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  • Numbers drawn for record $667-million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot

    The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69 with the Mega Ball of 9. The jackpot, which eclipses the previous high of $656 million, follows an 11-week winless streak for the top prize of the Mega Millions lottery. The Mega Millions jackpot has grown with each of the 23 semi-weekly drawings that failed to producer a top winner since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:47:33 -0400
  • Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 27, hundreds missing

    Rescue teams searched ravaged areas of Florida's Panhandle on Tuesday for hundreds of people reported missing nearly a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities in the region and killed at least 27. Matthew Marchetti, co-founder of Houston-based CrowdSource Rescue, which had hundreds of volunteers on the ground, said he expects the death toll to rise as phone service is restored and roads are cleared. "For every one person we have made contact with, there are probably three we haven't," Marchetti said.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:44:57 -0400
  • O'Rourke comes out swinging at 'Lyin Ted' Cruz in Texas debate

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    O'Rourke resurrected the nickname given Cruz by Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. "It’s why the president called him ‘Lyin’ Ted,’and why the nickname stuck.” Cruz took note of the more aggressive posture from O'Rourke, who had been hesitant to attack Cruz while portraying himself as a unifying figure who could bring Texans together, and made reference to O'Rourke's declining standing in the polls. "It's clear Congressman O'Rourke's pollsters have told him to come out on the attack," Cruz said.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:20:30 -0400
  • Nevada brothel owner, dubbed 'Trump from Pahrump,' dies: sheriff

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    Dennis Hof, 72, styled himself as America's best-known pimp, a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. "This really is the Trump movement," Hof said in a June interview at Moonlite BunnyRanch, his brothel near his home in Pahrump, Nevada. The Nye County Sheriff's Office said on its website that Hof had been found dead at one of his properties in Crystal, Nevada.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:23:04 -0400
  • Senior FBI official improperly accepted gifts from reporter: report

    An unnamed senior official at the FBI improperly accepted tickets to professional sporting events from a reporter and later misled investigators when confronted about it, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said on Tuesday. The FBI official, who resigned from the agency during the probe, initially told the inspector general's office under oath that the official had paid for the tickets, but later admitted that was not so. The reporter who gave the tickets to the FBI official is a television news correspondent who covers the Justice Department and the FBI, the report said.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:06:35 -0400
  • Heated U.S. congressional races on pace to break fundraising records

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    Candidates for the House of Representatives have collectively raised $1.2 billion from January 2017 through the end of September, more than the inflation-adjusted $1 billion record set at this point in the 2010 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission data. Senate candidates - who have six years to raise funds due to their longer terms - have raised more than $950 million, surpassing the $844 million raised during the same period ahead of the 2010 election. Democrats are aiming to pick up 23 seats in the House and two in the Senate in an effort to take control of Congress and block Republican President Donald Trump's agenda.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:03:29 -0400
  • Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 29, hundreds missing

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    The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 29 as crews scoured for hundreds reported missing in Florida.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:29:26 -0400
  • Minnesota accuses insulin makers of deceptive drug pricing

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    In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson took aim at the companies after the list price for some insulin products more than tripled since 2002. The lawsuit alleged that companies fraudulently set artificially high list price for their products while offering rebates to pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) in exchange for them covering the drug on behalf of health plans. PBMs negotiate drug prices for employers and health plans and typically demand hefty discounts off list price from drugmakers in exchange including the medicines on their preferred formularies.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:21:28 -0400
  • 'Treason' remark stirs hotly contested Senate race in Arizona

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    Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally accused her opponent in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Arizona, Democratic U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, of "being OK with treason" as the two faced off in their only debate. McSally has increasingly focused on Sinema's past as an antiwar protester and progressive activist to get an edge ahead of the Nov. 6 elections. Most recent opinion polls have shown the Democrat with a slight edge in the race for the seat held by retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a prominent Republican critic of President Donald Trump.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:56:20 -0400
  • Record $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs

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    The new jackpot, which eclipses the previous high of $656 million, follows an 11-week winless streak for the top prize of the Mega Millions lottery. The Mega Millions jackpot has grown with each of the 23 semi-weekly drawings that failed to producer a top winner since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot. The odds of hitting the jackpot by matching all six numbers correctly are an astronomical one in 302.6 million, but the odds of turning a Mega Millions ticket into a winner of any kind, including a $2 prize simply for matching the "Mega ball," are a more down-to-Earth one in 24.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:16:46 -0400
  • Special Report: The Trump trap - Republicans duck president in key House races

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    Lance’s campaign website, which outlines his positions on immigration, taxes and other hot issues, offers no statement of support for President Donald Trump. On his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Lance has offered no plaudits this year for the president. When he does reference Trump, he’s more likely to note their differences.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:06:55 -0400
  • Senate will not vote on new North America trade pact in 2018: McConnell

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    The U.S. Senate's top Republican said on Tuesday that senators will not vote to approve a revised North American trade pact in 2018, leaving the issue to the next Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg Television that the Senate will not have time to take up the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal before 2019.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:49:53 -0400
  • Ex-State Street executive gets prison in U.S. for defrauding clients

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    A former State Street Corp executive was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison after being convicted of taking part in a scheme to overcharge customers of the bank by applying secret commissions on billions of dollars' worth of trades. Ross McLellan, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin in Boston after a federal jury in June found the one-time State Street executive vice president guilty of charges including conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:38:15 -0400
  • Over 200,000 customers without power after Hurricane Michael

    More than 200,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast were still without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Michael swept up the East Coast from Florida to Virginia last week, according to local power companies. In total, over 3.2 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until power is restored, utilities said.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:43:46 -0400
  • Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans at trial

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    Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admissions. The case could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the newly cemented five-member conservative majority a chance to bar the use of affirmative action to help minority applicants get into college, legal experts say. In previous rulings on affirmative action, which aims to offset historic patterns of racial discrimination, the Supreme Court has allowed colleges to include race as one factor among others in assessing applicants.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:03:07 -0400
  • Hurricane strands many in Florida Panhandle's poor, rural backcountry

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    Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, and two buddies have been living out of a camping tent and broken-down minivan since his double-wide trailer home in rural Fountain, Florida, was torn apart by Hurricane Michael last week. On Monday, five days after the storm plowed into Florida's Gulf Coast, Sutton was standing over a heap of clothes, books, furniture and other belongings he had salvaged from the wreckage. With his wife having moved in with a sister for the time being, Sutton said he had no means of transportation even if he was willing to leave.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:46:21 -0400
  • Idaho wildlife official resigns over uproar about killing baboon family

    An Idaho wildlife official was forced to resign on Monday after photographs of him posing with a family of baboons and other wild creatures he killed in September during a hunting trip in Africa went viral online, igniting a firestorm of criticism. In a resignation letter to Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter, state Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer cited poor judgment in posting the images. Otter, who first appointed Fischer to the seven-member commission in 2014, said he asked for and received Fischer’s resignation on Monday.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:13:12 -0400
  • Trump surveys Michael's wrath, rescuers search for bodies

    U.S. President Donald Trump got a first-hand look on Monday at the “total devastation" that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida, as rescuers searched for scores of missing people and hundreds of thousands of residents remained without power. Trump and first lady Melania Trump passed out bottles of water at an aid center in Lynn Haven, a city of about 18,500 people near Panama City in northwestern Florida, after taking a helicopter flight from Eglin Air Force Base about 100 miles (160 km) to the west. "To see this personally is very tough - total devastation," said Trump, who later traveled to neighboring Georgia to see storm damage there.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 22:02:40 -0400
  • Real estate scion Robert Durst made his wife fear him: witness

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    Robert Durst, a real estate scion charged with murder who was profiled in the HBO television documentary "The Jinx," struck fear in his wife in the early 1980s before she disappeared, a witness testified in court on Monday in Los Angeles. Durst, a 75-year-old multimillionaire, was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder in the 2000 shooting death of his longtime friend and confidante Susan Berman. Durst was in court on Monday for the first day of what is expected to be a two-week preliminary hearing that is to determine if the prosecution has presented enough evidence to require him to stand trial in Berman's murder.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:07:44 -0400
  • Trump sees Michael's wrath, rescuers search for bodies

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    President Trump got a first-hand look at the “total devastation" that Hurricane Michael brought to Florida.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:56:48 -0400
  • Money flies across tarmac as business jet show kicks off

    On the eve of the world's largest business jet show, deals began in earnest as planemakers polished plans for supersonic jets and unveiled new luxury aircraft featuring high-speed WiFi and hot showers at 40,000 feet. After years of sluggish sales, potential buyers at the National Business Aviation Association annual corporate jet show are looking closely at new aircraft models with longer ranges and technology for smoother rides, while weighing the advantage of recent U.S. tax deductions. Among big announcements so far, Embraer SA launched two new mid-sized jets and Textron Inc agreed a deal to sell up to 325 Cessna planes to Berkshire Hathaway Inc's luxury plane unit NetJets.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:34:43 -0400
  • Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against Trump

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    A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed adult film actress Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump and ordered her to pay his attorney's fees, saying a tweet the president had written referring to her was protected by free-speech laws. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said they would appeal the decision. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:29:22 -0400
  • Senator Warren, mocked by Trump as 'Pocahontas,' says DNA test backs her ancestry

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    The Massachusetts lawmaker, known as a liberal firebrand in her party, said last month she would take a "hard look" at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020. "When I decided to run for Senate in 2012, I never thought that my family's Native American heritage would come under attack and my dead parents would be called liars," she said in a statement on Monday. Trump taunted Warren over the issue at a July rally in Montana.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:36:58 -0400
  • U.S. government, but not Trump, can be sued over climate: judge

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    The decision by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon, came before the case is scheduled to go to trial in federal court on Oct. 29. Twenty-one children and young adults, who were between 8 and 19 years of age when the lawsuit was filed in 2015 against the Obama administration, accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process rights by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment, but doing nothing about it. Aiken said the case revealed a delicate balance of power between the judicial and other government agencies.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:42:39 -0400
  • Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans at trial

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    Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admissions. The case could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the newly cemented five-member conservative majority a chance to bar the use of affirmative action to help minority applicants get into college, legal experts say. In previous rulings on affirmative action, which aims to offset historic patterns of racial discrimination, the Supreme Court has allowed colleges to include race as one factor among others in assessing applicants.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:30:21 -0400
  • Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled

    Matlin drew attention to emergency communication glitches with disabled people earlier in the week, when she tweeted on Tuesday about the Weather Company’s failure to include closed captioning in reports about the approaching storm. "Dear @weatherchannel I wanted to share this video for the thousands of Deaf and Hard Of Hearing residents in the path of #HurricaneMichael but unfortunately, it's NOT closed captioned.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:01:20 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Republican candidate threatens to stomp on opponents face

    Republican Scott Wagner is trailing well behind incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the polls ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the video posted on Wagner's campaign Facebook page was part of an acrimonious battle in one of most populous U.S. states. "Governor Wolf, let me tell you what, between now and Nov. 6, you’d better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes," Wagner said in the video.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:14:53 -0400
  • Most F-35 jets resume flights after engine inspections: Pentagon

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    More than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin Co-made F-35 fighter jets in the United States and around the world have cleared engine inspections and are now approved for flights, the Pentagon said on Monday. Last week, all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin were grounded so that fuel tubes could be examined. The Pentagon said it is working closely with United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney, the maker of the F-35's engine, to rapidly procure more parts to minimize the time it will take for remaining repairs.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:31:52 -0400
  • U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs companies over lead paint liability

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by three paint manufacturers challenging a California court ruling that held them liable for millions of dollars in damages relating to the use of lead paint decades ago. The justices left in place the lower court's 2017 ruling that endorsed a trial judge's finding that the companies had created a "public nuisance" by concealing dangers posed by lead paint, which can cause brain damage if ingested. Lead paint was banned by the U.S. government in 1978 for use in homes but remains a top cause of lead poisoning, especially for children.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:57:26 -0400
  • Hurricane Michael insured losses will cost as much as $10 billion - AIR Worldwide

    (Reuters) - Insured losses for wind and storm surge from Hurricane Michael will run between an estimated $6 billion and $10 billion, risk modeler AIR Worldwide said on Monday. The estimate does not include losses paid out by the National Flood Insurance Program, AIR Worldwide said. (Reporting by Suzanne Barlyn)

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:56:42 -0400
  • Factbox: Some 240,000 U.S. customers without power after Hurricane Michael

    Some 240,029 homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Monday in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages after hitting the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km per hour).

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:25:09 -0400
  • Los Angeles judge to weigh evidence against Robert Durst of 'The Jinx'

    Real estate scion Robert Durst, the enigmatic subject of the HBO television documentary "The Jinx," was due back in court on Monday for a hearing on whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bring their murder case against him to trial. The 75-year-old multimillionaire Durst was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder in the 2000 shooting death of his longtime friend and confidante, Susan Berman. The defendant, a grandson of New York real estate titan Joseph Durst, has pleaded not guilty.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:17:18 -0400
  • Affluent cities gained at expense of Trump's 'forgotten' America study

    The crisis and ensuing rebound saw a "reshuffling" of jobs, entrepreneurial energy, and human capital from worse-off areas towards those that have increasingly captured the benefits of growth, the Economic Innovation Group concluded after comparing demographic data for the 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 periods. The findings show "a big blindspot" in strong national data, including a 3.7 percent unemployment rate that is near a 50-year low, said John Lettieri, co-founder and president of the bipartisan Economic Innovation Group think tank. "The distribution of new jobs, new businesses, the distribution of the best human capital - it is a geographical concentration," Lettieri said.

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:11:45 -0400
  • Honduran migrant group grows, heading for United States

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    A growing group of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants headed for the United States moved toward the Guatemalan border on Sunday, witnesses and organizers said. The migrants, who included families of adults and children, and women carrying babies, began a march on Saturday from the violent northern city of San Pedro Sula, days after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central America to stop mass migration. The U.S. Embassy in Honduras said it was deeply worried about the group and that people were being given "false promises" of being able to enter the United States.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 21:50:21 -0400
  • More dead expected in destroyed Florida Panhandle towns after Michael

    Dozens of people remained missing on Sunday in Florida Panhandle communities reduced to ruins by Hurricane Michael as rescuers said they expected the death toll to rise and survivors grappled with power outages and shortages of food and water. Already at least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on the hurricane as rescue crews using cadaver dogs and heavy equipment searched through collapsed homes in small towns such as Mexico Beach and Panama City for more victims. "If we lose only one life, to me that's going to be a miracle," Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told local media.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 20:49:42 -0400
  • Hopes fade for more survivors of Hurricane Michael

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    The hunt for missing people in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael early Sunday is turning into a search for the dead, as hope of finding more people alive fades in the Florida Panhandle, U.S. officials said. "We're going into recovery mode, unfortunately," said Fire Chief Alex Baird of Panama City, one of the coastal Florida communities clobbered by the hurricane that made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, packing more than 140 mph winds and deadly storm surges. "At sunrise, we'll start again on our search," Baird said.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:00:40 -0400
  • Four shot dead at one-year-old's birthday party in Texas

    A 37-year-old man is suspected of shooting five men with a handgun early Saturday evening in the backyard of a home in the small town of Taft, north of Corpus Christi, said Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Police were searching on Sunday for the suspected gunman, Ronnie Rodriguez Sr., and have also arrested his son, Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., 20, in connection with the shooting, Brandley said.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:08:36 -0400
  • In Tennessee, a Democrat scrambles to turn out voters as polls show slide

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    Polls showed Bredesen, the state's 74-year-old former governor, in a surprisingly tight race with Republican U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn to replace retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker. The Oct. 6 confirmation of President Donald Trump's polarizing Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, injected new energy into Republicans, say Republican party leaders.

    Sun, 14 Oct 2018 06:12:29 -0400
  • Trump says family separations deter illegal immigration

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    Trump also claimed, without providing evidence, that immigrants were "grabbing children and they're using children to come in to our country in many cases." 

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:43:40 -0400
  • Crowbars, cadaver dogs in search for survivors, bodies after Florida hurricane

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    Search and rescue volunteers have located hundreds of people reported missing in the Southeast after Hurricane Michael tore through their Florida Panhandle.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 19:32:29 -0400
  • U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas output returning to normal post storm

    U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production is returning to near normal levels three days after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle, data from an offshore regulator showed on Saturday, with oil output off 19 percent and natural gas production down less than 10 percent. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) also said in an midday update that only one evacuated production platform was still unoccupied, down from 89 platforms on Wednesday. Michael entered the Gulf as a tropical storm and quickly spun into a major hurricane, producing rough seas and winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) when it made landfall near Panama City, Florida, on Wednesday.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:35:58 -0400
  • Honduran migrant group treks north as U.S. calls for tighter borders

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    Recent attempts at group crossings from Central America to the United States have tested U.S. President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" stance on illegal immigration, as people fleeing violence and poverty defy threats of deportation. "I believe we'll get to the United States. There's no work in Honduras, and you live in fear that they're going to kill you or your children," said Fanny Barahona, 35, an unemployed teacher who walked with her nine-year-old son and carried a two-year-old daughter.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:23:20 -0400
  • Florida wild cat sanctuary caught in hurricane's path

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    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Reuters) - "Saint" the mountain lion was pacing nervously in his pen and crying days before Hurricane Michael cut a path of destruction through the Bear Creek Feline Center, a refuge for 23 wild cats near Florida's Panama City. "They were very agitated," said Bertie Broaddus, who runs the center with her husband Jim Broaddus, as she inspected the damage from the powerful storm that killed at least 17 people and tore up Florida's Panhandle coastline. The endangered animals at the refuge -- rescued African servals, jaguarundi, bobcats, Siberian lynx, mountain lions and panthers -- were unharmed.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 11:23:29 -0400
  • Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled

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    Matlin drew attention to emergency communication glitches with disabled people earlier in the week, when she tweeted on Tuesday about the Weather Channel’s failure to include closed captioning in reports about the approaching storm. Thank you," Matlin wrote. The Weather Channel did not respond on Twitter and was not immediately available for comment.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 06:12:30 -0400
  • Bodies of 11 babies found hidden in former funeral home in Detroit: police

    Police are investigating after authorities found nine badly decomposed bodies inside a box and two inside a casket, all hidden in a false ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, Detroit police Lieutenant Brian Bowser told reporters.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 03:19:48 -0400
  • Pennsylvania Republican candidate threatens to stomp on opponent's 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 Wolf in the polls ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the video posted on Wagner's campaign Facebook page was part of an acrimonious battle in one of most populous U.S. states. "Governor Wolf, let me tell you what, between now and Nov. 6, you’d better put a catcher’s mask on your face because I’m going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes," Wolf said in the video.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 03:11:29 -0400
  • 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.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 02:05:44 -0400
  • Rescuers find first body in town worst hit by hurricane Michael

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    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 dogs, drones and heavy equipment to hunt for hundreds of people unaccounted for in devastated communities across the Florida Panhandle. "I've watched on television, thinking of what others have experienced, like in the Carolinas and Texas," Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey told reporters referring to earlier hurricanes.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:12:12 -0400
  • Volunteer search teams born of prior disasters reactivated in Florida

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    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 a smaller number found themselves stranded and sought help, group co-founder Matthew Marchetti said. Most of the search effort focused on Bay and Gulf counties, which took the brunt of the storm while Panama City and Mexico Beach, the towns nearest Michael's landfall accounted for the largest numbers reported missing, he added.

    Sat, 13 Oct 2018 00:01:44 -0400
  • 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, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour).

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:59:49 -0400
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