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GOP: Dems "Smearing" Kavanaugh...Trump to Address UN...Cosby Could Speak During Sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican leaders are accusing Democrats of a smear campaign. They say Democrats are using sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to try to scuttle his Senate confirmation. The two accusers say the incidents happened in the 1980s. Kavanaugh told Fox News Channel, “What I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – President Donald Trump can’t escape the growing shadows of domestic political troubles as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy with an address to the U.N. General Assembly. Ahead of Trump’s Tuesday speech, White House aides cast his New York visit as an opportunity to assert American sovereignty before the multinational body. Trump is expected to be unapologetic about his decisions to engage with North Korea and remove the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – World leaders will gather at the United Nations for their annual meeting Tuesday, where Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to sound the alarm on climate change. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq gave a preview Monday, saying Guterres will also appeal to world leaders “for greater solidarity in advancing peace, human rights and sustainable development.”

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Bill Cosby will have the opportunity to speak in court before he is sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. Prosecutors near Philadelphia want a judge to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to at least five years in prison. The defense argues he should get house arrest. Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go on trial and the first to be convicted. It’s a reckoning accusers and prosecutors say has been decades in the making.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Syria’s war casts a shadow over talk of peacemaking at the U.N. General Assembly this week. The people of Idlib are hoping that diplomacy will help avert a blowout battle over Syria’s last rebel stronghold. But the same world powers negotiating around Idlib have been using Syria as a proxy battleground for years, and they all want different things.

Second Kavanaugh Accuser...Cosby Sentencing Hearing...Mandela Statue Unveiling

WASHINGTON (AP) – Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has been further imperiled by a second sexual-misconduct allegation, dating to his first year at Yale University. Colorado resident Deborah Ramirez tells The New Yorker magazine Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it without her consent. Kavanaugh denies allegations from Ramirez and from California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – The woman Bill Cosby is convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting has tweeted a Bible verse about letting go of anger. Andrea Constand tweeted Ephesians 4:26 early Monday, hours before Cosby’s sentencing hearing was to get underway. He could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison. Her tweet was: “Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) – President Donald Trump plans to again confront the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear threat as he begins the sequel to his stormy United Nations debut. But a year after Trump stood at the U.N. General Assembly and derided North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man,” fears of war have given way to dreams of good international relations. Trump plans to sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing a personal message from Kim after their recent inter-Korean talks.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The United Nations is unveiling a statue of Nelson Mandela at the U.N. building in New York Monday. He was born 100 years ago. The statue of Mandela, with outstretched arms, will be unveiled as the U.N. opens a peace summit, where world leaders once again address the planet’s pressing problems of war, poverty, disease, migration and climate change.

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) – Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the South Carolina coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate. More than a week after Florence crashed into the Carolinas, all the water from heavy rains is nearing the coast and people are being told to be ready to evacuate starting Monday.