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  • Trump to visit hurricane-stricken North Carolina, death toll at 33

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    Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, the National Weather Service said. The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:46:18 -0400
  • Lawsuit targets Massachusetts utility over deadly gas explosions

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    A resident of a Massachusetts city rocked by last week's deadly gas blasts that damaged dozens of homes sued utility operator NiSource Inc on Tuesday, accusing it of inadequately maintaining its distribution system. The proposed class action lawsuit targets NiSource and its subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which services Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, three communities northwest of Boston that staged large-scale evacuations following the Thursday afternoon blasts that killed one person and injured at least 25. The lawsuit in Essex County Superior Court is the first to be filed after Thursday's explosions.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:45:46 -0400
  • SeaWorld, ex-CEO settle SEC charges they hid 'Blackfish' impact

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    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and former Chief Executive James Atchison will pay more than $5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that they misled investors about the negative impact of the documentary "Blackfish" on the company. "Blackfish," released in July 2013, had depicted as cruel the captivity and exhibition of orcas, or killer whales, including by SeaWorld. The SEC on Tuesday said SeaWorld and Atchison downplayed the documentary's impact from Dec. 2013 to Aug. 2014, even as bad publicity began hurting attendance and SeaWorld's reputation.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:25:57 -0400
  • Trump administration to ease rule on methane leaks on public land

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    The Trump Administration is slated on Tuesday to roll back an Obama-era rule on emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on public lands in its latest step to ease energy industry regulations, environmental groups said. The Interior Department did not have an immediate comment on the rule but said it would have a press call at 4 p.m. EDT regarding final changes revising the venting and flaring rule. The rule is aimed at reducing leaks of natural gas, or methane, that occur through venting and flaring during oil and gas production on federal land.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:27:55 -0400
  • Uncertainty swirls around crucial hearing on Trump high court nominee

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    Senator Chuck Grassley said Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination in serious jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her. Trump told reporters he remains "totally supportive" of Kavanaugh, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day, though not with the president. Trump said Kavanaugh is "anxious" to testify.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:11:33 -0400
  • Trump says FBI should not probe allegations against top court pick

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    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the FBI should not investigate a California professor's allegations of sexual assault against Trump's pick for U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, adding that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly. Asked whether he would ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open its background check on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House, "I don't think the FBI really need to be involved because they don't want to be involved.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:12:13 -0400
  • U.S. judge will not force Georgia to use paper ballots despite concerns

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    U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling late on Monday that while it is important for citizens to know their ballots are properly counted, voters also must rely on a smooth process, especially in a fast-approaching election race. "Ultimately, any chaos or problems that arise in connection with a sudden rollout of a paper ballot system with accompanying scanning equipment may swamp the polls with work and voters – and result in voter frustration and disaffection from the voting process," Totenberg said in a 46-page decision. Democrat Stacey Abrams faces Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, who is responsible for the state's elections and is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:25:40 -0400
  • Kavanaugh claims give vulnerable Democrats in Senate cover to oppose him

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    Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 were locked in a dilemma. If they didn't vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation, they would have appeared to be out of step with voters at home and risked losing re-election. The allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman while in high school, however, now gives those endangered Democrats an escape hatch.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:41:03 -0400
  • Probe of FEMA chief referred to prosecutors: source

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    The person, who spoke anonymously because the investigation is not public, said Long never had authorization to use a government car to drive to his home in Hickory, North Carolina. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia accepted the referral and the prosecutors in the Justice Department’s public integrity section are also involved, the person added. The person said Long was also under investigation for improperly using motorcades during the drives to North Carolina and putting aides up in hotels.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:40:48 -0400
  • Hurricane Florence insured losses $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion: AIR Worldwide

    (Reuters) - Insured losses from winds and storm surge spurred by Hurricane Florence will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion, catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide said on Tuesday.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:37:36 -0400
  • Over 324,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. One person was killed when Florence spawned at least 16 tornadoes on Monday in Virginia, the National Weather Service said.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:09:56 -0400
  • U.N. refugee agency gives Trump's latest cuts a weary shrug

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    The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR declined to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump's cut in refugee resettlement places on Tuesday, saying it was up to the United States to decide on its policy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. would be capped at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 set for 2018. "Decisions on which refugees will be resettled and where they go are made solely by the governments of countries that, like the United States, admit refugees for resettlement," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva.

    Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:47:39 -0400
  • Millions of chickens drown in Florence floodwaters, manure pits damaged

    CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. food companies kept slaughter plants shut on Monday in southeastern states swamped by Hurricane Florence as catastrophic flooding killed nearly 2 million chickens, collapsed the walls of at least two hog manure pits, and made stretches of major roads impassable. Florence, which has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on North Carolina since Thursday, was interrupting supply lines around the state and into neighboring South Carolina. North Carolina is a top U.S. producer of poultry, hogs and tobacco.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:23:10 -0400
  • Over 400,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    Florence weakened to a post-tropical cyclone on Monday, continuing to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, has already restored more than 1.1 million of its roughly 1.4 million customers affected by the storm but said total power restoration could take weeks.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:33:29 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, complicating what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, next Monday.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:14:44 -0400
  • Most U.S. states lack reserves to weather next recession: S&P

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    While U.S. states' financial health has strengthened in 2018 compared with last year, fewer than half have enough financial reserves to weather the first year of a moderate recession, according to an S&P Global Ratings report on Monday. Only 20 states have the reserves needed to operate for the first year of an economic downturn without having to slash budgets or raise taxes, S&P said. "In their fight against recessions, budget reserves are what states send to the frontline," the report said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:42:33 -0400
  • Over 400,000 customers without power in Carolinas after Florence

    (Reuters) - More than 400,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were still without power on Monday after storm Florence hit over the weekend, power companies said. Florence weakened to a post-tropical cyclone on Monday, continuing to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, has already restored more than 1.1 million of its roughly 1.4 million customers affected by the storm but said total power restoration could take weeks.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:33:15 -0400
  • In Florence's wake, uncertainty haunts migrant workers

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    SPIVEY'S CORNER, N.C. (Reuters) - Francisco Javier Jaramillo and Victor Chavez should be picking sweet potatoes at a North Carolina farm and sending much-needed money to their families in Mexico. Instead, Hurricane Florence has forced the migrant workers to evacuate their farm and seek refuge at a school-turned-shelter near the tiny hamlet of Spivey’s Corner, where they sleep in school hallways, wait and worry.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:05:41 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

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    With Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House earlier on Monday and issued a fresh denial, calling the assault allegation "completely false." Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate, which must confirm Supreme Court appointments, looked for a way forward. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the committee would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, next Monday.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:48:09 -0400
  • U.S. to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019

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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:47:29 -0400
  • Kavanaugh, accuser will testify at U.S. Senate hearing next Monday: panel's chairman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault will testify next Monday at a public hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said in a statement.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:33:43 -0400
  • Chicago officer unjustified in killing black teen, prosecutor says

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    The white police officer who shot to death a black teen in 2014 fired 16 shots without justification, prosecutors told a Chicago jury on Monday, as the trial began in a decisive case for race relations and policing in the United States' third-largest city. "What he saw that night was a black boy with the audacity to ignore the police," special prosecutor Joseph McMahon said during his opening statement of the officer, Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke's defense lawyer, Daniel Herbert, portrayed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as a dangerous drug user who caused the officer to fear for his safety.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:32:12 -0400
  • Kavanaugh, accuser will be called to testify in Senate next Monday: New York Times

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed Senate Republican aide. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:27:14 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Catholic Church sued for names of priests in abuse report

    Pennsylvania's attorney general released a grand jury report in August that found that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference did not respond to a request for comment.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:22:06 -0400
  • Public hearing will be held on accusations against Kavanaugh: Senator tells reporters

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public hearing on accusations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman 36 years ago will be held, Republican Senator John Kennedy told reporters on Monday, according to multiple media reports. Both Kavanaugh, who denies the accusations, and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will have the opportunity to testify, Kennedy said, according to the reports. Kennedy is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling the nomination. He did not say when the hearing would be held. ...

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:15:14 -0400
  • Florence flooding limits road access to Duke nuclear plant

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    (Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp said on Monday that its Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina remained safely shut down despite limited road access to the site due to flooding from storm Florence. The remnants of Florence, which came ashore as a hurricane on Friday, are still dropping heavy amounts of rain on the already waterlogged Carolinas, with officials warning the worst is yet to come as swollen rivers pose a growing threat. Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green said there was road access to the Brunswick site but it was "limited access." She said there were about 300 people at the plant.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Florence's drenching rains kill 23 in the Carolinas

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    WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) - Deeper flooding loomed in the hours and days ahead from rivers in the Carolinas swollen by Tropical Depression Florence, which has killed 23 people, even if rain-weary residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday. The slow-moving storm, a hurricane when it hit the North Carolina coast, has dumped up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands. Residents of the Carolinas were starting to confront the storm's after-effects, including power outages, impassable roads, and sewage spilling into flooded areas, while the hurricane's remnants headed north.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • NHC says Florence becomes post-tropical cyclone

    (Reuters) - Florence is now a post-tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday, adding that system continues to produce heavy rain over parts of the Mid-Atlantic region. Some strengthening is forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday as Florence transitions into an extratropical cyclone, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. The system is located about 85 miles (125 km) west-southwest of Morgantown, West Virginia with maximum sustained winds of 25 miles per hour (35 km per hour), the NHC said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Second ash leak reported at retired Duke plant in Florence's wake

    One leak was reported from the shuttered plant on Saturday and a second occurred late on Sunday, said Reggie Cheatham, director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency Management, speaking on a conference call. Coal ash can contaminate water. Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:28 -0400
  • Trump says doesn't mind if Kavanaugh vote delayed to allow accuser to be heard

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    President Donald Trump said on Monday it was okay with him if the Senate confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is briefly delayed to allow a woman accusing him of sexual assault to be heard. "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay," Trump told reporters in the White House Roosevelt Room.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:53:04 -0400
  • UPS to hire 100,000 for holiday season, up 5 percent from last year

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    Package delivery companies and retailers have increased their seasonal hiring this year, to cater to the e-commerce sector that is expecting heavy shipping volumes, as shoppers spend more buoyed by a strong economy and labor market. Last week retailer Target Corp unveiled plans to hire about 120,000 seasonal workers for the holidays, up 20 percent from last year, while department store chain Macy's Inc said it would hire 23,500 temporary workers at its online fulfillment centers across the U.S., an increase of about 30 percent. UPS' smaller rival FedEx Corp is also hiring about 55,000 workers for the season, up about 10 percent compared with a year earlier.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:06:27 -0400
  • Senate judiciary chair says he's working to get to bottom of Kavanaugh allegations

    The chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he is working to get to the bottom of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that Kavanaugh's accuser should be able to present her case. "Anyone who comes forward as Dr. (Christine Blasey) Ford has deserves to be heard," Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:43:36 -0400
  • Schumer: FBI should reopen Kavanaugh background check - ABC

    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called the sexual misconduct allegation brought by a woman against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh extremely credible and said the FBI should reopen its background investigation on the judge. A planned vote on Kavanaugh's nomination should be put on hold while the FBI investigates the allegation against President Donald Trump's nominee for the nation's highest court, Schumer said.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:46:49 -0400
  • U.S. pushes back national wireless alert test to Oct. 3

    The test message was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)on Thursday but is being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because of response efforts to Tropical Depression Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement. FEMA, which will send the alert, said last week that the messages would bear the headline “Presidential Alert,” and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:40:13 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary Democrats seek delay of vote on Trump's top court nominee

    All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday called on the panel's Republican chairman to postpone Thursday's planned vote on U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a day after a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct went public with her allegations. The panel should decide on the appropriate next steps in a bipartisan way only after the Federal Bureau of Investigation has completed its review of the woman's accusations, the Democrats wrote in a letter to committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley.

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:03:36 -0400
  • Trump court pick Kavanaugh calls sexual misconduct accusation 'completely false'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, said on Monday that an accusation of sexual misconduct against him was "completely false" and that the incident "never happened."

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:25:02 -0400
  • Florence to become an extratropical cyclone by Tuesday: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical depression Florence is expected to weaken on Monday before re-intensifying as it transitions to an extratropical cyclone Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. The tropical depression continues to produce widespread heavy rains over parts of North Carolina and north-eastern South Carolina into western Virginia and flash flooding will continue over portions of the western mid-Atlantic region, it said. ...

    Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:32:08 -0400
  • North Carolina devastated as floodwaters rise from deadly storm Florence

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    WILMINGTON/WILSON, N.C. (Reuters) - Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point. Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern South Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:38:48 -0400
  • North Carolina's raging rivers from storm Florence test beefed-up defenses

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    Deadly storm Florence's historic rainfall is testing the best efforts by many North Carolina cities to bolster their defenses against flooding since Hurricane Matthew inundated the eastern part of the state two years ago. Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are equipped with inflatable boats used to pluck people from raging rivers and streams. More dams have been built on many of the rivers that snake through the state, and improved forecasting tools have made it easier to position rescue teams.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:29:35 -0400
  • North Carolina's raging rivers from storm Florence test beefed-up defenses

    Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are equipped with inflatable boats used to pluck people from raging rivers and streams. More dams have been built on many of the rivers that snake through the state, and improved forecasting tools have made it easier to position rescue teams. In the city of Lumberton, where the Lumber River overflowed its banks following Matthew, the city built a berm, an earthen wall along the riverbank to contain the rising current and prevent a repeat of the 2016 flooding.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:16:38 -0400
  • Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

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    In an interview with the Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford said that as a high school student in suburban Maryland decades earlier, a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing. Last week, Kavanaugh, Republican President Donald Trump's second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations. Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's Republican chairman, was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, given the revelation of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file." "The Chairman and Ranking Member routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made to nominees' background files," Foy said in a statement.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:09:55 -0400
  • North Carolina devastated as floodwaters rise from deadly storm Florence

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    WILSON/WILMINGTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the coastal city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to the bursting point. Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern South Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:35:12 -0400
  • Boeing 787 plant in South Carolina to reopen Sunday after storm-related closure

    Boeing Co's South Carolina plant, where it assembles 787 wide-body jetliners, was set to reopen operations on Sunday night following a lifting of evacuation orders for coastal areas threatened by deadly storm Florence, a Boeing spokesperson said on Sunday. Boeing had suspended operations at the North Charleston plant on Tuesday and flown several 787 Dreamliners from the South Carolina factory across the country to an airport near Boeing's wide-body plant in Everett, Washington, north of Seattle.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:29:41 -0400
  • Massachusetts residents cleared to return to areas hit by gas explosions

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    Natural gas leaks, believed to have been caused by over-pressurized lines, on Thursday triggered a series of explosions and fires in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, communities northwest of Boston. Local officials ordered residents of some 8,000 homes and businesses to evacuate and shut off electricity to prevent further fires. It was the largest natural gas pipeline accident, in terms of the number of buildings involved, in the United States since 2010, when an interstate line operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Co ruptured in San Bruno, California, destroying 38 buildings, damaging 70 more, and killing eight people.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 11:58:33 -0400
  • Texas police arrest Border Patrol agent for murdering four women

    Juan David Ortiz, a 35-year-old who has worked for the Border Patrol for a decade, was found hiding in a Laredo parking lot after a woman he allegedly abducted was able to escape and alert law enforcement, officials said. Ortiz was charged late on Saturday with four counts of murder, aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, Webb County, Texas District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said in a tweet. It was unclear if Ortiz had an attorney or if bond was set.

    Sun, 16 Sep 2018 09:31:06 -0400
  • Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas

    Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. "This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing.

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 23:37:19 -0400
  • Man dies after shark attack in Cape Cod: police

    The victim, who was identified only as a man in his 20s, died from injuries at Cape Cod Hospital after rescuers pulled him from the water and performed emergency first aid including CPR, the Wellfleet Police Department said in a statement. The local district attorney's office and the Massachusetts State Police were investigating. If confirmed as a shark attack, it would be the first death caused by a shark in Massachusetts since 1936, according to sharkattackdata.com, an online database.

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 18:57:44 -0400
  • Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead

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    Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. "This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. "This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event," said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 17:55:02 -0400
  • Factbox: More than 870,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

    (Reuters) - U.S. power companies said more than 870,000 homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were without power on Saturday after Florence hit the Southeast coast. Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, triggering dangerous flooding, toppling trees, cutting power to nearly a million homes and businesses while causing at least five deaths. In North Carolina alone, there were 777,937 power outages as of 1:20 p.m. ET, according to North Carolina's Department of Public Safety.

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:00:44 -0400
  • Florence seen testing North Carolina environmental codes on toxic hog waste

    The deluge could push industrial waste sites to the limit, Governor Roy Cooper said on Friday. "All of the infrastructure here is going to be tested," Cooper told a news conference. "We are deeply concerned about the inland flooding." Florence would not be the first test of North Carolina manure pits, or "lagoons." Sixteen lagoons flooded under the foot of rain that came with Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:56:54 -0400
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