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Christine Blasey Ford Has Not Been Contacted By FBI Regarding Brett Kavanaugh Investigation

Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team said Sunday they have not yet been contacted by the FBI — despite the short timeframe for the investigation into assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which President Donald Trump ordered Friday. Trump ordered the agency to reopen the background check into Kavanaugh with the stipulation that it be completed within a week. The Senate Judiciary Committee requested the president make the request for a “supplemental” investigation. Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh, in his testimony following Ford’s, categorically denied the allegations. ...Read more

3 Dead After Car Explosion; Perpetrator ‘Probably Killed’

A car explosion in downtown Allentown left three men dead, including the likely “perpetrator,” officials said Sunday. Federal authorities who are leading the investigation planned on conducting autopsies, saying “we know there’s been a criminal incident.” District Attorney James Martin told reporters at a news conference Sunday that “we have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident.” No further information about the possible cause of Saturday night’s blast, including whether it was a bomb, but Martin said, “Loads of us in law enforcement” are confident “this was A. an isolated incident and B. there’s no continuing threat.” The FBI, state police, and city and county authorities are investigating along with the ATF. Autopsies were planned Monday on the three males found dead after the 9:30 p.m. explosion, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Sunday afternoon. Grim said he would probably be able to release the names Monday once their identities are confirmed and their families are notified. ...Read more

Kanye West Goes On Pro-Trump Rant On ‘SNL’ And Gets Booed

Kanye West went on pro-Trump rant at the end of his appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” which never made the air, due to time constraints (according to SNL.) West, who had declared Saturday morning that he should now be called “Ye,” wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat for much of his time as the musical guest on Saturday’s premiere of the 44th season of SNL. After he performed “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake, West and the SNL cast members gathered back on stage to close out the episode. The show had gone off air, however, West continued talking to the audience. Comedian Chris Rock, who was in attendance, posted an Instagram Story after the show with video snippets of West’s speech. During this time, the SNL stood behind West awkwardly. West turned around to thank them “for giving me this platform” but then also called them out for “going at” Trump.  NBC spokeswoman Lauren Roseman said the network was “not commenting.” West had been a last-minute replacement for Ariana Grande, who was originally scheduled to be Saturday’s musical guest before dropping out, citing “emotional reasons.” ...Read more

‘Night School’ Tops The Weekend Box Office With $26M Debut

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart’s comedy Night School made it’s way to the top of the box-office chart, earning $9.5 million from 3,010 theaters for a projected weekend debut of $26 million. The winning trio behind the 2017 box-office hit Girls Trip, director Malcolm D. Lee, producer Will Packer and Universal, were all involved in the making of Night School. Heading into the weekend, some tracking services had suggested Night School could clear $31 million in its domestic launch. The movie follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend night school in order to pass their GED exams, with Haddish as their teacher. Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Romany Malco and Keith David are all part of the cast.  Warner Bros.’ new animated flick Smallfoot opened to No. 2 on Friday with $6.5 million for a weekend debut in the $23 million-$24 million range from 4,131 theaters. The House With a Clock In its Walls, A Simple Favor and The Nun look to take the next three posts on the chart, followed by the new pic Hell Fest. ...Read more

NY Yankees Set Home Run Record, Beat Boston Red Sox For 100th Win Of Season

The New York Yankees set the major league record for most home runs in a season, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-5 Saturday for their 100th win this year. Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton hit homerun Nos. 265 and 266, to bring the team the record. “I’m happy for them. They work really hard at their craft, and it’s a result of a lot of people having success,” manager Aaron Boone said. The Yankees entered Saturday tied with the 1997 Seattle Mariners with 264 homers, after hitting four homeruns Friday night in their 11-6 win over Boston. Torres hit a two-run drive in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees the record, and Stanton added to it with his 38th HR of the season in the 7th inning.  ...Read more

Los Angeles Dodgers Clinch Berth In 2018 MLB Playoffs With Win Over Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their sixth straight MLB playoff berth Saturday with a 10-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. Alex Wood was credited with the win after pitching 1.1 of scoreless relief, while a four-run ninth inning helped bring Los Angeles the victory. The Dodgers entered September one game out of the NL West lead and 2.5 games behind for the second wild-card slot. Despite injuries, the Dodgers still ranked second in ERA and 6th in runs scored.  ...Read more

President Trump Supports Brett Kavanaugh After He And His Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Testify Before Senate

After a full day of testimony from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her, President Donald Trump reinforced his support of Kavanaugh. In a tweet on Thursday evening, the President said, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”  Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of her allegations, as well as the allegations made against him by two other women. Both Ford and Kavanaugh sat through hours of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as an outside prosecutor who Republicans hired to ask questions on Thursday. Ford spoke emotionally when describing her allegations. Kavanaugh began his testimony with anger in his voice, but also became very emotional during his opening statement. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh for Friday, but Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democrats have called for the vote to be delayed. ...Read more

President Trump And Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Delay Meeting To Next Week

The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have agreed to delay their planned meeting on Thursday until next week, so as not to interfere with the Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump had expected to meet with Rosenstein, who oversees the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, to discuss a news report that he had suggested secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office. The meeting between the president and deputy attorney general was originally scheduled in the wake of a flurry of conflicting reports Monday, saying Rosenstein had either quit or was set to be fired. At the time, Trump was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.  ...Read more

Chicago Cubs Shortstop Addison Russell’s Leave Extended By MLB Through End Of Season

Major League Baseball extended Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell’s administrative leave through Sunday, the end of the regular season.  Russell was placed on administrative leave by the team last Friday when a blog written by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, was made public as she detailed physical, emotional and psychological abuse made throughout their marriage. Russell’s administrative leave was initially seven days, and would have expired Thursday. But the league extended it through the end of the regular season as they continue their investigation into the domestic abuse allegations. At press time, it was not yet known whether or not Russell will be available to play in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he does not believe the Russell situation is a distraction to his team, who are currently playing for the NL Central title. ...Read more

Tiger Woods Paired With Patrick Reed In Ryder Cup Fourballs Opener

Tiger Woods will partner with Patrick Reed against Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in the fourth and final fourballs match when the Ryder Cup gets underway on Friday. The pairings were announced at Thursday’s opening ceremony at the course just outside Paris as France will host the event for the first time. United States captain Jim Furyk surprised many by breaking up the Reed/Spieth partnership from the last two Ryder Cups, but said he liked the chemistry between Reed and Woods. “Tiger has spent so much time with Patrick and Jordan. We looked at our options – we had one very good pairing and I think we came out of it with two very good pairings,” he said.  Over 7,000 fans will be present when play gets underway, unlike anything seen in any other golf event. The United States have not won on European soil since 1993 – the year three of their current team were born. ...Read more