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12 October 2018

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  • Reuters

    Devastated Mexico Beach will be back, but different: mayor

    Mexico Beach, the seafront Florida resort town shattered by Hurricane Michael, will be rebuilt “100 percent”, its mayor said on Friday. While it will be different, the mayor said he hopes to keep Mexico Beach’s law preventing buildings taller than four floors.

  • Rescuers find first body in town worst hit by hurricane Michael
    Reuters

    Rescuers find first body in town worst hit by hurricane Michael

    Searchers on Friday uncovered the first body in the rubble of the Florida town of Mexico Beach, which was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, as the toll from the historic storm rose to at least 18 and was expected to climb further. Rescue teams, hampered by power and telephone outages, used cadaver

  • Volunteer search teams born of prior disasters reactivated in Florida
    Reuters

    Volunteer search teams born of prior disasters reactivated in Florida

    By Friday, two days after Michael plowed into Florida’s Panhandle as one of the fiercest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. mainland, there was no official word on the number unaccounted for in beachfront communities affected by the storm. Loved ones reported the majority unaccounted for, while

  • Reuters

    Factbox: Over 940,000 U.S. customers without power after Michael

    More than 940,000 homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday after Hurricane Michael and its remnants moved from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored,

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  • Reuters

    Pennsylvania Republican candidate threatens to stomp on opponents face

    The Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania threatened to stomp on the face of his Democratic opponent in a social media video on Friday and then walked back his comments, saying he made a mistake in his choice of words. Republican Scott Wagner is trailing well behind incumbent Democrat Tom

  • Hurricane Michael's U.S. death toll rises to 16 as search goes on
    Reuters

    Hurricane Michael’s U.S. death toll rises to 16 as search goes on

    The U.S. death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 16 on Friday, law enforcement officials said, as rescue crews began searching hardest-hit communities in the Florida panhandle rendered nearly inaccessible by storm damage. Three additional deaths were reported in Marianna, in Jackson County, Florida

  • Texas desert tent city for immigrant children balloons in size
    Reuters

    Texas desert tent city for immigrant children balloons in size

    A tent city in the west Texas desert set up to hold immigrant children has expanded its capacity by nearly 10 times to 3,800 beds.

  • 'Praise God!': Parents of U.S. pastor rejoice at Turkey's release of son
    Reuters

    ‘Praise God!’: Parents of U.S. pastor rejoice at Turkey’s release of son

    A court in the western Turkish town of Aliaga on Friday sentenced Andrew Brunson, who had been charged with links to Kurdish militants and supporters of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, to more than three years in prison but said he would not serve any further time because he had already been detained since

  • New Jersey sports betting activity nearly doubles in September
    Reuters

    New Jersey sports betting activity nearly doubles in September

    On-site sports wagers placed at casinos and racetracks rose by $5.1 million to $79 million in the month of September, a 7 percent increase, data from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement showed. Everyone from casinos and professional sports leagues to media companies and technology providers

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  • Reuters

    Over 1 million U.S. customers without power after Michael

    More than 1 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday after Hurricane Michael and its remnants moved from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored

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  • U.S. archbishop criticized over sex abuse resigns with papal praise
    Reuters

    U.S. archbishop criticized over sex abuse resigns with papal praise

    The archbishop of Washington D.C. stepped down over the handling of sex abuse cases but received fulsome praise from the pope, drawing criticism from campaigners who said it showed the Catholic Church cared more for its leaders than abuse victims. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, a loyal ally of Pope Francis,

  • 'Old Florida' town known for healing springs faces recovery task
    Reuters

    ‘Old Florida’ town known for healing springs faces recovery task

    Panacea, on the Florida Panhandle, takes its cure-all name from the area’s natural springs. The tiny beachside town known for its oysters and crabs will need some of that mystique as it recovers from Hurricane Michael. Jasmine McMillan, 42, went back to her family-owned holiday campground in Ochlockonee

  • Reuters

    Pentagon investigating cyber breach of some travel records

    The Pentagon is investigating a cyber breach of some of its travel records that led to personal information being exposed, the military said on Friday. Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, said there had been a breach of some “personally identifiable information” when a

  • Reuters

    U.S. Mega Millions jackpot reaches $548 million, its third largest

    The U.S. Mega Millions lottery, after an 11-week spell without a winner, has amassed its third-largest jackpot ever, $548 million, which will be up for grabs in Friday night’s drawing. Since an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot on July 24, there

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  • Harvard bias trial to spotlight use of race in college admissions
    Reuters

    Harvard bias trial to spotlight use of race in college admissions

    A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The lawsuit, backed by the Trump administration, could eventually reach the Supreme

  • U.S. intelligence watchdog says it will encourage whistleblowers to come forward
    Reuters

    U.S. intelligence watchdog says it will encourage whistleblowers to come forward

    “It’s really important we encourage whistleblowers to come forward and that they feel comfortable doing so and if there are allegations of reprisal then we take that very seriously,” Storch said in an interview with Reuters last week. The spy agency has experienced a series of embarrassing

  • Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers
    Reuters

    Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers

    Walmart denied any wrongdoing in the nine-year-old case, which was scheduled to go to trial later this year, in a filing in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday. In addition to the payout, the company said it would begin providing seating to its cashiers in California.

  • Regulator ties pipeline work to deadly Massachusetts gas explosion
    Reuters

    Regulator ties pipeline work to deadly Massachusetts gas explosion

    Overpressurized gas poured through Columbia Gas Co of Massachusetts’ distribution system, North Andover and Andover, flooding into homes and businesses.

  • Reuters

    Factbox: Over 1.5 million customers without power on U.S. East Coast after Michael

    More than 1.5 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday as Hurricane Michael and its remnants marched from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for the power to be restored

  • Regulator ties pipeline work to deadly Massachusetts gas explosion
    Reuters

    Regulator ties pipeline work to deadly Massachusetts gas explosion

    A NiSource Inc affiliate failed to require contract repair crews to relocate pressure sensors during natural-gas pipeline work, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday, resulting in overpressured lines that caused explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month

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  • Washington state's top court bans death penalty as biased, arbitrary
    Reuters

    Washington state’s top court bans death penalty as biased, arbitrary

    After the court decision, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee tweeted, “Equal justice is a hallmark of democracy and assuring equal justice is the state’s responsibility. Capital punishment has been on the decline in the United States for several years, but the Administration of Republican President

  • Pfizer settles New York probe into 'deceptive' copay coupons
    Reuters

    Pfizer settles New York probe into ‘deceptive’ copay coupons

    Pfizer Inc on Thursday settled charges by New York’s attorney general that it misled consumers in its drug copayment coupon program into thinking they would pay far less to fill prescriptions than they ended up having to shell out. Pfizer’s coupons said consumers would “PAY NO MORE THAN

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  • Hurricane Michael rips apart Florida towns, seven dead
    Reuters

    Hurricane Michael rips apart Florida towns, seven dead

    Michael smashed into Florida’s northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday with screeching 155 mile per hour (250 kilometer per hour) winds, pushing a wall of seawater inland. It was so scary you’d poo yourself,” said retiree Tom Garcia, 60, who was trapped inside his Mexico

  • Reuters

    Michael weakens to post-tropical low as moves offshore: NHC

    (Reuters) – Storm Michael has weakened to a post-tropical low as it moves away from the U.S. mainland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

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  • Reuters

    Supreme Court with Kavanaugh clears way for Tennessee execution

    Edmund Zagorski, 63, had been set to be executed on Thursday but a few hours before the Supreme Court’s decision Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted a 10-day reprieve to allow the case to wind itself through the courts and to consider the inmate’s request to be put to death by electrocution

  • 'I should have left' - Hurricane Michael terrified those who stayed
    Reuters

    ‘I should have left’ – Hurricane Michael terrified those who stayed

    Andrew Lamonica, 64, a retired power company worker and lifelong Panama City Beach resident, ignored orders to evacuate ahead of one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States and waited out the storm in his rented bungalow. In the first fatality related to Wednesday’s arrival of

  • Reuters

    Rescuers look for survivors after Michael obliterates Florida beach town

    Search-and-rescue workers scoured a stark scene of devastation on Thursday looking for hundreds of people who defied evacuation orders in Mexico Beach, Florida, “Ground Zero” of Hurricane Michael’s onslaught. Nearly entire blocks of small two-story beach homes were razed to their tile

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  • Reuters

    Michael brings dangerous winds, flooding in U.S. Mid-Atlantic: NHC

    (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Michael is bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over portions of North Carolina and Virginia before heading off into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

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  • Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers
    Reuters

    Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers

    Walmart denied any wrongdoing in the nine-year-old case, which was scheduled to go to trial later this year, in a filing in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday. In addition to the payout, the company said it would begin providing seating to its cashiers in California.

  • Limo company operator in New York crash pleads not guilty, faces threats
    Reuters

    Limo company operator in New York crash pleads not guilty, faces threats

    The operator of a limousine company that owned the vehicle involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York has received threats since pleading not guilty to criminally negligent homicide, his lawyer told local news media on Thursday. Nauman Hussain, 28, was charged with one felony count

  • Trump's lawyers preparing answers to questions in Russia probe: source
    Reuters

    Trump’s lawyers preparing answers to questions in Russia probe: source

    President Donald Trump’s lawyers are preparing answers to questions for the U.S. special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The development, first reported by CNN, appears to show progress after several

  • Georgia lawsuit is latest blow in U.S. fight over voting rights
    Reuters

    Georgia lawsuit is latest blow in U.S. fight over voting rights

    Kemp is the Republican nominee for governor in one of this year’s highest-profile state races, in which Democrat Stacey Abrams is seeking to become the state’s first black governor. The lawsuit brought by a coalition of state civil rights groups accused Kemp of attempting to depress minority

  • Reuters

    Kanye West’s meeting with Trump provokes scorn, sadness, support

    Rapper Kanye West’s televised meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office became the top trending topic on Twitter on Thursday, prompting a range of reaction from concern over the singer’s mental health, to jokes, memes and political commentary. Following is a sampling of reaction

  • Reuters

    U.S. oil firms restore operations in storm-tossed Gulf of Mexico

    Major oil producers and drillers, including Exxon Mobil Corp Chevron Corp and BP Plc , on Thursday began returning workers and restoring output at U.S. Gulf of Mexico facilities shut as Hurricane Michael blew through. The U.S. offshore safety regulator’s daily update showed that 40 percent of

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  • Washington state's top court bans death penalty as biased, arbitrary
    Reuters

    Washington state’s top court bans death penalty as biased, arbitrary

    After the court decision, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee tweeted, “Equal justice is a hallmark of democracy and assuring equal justice is the state’s responsibility. Capital punishment has been on the decline in the United States for several years, but the Administration of Republican President

  • Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal
    Reuters

    Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal

    Justice Brett Kavanaugh is unlikely to heed calls by critics to step aside from certain politically charged U.S. Supreme Court cases in which his fairness and independence might be questioned after a divisive confirmation fight, according to legal experts. Kavanaugh, Republican President Donald Trump

  • Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump
    Reuters

    Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

    The event was billed as a lunch at the White House to discuss prison reform, jobs for African-Americans and Chicago violence. Kanye later said his 10-minute speech was “from the soul, I just channeled it.” Trump lapped it all up. “That was quite something,” said Trump, who was joined

  • Reuters

    Ronald Reagan hologram greets visitors at ex-president’s library

    Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is making a comeback as a hologram at his official library in California. The 3-D image of Reagan began welcoming visitors at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday. One scene showed Reagan waving to crowds from a rail car he used in a 1984

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  • Reuters

    Near 850,000 customers without power in U.S. Southeast after Michael

    Almost 850,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast were without power on Thursday, according to local power companies, as the remnants of Hurricane Michael headed northeast over the Carolinas after battering the Florida Panhandle. Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S.

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  • Pfizer settles New York probe into 'deceptive' copay coupons
    Reuters

    Pfizer settles New York probe into ‘deceptive’ copay coupons

    Pfizer Inc on Thursday settled charges by New York’s attorney general that it misled consumers in its drug copayment coupon program into thinking they would pay far less to fill prescriptions than they ended up having to shell out. Pfizer’s coupons said consumers would “PAY NO MORE THAN

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  • Israeli military says examining F-35s after U.S. flaw finding
    Reuters

    Israeli military says examining F-35s after U.S. flaw finding

    Israel’s military said on Thursday it was testing its fleet of F-35 fighters after receiving findings from U.S. investigators that a different model of the plane had a fuel systems flaw. A Pentagon spokesperson said earlier Thursday that all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed

  • Reuters

    New York man charged with planning suicide bombing in Washington on Election Day

    Federal authorities were holding a New York man who they said planned to blow himself up on Washington’s National Mall on Election Day in November to promote his ideology that requires government leaders to be randomly selected. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was charged on Wednesday in U.S. District Court

  • Pentagon halts Lockheed Martin F-35 jet flights to examine fuel tubes
    Reuters

    Pentagon halts Lockheed Martin F-35 jet flights to examine fuel tubes

    All U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin Co have been grounded so that fuel tubes can be examined, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Thursday. The inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours, the Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement. A person

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  • Reuters

    Delta chief says canceled 100 flights so far due to hurricane

    (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc has canceled about 100 flights so far due to Hurricane Michael, the U.S. airline’s Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland, battered the Florida’

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  • Record-breaking Hurricane Michael batters Florida Panhandle
    Reuters

    Record-breaking Hurricane Michael batters Florida Panhandle

    Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in 80 years and the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland, battered the state’s Gulf coast with roof-shredding winds, raging surf and torrential rains before turning its diminishing fury on Georgia. Michael, whose rapid intensification

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  • Reuters

    Michael weakens to tropical storm over central Georgia: NHC

    Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in more than 80 years, has weakened into a tropical storm over central Georgia but damaging winds are still gusting inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. The tropical storm is located about 30 miles (45 km) south-southwest of Macon

  • Reuters

    Factbox: Hurricane Michael cuts power to over 403,000 in Florida, Georgia, Alabama

    (Reuters) – More than 403,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama were without power on Wednesday as Hurricane Michael battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to local power companies. Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century, was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane

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  • As 'monster' Michael storms in, no fear at the Lighthouse Motel
    Reuters

    As ‘monster’ Michael storms in, no fear at the Lighthouse Motel

    For Mary Grasberger, even the threat of the worst storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history could not persuade her to leave her pets and evacuate the Lighthouse Motel, her home in the beach town of Panacea for the last four years. “We have nowhere to go,” said Grasberger, 50, who lives

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  • Reuters

    Warm Gulf waters spawned Hurricane Michael’s intensity: scientists

    Michael was not the only tropical cyclone in recent years to undergo what scientists refer to as “rapid intensification,” defined as an acceleration of wind speeds of at least 35 mph (56 kph) in 24 hours or less. The phenomenon has become more serious as sea waters have warmed with climate

  • Hurricane Michael, among strongest in U.S. history, slams Florida Panhandle
    Reuters

    Hurricane Michael, among strongest in U.S. history, slams Florida Panhandle

    Hurricane Michael is the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century and the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland.

  • Reuters

    Hurricane Michael weakens to Category 1 storm: NHC

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century, was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday, adding it is expected to weaken further to a tropical storm by Thursday morning as it crosses the southeastern United

  • Reuters

    Hurricane Michael cuts power to over 162,000 in Florida, Georgia, Alabama

    More than 162,000 homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and Alabama were without power on Wednesday after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, according to local power companies. Hurricane Michael hit the northwest Florida coast as a strong Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of

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  • Limo company operator in New York crash charged with homicide
    Reuters

    Limo company operator in New York crash charged with homicide

    The operator of a limousine company that owned the vehicle involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York was charged on Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide, New York State Police said. Nauman Hussain, 28, was charged with one felony count related to the deadliest U.S. transportation

  • Colorado man pleads guilty to three murder counts in Walmart shooting
    Reuters

    Colorado man pleads guilty to three murder counts in Walmart shooting

    A man accused of fatally shooting three people inside a Denver-area Walmart pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple counts of murder in the deaths, under a deal that allows him to avoid execution, prosecutors said. Scott Allen Ostrem, 48, admitted in Adams County District Court to killing Pamela Marques

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  • Reuters

    Warm Gulf waters spawned Hurricane Michael’s intensity: scientists

    Michael was not the only tropical cyclone in recent years to undergo what scientists refer to as “rapid intensification,” defined as an acceleration of wind speeds of at least 35 mph (56 kph) in 24 hours or less. The phenomenon has become more serious as sea waters have warmed with climate

  • Reuters

    California man who sold stolen identities sentenced to prison in Russia probe

    Richard Pinedo, who pleaded guilty to one count of identity fraud in February, could serve half the sentence at home, U.S. Judge Dabney Friedrich said. The criminal charge against Pinedo was announced in February by Mueller’s office at the same time it announced an indictment against 13 Russians

  • U.S. trial begins for London forex traders accused of rigging prices
    Reuters

    U.S. trial begins for London forex traders accused of rigging prices

    A U.S. prosecutor on Wednesday urged jurors in Manhattan federal court to find three former London-based currency traders guilty of scheming to rig prices, kicking off the latest trial to emerge from a U.S. probe into the multitrillion-dollar foreign exchange market. Lawyers for Chris Ashton, Rohan

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  • New York City creates gender-neutral 'X' option for birth certificates
    Reuters

    New York City creates gender-neutral ‘X’ option for birth certificates

    People who were born in New York City and do not identify as male or female can now opt for a third gender category of X on their birth certificates.

  • Reuters

    Hurricane knocks out 42 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output

    Hurricane Michael on Wednesday cut 42 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico daily crude oil production and nearly a third of natural gas output, the largest reductions in a year, after companies evacuated staff and shut-in platforms as a precaution. Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as

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  • Reuters

    The most intense hurricanes to hit the United States

    Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as the worst storm ever to hit that region and the third most intense hurricane to ever slam into the continental United States, with its minimum pressure recorded at 919 millibars (mb) on Wednesday afternoon. Michael was a Category

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  • Trump appointees hold keys in Supreme Court immigration case
    Reuters

    Trump appointees hold keys in Supreme Court immigration case

    The nine justices on Wednesday heard the administration argue for sweeping government authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation after they complete sentences for criminal convictions, even years after leaving prison. The administration, which has taken a hard line toward immigration, has appealed

  • Reuters

    Michael intensifies, makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida: NHC

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Michael has intensified as it makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, bringing life-threatening storm surge, hurricane force winds and heavy rainfall over the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

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  • Reuters

    Hurricane Michael’s eyewall comes ashore in Florida Panhandle

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Michael’s eyewall, or the ring around its core, was coming ashore early on Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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  • Trump will probably travel to storm zone after Hurricane Michael
    Reuters

    Trump will probably travel to storm zone after Hurricane Michael

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will probably travel to the area hit by Hurricane Michael on Sunday or Monday, after the storm passes, he told reporters on Wednesday.

  • For Kavanaugh, a collegial start to Supreme Court career
    Reuters

    For Kavanaugh, a collegial start to Supreme Court career

    Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues. Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an

  • FBI chief says threats from drones to U.S. 'steadily escalating'
    Reuters

    FBI chief says threats from drones to U.S. ‘steadily escalating’

    FBI director Christopher Wray told a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday that the threat from drones “is steadily escalating” even as Congress gives agencies new tools to address threats. Wray made his comments days after President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that gives the Department

  • Reuters

    Michael shuts over a third of U.S. Gulf of Mexico natgas output

    U.S. energy firms reduced natural gas output from offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico by about 35 percent by early Wednesday as Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida coast, according to data from Refinitiv. Michael is a dangerous Category 4 storm expected to hit the Florida Panhandle later Wednesday

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  • Hurricane Michael chases Floridians to higher ground
    Reuters

    Hurricane Michael chases Floridians to higher ground

    Hurricane Michael howled closer to Florida’s Gulf shore on Tuesday as a major Category 3 storm, with half a million coastal residents strongly urged to seek higher ground on the eve of a landfall forecast to bring towering waves and roof-shredding winds. Michael is projected to plow into Florida

  • Reuters

    Michael strengthens into extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane: NHC

    (Reuters) – Michael has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and is expected to strengthen further before making landfall in the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

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  • Hurricane Michael gains strength as Floridians flee to higher ground
    Reuters

    Hurricane Michael gains strength as Floridians flee to higher ground

    Michael is projected to plow into Florida’s Panhandle at midday on Wednesday, unleashing potentially devastating waves as high as 13 feet (4 meters) that could rush inland for miles around the storm’s center, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned. By late Tuesday, Michael was causing major

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  • Reuters

    New Jersey gaming regulator mea culpa for FanDuel sports bet glitch

    New Jersey’s head gaming regulator on Tuesday took responsibility for a sports betting glitch that cost FanDuel Group $82,000 on a wager, saying that new internal company controls have been put in place to prevent similar future problems. In September, one extremely lucky New Jerseyan bet $110 on

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  • Missouri judge blocks parts of state's voter photo ID law
    Reuters

    Missouri judge blocks parts of state’s voter photo ID law

    “No compelling state interest is served by misleading local election authorities and voters into believing a photo ID card is a requirement for voting,” Cole County Senior Circuit Judge Richard Callahan wrote in his ruling. According to the ruling, state officials can no longer spread materials

  • Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections
    Reuters

    Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump launched an effort on Tuesday to increase ethanol use in the nation’s gasoline pool, delivering a long-sought political victory to the country’s Farm Belt and angering oil refiners ahead of November’s congressional elections. Trump

  • Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout
    Reuters

    Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout

    At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats’ attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court “a national embarrassment, a national disgrace,” without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh

  • Tourists abandon Florida Panhandle beaches as Hurricane Michael nears
    Reuters

    Tourists abandon Florida Panhandle beaches as Hurricane Michael nears

    The boardwalk in the resort town of Destin was nearly deserted on Tuesday, the shops and adjoining restaurants closed less than 24 hours before Hurricane Michael was set to slam into this stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast famous for its white beaches. Michael will make landfall on Wednesday, likely

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  • Acting EPA head liked 'racist' photo of Obamas: report
    Reuters

    Acting EPA head liked ‘racist’ photo of Obamas: report

    The acting head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency liked a controversial Facebook photo five years ago of then-President Barack Obama that a civil rights group called racist, the Huffington Post reported on Tuesday. Andrew Wheeler, a longtime Washington insider, has kept a low profile compared

  • Reuters

    Michael shuts nearly 40 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output

    Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael. Oil producers – including Anadarko Petroleum Corp , BHP Billiton , BP and Chevron Corp – have since Monday evacuated

  • Reuters

    Harvard Diving coach resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

    Heaton, who was hired to lead Harvard’s diving program in August, was placed on leave on Oct. 3. In an abbreviated statement on Tuesday, Harvard said that Heaton had resigned and that it had appointed an interim coach. In a class-action lawsuit filed on Sept. 30, Heaton was accused of soliciting

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  • Pop star Taylor Swift uses social media muscle to boost voter sign-ups
    Reuters

    Pop star Taylor Swift uses social media muscle to boost voter sign-ups

    The nonprofit site, which helps people register online, reported more than 250,000 new registrations since Swift posted a message on Instagram endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register. More than 60 percent of the registrations since Sunday were

  • Reuters

    Tourists abandon Florida Panhandle beaches as Hurricane Michael nears

    The boardwalk in the resort town of Destin was nearly deserted on Tuesday, the shops and adjoining restaurants closed less than 24 hours before Hurricane Michael was set to slam into this stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast famous for its white beaches. Michael will make landfall on Wednesday, likely

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  • Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections
    Reuters

    Trump raises ethanol use in gasoline, appeases farmers ahead of elections

    U.S. President Donald Trump launched an effort on Tuesday to increase ethanol use in the nation’s gasoline pool, delivering a long-sought political victory to the nation’s Farm Belt and angering oil refiners ahead of November’s Congressional elections. Trump announced the lifting of a ban

  • Reuters

    Hurricane Michael to deal fresh blow to storm-ravaged Carolinas

    The storm will not hit the region with the same intensity as Florence, but its high winds and heavy rain have the potential to flood the same rivers that overflowed last month and rip apart structures that are still being rebuilt, officials said. On its current projected track, the storm is expected

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  • U.S. Agriculture's Perdue says farmer aid could be less than first estimated
    Reuters

    U.S. Agriculture’s Perdue says farmer aid could be less than first estimated

    “We will be recalculating along as we go,” Perdue said in a phone interview with Reuters, regarding the second tranche of the planned compensation, estimated at about $6 billion, which was first announced in July after U.S. and China imposed trade tariffs on each others imports. China has

  • Reuters

    Michael intensifies into Category 3 hurricane: NHC

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday, adding that heavy rainfall is expected along the northeastern Gulf Coast. Michael was located about 270 miles (435 km) south-southwest of Apalachicola

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  • Finger pointing begins in search for cause of New York limo crash
    Reuters

    Finger pointing begins in search for cause of New York limo crash

    Lawyers for the family of a limousine driver who died along with 19 others in an upstate New York accident and the owner of the vehicle are clashing over the cause of the deadliest U.S. transport accident in nearly a decade. New York State police said the driver, 53-year-old Scott Lisinicchia, did not

  • New Jersey Transit in crisis, needs strategic plan: audit
    Reuters

    New Jersey Transit in crisis, needs strategic plan: audit

    “This audit is what will allow us to begin rebuilding New Jersey Transit and restore faith in its operations,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Tuesday. The $1.3 million audit of NJ Transit, the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States with over 900,000 daily

  • Reuters

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    Former Trump aide Hicks joins Fox as communications chief

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    Trump applauds Kavanaugh confirmation – Twitter

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday applauded the Senate for approving his nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to a life-time term on the Supreme Court, writing on Twitter.

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    “This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. “We’re very honored that he was able to withstand this horrible, horrible attack by the Democrats.” Trump’s words echoed those of Ford who told the Senate Judiciary Committee

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    Sparks or harmony with Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court?

    It’s almost the opposite of the ordeal it took to get there.” Brett Kavanaugh will be counting on those strong traditions of collegiality after he was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday. Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings were rocked by university professor

  • Reuters

    McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

    U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Saturday that the political brawl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will help Republicans retain control of the Senate, calling it a “seminal event” leading into the November elections. “We’d

  • Reuters

    Women’s groups aim to use Kavanaugh rage to boost voter turnout

    As women rallied at the U.S. Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday, activist Linda Sarsour flew from Washington to Texas with her eyes on the next challenge: the Nov. 6 congressional elections. Sarsour, a leader of the Women’s March organization,

  • After fight that split U.S., Kavanaugh wins place on Supreme Court
    Reuters

    After fight that split U.S., Kavanaugh wins place on Supreme Court

    By a vote of 50-48, the deeply-divided Senate gave the lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, alcohol abuse and his angry response to the allegations that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on Nov. 6. Kavanaugh will help take the

  • Reuters

    Michael strengthens into hurricane: NHC

    Michael was located about 140 miles (220 kilometers) east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said. Michael was forecast to become a major hurricane by Tuesday and a hurricane watch was in effect from the Alabama-Florida

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  • Trump to announce pro-ethanol measure on Tuesday ahead of Iowa trip: sources
    Reuters

    Trump to announce pro-ethanol measure on Tuesday ahead of Iowa trip: sources

    U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the lifting of a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline on Tuesday in Washington DC ahead of a trip to Iowa the same day, according to two sources familiar with the planning of the event. Iowa is the largest U.S. producer

  • Reuters

    U.S. Marine colonel relieved of duties over drink driving in Australia

    The head of a contingent of United States Marines based in Australia’s northern city of Darwin was relieved of his command after police caught him drink driving on a night out, a corps spokesman said on Monday. About 1,587 U.S. Marines are stationed in the tropical city, strategically located on

  • Storm Michael strengthens in Caribbean, threatens U.S. Gulf coast
    Reuters

    Storm Michael strengthens in Caribbean, threatens U.S. Gulf coast

    The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) as it moved north on a path between Cozumel in southeastern Mexico and the western tip of Cuba, the

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