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President Trump criticized for response to Puerto Rico devastation

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The Jones Act requires that all cargo shipped to Puerto Rico is carried on ships built entirely in the United States, owned by a US citizen, flying a USA flag, and staffed by a majority-American crew. The Trump administration has already been criticized for not acting as swiftly to help Puerto Rico, a US commonwealth, as it did Florida and Texas after devastating storms swept through those Republican-controlled states. Read More »

Steelers' ultimate distraction: the 'down and dirty' Ravens game

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Megan Lindsey and her guitar player got down on one knee after performing the national anthem. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, "Last week, we're past it. This is not an emotional reaction to recent events, rather an ethical decision that part of me regrets but my core knows is the right choice. The Ravens players said they were protesting President Trump's recent comments that National Football League owners should fire players who didn't stand during the anthem. Read More »

Maria downgraded to tropical storm

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The Outer Banks could see up to 2 inches of rain through Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center . NDBC station #41424 is a water-level (tsunami) station (no weather sensors), but it does have a webcam and Hurricane Maria is heading straight for it. Read More »

Weather Pattern South of Cuba Could Become a Tropical Storm

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NHC forecasters say that development of Invest 97L is possible when it moves near the Florida peninsula or the northwestern Bahamas on Friday or Saturday before upper-level winds become less favorable early next week. At this time, there is no threat of it entering the Gulf of Mexico. The remnants of Hurricane Maria and Lee, plus another low pressure system from Canada, are set to bring rain to the United Kingdom this weekend. Read More »

Japan Parliament dissolved, snap election expected

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On Monday, Abe had officially confirmed snap elections next month. Mr Abe said at the event that he hoped to welcome Premier Li to Japan this year and "spur the development of our relationship" with bilateral meetings, Nikkei reported. Yuriko Koike's new party to challenge Abe's ruling party. Founding the Party of Hope was a bold strategic move, meant to pave the way for a return to national politics. Read More »

Clinching top spot in AL the main goal this week

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But mostly those appearances have come against the Yankees, whom they might have to face next Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in the American League Wild Card Game, and that is never good news, in either of the Twin Cities, because in four division series against the Yanks over the past 14 years - the last in 2010 - New York's record against Minnesota is 12-2. Read More »

Hurricane Maria triggers storm warnings for NC coast

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Hatteras and Ocracoke islands lost about 10,000 visitors to evacuation orders earlier in the week, the Associated Press reported. The Dare County Department of Emergency Management made the announcement in a release on Monday morning, ahead of Hurricane Maria's offshore arrival. Read More »

Federal judge rules Black Lives Matter movement can't be sued

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Jackson also ruled that the officer couldn't sue a hashtag, which he apparently tried do by adding #BlackLivesMatter to the list of defendants, the Associated Press reported . Long killed three police officers and wounded three others in a shooting rampage near the Baton Rouge police headquarters before he was shot dead by authorities. Read More »

Local family of Puerto Rico residents wait, watch and worry

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Wilmer tells 2 On Your Side they're working with the National Guard to get these supplies down to Puerto Rico. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. "President Trump appears more concerned with helping his political allies, taunting professional athletes , and issuing new travel bans", Slate's Phillip Carter wrote on September 25. Read More »

Charities beg Burma for protection in delivering aid to Rohingya

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Key countries like the United States, EU member states, Australia, Canada, and regional states in Southeast Asia, should impose or re-impose their own bilateral sanctions on military commanders and military-owned enterprises, and expand existing arms embargoes to include all maintenance, assistance, training and cooperation with the Burmese army. Read More »

South Korea President calls for WARTIME CONTROL to fight Kim

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The latest North Korean threat to shoot down United States warplanes comes in the wake of a recent U.S. patrol that took its B1-B Lancer bombers and their accompanying F-15 fighter escorts over waters to the east of North Korea - the furthest north USA warplanes have flown for several months, albeit still outside Pyongyang's airspace. Read More »

Gov. Rauner signs bill expanding abortion coverage in IL

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The governor said he spoke to people on both sides of the issue and sought to find "common ground" between abortion rights supporters and those who want the procedure outlawed. State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said "words can not express my profound disappointment" with Rauner's decision. During the 2014 campaign, Rauner said he'd support expanding coverage for abortions. Read More »

ICE Arrests Nearly 500 Immigrants In Sanctuary Cities

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Arrests were also made in San Francisco and San Jose. Immigration agents arrested 63 people in Denver as part of a four-day operation that netted almost 500 arrests in cities federal officials say are "sanctuary" cities, despite Denver's claim it isn't a sanctuary city . Read More »

Fuel imports, distribution in Puerto Rico starts to unclog

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The Trump administration had said a waiver was not needed for Puerto Rico because there were enough US -flagged ships available to ferry goods to the island. Department of Energy said. Tom Bossert, Trump's adviser, says the USA government had the capacity to meet the island's needs after the storm hit on September 20. Read More »

Russia Rules Out Leakage of Soviet Chemical Weapons to Terrorists

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the elimination of the last batch of Russia's chemical stockpiles a historic event. "This is a huge step towards making the modern world more balanced and safe". 'This is truly a historic event, taking into account the huge amount we inherited from Soviet times that was enough - as experts believed - to destroy all living things many times over. Read More »

Paul Ryan on Tax Reform: We Have "Historic Chance At Prosperity"

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The president and GOP leaders said the tax plan aims to simplify the tax code and make cuts to tax rates for the middle class and corporations. "The president's newly unveiled tax plan shows the GOP is out of touch with working Americans", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said. Read More »

Kim, Kyle and Khloe Kardashian are All Pregnant

The 33-year-old younger sibling replies: 'You're either pregnant or a person is pregnant '. In the new video, Kim Kardashian-West is angered when she gets a news alert that Caitlyn wrote about her father, Robert Kardashian , in her 2016 memoir without telling Kim about it. Read More »

Seoul urges US to avoid 'further escalation' with North Korea

President Moon added it was inappropriate to discuss the deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea , the lawmakers said . To strengthen its standalone defense capability, Moon said the military should make all-out efforts to rapidly build a so-called "three-axis" defense platform, including the Kill Chain, the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation ( KMPR ). Read More »

Norway responds to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation request for Afghanistan troops

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The incident came on the same day that militants attacked Kabul airport while U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting the Afghan capital. Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the Taliban fired up to about six projectiles at and near the airport, hitting both the global and the military sector of the sprawling hub and also two civilian houses nearby. Read More »

Seoul to deploy more U.S. military assets

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A South Korean military with its own wartime operational control will be more fearsome to the North, President Moon Jae-in said Thursday, repeating his commitment to bolster the country's independent defense capabilities and assume command authority from the United States . Read More »

United States top court to hear major challenge to public-sector unions

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The groups included the Planned Parenthood Federation, the Alliance for Justice and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Thursday's event-titled the "Defending Freedom Luncheon"-is hosted by the conservative non-profit The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), which has received donations from the foundation of billionaire Charles Koch and several dark money organizations". Read More »

Seoul to deploy more United States military assets

Moon, elected in May this year, now believes that South Korea has to be more proactive in strengthening its army, in the wake of a series of missile and nuclear tests by the North. "The U.S. has pledged to expand the rotational deployment of its strategic assets near the Korean Peninsula", Chung told the political leaders after being asked if there was "any crack" in terms of trust between the security allies. Read More »

Gov. Scott to visit Puerto Rico donation center in Kissimmee

Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general, "as always, the Pennsylvania National Guard is proud to assist those in need, whenever and wherever we are called". "To every artist, I've said, 'Can you help out on this song?' And they said yes". The troops will be accompanied by 60 vehicles, including bulldozers and backhoes, as well as "lots of chain saws" to help clear roads on the devastated island, King said. Read More »

92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Kurdish leaders had committed "a strategic and historic mistake" by holding the referendum and gave them until Friday to hand over control of airports and borders in northern Iraq to the federal government. Read More »

Iraqi Kurds back independence with 93% of vote

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Official results show 92.73 per cent of voters backed statehood in Monday's non-binding referendum , which Iraq's central government has rejected as illegal. Bagheri's statement could mean Iran would allow Iraqi forces to be stationed on Iranian territory at the border with Kurdistan. "The entire global community should present a consistent, unhesitant, and clear stance on protecting Iraq's territorial integrity and political union at the current stage", said Ministry spokesman Hüseyin ... Read More »

Trump waives curbs on transports to Puerto Rico

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On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act , a federal law that limits shipping to United States ports by foreign vessels. The DHS also said Tuesday that officials thought waiving the Jones Act would be unnecessary. When it comes to Puerto Rico, there is a "sufficient capacity" of US ships, but limited port capacity to offload and transit needed goods, he said. Read More »

West Country Craig Overton

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Malan scored 65 and 61 against the West Indies, averaging 23.62 in his five Test outings. "I'm a little bit surprised, but the two Tests I played this summer, I thought I was going well before I broke my finger", he said. We know it's going to be hard work but hopefully if we perform as well as we can we'll give ourselves a good chance". Craig Overton playing for North Devon CC against Exmouth. Read More »

Twitter Hilariously Reacts To Rick Pitino Scandal, Firing

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Already on probation for a scandal involving strippers and escorts entertaining recruits and other players in dorm rooms - Pitino also said a year ago he was unaware of those actions - the Louisville basketball program could face severe penalties depending on the outcome of the current investigation. Read More »

Just 54 Percent Know Puerto Ricans Are US Citizens

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On Monday, U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez and seven other representatives asked Elaine Duke, acting head of Homeland Security, to waive the almost 100-year-old shipping law for a year to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria . Read More »

North Carolina latest to suffer in 2017 hurricane season

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Although it's not now predicted to make landfall along the coast, Maria is the third hurricane to affect the U.S. in the last month. The National Hurricane Center forecast cone that we show on WECT products is the official and best resource for storm intensity and track information. Read More »

France, Italy reach shipyard deal

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Fincantieri has also entered in merger talks with the Naval Group. "Our two groups have already successfully cooperated on the Horizon and FREMM frigates programs and we look forward to achieving together our European ambition while serving our worldwide development on a growing competitive naval defence market and continuing to support the Italian and French navies", Naval Group Chief executive officer Hervé Guillou and Fincantieri CEO Giuseppe Bono said in a joint statement. Read More »