Trump Tours Area That’s Expecting More Flooding

HAVELOCK, NC (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is getting an update on how South Carolina is recovering from Hurricane Florence. Trump was participating in a briefing Wednesday with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Republican Sens.…

Failed Efforts to Authenticate Lincoln Stovepipe Were Secret

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Failed efforts to authenticate Abraham Lincoln’s ownership of a stovepipe hat were kept secret for years by the nonprofit group that owns the hat. WBEZ Chicago reports that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation sought national museum experts’ review in 2013 and an FBI DNA analysis in 2015 to prove Lincoln’s link to the…

Grassley Says FBI Doesn’t Need to Investigate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley says the FBI does not need to look into the sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because Republicans…

Florence Death Toll Climbs to 37; Trump Visits Stricken Area

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff’s van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina…

‘Drug Llama’ Accused in Illinois of Fentanyl Trafficking

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (AP) — Prosecutors say a 31-year-old San Diego, California, woman who went by the online alias “The Drug Llama” faces federal charges in southern Illinois in a conspiracy that included the shipment of more than 50,000 fentanyl pills nationwide. The U.S. attorney’s office in southern Illinois said Tuesday that Melissa Scanlan used…

Trump says ‘hard’ to Imagine Kavanaugh did Wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:05 a.m. President Donald Trump says “we’ll have to make a decision” if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual-assault accuser “makes a credible showing” before the Senate Judiciary Committee.…