Weakening but still powerful Matthew plows up Atlantic coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A weakening Hurricane Matthew continued its march along the Atlantic coast early Saturday, lashing two of the South's most historic cities, flooding towns and gouging out roads.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Republicans reeling after Trump's vulgar comments revealed

NEW YORK (AP) — In a videotaped midnight apology, Donald Trump declared "I was wrong and I apologize" after being caught on tape making shockingly vulgar and sexually charged comments. Yet he also defiantly dismissed the revelations as "nothing more than a distraction" from a decade ago and signaled he would close his presidential campaign by arguing rival Hillary Clinton has committed greater sins against women.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

US turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russia, accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election and suggesting that Russia's military is committing war crimes in Syria.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

Private Clinton speeches leaked in hacking blamed on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton told bankers behind closed doors that she favored "open trade and open borders" and said Wall Street executives were best-positioned to help reform the U.S. financial sector, according to transcripts of her private, paid speeches leaked Friday.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press CHAD DAY, Associated Press JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press