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  • Hurricane Florence Will Slash the Carolinas Today in the Opening Act of a 3-Day, Coastal Disaster

    Hurricane Florence’s wrath begins today. The Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph late Thursday afternoon. And that’s just the prelude to untold days of misery. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane; categories only denote the speed of sustained winds. What makes this hurricane extremely dangerous are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland. “I don’t care if this goes down to a […]

  • FDA Announces Crackdown on E-Cig Manufacturers and Retailers to Curb Underage Use

    Concerned with an “epidemic” surge in teen use of e-cigarettes, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration announced today a “historic action” against more than 1,300 retailers and five major manufacturers for their roles in perpetuating youth access to the devices in the US. “I use the word epidemic with great care,” said FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous — and dangerous — trend among teens. The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use […]

  • Florence’s Quiet Potential Disaster: Hog Manure

    Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound—vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. Experts say the lagoons should be able to handle about 3 feet of rain, […]

  • Hurricane Florence Marches Toward the Carolinas as Residents Flee

    Hurricane Florence roared toward the Southeast as officials warned the more than 1 million people in its path to get out of the way or face its wrath. Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph, and is forecast to approach the coastline of the Carolinas by Friday, the National Weather Service said. When it reaches the coastline, it could sit around for days, unloading life-threatening storm surge, dangerous winds and flooding rain. “This storm is … […]

  • Hurricane Florence, Already a Monster, is Due to Strengthen as 1 Million People are Told to Flee the US East Coast

    Hurricane Florence has potential to cause “massive damage” to parts of the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States — and not just in the coastal areas where the storm aims to make landfall Thursday night, officials warned. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as one of the strongest hurricanes to churn toward the eastern seaboard in decades — a Category 4 storm that may approach Category 5 […]

  • President Trump Pays Sober Tribute to 9/11

    President Donald Trump paid sober tribute to victims of crashed Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. “This field is now a monument to American defiance,” Trump said in remarks near where the aircraft went down 17 years ago. “This memorial is now a message to the world: America will never, ever submit to tyranny.” It was a message of defiance in the face of terrorism, delivered by a New Yorker president who […]

  • Homecoming Queen Boots Game-Winning Extra Point

    Kaylee Foster deserves a game ball to go with her homecoming crown. Hours after being named the homecoming queen at Ocean Springs High School in Mississippi, Foster faced down pressure Friday by kicking the game-winning extra point in overtime. She treasures both moments, she said Saturday as she took a quick break from getting ready for the homecoming dance. “It is such an honor to be voted on by my classmates, but it was so fun to win the game […]

  • Trump Wants Sessions to Investigate New York Times Op-Ed

    President Donald Trump said Friday he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the senior administration official who penned an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times this week. Trump has railed in recent days about the publication of the anonymous op-ed, calling its author “gutless” and a “coward” while suggesting the op-ed could damage national security. Now, it appears Trump is taking this a step further and calling for a criminal investigation, though there […]

  • Iconic Actor Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

    Burt Reynolds, the mustachioed megastar who first strutted on screen more than half a century ago, died Thursday, according to his agent, Todd Eisner. He was 82. The Michigan native, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Boogie Nights,” suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said. An iconic Hollywood sex symbol in front of the camera, Reynolds also tried his directorial hand behind it, and later earned a reputation for […]

  • Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Seen as ‘Inevitable’ as Hearings Begin Tuesday

    When Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testified in 2009, confirmation seemed so certain that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham famously predicted she only had to avoid a “complete meltdown.” As Judge Brett Kavanaugh takes the witness chair on Tuesday, the sense of inevitability in these partisan times is even greater. Republicans control the Senate, they are tightly managing the vetting process, and Democrats no longer have an opportunity for a filibuster to block a final vote Yet the inevitability is strikingly paradoxical because […]

  • 10% of US Children Diagnosed with ADHD, Study Finds

    The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 years, according to a study released Friday. The rise was most pronounced in minority groups, suggesting that better access to health insurance and mental health treatment through the Affordable Care Act might have played some role in the increase. The rate of diagnosis during that time period doubled in girls, although it was still much lower […]

  • Cat-astrophe as New Zealand Village Plans Feline Ban

    Cat owners in a small New Zealand village have been given paws for thought after a local council pledged to carry out a ban on the animals. According to a “pest plan” put forward by Environment Southland, cat owners in Omaui, on the country’s South Island, will have to neuter, microchip and register their cats with local authorities. The proposal states that when the cat dies, owners will not be allowed to purchase a new one. “There’s cats getting into […]