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  • As President Donald Trump again defended his Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators in both parties waited Tuesday to see if Kavanaugh’s accuser would agree to testify at a hearing set for next week, after accusing him of sexual misconduct back when the two were teenagers in the 1980’s. “Dr. Ford’s lawyers refuse to respond to our invitations to participate,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as questions seemed to be raised about whether a politically explosive hearing would take place next Monday as scheduled. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said staffers had spoken with Judge Kavanaugh on Monday about the charge that he tried to sexually assault Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party. “We’ve also called and emailed Dr. Ford’s lawyer to arrange a similar interview, but we haven’t received a response,” the committee reported, as Senators didn’t seem to know whether Ford would testify. Sen. John Cornyn: 'So far, Dr. Ford's lawyers refuse to respond to invitations to participate in a bipartisan process … if she'd prefer to do this in a closed setting, that's her choice, but we've offered her basically, either an open or closed setting' https://t.co/7SVVRAuCJY pic.twitter.com/3c5XQEJlOU — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 18, 2018 If Ford decides to appear on Capitol Hill next week, Republicans said they were ready to go forward. “She’s going to have an opportunity to be heard,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. At the White House, President Trump defended Kavanaugh several times, again chiding Democrats for bringing the allegations forward after hearings on Kavanaugh had ended, and just days before a scheduled vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I feel so badly for him that he’s going through this, to be honest with you,” the President said at a joint news conference with the President of Poland. “It should have been brought up long ago,” Mr. Trump said of Ford’s charge from 36 years ago. “And that’s what you have hearings for. You don’t wait until the hearing is over and then, all of a sudden, bring it up.” As for Democrats, they stood by Ford and her explosive allegation. “In my view, Professor Ford is telling the truth,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. During every step of this process, I’ve found every single piece of information from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford eminently credible, sincere and believable. She knew this would have a huge effect on her life and she was incredibly brave to come forward. — Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 18, 2018 “The FBI background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh should be reopened in light of the serious charges against him,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA). But as Senators left town for the week, they headed home unsure as to whether Ford would be on Capitol Hill for testimony next Monday. While Democrats called for a full FBI review of Ford’s claim, there was some discussion among Republicans that if Ford refuses to testify in person – then the GOP might just move next week to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “Hopefully, the woman will come forward, state her case,” the President said.
  • Republican Ron DeSantis plans in a few weeks to unveil his plan to improve Florida’s traffic flow. In comments to reporters outside a Tampa middle school on Tuesday, the ex-congressman says he plans to use his connections within the Trump Administration to improve the way we travel along the roads and to relieve traffic congestion. Without offering many details, DeSantis said “It is very important. You look at the Tampa Bay area where I grew up. You know it’s gotten more congested over the years. Orlando is a disaster for traffic, Miami’s like a parking lot.” Orlando drivers are still dealing with the 21-mile-long I-4 Ultimate improvement project. Click here for updates from the project’s Facebook page.
  • The Central Florida Expressway Authority now says there are about 2.1 million E-PASS toll transactions with incorrect date and time stamps, stemming from SunPass maintenance issues. That's up significantly from the 64,000  the agency first reported. That's about a third of the backlog from when the system went down for maintenance earlier this summer. In June, the SunPass billing system went down for a week for scheduled maintenance. At the end of that week, the online billing system did not return at full capacity, resulting in weeks of payment issues for thousands of SunPass customers. SunPass is run by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Authority but the maintenance meltdown was handled by Conduent, a third-party vendor. SunPass finished posting the 300 million backlogged transactions in August. Since then, the Turnpike Authority and the Central Florida Expressway Authority, which operates E-PASS and E-ZPass, have asked drivers to check their accounts to make sure they didn’t get double billed. Many customers noticed the transactions were off on their bills by hours or even days. The Expressway Authority recommends reviewing your charges before paying until officials can find a solution.
  • A Maryland man was arrested Saturday at a Pennsylvania fair after witnesses said he yanked a leash attached to his mentally impaired wife’s neck so hard it caused her head to snap back and left red marks around her throat, police said.  Walter William Wolford Sr., 66, of Hagerstown, is charged with simple assault. He was released Sunday on $5,000 unsecured bail, court records show.  The York Daily Record reported that Wolford went to the York Fair Saturday with his wife, who he said suffers from dementia. While there, Wolford led the woman around on a dog-type leash about 8 feet long, charging documents obtained by the newspaper stated.  A witness told West Manchester Township police officers, who were called to the fair shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, that Wolford “had yanked that leash when all of the slack had gone out of it, causing her head to move backwards and for her to sustain red marks around her throat area,” the Daily Record reported the documents stated.  Paramedics were called to check Wolford’s wife out, at which point police officers observed her, the Daily Record reported.  “She was very disoriented, did not know where she was (or) her own name, and spoke gibberish,” the charging documents stated.  >> Read more trending news Wolford told officers that his wife has suffered from dementia for about five years, three years longer than doctors had expected her to live. According to the Daily Record, he said she wandered off at last year’s York Fair and was missing for about 90 minutes before she was found trying to leave the fairgrounds.  Wolford said he decided to use a leash to keep her from wandering away this year, the newspaper said.  “Walter told me that he originally placed the leash around her waist, but somehow it had moved up around her neck and when she walked away from him and (when) all of the slack became taut, he ‘gently tugged on the leash so she would stop,’” an officer wrote in the charging documents.  Investigators wrote that they spoke to the couple’s son, Walter Wolford Jr., who “did not offer much info in this case” but said his father was not abusive to his mother, the Daily Record reported.  The annual York Fair, billed as “America’s First Fair,” is held every September in York. It began in 1765, 11 years before America’s founding, as a two-day agricultural market on the town commons, the fair’s website states. 
  • A Texas day care owner was arrested Saturday after police searched her home Friday and found several of her charges bound by the neck and strapped into car seats. Investigators also said in an arrest affidavit that Rebecca Anderson, 60, of Mesquite, drugged the children to keep them quiet, NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.  Anderson, who owns Becky’s Home Child Care, is charged with nine counts of endangering a child through criminal neglect -- one count for each child in her home Friday -- and one count of injury to a child, Dallas County Jail records show. She is being held in lieu of $45,000 bail.  The affidavit obtained by NBC 5 said that Anderson came under suspicion Thursday after the father of a 6-month-old boy she cared for reviewed footage from a small video camera mounted on the baby’s car seat. The footage showed Anderson yanking the infant from the car seat by his ankle and picking him up off the ground by the bib tied around his neck, investigators said. The recording also showed Anderson feeding the boy an “unknown substance using a plastic liquid syringe,” the affidavit said.  The man brought the video to Mesquite police officials, who obtained a search warrant for Anderson’s home, the news station reported. When the search warrant was executed Friday, Anderson claimed that she had just five children in her care at the time. Officers searching the home found another four children, three of them strapped into plastic car seats in a dark closet in the master bedroom and the fourth child restrained in the master bathroom, NBC 5 reported.  “Shoelace-like ligatures” were found tied around the children’s necks, the arrest affidavit said. Some of the ligatures had to be cut to free the children.  Anderson admitted to officers that she used the ligatures to limit the children’s movements and sometimes kept them strapped into car seats for as long as seven hours at a time, the document said, according to the news station. She also admitted she “had likely given Tylenol to all of the children,” investigators said. >> Read more trending news Neighbors told ABC 13 in Houston that they sometimes heard children screaming from Anderson’s home.  “It just kind of concerned me, the way the kids sounded when the parents dropped them off, where it alarmed me,” one neighbor told the news station.  Becky’s Home Child Care could not be found among the database of licensed day care centers approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  A Google search for her facility shows it as permanently closed.