Emmy's, Kavanaugh, Urban Meyer and Florence floods: Monday's top news


Published 6:02 PM EDT Sep 17, 2018

Emmy's, Kavanaugh, Urban Meyer and Florence floods: Monday's top news

After a quick celebrity dust-up, TV's big night arrives

As orange leaves signal Autumn's arrival, so the 70th Primetime Emmy's was heralded as you would expect: Tom Arnold got into a brawl with the guy who created "The Apprentice." At a pre-Emmy's party Sunday night, a scuffle between the comedian and TV producer Mark Burnett broke out with Arnold, whose Viceland TV series explores Burnett's connection to President Donald Trump, claiming Burnett "choked" him. Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, said Arnold "tried to ambush" her husband.

Whether the fracas becomes a punchline for Emmy's hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will be seen when the "Saturday Night Live" stars host the show Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. Jost and Che, known for sitting behind the Weekend Update desk, hope to convince America "that we can tell jokes standing," as Che told USA TODAY.

Here's who we think will (and should) win TV's big awards, and why fewer women may be celebrated this year.

Don Jr. mocks Kavanaugh accuser's sexual assault claim, but she's willing to testify

Donald Trump Jr. dismissed the sexual assault claim against his father's Supreme Court pick as "Dems and their usual nonsense." But the woman who says Brett Kavanaugh tried "to attack me and remove my clothing" when the two were in high school is willing to testify. The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old who came forward in a Washington Post interview, said Monday that Ford is prepared to tell her story before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday that he's willing to do the same. Now a growing number of Republican senators are calling for a delay on Kavanaugh's confirmation vote until they have time to hear from Ford. President Donald Trump, for his part, said he's open to "a little delay."

Florence's 'catastrophic' flooding will last days — or even weeks

Torrential rains that hammered the Carolinas may have ceased, but the water remains. Runoff from Florence, which claimed at least 20 lives, may take two weeks to slowly drain toward the coast, forecasters warned. "Just because much of the rainfall has stopped does not mean the danger has ended," the National Weather Service said Monday from Wilmington, North Carolina — a coastal city virtually cut off from the world after Florence closed 100-plus roads and shut off power to almost 500,000 homes in the region. The storm also lifted a large sailboat into one man's yard and could heap financial pain on the majority of homeowners lacking flood insurance.

Ohio State's coach says he's sorry, but not that he believes domestic abuse claims

Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football coach under fire for his handling of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse, offered a boatload of apologies Monday but no indication he believed his former assistant's accuser. Meyer said in a news conference Monday — his first after a three-game suspension — that he can only go on law enforcement's claim that "this was not domestic violence," describing it instead as a "messy divorce with child custody issues.” A university-commissioned report found Meyer mismanaged now-fired coach Zach Smith, who was accused by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, of stalking, trespassing and harassment. Meyer also disputed the university's report, claiming he didn't delete text messages from his phone.

Mummified wolf pup and caribou give us a glimpse to the Ice Age

A mummified wolf pup and caribou believed to have walked Earth more than 50,000 years ago were discovered with tissue and fur intact by gold miners in 2016. The caribou was found at the site of an 80,000-year-old volcanic ash bed, and officials believe it's among the oldest mummified mammal tissue in the world, according to Canadian officials. The head, two front limbs and torso of the caribou were intact. The wolf pup was found with a complete body. Officials unveiled the mummified remains in a ceremony Thursday, and the animals are now on display in Dawson City. They will eventually be moved to the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa.

Emmy's, Kavanaugh, Urban Meyer and Florence floods: Monday's top news

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