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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

Rookie QB Sam Darnold Will Start For NY Jets In Week 1 Vs. Detroit Lions

Rookie Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit next Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold will also make history by becoming the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 in the NFL. Darnold, who the Jets traded up to take with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, beat out veteran Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to win the job. Bridgewater was traded to the Saints last week. Darnold went 29 of 45 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in the preseason.  ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Name Nathan Peterman Starting Quarterback Over Rookie Josh Allen

The Buffalo Bills named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterman has been one of the better preseason quarterbacks; he had a 80.5 completion percentage and averaged 10.5 yards per attempt. The decision to name Peterman the starter was expected after he completed 33 of 41 passes this preseason for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Peterman will be the Bills’ 11th season-opening starting quarterback since 1997, their first season without Jim Kelly. Peterman, 24, was a fifth-round pick of the Bills in the 2017 draft. He began his college career at Tennessee before transferring to Pittsburgh for his final two seasons. ...Read more

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Tops Labor Day Weekend Box Office

“Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t showing signs of slowing down at the box office in its third weekend in theaters. The romantic comedy has topped the domestic charts again, with Warner Bros. estimating that the film added an additional $22.2 million this weekend, down only 10 percent from last weekend. To date, the film has grossed nearly $111 million from North American theaters. “Crazy Rich Asians” may have one of the biggest Labor Day weekends ever by the time final numbers are reported on Tuesday. The current four-day Labor Day record sits with 2007’s “Halloween” which opened with $30.6 million, and some are projecting that “Crazy Rich Asians” could hit $30 million. The movie easily won out over their competition at the box office, including the the Nazi war crime film “Operation Finale” and the sci-fi thriller “Kin.” Warner Bros.’ shark pic “The Meg” which took second place with an additional $10.5 million, bringing its global total to $462.8 million. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” in its fifth weekend, added $7 million for a third place finish. “Operation Finale” landed in fourth place with $6 million. ...Read more

Asia Argento’s Appearances On Episodes Of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ Pulled By CNN

CNN is pulling footage of actress Asia Argento from her late boyfriend’s travel show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, following allegations she sexually assaulted a former 17-year-old co-star. The outspoken #MeToo activist was dating Bourdain at the time of his suicide earlier this year, and had appeared in two episodes of the show in Rome and Southern Italy; she also directed another episode in Hong Kong. All three shows have been removed from CNN’s streaming service, CNN Go. “In light of the recent news reports about Asia Argento, CNN will discontinue airing past episodes of Parts Unknown that included her, until further notice,” a CNN spokesperson said on Saturday, September 1st. Argento has been accused of paying former child star Jimmy Bennett hundreds of thousands in hush money after he accused her of sexually assaulting him in a hotel room five years ago, when he was 17. CNN aired the remaining Parts Unknown episodes Bourdain had filmed following his death. The former chef was working on a show in Strasbourg, France when he passed away in June. ...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

President Trump Cancels Planned January 2019 Pay Increase For Civilian Federal Workers

President Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling a pay raise due to most civilian federal employees in January, citing budgetary reasons. In a letter to congressional leaders, the president wrote that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion. Those increases would come on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian employees. “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump wrote before announcing that for 2019, “both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero. Trump’s letter added: “these alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce.” ...Read more

Golden State Warriors’ Forward David West Announces Retirement

Golden State Warriors’ forward David West announced his retirement on Thursday. “I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA,” West wrote on Twitter. “After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience.” West was a two-time All-Star with New Orleans, where he played his first eight seasons. He joined the Pacers in 2011-12, but shocked many in 2015 by rejecting a $12.6 million option to stay in Indiana and instead signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Spurs. When he didn’t win a title with San Antonio, he joined the Warriors the following season. West won the championship with the Warriors in his 14th season, and again this year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a statement, “the consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.” ...Read more