Published 5:53 AM EDT Sep 29, 2018
Kavanaugh nomination paused for FBI investigation
Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court heads into the weekend facing more uncertainty after President Donald Trump ordered on Friday the FBI to re-open the judge's background investigation following days of tense, emotional Senate hearings during which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. The decision came hours after Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was confronted by sexual assault survivors and later huddled with Democrats before a Judiciary Committee vote that moved Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote. Flake and Democrats demanded a one-week delay for the new FBI investigation before the Senate floor vote, to which Republicans agreed. Kavanaugh vehemently denied all accusations of sexual misconduct against him during his testimony.
Hunt for October baseball: NL powers look to book postseason tickets
The MLB season concludes this weekend with plenty to be settled in the playoff race. The New York Yankees’ victory on Friday set the bracket completely in the American League, but there is much to be decided in the National League. The Chicago Cubs will try to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central title, while the Colorado Rockies — who clinched a playoff berth Friday — attempt to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. Should the Rockies win, it will be their first division title in their 25-year history. If the Dodgers can’t capture the NL West crown, which they have won the five prior seasons, they will attempt to secure a wild-card berth by holding off the St. Louis Cardinals.
Florence’s flood levels could peak before heading into Atlantic Ocean
Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters could reach their final peak in parts of South Carolina on Saturday before heading into the Atlantic Ocean. Though the Waccamaw River should crest at a record high, it will be well below the destructive flood levels projected earlier this week, officials said. Still, floodwaters are expected to end up in hundreds of buildings and most of the nearly 1,000 homes and businesses flooded in and near the city of 23,000 will remain that way into next week. At least 47 Florence-related deaths have been reported across several states, including 36 in North Carolina.
Ryder Cup: No time to panic for Team USA?
Ryder Cup action resumed at Le Golf National in France early Saturday after mixed results from the opening day matches. Europe took the early 5-3 lead over the USA in the 42nd Ryder Cup outside Paris. After a solid morning session Friday, Team USA was swept in a terrible showing in the afternoon foursome matches. There are plenty of opportunities to recover, meaning captain Jim Furyk and Co. aren’t about to panic yet. However, it may be time for Furyk to show some tough love when setting his pairings and ride his very best players – and possibly bench Phil Mickelson.
Live from New York, 'Saturday Night Live' is back
"Saturday Night Live" is kicking off on Saturday with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West. According to West, who stepped up to replace Ariana Grande, the rapper plans to release his latest album, "Yandhi," the same night of his performance. Meanwhile, the show's 44th season will have a new cast member. Comedian Ego Nwodim is joining "SNL" as a new “featured” player this season, one of a small number of black women to be cast on the series. The show premieres at 11:30 p.m. ET, live coast-to-coast.
Contributing: The Associated Press