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Residents begin returning to storm-battered Florida Keys

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Downgraded to a tropical storm that day, Irma had ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes before barrelling into the Florida Keys on Sunday and moving inland to wreak havoc across the third most populous USA state. Winds have snapped power lines and 72 percent of homes there are without electricity, officials say. FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe. Read More »

UN Security Council imposes severe sanctions on North Korea

China and Russian Federation both share the view that Kim Jong-un won't give up North Korea's nuclear weapons programme without security guarantees. The unanimously passed resolution will impose the latest in a string of sanctions. Merkel has spoken to leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea this week. Although only 37 percent overall fear an imminent outbreak of war, the rate is 42 percent among those in their 20s, who ... Read More »

Floridians return to storm-battered homes as Irma flooding spreads

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One to fifteen foot storm surges are expected along the west coast of Florida , from Marco Island to the Florida Keys . Irma was moving along the north coast of the islands early Saturday morning. High winds and rains are pounding South Florida . At 6:43 a.m. Saturday, Irma was located about 430 miles southeast of the mouth of Tampa Bay and about 340 miles southeast of Fort Myers. Read More »

Irma expected to weaken to tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon

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Off Florida's southern tip, authorities were stopping people to check documentation such as proof of residency or business ownership before allowing them back into the Upper Keys. At least two dozen people died in the storm there and reports suggested almost all buildings on some islands had been destroyed . Hurricane Jose's schizophrenic path might take it to Florida, but it's too early to tell. Read More »

Ahmedabad all set to welcome Shinzo Abe, tweets Modi

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The leaders will then participate in the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, where as many as 15 agreements will be signed, the Times of India reported. Japan was the only major country which conveyed its unequivocal support to India and Bhutan through diplomatic channels during the Doklam standoff. Read More »

Hurricane Irma batters Cuba after bringing devastation to the Caribbean

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Go up". The response has even prompted the Pasco Sheriff's Office to warn residents not to take up arms against a hurricane. Most of the outages are in Savannah, Ga., and the surrounding areas. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Antigua. However, they warned its maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour (110 kph), with higher gusts. Hurricane Irma has hit Florida with 200km/h winds, flooding the only road connecting the Florida Keys with the mainland and knocking out power to more ... Read More »

Georgia, Hurricane Irma's next potential victim, braces for monster storm

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State officials said a fifth shelter is opening Sunday in Greensboro to accommodate people and their pets coming to North Carolina and finding hotel rooms full. North Carolina is playing host to evacuees trying to escape the path of Hurricane Irma through Florida and Georgia. Those periods of intense wind and rain will continue throughout the evening and will start to taper off by early Tuesday morning. Read More »

Florida Keys devastated by Irma, says governor

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Most remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. Irma first hit the islands called the Florida Keys early Sunday, when the storm was at its greatest strength. -Three people died in Georgia: A 62-year-old man who was on his roof was killed in Worth County, which experienced wind gusts of 69 miles per hour, according to Kannetha Clem, a spokeswoman for the Worth County Sheriff's Office. Read More »

Gillibrand joins train of Dem 2020 hopefuls backing Medicare-for-all

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As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the "dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-funded health care". Well, they just happen to constitute four of the eight most likely 2020 Democratic presidential nominees, according to the handy list I put out Friday. Read More »

RIGHT NOW: Eye of Hurricane Irma moving toward eastern Pasco County

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Hurricane Irma weakened as it pummeled Florida - but the storm still packed a powerful punch, spawning torrential downpours, tornadoes and flash floods. Although the storm has long since departed the Keys, some of the islands are so devastated - mainly, Key Largo, which is blocking access to those Keys further west - that Florida authorities refuse to allow residents to reenter. Read More »

Millions Without Power As Irma Pounds Florida

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Scott has called up and sent out 7,000 National Guardsmen across the state, some of whom have been dispatched to the more than 400 shelters that have been set up. In one of the largest US evacuations, almost 7 million people in the Southeast were warned to seek shelter, including 6.4 million in Florida alone. Read More »

SC authorities confirm first Irma-related death

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Search and rescue teams in Florida are due to swing into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma. A auto covered by a downed tree is shown the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 11, 2017 in Marco Island, Florida. Read More »

US Virgin Islands struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma

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The Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean is on the way from the Mediterranean to help with reconstruction, and more than 50 British police officers have been sent to help keep order. "Just, 'Oh yeah, we went down there and did this and it's done.' Because the recovery process is not going to be done". British Prime Minister Teresa May announced a £32 million relief fund to support the humanitarian effort and said the United Kingdom was the first country to arrive on the scene. Read More »

UCLA Matches Berkeley as the Nation's Top Public University

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But two public institutions showed the most improvement, climbing at least a dozen spots from their ranking previous year. On the other hand, Georgia State University that has become a national model for succeeding with low-income and minority students, dropped by 30 spots in the rankings list. Read More »

Irma Leaves Widespread Devastation, Flooding In Florida

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As the storm progressed through Florida overnight, many trees were uprooted and severe damage was caused to homes. When Irma was still a hurricane over Florida, it weakened and lost its very defined "eye" - but forecasters are still tracking the tropical storm by calculating where it's center of circulation is located. Read More »

Hurricane Irma Downgraded To Tropical Storm Amid Severe Flooding

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Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm . Winds gusts will continue to increase and could become as high as 40mph. Irma crossed over the Florida Keys Sunday morning and was headed for the state's southwest coast with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles (215 kilometers) per hour, making it a unsafe Category 4 storm, the second worst on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Read More »

Floridians assess damages as weakening Hurricane Irma heads north

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The city's Memorial Park has turned into an unrecognizable lake. "The St. Johns River has not seen these flooding levels since 1846". "The community is going to get together and clean up and continue having a good life". He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where nearly everything wasn't overturned". Read More »

Hurricane Irma: What you need to know

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On Monday, Jacksonville on the state's north Atlantic Coast reported a surge of more than 5 feet of water, according to the National Weather Service . One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to make US landfall has left millions of people across Florida without power . The hurricane center is forecasting that storm surge could be the most dramatic in the Miami area and in Collier, Monroe and Lee counties, all of which could see surge higher than 9 feet above ground. Read More »

Told teammates positive things about Pakistan, says Imran Tahir

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However, other team sources claimed Monday that Aamir may skip the series in Lahore since he suffered a back strain while playing his last match for Essex. Sohail Khan, who had already joined the squad as cover, will replace Amir. With Mohammad Amir missing the opening match, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali will be Sarfraz's go-to bowlers. Read More »

Trump's deal with Democrats strengthens Ryan's grip as speaker

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When LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham asked DeSantis if he agreed with Bannon's assertion that the GOP Establishment is undercutting Trump personally, he said , "I think there's a lot of merit to it". Yarmuth said Trump was probably motivated to make the deal because of the recent narrative suggesting Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are controlling of the government because the president is "irrelevant" to the legislative process. Read More »

Hurricane Irma climbs Florida coast, unsafe storm surges feared

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It also spread misery into Georgia and SC as it moved inland with winds at 50 miles per hour, causing flooding and power outages. The massive storm , which had menaced Florida for days and triggered evacuation orders covering 5.6 million people, made two official landfalls on Sunday, reports The Washington Post . Read More »

US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

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However, with Nadal as the other opponent, there was no doubt the Spaniard could handle the challenge, and that he did. Against one of the greatest returners ever to walk the Earth, Anderson managed 10 aces, a commendable number but not enough to overcome the steep, uphill foe in question. Read More »

Irma's fearsome winds reach Florida shores

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But the storm's unpredictability made even evacuation challenging. Shelters opened. They filled. Meanwhile, as dusk fell Saturday in Havana, the churning waters moved inland from the city's popular seafront boulevard. Tom Durr, a 66-year-old retired physician who along with his wife, Lorraine, fled their house near a large bay on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday for a small farm they own in North Carolina, said he does not expect much to be left when they return. Read More »