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To the uninitiated, Georgetown Preparatory School feels less like a high school than a well-heeled liberal arts college. The 93-acre campus in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital boasts a state-of-the-art athletic center, a nine-hole golf course, and its own gift shop. Gardeners crisscross the grounds on carts.
This is where U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spent most of his teen years. And exactly what happened one summer night during that time has become a question that threatens to unravel his chances of joining the nation's highest court.
Multiple accounts from 1980s-era classmates depict an alcohol-soaked party culture among the close-knit network of single-sex, mostly Roman Catholic private schools in the country's wealthiest state. At raucous house parties and drunken beach vacations, boys from Georgetown Prep and other all-male academies would meet up with students from nearby all-girl private schools like Stone Ridge, Holy Cross, Georgetown Visitation and the non-sectarian Holton-Arms School. Binge drinking was a routine part of the social scene, with minimal adult supervision.
After their third meeting in four months, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed their countries relations are "showing dynamic growth."
The two leaders recently met at the Eastern Economic Forum, where they discussed military and economic cooperation. The two have been forced into accelerated discussions because of America's increased economic pressure on the countries, some say.
The latest evidence of this pressure came on Monday when the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs on China, slapping a 10 percent tax on a $200 billion list of Chinese imports ranging from consumer goods to manufacturing materials.
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Amazon announced 15 new Alexa-enabled products in less than 90 minutes at an event in Seattle on Thursday, further cementing the company's commitment to the voice assistant space.
The new suite of items range from microwaves, clocks, security devices and car gadgets, as well as upgrades to its iconic speaker Echo. It also introduced new ways to add Alexa to third-party devices.
The company announced a new Echo Dot, its most popular Echo speaker. The Echo Dot is best selling speaker of all-time, according to Amazon senior vice president of devices and services David Lim.
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A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.
The value of Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion, while home values increased $600 billion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Total household wealth is now 2.1 percent higher than in the first quarter, when it was $104.7 trillion.
Household net worth reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The data aren't adjusted for inflation or population growth.
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Remains of two American servicemen killed during the Korean War and returned by North Korea two months ago were identified by President Donald Trump on Thursday, as Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, 32, of Vernon, Indiana, and Army Pfc. William H. Jones, 19, of Nash County, North Carolina.
McDaniel's name had already been made public last month because his military identification tag was among the 55 boxes of remains that North Korea turned over on July 27. The tag was turned over to his sons. These are the first two service members identified from those remains.
"These HEROES are home, they may Rest In Peace, and hopefully their families can have closure," Trump tweeted.
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A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to brain damage.
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A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried.
Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.
Scientists think something is amiss, but they can't be certain: In the past, they didn't systematically count the population of flying insects, so they can't make a proper comparison to today. Nevertheless, they're pretty sure across the globe there are fewer insects that are crucial to as much as 80 percent of what we eat.
Three Illinois students were injured when lightning struck as they waited for a bus in the Round Lake Heights area Thursday morning, according to authorities and school officials.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District said the incident happened around 7 a.m. near Lotus and Ottawa Drives in the northern Chicago suburb.
Lake Villa District 41 confirmed three of their students were transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. The district said the students were waiting for a bus when lightning struck nearby.
A gunman who was upset that his ex-wife had been awarded their home in their divorce was found dead after he shot at her and killed both his parents in Pennsylvania.
Few details were available during a short media briefing with Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. But he confirmed that Bruce Rogal, 59, of Glenmore in Chester County, was dead after a brief manhunt and a police chase. State police said he was found dead after exchanging gunfire with police.
A Wisconsin software worker who opened fire on his fellow employees in their suburban Madison office had worked for the company for almost 18 months and had no criminal history in the state, authorities said Thursday.
Police killed the gunman in a shoot-out Wednesday morning inside WTS Paradigm's Middleton offices while responding to reports of an active shooter. The Dane County medical examiner identified the shooter Thursday as 43-year-old Anthony Tong.
As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out.
In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die.
But the thrice-weekly trips have taken a toll on these frail patients. Five have died in this past year from causes ranging from heart failure to cancer, but advocates insist that the very flights that keep the patients alive have hastened their deaths.
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Under Armour said Thursday its restructuring program will now cost more than it previously expected: It plans to cut about 400 jobs, or about 3 percent of its global workforce, by March.
Under Armour shares jumped more than 5 percent on the news.
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U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 — a level considered to be affordable for the middle class — has become a drag on the real estate market.
The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.34 million. Existing home sales have fallen 1.5 percent during the past 12 months.
Price gains are moderating, and the total number of sales listings is increasing, a marked change from roughly three years' worth of annual declines in inventory. But the sales momentum is increasingly concentrated on homes worth more than $500,000, while sales of homes worth less than $250,000 have tumbled over the past year.
Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland, just south of Aberdeen. The shooting was reported just after 9 a.m.
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Ben Jealous compared his decisive Maryland Democratic primary victory in June to climbing the world's second-highest mountain — a prelude, he hopes, to ascending the state's political Mount Everest to knock off popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Instead, Jealous has had to reverse course in recent weeks after some highly publicized missteps.
Badly outmatched in fundraising in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Jealous is struggling so far to become Maryland's first black governor and prevent the first re-election of a Republican governor in the heavily blue state since 1954.
Voters have elected just two black governors in U.S. history — in 2006 in Massachusetts and 1989 in Virginia.