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North, South Korea Announce Agreements...Kavanaugh Accuser Wants FBI Investigation...Wilmington, NC Still Surrounded by Floodwaters

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – The leaders of North and South Korea have announced a wide range of agreements which they say are a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contains a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he will permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only if the United States takes corresponding measures.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago wants the FBI to investigate before she testifies on Capitol Hill. Lawyers for California college professor Christine Blasey Ford wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday she’s been the target of “death threats” since publicly accusing Kavanaugh, who denies her claim. President Donald Trump is defending Kavanaugh while Senate Republicans and Democrats fight over who should testify next week.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Wilmington, North Carolina is still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters following Hurricane Florence and Gov. Roy Cooper is asking evacuees to hold off on returning home. Meanwhile, two detainees in a sheriff’s office van drowned in South Carolina Tuesday night when the vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters. A sheriff’s department spokeswoman in Horry County says the two deputies who were transporting the detainees tried to get them out but couldn’t open the doors.

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Days of rain from Hurricane Florence are still threatening communities in the Carolinas and some residents are worried that they’ll be left temporarily homeless once again. Lutrice Garcia just recently finished repairing the damage to her home from Hurricane Matthew’s floods in 2016. She says she’s concerned about more damage to her South Carolina home and to the wedding dress hanging in a closet that she’ll need for her big day in November.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as she was sexually assaulted is expected to be released from prison Wednesday. Smart said she believes Wanda Barzee remains a danger. Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years. If the 72-year-old violates terms that include required mental health treatment and an order not to contact Smart’s family, she would go back to prison.


Kavanaugh, Accuser to Testify Next Week...Kim: Trump Summit "Stabilized" Region...Russian Plane Shot Down Near Syria

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.