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After a June lull in storms, be ready for hurricane season to heat up again

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- From the earliest outlooks of 2020, experts have warned of a busy hurricane season. But after starting with a bang, the Atlantic went quiet.

Things are changing with the disappearance of a hurricane-suppressing layer of Saharan dust and hot, dry air that put parts of the tropics to sleep.

This week saw three systems form that caught the attention of hurricane watchers.

What will the rest of July, and the remaining four months of hurricane season look like? Obviously nobody knows, but it's been a hectic start and we're still much closer to the start than the finish.

"We're only entering the second month of the six-month hurricane season," said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the Miami-based National Hurricane Center, "so we have a long way to go."

 

--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Deutsche Bank pays $150 million fine for failing to monitor Jeffrey Epstein accounts

NEW YORK -- Deutsche Bank was slapped with a $150 million penalty Tuesday for failing to monitor Jeffrey Epstein's accounts even though he faced widespread sex trafficking allegations.

The troubled German bank did not scrutinize hundreds of transactions totaling millions of dollars by Epstein between 2013 and 2018 despite clear warning signs they could be linked to crimes, New York state's Department of Financial Services said.

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