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Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face similar risks from severe storms

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Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S., tore part of the roof off a hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, and flooded the building’s lower level emergency room, sending staff scrambling to move patients as water poured in. At least nine hospitals and dozens of nursing homes had to transfer patients after losing access...Read more

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15-year-old girl killed in law enforcement shootout was likely unarmed, California attorney general says

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LOS ANGELES — Savannah Graziano, the 15-year-old girl killed in a shootout between her father and law enforcement Tuesday in Hesperia, was likely unarmed as she ran toward deputies, according to a preliminary investigation that has been turned over to the California attorney general’s office.

The initial findings have prompted the ...Read more

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Where are the most outages? Hurricane Ian left 2.6 million Floridians without power

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MIAMI — Millions of Floridians remain without power as Hurricane Ian exits the state. Many face days — maybe weeks — of power outages.

Hurricane Ian left 2.6 million homes and commercial buildings without electricity as of Thursday evening, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that compiles outage numbers. The website recorded 2.6 ...Read more

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'Trump is the man': Barrack touted friendship to UAE in 2016

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NEW YORK — In May 2016, as Donald Trump began racking up Republican primary victories, his friend Tom Barrack sent an email to an official in the United Arab Emirates.

“Trump is the man,” Barrack said, suggesting “HH” could pack his bags.

Federal prosecutors have alleged “HH” is “His Highness,” in this case, UAE ruler Sheikh ...Read more

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Queen of Denmark strips grandchildren of royal titles: 'The children feel excluded'

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has stripped four of her grandchildren of their royal titles.

Prince Joachim’s three sons will no longer be princes and his daughter will no longer be a princess, the royal household announced Wednesday. The kids will officially lose their titles on Jan. 1.

The monarch said the move was for the good of the ...Read more

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Key Largo is so flooded that crocs swim in streets -- and you can't even flush the toilet?

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KEY LARGO, Fla. — For years, American crocodiles have be seen lounging, mouths agape, on boat ramps in the Key Largo neighborhood of Stillwright Point.

On Thursday, Florida Bay storm surge from Hurricane Ian piled onto higher-than-average seasonal “king tides.” That caused almost three feet of standing water to spill into the streets, ...Read more

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Florida begins to assess devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — On the vacation island resorts of Sanibel and Captiva, rescuers flew in on helicopters because the roads from the mainland of Southwest Florida had collapsed into San Carlos Bay. To the south, Fort Myers Beach, once a lively town center of fish restaurants and bars, was reduced to a debris field of concrete blocks, shredded ...Read more

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'Absolute devastation': Hurricane Ian decimates Fort Myers Beach

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FORT MYERS BEACH — They thought second floors would be safe.

But Hurricane Ian was more brutal than some residents of Fort Myers Beach ever imagined.

Kevin Behen left his studio apartment and hunkered down in a corner room in a stout building by the foot of the bridge into town. The surge licked the second-floor deck. He sprinted upstairs ...Read more

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Terrifying moments inside Oakland school as gunmen fire more than 30 rounds, wound 6

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It was the final minutes of class for middle schoolers at the Bay Area Technology School in Oakland when the shots were heard.

Teachers and staff first thought the noise was firecrackers, said Seth Feldman, the school’s executive director. But it quickly became clear this was the latest in an epidemic of campus violence in the U.S.

Police ...Read more

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Ian's path of ruin: Sanibel bridge severed, Gulf Coast cities flooded, at least 12 dead

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — On the vacation island resorts of Sanibel and Captiva, rescuers flew in on helicopters because the roads from the mainland of Southwest Florida had collapsed into San Carlos Bay. To the south, Fort Myers Beach, once a lively town center of fish restaurants and bars, was reduced to a debris field of concrete blocks, shredded ...Read more

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A third of potential jurors in Marilyn Mosby's federal trial have made up mind on case, defense lawyers say

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BALTIMORE — About 30% of prospective jurors in Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s federal perjury and mortgage fraud case indicated in questionnaires they already have made up their minds about her case, Mosby’s lawyers said in a court filing Thursday.

Defense attorneys for Mosby, who is charged with two counts each of perjury ...Read more

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Lula outright Brazil win in sight, DataFolha poll shows

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Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to be on the cusp of securing the simple majority needed to win Sunday’s presidential vote outright, a new poll from DataFolha shows.

The front-runner has now 50% of valid votes in the first round, which excludes null and blank ballots, according to the survey published Thursday evening. A ...Read more

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Truman statue takes place in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON — In what could be their last joint appearance before the midterm elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined with other lawmakers on Thursday to unveil a new statue of Harry S. Truman.

While Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the ...Read more

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Most of Whidbey Island plane crash wreckage recovered

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SEATTLE — Most of a plane that crashed into Mutiny Bay over Labor Day weekend, killing 10 people, has been recovered, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

About 80% of the plane, including the engine, has been recovered and pulled to the surface using remotely operated vessels, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said Thursday. ...Read more

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New York attorney general seeks Trump trial by end of 2023

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New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a court filing she wants to go to trial in the state’s fraud lawsuit against Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization by the end of next year.

James filed a letter with a New York state judge Thursday saying she intends to seek an expedited conference to set the trial date.

Because the case �...Read more

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Ex-CSU chancellor failed to handle allegations against friend at Fresno State, probe finds

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A long-anticipated investigative report by California State University into sexual misconduct and workforce bullying accusations against a former top administrator at Fresno State faulted the former campus president who later became CSU chancellor with failing to aggressively address the matter, which allowed the alleged misconduct to continue. ...Read more

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Missouri bill would require more oversight of schools like Agape. Here's why it's unlikely to pass

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri bill that would mandate more state oversight on religious boarding schools, such as the Agape Boarding School, is unlikely to pass despite numerous calls from lawmakers to have the school shut down.

The bill, filed last week by state Rep. Sarah Unsicker, a Shrewsbury Democrat, would require all residential care ...Read more

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Truman statue takes place in Capitol Rotunda

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WASHINGTON — In what could be their last joint appearance before the midterm elections, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined with other lawmakers on Thursday to unveil a new statue of Harry S. Truman.

While Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the leaders of the Missouri delegation largely stuck ...Read more

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Kamala Harris under a microscope: Deft Asia diplomacy despite DMZ gaffe

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WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris’s whirlwind tour of Japan and South Korea this week amounts to a microcosm for the state of her vice presidency: an ambitious, historic and increasingly confident effort still beset by the occasional high-profile gaffe.

In Japan, Harris stood alongside other world leaders at the state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the ...Read more

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'Absolute devastation': Hurricane Ian decimates Fort Myers Beach

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — They thought second floors would be safe.

But Hurricane Ian was more brutal than some residents of Fort Myers Beach ever imagined.

Kevin Behen left his studio apartment and hunkered down in a corner room in a stout building by the foot of the bridge into town. The surge licked the second-floor deck. He sprinted ...Read more