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Accusers tell NYT they were touched inappropriately by Trump

The New York Times has published interviews with two women who say they were touched inappropriately by Donald Trump without their permission.

The Times says Jessica Leeds of New York told the newspaper she encountered Trump on an airline flight three decades ago. Leeds says Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.

Rachel Crooks of Ohio told the newspaper she met Trump at Trump Tower in 2005. Crooks says Trump kissed her "directly on the mouth" against her will.

The Times reports both women told others about what happened with Trump.

Trump denies the accusations. He tells the Times, "None of this ever took place."

Trump's presidential campaign has been reeling since the release Friday of a 2005 videotape in which he is heard talking about grabbing women's genitals.


Florida newspaper: Women accuses Trump of groping her

A Florida newspaper is reporting that a woman says Donald Trump groped her at his Mar-a-Lago estate 13 years ago, an allegation Trump's campaign says "lacks any merit or veracity."

The Palm Beach Post reports that 36-year-old Mindy McGillivray of Palm Springs, Florida, didn't report to authorities her 2003 encounter with Trump at the time but had shared the story with close friends and family. A man who had accompanied her to Mar-a-Lago that day, Ken Davidoff, tells the newspaper he vividly remembers McGillivray telling him that Trump had groped her.

McGillivray says she considered making a scene at the time but decided "to stay quiet." She says Trump's remarks at the second presidential debate, in which he denied groping women, changed her mind.

The New York Times has published interviews with two other women who say they were touched inappropriately by Trump without their permission.


Clinton campaign seizes upon NYT report

A Clinton adviser is accusing Donald Trump of lying on the debate stage about having not groped or kissed women without consent.

Communications director Jennifer Palmieri is responding to a New York Times story in which two women describe being touched inappropriately by Trump.

Palmieri says the story "sadly fits everything we know about the way Donald Trump has treated women." She also says the story shows that the "disgusting behavior" Trump brags about in a video released last Friday "is more than just words."

Trump is heard on the 2005 tape saying his fame allows him to kiss and grab women. He denied during Sunday's debate that he'd ever done that without a woman's consent.


NEW: Australian state lawmakers condemn Trump as 'revolting slug'

A state Parliament in Australia has unanimously passed a motion describing U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump as "a revolting slug unfit for public office."

Jeremy Buckingham, a lawmaker from the minor Greens party, introduced the motion Thursday to the upper house of the New South Wales Parliament.

The motion in Australia's most populous state says: "This house ... agrees with those who have described Mr. Trump as a 'revolting slug' unfit for public office."

The house also "condemns the misogynist, hateful comments" made by Trump about women and minorities, including the remarks revealed by media at the weekend "that clearly describe sexual assault."

Because there was no objection, the motion was recorded as having been unanimously agreed to by the Sydney-based house.


House GOP campaign ad assumes Clinton victory

The House Republican campaign organization is airing an ad for a House candidate that is premised on the party's presidential nominee losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The spot says that House Republican candidate Claudia Tenney will "stand up to Hillary Clinton." The Republican presidential nominee is Donald Trump, whose campaign is staggering after the revelation of a recording in which he brags about groping women. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday told Republicans that he would no longer campaign for Trump, a move that suggests he fears Trump is headed for defeat and will drag down Republican House candidates.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is following that strategy with the 30-second TV ad for Tenney.

Tenney is running against Democrat Kim Myers and independent Martin Babinec in a tight race for the central New York seat held by retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna.


Hacked email about Catholics sparks Republican outcry

Donald Trump's campaign has called for Hillary Clinton to apologize and fire senior campaign officials involved in an email exchange that Republicans condemned as "breathtaking anti-Catholic bigotry."

The April 2011 email exchange details a conversation between current Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri and John Halpin, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House.

Halpin wrote that many conservative leaders are Catholic converts and called their positions "an amazing bastardization of the faith." Halpin added, "They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."

Palmieri, who was at the Center for American Progress at the time, responded that Catholicism "is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion," adding that "their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."

Palmieri told reporters traveling with Clinton on Wednesday that she's a Catholic and that she doesn't recognize the hacked email. Halpin is also a Catholic.


UPDATE: Nicole strengthens into Category 4 hurricane

Forecasters say an "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Nicole has strengthened into a Category 4 storm headed for Bermuda.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says hurricane hunter aircraft show that Nicole's maximum sustained winds have increased to 130 mph (215 kph). The storm is about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).

Little change in strength is expected overnight. Forecasters expect Nicole to pick up speed and pass near or over Bermuda on Thursday.


German bomb plot suspect kills self in Leipzig cell

Saxony's state Justice Ministry says a 22-year-old Syrian man arrested for a suspected Islamic extremist bomb plot killed himself Wednesday in a prison cell in Leipzig.

Justice Ministry spokesman Joerg Herold told The Associated Press that Jaber Albakr killed himself sometime in the evening, but that the incident was still being investigated.

Albakr, who had been granted asylum after coming to Germany last year, was arrested Monday in the city Leipzig after three fellow Syrians tied him up and alerted police.


Arizona woman is accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism

Authorities say an Arizona woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Michelle Bastian was taken into custody after agents from the Phoenix office of the FBI and the Arizona Attorney General's Office served search warrants Wednesday in Chandler and Florence.

No other details were immediately released about Bastian or the case.

A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office says the investigation was continuing.


Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf resigns effective immediately

Wells Fargo's embattled CEO John Stumpf has resigned, effective immediately, as the nation's second-largest bank is roiled by a scandal over its sales practices.

The San Francisco bank said Wednesday that Stumpf will also relinquish his title as chairman. Its chief operating officer, Tim Sloan, will succeed Stumpf as CEO.

Stumpf had led Wells Fargo since 2007.

He faced congressional hearings and consumer wrath after Wells Fargo was found to have opened millions of bank accounts without customers' permission.

Stephen Sanger, the bank's lead director, will serve as the board's non-executive chairman. Independent director Elizabeth Duke will serve as vice chair.


Portland police arrest 9 in clash over contract

Portland police say they arrested nine people who were protesting at City Hall over a new police contract that raised questions about the future use of body cameras and gives officers a pay raise.

The Portland Police Bureau said in statement late Wednesday that protesters threw objects at officers both inside and outside of City Hall. Protesters are now dispersing from the downtown area after a day of demonstrations. Demonstrators disrupted a Wednesday meeting the City Council convened to consider the contract.

With demonstrators inside City Hall, Mayor Charlie Hales adjourned the meeting soon after it began.

Commissioners later reconvened in a secure location not open to the public and approved the contract 3-1.

The protesters are with Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot Portland.


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