SUPREME COURT-CONSERVATIVES ASCENDANT Supreme Court moves right, but how far, how fast? WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment that conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court. But with…
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Supreme Court moves right, but how far, how fast?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment that conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.
But with it comes the shadow of a bitter confirmation fight that’s likely to hang over the court as it takes on divisive issues, especially those dealing with politics and women’s rights.
With Kavanaugh taking the place of the more moderate Anthony Kennedy, conservatives should have a working majority of five justices to restrict abortion rights, limit the use of race in college admissions and rein in federal regulators.
Yet Kavanaugh may have a hard time putting behind him the tumultuous confirmation process, which ended with the Senate voting 50-48 to confirm him Saturday. That was the narrowest margin of victory for a Supreme Court nominee in 137 years.
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The Latest: GOP Senate could act on 2020 high-court nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that a Republican-controlled Senate would act on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court in 2020, a presidential election year, should a vacancy arise.
McConnell had blocked a vote on Democratic President Barack Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland to the high court in 2016, citing tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.
But when asked on “Fox News Sunday” if that would apply in 2020, McConnell said: “We’ll see if there is a vacancy.”
He says in 1880 a vacancy was not filled when the Senate was controlled by the party opposing the president.
Democrats often call McConnell hypocritical on his standard for considering nominees. The two oldest justices are Democratic appointees. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85; Stephen Breyer is 80.
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The Latest: Site of limousine crash long a dangerous spot
LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The manager of the upstate New York store where a limousine crash killed 20 people says the site is a dangerous intersection that’s been plagued by accidents.
The Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe sits at a T-intersection where authorities say a limousine blew through a stop sign Saturday night and crashed into a parked SUV. Manager Jessica Kirby said in an interview that it’s only the latest accident to happen there.
Kirby says, “We have had 3 tractor trailer type trucks run through the stop through our driveway and into a field behind the business.” She says all of those accidents occurred during business hours.
Kirby says the local town supervisor worked with New York’s Department of Transportation to bar heavy trucks from using the road. But she says smaller vehicles still have routinely crashed at that spot.
The Latest: Brazilian presidential election headed to runoff
SAO PAULO (AP) — A far-right congressman and the leftist former Sao Paulo mayor trailing him will face each other in a runoff later this month.
The country’s Superior Electoral Tribunal announced the runoff late Sunday after all the votes were counted.
In a national address, justice Rosa Weber said Jair Bolsonaro had 46.7 percent compared to 28.5 percent for former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad.
The runoff between the two is scheduled for Oct. 28.
UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. report says limiting global warming to nearly a single degree or so could mean the difference between life and death for many people and ecosystems.
But the scientists behind the report have little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the report on Sunday at its meeting in South Korea.
The nations of the world have set a goal of limiting warming of the planet to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or a single degree Centigrade. But the scientists say there would be a big difference if that goal were cut in half.
If that happened, they say, there would be fewer heat waves, downpours and extinctions, less sea-level rise and more coral reefs and ice sheets.
The Latest: Partial tally has nationalist Bosnian Serb ahead
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A partial vote count from Bosnia’s general election shows a Bosnian Serb nationalist leader is ahead in the race for the Serb seat in the country’s three-person presidency.
Bosnia’s election authorities said that with less than half of the ballots from Sunday’s election counted, Milorad Dodik was leading with 55 percent of the vote. His main rival, Mladen Ivanic, was projected to have won nearly 42 percent.
The state election commission said that with 43 percent of the vote tallied, a moderate candidate for the Croat member of the presidency, Zeljko Komsic, had captured 49 percent of the vote, while nationalist contender Dragan Covic had 38 percent.
It said Sefik Dzaferovic, from the ruling Party of Democratic Action, has won the Muslim seat in the presidency.
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The Latest: Interpol president resigns amid Beijing probe
LYON, France (AP) — Interpol says a Chinese official who was reported missing has resigned as head of the international police agency. The update came after Beijing announced Meng Hongwei was under investigation in China.
Interpol said Sunday night that Meng had resigned as president of the agency’s executive committee, effectively immediately. It did not say why.
Meng is China’s vice minister of public security. His whereabouts and status have been mysteries since his wife reported Friday that she had not heard from him since he went to China at the end of September.
The disciplinary organ of China’s ruling Communist Party said Sunday night that Meng is “currently under the monitoring and investigation” of China’s new anti-corruption body, for unspecified legal violations.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, said the senior vice president of its executive committee, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, would become acting president.
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Cases pitting Trump against blue states will test Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states.
They revolve around a host of issues that include health care, immigration, auto emission standards and a free-flowing internet.
Kavanaugh’s lashing out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation raised questions about whether he can be impartial. That’s especially a concern in cases that revolve around Democratic policies.
He subsequently wrote in an op-ed that he will keep an open mind in every case.
The Latest: US, NKorea officials upbeat after meeting
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and North Korean officials are offering positive reviews for the latest meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In Washington, President Donald Trump tweeted that he looked forward to meeting Kim again in the near future. The state-run Korean Central News Agency is calling the talks between Pompeo and Kim “productive and wonderful.”
Pompeo spent several hours in Pyongyang on his fourth visit to North Korea, saying Sunday he had a “good trip” and that he and Kim “continue to make progress on agreements made at the Singapore summit.”
Neither Pompeo nor North Korea offered details.
Pompeo is on the third stop of a four-leg Asia tour that began in Japan and is scheduled to end in China on Monday.
Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of refugees entering the U.S. has fallen to historic lows.
The U.S. admitted 22,491 refugees in the budget year that ended Sept. 30. That’s one-quarter of the number allowed to enter two years ago and the lowest since Congress passed a law in 1980 creating the modern resettlement system.
That’s less than half the maximum the Trump administration had said it would allow. For the budget year that’s just begun, the ceiling is capped at 30,000. That compares with 85,000 in 2016.
There were 140 Iraqis accepted during the just-ended budget year, down from 6,886 the year before.
Part of the reason for the slowdown is tighter security that administration officials say is necessary for U.S. safety and security.