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Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that it’s “very hard … to imagine anything happened” between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who claims the judge attempted to rape her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s.

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Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, have been invited to testify Monday in a public hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

>> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupee: Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

“If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that’ll be very interesting, and we’ll have to make a decision,” Trump said Wednesday morning. “But I can only say this – he’s such an outstanding man, (it’s) very hard for me to imagine anything happened.”

Ford, a professor at California’s Palo Alto University, on Sunday told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the incident took place.

“I think he’s an extraordinary man, I think he’s a man of great intellect,” Trump said Wednesday. “This is a very tough thing for him and his family and we want to get it over with (and) at the same time, we want to give tremendous amounts of time (to the investigation).”

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote Thursday on Kavanaugh’s nomination, although it was unclear when the vote would take place, in light of the allegations.

“They’re hurting somebody’s life very badly,” Trump said.

>> Trump: FBI shouldn't investigate Kavanaugh allegation

Democrats have called for the FBI to investigate the incident, which became public last week, arguing that a broader investigation into the incident is needed. Ford’s attorneys said in a letter Tuesday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that an FBI investigation “should be the first step in addressing her allegations.”

>> Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

Trump on Wednesday reiterated comments he made Tuesday, telling reporters he believed the investigation should remain with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Let the senators do it,” Trump said. “They’re doing a very good job. They’ve given tremendous amounts of time. They’ve already postponed a major hearing.”

Republican senators said Wednesday that if Ford decides not to testify Monday, they’ll push for a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Vandals slash Christmas decorations put up for Ohio boy with inoperable cancer

An Ohio community put up Christmas decorations for a 2-year-old boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer because he probably won’t live to see the holidays.

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But vandals have been slashing some of the decorations, and the residents of Colerain Township are not happy about it, WLWT reported.

"They're gonna brag to the wrong person. Somebody's gonna tell somebody. They'll get caught,” neighbor Perry Mattan told the television station. “Might not be today, might not be tomorrow but, eventually, they're gonna slip up.”

Brody Allen made international headlines when he was diagnosed with embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes, a brain cancer that is so rare that only 300 other people have been diagnosed with the condition, WCPO reported. Doctors treated the boy’s four tumors for 98 days, but then a fifth tumor was detected. They finally told the family in August that they could not do anything more for him, the television station reported.

>> Ohio boy, 2, with inoperable cancer gets early Christmas

The Allen family decided to put up Christmas decorations so the boy could celebrate the holiday, and other community members followed suit. Colerain Township, a suburb of Cincinnati, is planning a Christmas parade for Brody on Sept. 23, WCPO reported.

Shayla Edwards, Brody’s 9-year-old next-door neighbor, had inflatable Christmas decorations slashed in her yard twice in the past week.

"It made me scared, but also mad, because they don't know who we're doing it for and, like, they should be ashamed of themself (sic) and they should stop doing it," Shayla told WLWT.

The leg of an inflatable Santa was cut, and an inflatable polar bear was cut under the arm, the television station reported.

Mattan was visiting the Allen family and heard about the vandalism.

"The lady next door said, 'Somebody stabbed my Santa.' So I went over there and said, 'Well, I can fix it,'" Mattan told WLWT.

"We done a real small part, but, to them, it's big because it directly affects Brody, because, when I was first working on it, he was sitting there and said, 'Fix ho ho?' and I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to try,'" Mattan told the television station.

Police in Colerain Township are investigating the incidents, WLWT reported.

Police searching for man they say groped 3 people around GSU campus

Georgia State University police are searching for a man they say groped three women around campus. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington is live on the Georgia State University Campus in downtown Atlanta where she spoke to students who learned about the assaults through a university alert. 

GSU police sent Washington surveillance photos of the man they believe is the suspect. It is unclear whether he is a student. 

We'll have a LIVE report from the GSU campus for Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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Atlanta Braves tickets for NLDS now on sale

The Atlanta Braves are fighting to win their division, but playoff tickets are officially on sale today. 

Fans can now purchase tickets for the National League Division Series, which begins Thursday Oct. 4. 

The Braves currently sit 5.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East and their magic number to clinch the division is seven. 

The Braves will host the Phillies for their final home series of the regular season starting Thursday. 

We're talking to fans excited for the team's first postseason appearance in 5 years on Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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Police searching for man they say groped 3 people around GSU campus

Georgia State University police are searching for a man they say groped three women around campus. 

Channel 2's Audrey Washington is live on the Georgia State University Campus in downtown Atlanta where she spoke to students who learned about the assaults through a university alert. 

GSU police sent Washington surveillance photos of the man they believe is the suspect. It is unclear whether he is a student. 

We'll have a LIVE report from the GSU campus for Channel 2 Action News at Noon.

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2nd teen arrested in shooting death of Georgia 17-year-old

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A second teen has been arrested in the shooting death of another teen in Georgia earlier this week.

News outlets report a 17-year-old male was arrested by members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force late Tuesday afternoon. The teen has been charged with Monday night's shooting death of 17-year-old Pedro Garcia in Macon.

Another 17-year-old male was arrested earlier Tuesday not far from where Garcia was found.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said Garcia may have been shot during an argument or robbery. Davis said the shooting was not part of a gang-on gang violence, but was more of someone trying to settle a score.

She's the mayor, a great-grandma, and now a gator hunter

When it comes to public safety, don’t mess with Nana. Especially when she is the mayor.

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Judy B. Cochran, a gun-totin’ grandma who recently was elected mayor of Livingston, Texas, killed a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator Monday with one shot at her ranch along the Trinity River in nearby Goodrich, KTRK reported.

Handlers caught what they termed a “nuisance alligator” on a hook, using a seasoned raccoon as bait, and told Cochran she could proceed with the kill, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"I said, 'Don't mess with Nana,'" Cochran told KTRK. "My grandchildren call me Nana."

The hunt took place in the same pond where her 5-year-old grandson, Simon Hughes, killed an alligator in 2009.

Cochran explained that the reptile that was dispatched Monday was suspected of killing one of her miniature horses on her ranch, which is why she set out to kill the alligator.

"We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago, as big as this gator was, he could've easily eaten it," Cochran told KTRK. "Typically the gators don't bother us, but we've been looking for (this one)."

Cochran had to wait until Sept. 10 to go after the alligator, when a 20-day hunting season began.

"There are a lot of requirements to kill a gator in Polk County," she told the Chronicle. "You have to have a permit and tags from a wildlife biologist, and you have to catch it on a hook first. We don't just go to the ranch and hunt a gator."

Cochran said the alligator’s head would be mounted in her office. The family will eat the meat, and the tide will be tanned to make some boots, Cochran told the Chronicle

“I became mayor in May, became a great-grandmother on Friday, killed the gator on Monday,” Cochran told KPRC.

What is her next adventure? 

“I'm going to see what I can get into next," Cochran told the television station, laughing.

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

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Estimated jackpot: $275 million

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Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:

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(one, two, five, seven, eight, ten, eleven, fifteen, seventeen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three)

Scooter rider left clinging to hood of car in alleged road rage incident

A Massachusetts woman who thought the scooter she was stuck driving behind should have been in the bike lane is now facing charges.

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The road rage incident happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in Everett. Video captured by a bystander shows one of the scooter riders on the hood of the woman's car after the driver hit the scooter. The scooter passenger held on to avoid getting injured, while a man who was also on the scooter is seen rolling over in the roadway, Boston25News reported. 

A witness to the incident, followed the driver of the car and called 911. Police said  they found the driver, Jakrah Pires, in Medford soon after it happened, Boston25News reported.

Pires, of Cambridge, was arrested and brought back to the Everett Police Department, where she was charged with four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and driving to endanger.

The two scooter riders suffered minor injuries, according to police.

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