Associated Press

Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.
The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district
A Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress who is poised to become the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House has denounced claims that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud.

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm.
Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.
Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key Senate and House campaigns three weeks ahead of midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.

Prince Harry and Meghan spent longer than the 20 minutes allocated in their schedule to speak to and shake hands with as many well-wishers as possible.
Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation.
In the days after Hurricane Michael smashed through her neighborhood, leaving many of her neighbors' homes destroyed, Mary Frances Parrish had few options.

The city of Chicago has sued the U.S. Department of Justice again for withholding public safety grants
Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator.
The TV academy's first African-American chairman, Hayma Washington, is stepping down after two years.
Eric Reid called his return to the NFL on Sunday "bittersweet," saying it still hurts that his friend Colin Kaepernick has been "robbed" of his dream to play again in the NFL.
Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday passed the first anti-violence legislation in more than a decade that deals directly with firearms.
he moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.
hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters or foster care and U.S. officials say more than 200 are not eligible for reunification or release.
In an office full of women steamed over Brett Kavanaugh, Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema carefully avoided telling reporters whether she thought the sexual assault allegations were true.
Melania Trump sashayed to the beat of African music as she was welcomed to an orphanage in Kenya on Friday.
Denzel Washington joined the Boys & Girls Club of America when he was 5. He's never really left.
For residents in the Dallas area, the Sept. 1 killing of 24-year-old O'Shae Terry in Arlington brought to mind the shooting of Jordan Edwards in another Texas city last year.