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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political."

The president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Kavanaugh, a development that further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.

Sentencing is scheduled Monday for a soldier who pleaded guilty to making bombs that released chlorine gas in a forested training area near a U.S. Army base in Louisiana.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Keith Taylor, of New Llano, could get life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the single count of using a chemical weapon, a charge he pleaded guilty to in June.

Expected to testify at the sentencing is an investigator who says he now struggles to breathe as a result of chemical exposure while collecting the evidence.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say at least 11 people have been injured in a Louisiana wreck involving 17 vehicles.

News outlets report New Orleans police say no one was seriously injured in the Sunday wreck on Interstate 10 near New Orleans. Authorities say heavy rain that afternoon may have had a role in the wreck, which involved a total of 43 people. The other people involved in the wreck declined to be taken to hospitals by emergency medical services.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a man in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The man was seen entering the river about 7 a.m. Saturday.

His name was not released. He was reported to be about 20 years old with short hair and a goatee and was wearing shorts and a yellow shirt.

The Coast Guard worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department and the Baton Rouge Police Department. Workers spent nine hours searching 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) of the river before the search was suspended.

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says one of his deputies shot a masked man in the leg after the man shot a gas station clerk and then aimed a gun at the deputy.

Nobody died in the shootings that happened early Sunday in the New Orleans suburb of Marrero.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says in a statement that the masked man was identified as 24-year-old Janarius Carey. Both Carey and the gas station clerk were treated at a local hospital.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An arts center in Louisiana has chosen a new director.

The Daily Advertiser reports Samuel Oliver will lead Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. He is a native of the city.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron compared his team to an overconfident fighter who drops his hands and subsequently gets "hit in the face."

Rather can get knocked out, the sixth-ranked Tigers woke up.

Nick Brossette scored three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two TDs, and LSU beat Louisiana Tech 38-21 on Saturday night in a game infused with far more tension than expected.

"We won the game, but it wasn't good enough," Orgeron said. "Obviously, we're not happy."

CLINTON, La. (AP) — It's been 15 years since inmate Lonnie Payne called Louisiana's East Feliciana Parish Prison his home, but a sheriff's official says that's about to change.

Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said late Friday that Payne escaped the prison in Clinton in 2003 while serving time for burglary. He says the now-44-year-old was arrested in Mexico and is now jailed in Conroe, Texas, awaiting a return to the Louisiana prison — possibly by Monday.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana U.S. Sen. John Kennedy wants federal officials to release billions of dollars in unclaimed retirement benefits to states, saying they're better equipped to try to locate the people owed the money.

The Republican senator met with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday to pitch his idea that uncashed and undistributed retirement benefits be returned to their rightful owners through states' unclaimed property programs.

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State University says it will allow a rally in support of Second Amendment gun rights to be held on campus as long as no one brings a gun to the event.

The northeast Ohio school last month told recent graduate Kaitlin Bennett to stop advertising an open-carry rally because she lacked permission and was no longer a student.

Kent State officials on Friday approved a no-gun rally scheduled for Sept. 29 that's being sponsored by a conservative student organization called Liberty Hangout.

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