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Hurricane Florence Strengthens As It Aims For Southeast Part Of U.S.

Hurricane Florence strengthened Sunday as it moved across the Atlantic toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast by the end of the week. The storm prompted warnings for residents up and down the coast, and red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters. Florence passed the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 mph. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could become a Category 4 hurrixane with winds of 130 mph or more by Tuesday. Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready,with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. ...Read more

Senator Cory Booker Violates Senate Rules By Releasing Confidential Documents On Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

In a move that broke Senate rules, Democratic Senator Cory Booker released confidential committee documents on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding racial profiling. The move was headed by New Jersey Senator Booker, as well as Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Dick Durbin of Illinois. Booker said he understood by releasing documents and emails that were deemed only available to Senate Judiciary Committee members — and not to the general public — could result in expulsion from the Senate. Booker said, “I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate…I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now.” Booker released 12 pages of emails from 2002 that Kavanaugh sent during his time as a staffer for President George W. Bush. With the email subject line “racial profiling,” Kavanaugh discussed whether “airport security and other law enforcement” should be working toward a “race-neutral” system after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the emails released by Booker’s office.  ...Read more

Kim Jong Un Reaffirms Commitment To Denuclearization As Koreas Set Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests.  He also reaffirmed his faith in President Donald Trump’s efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, according to South Korean officials and the North’s official media. Kim also reportedly expressed frustration with outside skepticism about his nuclear disarmament intentions and demanded that his “goodwill measures” be met in kind. A South Korean delegation returned from talks with Kim where they set up a summit for Sept. 18-20 in Pyongyang between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, their third meeting since April. ...Read more

Emirates Dubai-New York Flight Quarantined At JFK After Passengers Fall Ill

Health and safety officials are investigating an illness that struck people on an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning. Seven crew members and three passengers were taken to the hospital, Emirates Airline said.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around 100 people on the overnight Flight 203 had complained of illness with symptoms ranging from a cough to a fever. Ten people were taken off the plane for treatment at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, said Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said nine others were found to be sick but declined medical attention. The aircraft was carrying around 521 passengers. Phillips stated “the plane’s been quarantined and the CDC is on the scene.” Though it has not been determined what caused the illness, Phillips stated that possibly a “flu outbreak” in Mecca, Saudi Arabia might be to blame, saying “it appears some of the ill passengers came from Mecca before getting on in Dubai.” ...Read more

President Trump Slams Bob Woodward’s Book As ‘A Work Of Fiction’

President Trump on Wednesday continued to slam Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, that paints an unflattering picture of his presidency. “The book means nothing,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with Kuwaiti emir. “It’s a work of fiction.” Excepts of the book published by the Washington Post on Tuesday has Woodward quoting several current Trump administration officials — including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis — making disparaging comments about the president.  But Trump said both men disputed Woodward’s account, and were “insulted” by the remarks attributed to them. Kelly was in the room Wednesday as Trump spoke. The White House has issued several statements since the excerpts were published, including one from Kelly who said “the idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true.” In a statement in response to complaints from the White House staff and the president, Woodward was unwavering, however, saying “I stand by my reporting.”  The release date for Woodward’s 448-page book is September 11th. ...Read more

Former Senator Jon Kyl To Replace John McCain In The Senate

On Tuesday it was reported that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is set to appoint Former Senator Jon Kyl to the Senate seat left open by the late Sen. John McCain. Kyl is a former Republican senator for Arizona, serving three terms alongside McCain as one of the highest-ranked GOP lawmakers before retiring in 2013. He has agreed to serve until a special election can be held in 2020 but has indicated that he will not run to keep the seat at that time. Since retiring from politics, Kyl has worked as a lobbyist with Covington and Burling, representing financial service companies and pharmaceutical industries. McCain died last month after a yearlong bout with brain cancer. His widow, Cindy McCain, called Kyl a “dear friend” and expressed support for his appointment. Reports state that Kyl may be sworn into office as early as Tuesday night. ...Read more

Amazon Joins Apple As Second $1 Trillion Company

Amazon became the second company worth $1 trillion on Tuesday morning, hitting the milestone one month after Apple became the first company to do so. Early trading pushed Amazon past the $2,050.27 per share mark it needed to hit a $1 trillion valuation. Shares dipped slightly afterwards, but were still up about 1 percent on the day. Just this year so far, Amazon’s shares have surged by more than 70 percent in 2018. The company’s success has made CEO Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world by far, with a net worth of about $150 billion. In July, Amazon reported $52.9 billion in revenue during the second quarter, along with a record $2.5 billion in profit. Part of the reason for it’s success is said to be that Amazon has morphed into a powerhouse on several fronts, from entertainment to cloud services to advertising. ...Read more

Hurricane Warning Issued As Tropical Storm Gordon Aims For Gulf Coast

A weather system moving quickly toward the central U.S. Gulf Coast became a tropical storm Monday morning, bringing the threat of storm surges, strong winds and heavy rain to millions in the Southeast. Tropical Storm Gordon was about 15 miles west-southwest of Marco Island in Florida, as of Monday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 50 mph and the system is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. Gordon could be near hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the biggest impact is expected to be heavy rain. At 8 p.m. on Monday, Gordon’s top sustained winds had accelerated to 60 mph, was about 385 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was moving west-northwest at 17 mph. The weather service projected that it would turn north in the next couple of days and that it was likely to make landfall as a hurricane somewhere along the central Gulf Coast overnight Tuesday. ...Read more

One Body Recovered, 3 Still Missing After Colorado River Boat Crash

Arizona authorities say they have found the body of a woman who was among four people missing after two boats crashed on the Colorado River. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen says 51-year-old Christi Lewis was found Monday in a section of the river that borders California and Arizona. Authorities say a boat carrying 10 people and another vessel with six people on board collided head-on Saturday night, ejecting more than a dozen people. Both boats sank and passing boaters pulled people from the water. None of the people in the two boats were wearing life vests. The search is continuing for the three other missing people. ...Read more

NCAA Clears Michigan State Of Rules Violations In Larry Nassar Case

Michigan State announced Thursday that the NCAA has cleared them of any rules violations in relation to sexual abuse committed by former gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, and of allegations raised in a February ESPN report accusing the athletic department of mishandling sexual assault complaints made against football players and basketball assistant. In a news release, Michigan State said it recently had received a letter from Jonathan F. Duncan, NCAA vice president for enforcement, informing the school the NCAA was closing both inquiries. The NCAA opened its inquiry in January; two Michigan State officials have been charged with crimes in connection with their handling of prior complaints (including, most recently, the school’s former longtime gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages) and legal experts questioned whether mishandling allegations of sexual abuse fell under the jurisdiction of the NCAA, which traditionally polices athletic departments for competitive violations.  The ESPN report accused Michigan State officials of “a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression” relating to sexual assault claims involving the basketball and football teams. While the NCAA found no rules violations, Michigan State’s Title IX office, which handles allegations of gender discrimination and sex crimes on campus, has drawn criticism for its handling of several cases over the last few years — most notably a 2014 complaint by a Nassar accuser that ultimately exonerated him.  ...Read more