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By The Associated Press | Updated - Oct 8th, 2019 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Oct 7th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has been tapped to serve as outside counsel to President Donald Trump as the House impeachment inquiry expands. That's according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal legal matters. Gowdy is a former South Carolina congressman who did not seek reelection last year to the seat he had held for eight years. Gowdy was the chairman of the House oversight committee.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a span of 24 hours, President Donald Trump has moved from threatening to obliterate Turkey's economy if it invades Syria to inviting its president to visit the White House. But Trump is not backing away from a plan to withdraw American troops from Syria as he tries to persuade Turkey not to invade the country and attack the U.S.-allied Kurds. The needle-threading strategy has angered Republican and Democratic lawmakers and confused U.S. allies.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is defending its decision to shut off power to potentially millions of Californians to prevent dead wildfires. PG&E wildfire safety expert Sumeet Singh says Tuesday night that the company's decision to cut electricity to customers in 34 Northern and Central California counties is "a last resort" in the face of an unprecedented and sweeping wildfire risk from hot, dry weather and gusty winds.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bernie Sanders says he isn't leaving the Democratic presidential race after suffering a heart attack last week, but the Vermont senator plans to ease up on the pace of campaigning. Sanders said Tuesday that he intends to actively campaign but not do as many as four rallies a day any longer. As far as the near future, Sanders is committing only to next week's presidential debate in Ohio.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury has decided that Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals should pay $8 billion over an antipsychotic drug that the plaintiff's attorneys say is linked to the growth of female breast tissue in boys. The plaintiff's attorneys say the companies used an organized scheme to make billions of dollars while illegally marketing the drug called Risperdal. Johnson & Johnson says the jury's award "is grossly disproportionate with the initial compensatory award in this case."

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