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The Latest: N Carolina’s coastal residents urged to evacuate
ATLANTA (AP) — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is urging residents to evacuate the state’s coastal areas as Hurricane Florence moves closer to landfall.
Cooper’s office said in a statement Monday that the Category 4 hurricane is expected to hit the Wilmington area on Thursday, but impacts of the storm will likely begin Wednesday. Cooper says the state faces three threats from Florence: “ocean surge along our coast, strong winds, and inland flooding from heavy rain.”
Counties that have ordered evacuations are Bertie, Brunswick, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover and Onslow. The statement says more evacuation orders are expected on Tuesday.
Residents are also urged to download the Ready NC app or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter for weather updates and to learn how to prepare for the storm.
The Latest: Palestinians say they’ll stick to principles
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Palestinian Authority says it will not abandon its principles following the U.S. decision to close the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s office in Washington.
The spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, says the Palestinian Authority will maintain its “commitment to the resolutions of international legitimacy,” according to a written statement released Monday.
Rdeneh says key issues, including the status of Palestinian refugees, “are more important than the relationship with the United States.”
The State Department on Monday announced the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, saying the decision was made because no “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” are under way despite previous warnings.
The move is likely to harden Palestinian resistance to the U.S. role as a peace broker.
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The Latest: Affidavit: Cop said neighbor’s door was ajar
DALLAS (AP) — An investigator says a Dallas police officer who shot and killed her neighbor after mistaking his apartment for her own said that when she inserted her key in his door, it opened because it had been slightly ajar.
David Armstrong of the Texas Rangers wrote in an arrest affidavit released Monday that Officer Amber Guyger said it was nearly completely dark inside the apartment when she entered it Thursday night and she thought she was encountering a burglar in her home.
He says Guyger said the person ignored her verbal commands and she fired twice. One struck Jean in the chest and he later died.
The affidavit says Guyger was on the phone with 911 reporting the shooting when she turned on the apartment lights and discovered she was in the wrong apartment. It says Jean’s apartment was the one right above Guyger’s and the apartment layouts and exterior hallways were nearly identical.
Woodward: Mattis, Kelly denials of his book quotes untrue
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime journalist Bob Woodward says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “are not telling the truth” when they deny making incendiary quotes about President Donald Trump attributed to them in his new book, “Fear.”
Kelly is quoted calling Trump “an idiot” while Mattis is quoted saying Trump has the understanding of “a fifth- or sixth-grader.” They’ve denied making the statements.
Asked Monday on NBC’s “Today” show about their denials, Woodward said, “They are not telling the truth.” He said “these are political statements to protect their jobs.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Woodward said that “frequently” a source says something to him and then publicly denies it after publication.
Trump has called the book “fiction.”
North Korea wraps up 70th anniversary with mass rally
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Tens of thousands of North Korean students have rallied in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square in the final major event of the country’s 70th anniversary.
The elaborate celebrations marking the Sept. 9 anniversary focused on leader Kim Jong Un’s economic strategies and downplayed the missiles and nuclear weapons that brought it to the brink of conflict with the United States just one year ago.
The main event was a military parade on Sunday, which unlike the country’s previous two parades had no long-range missiles. The rally Monday night featured a sea of university and high school students carrying torches that spelled out giant slogans when seen from above the square.
Kim did not attend.
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The Latest: Brown sees new California energy policy as model
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown says he hopes a law he’s signed moving California toward eliminating fossil fuels for electricity will serve as a model for other state and national governments.
Brown is hosting a summit in San Francisco starting Wednesday that he hopes will “wake up the national leaders” on the need to confront climate change.
Brown’s remarks came Monday during an interview with The Associated Press after he signed the bill setting a goal of generating all California electricity from clean sources by 2045.
He says California is doing the opposite of the federal government when it comes to climate policy.
Brown also says moving toward a regional electric grid is critical to California meeting its goals. A proposal to do so failed in the Legislature this year.
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Minaj calls dustup with Cardi B ‘mortifying,’ ‘humiliating’
NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj says being involved in an altercation with Cardi B at a fashion week party was “so mortifying and so humiliating.”
Cardi B tried to attack Minaj at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party in New York on Friday. Video circulated on social media showing Cardi B lunging toward Minaj and throwing her shoe at the rapper.
In an Instagram post, Cardi B — who recently had a child — didn’t call out Minaj by name but alluded to the fight and said she was sparked because her mothering skills were being disparaged.
On her Apple Music “Queen Radio” show on Monday, Minaj says she “would never discuss anyone’s child.”
Minaj added, “This woman is at the best stage of her career and she’s throwing bottles and throwing shoes? Who the (expletive) is gonna give her an intervention?”
Discovery of dog leads to man freed from 50-year sentence
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man sentenced to 50 years in prison has walked free after a district attorney asked for dismissal of the sex-abuse case against him.
The action Monday by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel in the case of Josh Horner came after the Oregon Innocence Project found holes in his 2017 conviction that undermined the credibility of the complainant, including that Horner had shot a dog in front of her. The dog was found, alive and never having been shot, by the Oregon Innocence Project.
Hummel said county Judge Michael Adler granted his request to dismiss the case. Hummel said the complainant refused to meet with his investigator to explain her trial testimony.
Horner, in a statement, thanked his family and friends, the Oregon Innocence Project and Hummel.
Probst to step down as USOC chairman after a decade
DENVER (AP) — Larry Probst will step down as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee at the end of the year, ending a decade-long stay during which he restored the federation’s international reputation but will leave it facing as many problems as he inherited on the home front.
Probst will be replaced by Susanne Lyons, who recently finished serving as interim CEO following the resignation of Scott Blackmun in February.
The 68-year-old Probst helped repair fractured international relationships, which ultimately resulted in the U.S. landing the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. That victory came after repeated failures, including Chicago’s embarrassing bid for the 2016 Games, which came shortly after Probst took over.
Probst has also been at the helm for the USOC’s widely criticized response to a mushrooming sex-abuse crisis in Olympic sports, which played a part in Blackmun’s departure and has made the USOC a defendant in a number of lawsuits filed by victims.
The Latest: Germany calls Swedish vote a ‘turning point’
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A senior German official is describing the Sweden’s election, in which the governing party lost ground and a far-right party made gains, as a “turning point” for Sweden and Europe.
Michael Roth, a deputy foreign minister, was quoted as telling Monday’s edition of German daily Die Welt it’s good that pro-European parties which support an open and liberal society still have a clear majority. But he noted that Sweden has seen an emotional discussion about migration and said that “the gap between facts and perceived reality is getting ever bigger.”
Roth said “this election result is unfortunately a turning point for Sweden and Europe. Nationalist populism is still advancing, and it will complicate forming a government.”
The far-right Sweden Democrats took 17.6 percent of the vote Sunday, finishing third.