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11 state lawmakers ask police to investigate Kavanaugh case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Eleven Maryland state lawmakers are asking county police to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, if alleged victims support investigating.

The 11 Democrats from Maryland’s Montgomery County made the request in a Tuesday letter to county Police Chief Tom Manger.

Georgia Nuclear plant gets go-ahead despite budget overages

ATLANTA (AP) - The owners of the last nuclear power plant still under construction in the U.S. say the project will continue after a disagreement about budget overages was resolved.

The utilities said in a joint statement late Wednesday that they had reached an agreement that mitigates financial exposure in the construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia.

Biker gang's president sentenced to life imprisonment

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced the national president of the notorious Bandidos biker gang to life plus 10 years in prison for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.

Jeffrey Faye Pike of Conroe, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday. The 63-year-old leader of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization was convicted with Vice President John Xavier Portillo (pohr-TEE‘-yoh) of San Antonio in May after a lengthy trial in San Antonio.

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes dipped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve took the latest step in its campaign to pull interest rates gradually higher.

The decision to raise the federal funds rate for a third time this year was widely expected, and stocks initially climbed following the announcement. But the gains faded in the last 30 minutes of trading after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell finished speaking at a news conference.

California official wants probe of pension chief's education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California state Treasurer John Chiang on Wednesday called for an independent investigation amid questions about the educational background of the head of the nation’s largest public pension system.

California Public Employees’ Retirement System CEO Marcie Frost is facing criticism after a blogger wrote that she implied in her application and in a statement announcing her hiring that she was working on obtaining a college degree from Evergreen State College.

Ford CEO says steel, aluminum tariffs will cost company $1B

DETROIT (AP) - Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported steel and aluminum are costing Ford Motor Co. $1 billion, hurting the bottom line and raising the possibility of price increases across the automotive industry.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett revealed the number during a television interview Wednesday, and the company said the figure is a year-over-year increase from March through 2019.

Public housing residents decry bugs, rodents and danger

NEW YORK (AP) - Dozens of the 400,000 residents of the nation’s largest public housing system emotionally told a judge Wednesday what it’s like to live with rats and cockroaches and mold in buildings where elevators, heat and running water are unreliable.

“We cannot live safety and healthily in these terrible conditions,” said Monica Underwood, one of the residents.

The Latest: Fire-closed Southern California freeway reopens

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a brush fire impacting a major Southern California interstate (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Authorities have reopened a major freeway east of Los Angeles that was closed by a brushfire.

Caltrans says Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass was reopened in both directions Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after all lanes were shut down because of smoke from the fire and the need for fire engines to get through.

Southern California brush fire disrupts I-15 in Cajon Pass

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A brush fire has forced a partial closure of Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department says the fire has grown to 20 acres (8 hectares) late Wednesday morning and smoke is impacting the freeway.

Authorities are closing the southbound lanes of I-15 at State Route 138.