company’s first purchase of such a property, and local officials said Monday that upcoming production work by Netflix in Albuquerque and other New Mexico communities is expected to result in $1 billion in spending over the next decade.
More than $14 million in public economic development funding is being tapped. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, a Democrat, both touted the investment and said years of work to put New Mexico on the movie-making map are paying off.
Previous Netflix series produced in New Mexico include the Emmy-winning limited series “Godless” and “Longmire.”
Saints’ Brees becomes NFL all-time yards passing leader
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees has become the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing — and he did it in style.
The 39-year-old Brees eclipsed Peyton Manning’s previous record of 71,940 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
After the record-breaking completion, officials stopped the game and the game ball was handed over to Pro Football Hall of Fame officials on the sideline while the Superdome crowd offered a standing ovation. Brees removed his helmet and hugged his wife, Brittany, and four children on the sideline.
Earlier this season, Brees broke Brett Favre’s career record of 6,300 completions. Brees still needs 42 touchdown passes to surpass Manning’s record of 539, something the Saints quarterback could achieve next season if he maintains his current level of play. But Brees also would have to outpace Tom Brady, who has 500 TD passes, the only active player with more than Brees in that category.
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Machado, Dodgers finish off Baby Braves in NLDS with 6-2 win
ATLANTA (AP) — Manny Machado hit a three-run homer, David Freese came through again in the postseason and the Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the NL Championship Series for the third year in a row, eliminating the Atlanta Braves with a 6-2 victory on Monday.
The Dodgers won the best-of-five Division Series 3-1 and will face the Milwaukee Brewers.
Coming off a tense victory in Game 3, the Baby Braves grabbed the lead on pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s two-run single in the fourth.
Freese, the 2011 World Series MVP with St. Louis, countered with pinch-hit single of his own in the sixth off Jonny Venters (0-1), driving home Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig for a 3-2 lead.
Machado finished off Atlanta in the seventh, launching a 1-2 pitch from rookie Chad Sobotka over the Dodgers’ bullpen — his team’s eighth homer of the series. The slugging shortstop, acquired from Baltimore in July, also had a run-scoring double in the first.
Ryan Madson (1-0) earned the win by getting the final two outs in the fifth to escape a bases-loaded jam.
YELLOWSTONE MINING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Zinke signs mining ban near Yellowstone park
EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park after two proposed gold mines raised concerns the area could be spoiled.
Zinke signed the mineral ban Monday at a ceremony in Montana’s Paradise Valley. The former Montana congressman was joined by local officials and others who support the move.
It extends a temporary ban imposed in 2016 under President Barack Obama. Most of the land is within the Custer Gallatin National Forest but the underground minerals are overseen by the Interior Department.
Colin Davis with the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition says his group will now focus on making the ban permanent through measures pending before Congress.
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