WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lashing back, Donald Trump heatedly rejected the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as "pure fiction" on Thursday, hammering his female accusers as "horrible, horrible liars" as the already-nasty presidential campaign sank further into charges of attacks on women. Campaign foe Hillary Clinton said "the disturbing stories just keep on coming" about her Republican opponent, but she let first lady Michelle Obama's passionate response carry the day. Obama, in battleground New Hampshire, warned that the New York billionaire's behavior "is not something we can ignore." After years of working to end "this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect ...
Q&A: After new Trump accusations, a look at 'Why now?'
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New allegations have surfaced of sexual assault against Donald Trump — but they are not recent incidents, dating back in one case as much as three decades. That's left some of Trump's supporters and others asking the question: Why now? The four women who came forward this week cited Sunday night's debate, and Trump's denial of ever kissing or groping a woman without consent, as the straw that broke the camel's back and prompted them to talk with news organizations. One, Jessica Leeds, told The New York Times she "wanted to punch the screen" when she heard Trump's response during the debate.
Email: Clinton campaign tried to move back Illinois primary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's campaign tried to move the Illinois presidential primary to a later date, saying a contest held after the Super Tuesday primaries might stop momentum for a moderate Republican candidate and emphasizing that Clinton and her husband "won't forget" a political favor, emails made public on Thursday show. A November 2014 email hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was among nearly 2,000 new emails published by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The email, from Clinton's future campaign manager Robby Mook to Podesta, said Obama administration officials should use their connections in the president's home state to try to push back the March 15 Illinois primary by at least a month.
Why embattled Trump may keep hammering Bill Clinton misdeeds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's efforts to drag Hillary Clinton down by focusing on her husband's misconduct may be a relatively new strategy for him, but it's not for the advisers whispering in his ear. If it seems odd for a Republican presidential nominee who is facing a wave of accusations about sexual misdeeds to be picking a fight about sexual misdeeds, the Clinton fixation of four of his top advisers offers one possible explanation. Some of them have been waiting a quarter-century to more deeply explore accusations that the former president has assaulted women. Trump is "surrounded by people who have been obsessed with bringing down the Clintons based on pseudo-scandals for years," said David Brock, an ally of Hillary Clinton who as a former Republican operative spent much of the 1990s hunting down dirt on the Clintons.
Something is happening: Bob Dylan wins Nobel in literature
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate. In the book world's equivalent of a Supreme Court ruling, the Nobel judges declared Thursday that Dylan is not just a rock star but a poet of the very highest order. Dylan, 75, becomes the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature. He was honored for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." It is the ultimate ascension for the man who set off a lasting debate over whether lyrics, especially rock lyrics, can be regarded as art. Dylan, who gave the world "Like a Rolling Stone," ''Blowin' in the Wind" and dozens of other standards, now finds himself on a list that includes Samuel Beckett, Toni Morrison and T.S.
Hurricane Nicole pummels Bermuda with wind, then spins away
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Nicole roared across Bermuda on Thursday, pummeling the resort island with winds up to 115 mph that snapped trees and peeled off roofs before the storm spun away into open water. The Category 3 system also flooded homes, damaged boats that broke away from their moorings and knocked out power to more than 27,000 customers who live in the British territory, which has sturdy infrastructure and is accustomed to heavy weather. By late Thursday, crews were clearing roads, and many islanders were posting pictures of calmer seas and clearer skies. "Nicole is now racing away," said James Dodgson, deputy director at the Bermuda Weather Service.
Many Hurricane Matthew victims don't have flood insurance
POOLER, Ga. (AP) — Waist-deep floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew coursed down the street and seeped under Lori Galemore's doors, swamping the carpets and furniture as she and her three sons retreated upstairs, where they stayed until firefighters arrived by boat. Galemore and her neighbors in Pooler, a community about 35 miles inland from the evacuated Georgia coast, were deluged not by seawater driven ashore by the hurricane, but by rain and runoff that overwhelmed a drainage ditch at the end of their cul-de-sac. "Everybody said, 'You're not in a flood plain. You don't need flood insurance,'" Galemore recalled Wednesday as her husband and sons threw out soggy furniture, waterlogged books, towels and blankets and wet chunks of drywall.
The Latest: Wonder, Khan wow crowd at Prince tribute show
Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan had the crowd partying like it was 1999 all over again at a tribute concert to the late mega star Prince. Khan brought Wonder onstage Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to duet on Prince's "I Feel for You," a 1984 hit for Khan. Wonder got the sold-out audience cheering with his signature harmonica riffs. Wonder and Khan then performed Prince's hit "1999," with the crowd clapping and dancing along. Friends and former bandmates of Prince celebrated the Oscar and seven-time Grammy winner, who died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April. Before the concert, St.
Glimpses behind the exalted persona of Thailand's king
BANGKOK (AP) — The body language was as stiff as the gilded robes and bemedaled uniforms he wore. The face rarely betrayed even a flicker of emotion. He was the king, wrote one biographer, who never smiled. And indeed when appearing before the public or during the thousands of state and religious ceremonies over which he presided, King Bhumibol Adulyadej assumed the role of "dhammaraja," the impassive, righteous Buddhist monarch, an heir to 800 unbroken years of royal rule, the dominant figure in Thailand's modern history. But my own most vivid recollections of the world's longest reigning monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 88, are rather different.
Kershaw gets save, LA tops Nats 4-3 to win NLDS
WASHINGTON (AP) — A little past midnight in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, Clayton Kershaw emerged from the bullpen to pitch in relief for the first time in seven years. Two outs later, the only save of his major league career in the books, Kershaw's arms were raised and teammates were rushing to celebrate with a guy whose postseason performances have never carried the luster of his regular-season success. Coming in with two runners on base and the outcome in the balance, Kershaw got Daniel Murphy to pop out, then struck out Wilmer Difo to end it, finishing the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals to win their NL Division Series in game that ended in the wee hours of Friday.