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Autumnal equinox, Hurricane Florence, Brett Kavanaugh accuser: 5 things to know this weekend

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Autumnal equinox, Hurricane Florence, Brett Kavanaugh accuser: 5 things to know this weekend

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Published 4:05 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2018 | Updated 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2018

GOP agrees to give Kavanaugh accuser more time on testimony

The contentious back-and-forth between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee heads into the weekend after Ford’s lawyers asked late Friday for an additional day to consider whether she will testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. An attorney for Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens, says Republicans have created “tremendous and unwarranted anxiety and stress” on her by giving a strict Friday deadline to respond to the terms of her testimony and threatening to call for a Monday vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, gave Ford the extension late Friday. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

Florence aftermath: Severe flooding to endanger the Carolinas

The devastating floodwaters that hit the Carolinas still pose a grave threat as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea. With the crisis moving to South Carolina, emergency managers have ordered thousands of people to leave their homes and get out of the way of the rising Lynches River. The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday, and shelters are open. Speaking in Las Vegas on Friday, President Donald Trump said South Carolina is in for a “tough one.” 

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It’s fall, y’all! Autumnal equinox signals summer’s end

Our summer is finally coming to an end — at least in the astronomical sense. Autumn arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 9:54 p.m. ET Saturday night when the sun appears directly above the equator, marking the autumnal equinox. (Below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s known as the vernal or spring equinox and marks the beginning of spring.) The word equinox comes from the Latin words “aequalis” and “nox,” meaning equal night. On the equinoxes, day and night are both roughly 12 hours long over most of the world.  While many say the autumnal equinox is the “official” start of fall, meteorologists and climatologists say summer ended Aug. 31, the final day of the three hottest months of the year (June, July and August).

Museum exhibit shines light on Muslim women’s dress codes

In the first major museum exhibition of its kind, San Francisco’s de Young Museum is mounting a show that explores the nature of Muslim women’s dress codes and fashion. “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” opens Saturday with about 80 ensembles by nearly 60 designers from around the world. The people behind the exhibit hope to spark a deeper understanding of Muslim women at a time when they are often targeted for their garment choices. Denmark recently banned face veils in public, saying the move was critical to ensure public safety. Austria, Belgium and France have similar laws.

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A new exhibition in San Francisco aims to show the diversity and creativity of modern fashion for Muslim women. The designs are vibrant, elegant and playful, ranging from high-end couture to sassy streetwear. (Sept. 21)
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Tour Championship: Can Tiger keep the momentum going?

Tiger Woods is once again in a good position to end a winless drought that has now reached five years. Woods shot a 2-under 68 in Friday’s second round at the Tour Championship for a share of the lead with Justin Rose heading into the weekend at the FedExCup Playoffs finale. Woods last held at least a share of the 36-hole lead in August 2015. With plenty of big names near the top of the leaderboard, Woods will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to clinch his first victory since August 2013 and the $10 million FedExCup prize. 

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Contributing: Associated Press

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