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WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are hoping to salvage Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s endangered Supreme Court nomination with a televised showdown between him and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. Republicans agreed to the Sept. 24 Senate hearing amid growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Ford says an intoxicated Kavanaugh tried to undress her at a party, which Kavanaugh denies.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump has stabilized the regional security situation. South Korean media pool reports say Kim made the comments during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The reports say Kim thanked Moon for brokering his summit with Trump in Singapore. The two Korean leaders had their first in-depth talks in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The talks will continue Wednesday and Moon is expected to return to Seoul on Thursday.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – One road was open, at least briefly, into flooded Wilmington, North Carolina, and big military trucks and helicopters were able to bring in supplies to stranded residents. Officials say they’ll begin distributing food, water and tarps Tuesday morning. But as the rain finally stopped and the sun peaked through Monday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that dangerously high water would persist for days.

MOSCOW (AP) – The Kremlin says that the shooting down of a Russian military aircraft close to Syria with the loss of 15 lives will not affect the new agreement between Russia and Turkey on a demilitarized zone in Syria. President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday agreed to establish the zone in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, averting a Syrian government offensive.

BEIJING (AP) – China’s government says it will take ‘counter-measures’ to U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike and an American business group warned a ‘downward spiral’ in their trade battle appears certain. The Commerce Ministry gave no details but Beijing previously published a $60 billion list of American goods for retaliation.

Wilmington Cut Off By Florence...Services Restored in China After Typhoon...Concern Grows Over Kavanaugh Misconduct Claims

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Officials plan to airlift food and water to Wilmington, North Carolina, a city of 120,000 people that’s cut off from the rest of the state from Florence. In Wilmington Sunday, residents waited for hours outside stores and restaurants for basic necessities like water. County commission chairman Woody White said that because of flooded roads, “There is no access to Wilmington.”

MIAMI (AP) – At least 17 deaths are blamed on Florence. The National Weather Service says nearly 34 inches of rain fell from Thursday through Sunday in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast, and rivers are still rising. The mayor of New Bern, North Carolina, says his city has 30 roads still unpassable and about 4,700 homes and commercial buildings damaged.

ITOGON, Philippines (AP) – Life is returning to normal along the hard-hit southern Chinese coast following Typhoon Mangkhut. Rail, airline and ferry services have been restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau have reopened for business. Authorities have reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China’s manufacturing hub. At least 65 people died when the storm swept through the northern Philippines over the weekend before lashing southern China.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Concern is growing among Republican senators as more details come out over a sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford said in The Washington post that during a party when they were teenagers, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Kavanaugh denies the incident took place.

LONDON (AP) – A new cache of internal WikiLeaks files obtained by The Associated Press shows that WikiLeaks staffers discussed having founder Julian Assange skip bail and escape Britain as authorities closed in on him in late 2010. One document captures supporters considering a potential Brazilian asylum claim; another has Assange discreetly seeking a visa from the Russian Embassy in London.