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Wilmington: A community cut off after 'terrifying' storm Wilmington: A community cut off after 'terrifying' storm
- September 18, 2018

On Sunday, Gov. Cooper told The Wall Street Journal , "Floodwaters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters". The tragic toll in North Carolina includes a toddler who died in Union County; Kaiden Lee-Welch, 1, was swept away from his mother, whose auto had been overcome by floodwaters. (more...)
Dagga officially legal for private use in SA Dagga officially legal for private use in SA
- September 18, 2018

The court went on to say that those using and growing cannabis in the privacy of their own home should be left in peace. ConCourt decriminalize use and possession of dagga in private use by adult. Judge Zondo also mentioned that the quality of cannabis would need to be taken into account when defining personal use. He said that a police officer would have to consider all the circumstances, including the quantity of cannabis found in an adult person's possession. (more...)
Hurricane Florence Victims (2018) Hurricane Florence Victims (2018)
- September 18, 2018

At least 18 people were killed in the storm. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has warned drivers to stay away, after flooding has blocked off roads and major highways. But while flash flooding is immediate and fast-moving, river flooding can be a slow-motion disaster, drawn out over several days. In North Carolina City, a city of 120,000 people, all roads in and out of the city are underwater. (more...)
Typhoon Mangkhut Hits Mainland China, Lashes Hong Kong, Dozens Dead in Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut Hits Mainland China, Lashes Hong Kong, Dozens Dead in Philippines
- September 18, 2018

Economic losses in Hong Kong and across China could reach $50 billion and $16 billion to $20 billion in the Philippines , said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., told Bloomberg . The China Meteorological Administration said the typhoon, dubbed "King of Storms", swept west to Guangxi province at 6 a.m. (2200 GMT on Sunday) and weakened to a "tropical storm". (more...)
Trump orders more Russia-related probe documents to be declassified
- September 18, 2018

The documents in question are specific pages of the June 2017 FISA warrant application related to onetime Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page , all FBI interview reports prepared in connection with all FISA warrant applications in connection with Page and all FBI reports of interviews with Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr prepared in connection with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. (more...)
Russian Federation blames Israel for loss of aircraft to Syrian fire Russian Federation blames Israel for loss of aircraft to Syrian fire
- September 18, 2018

A Russian military surveillance plane with 14 crew members has disappeared over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and CNN reported that Syrian antiaircraft forces may have shot it down. It also said it detected missile launches in the area from the French frigate Auvergne. A search and rescue operation is under way, co-ordinated through personnel located at the Hmeimim base, the ministry added. (more...)
Top Business Leaders Accompany Moon to N.Korea Top Business Leaders Accompany Moon to N.Korea
- September 18, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in travels to Pyongyang Tuesday with a delegation numbering almost 200, including leaders from some of the country's largest companies, for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . "The United States does not want President Moon to effectively sign away the end of the ( South Korea )-US alliance by agreeing to declare an end of the war without a concrete plan for North Korea's denuclearization", he said. (more...)
USA high court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify, lawyer says USA high court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify, lawyer says
- September 18, 2018

It's not clear how much Lisa Murkowski has talked to her brother, who stays out of the public eye. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". If the allegations were true, however, it would also mean that Kavanaugh has been lying for days about what actually happened during the night when he allegedly tried to rape Ford. (more...)
Trump moves to add more China tariffs Trump moves to add more China tariffs
- September 18, 2018

A Treasury spokesman did not immediately respond to a query on the status of the China talks invitation. The threat came as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been working to break a stalemate between the two countries in the hopes of ending the escalating trade war between the world's biggest economies. (more...)
Russian Federation loses contact with aircraft with 14 on board in Syria
- September 18, 2018

Missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday but were intercepted by air defences, Syrian state media said. CNN, citing an unnamed USA official, said the aircraft was shot down by Syrian antiaircraft artillery, and it appeared to have been inadvertent. The jet vanished from radar just hours after Russian Federation said there would be no assault against Syria's Idlib as the presidents of Russian Federation and Turkey agreed to ... (more...)
Man Who Helped Rescue Thai Boys Sues Elon Musk Over "Pedophile" Comments
- September 18, 2018

The lawsuit seeks $75,000 (€64,000) in compensation and an injunction against Musk to stop further allegations. He eventually tweeted the defamatory comments after Unsworth, an expert in Thailand's underground passageways, labeled Musk's mini-sub effort a " PR stunt " and for the eccentric billionaire to "stick his submarine where it hurts". (more...)
Calls grow to delay Kavanaugh vote amid sex assault allegations Calls grow to delay Kavanaugh vote amid sex assault allegations
- September 18, 2018

The White House would not confirm whether Kavanaugh knew Ford. A Republican source tells CNN that the vote is still scheduled to occur. "This woman will be heard". The hearings are now over, and if there is real substance to this, it demands a response. Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford , in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process. (more...)
Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination
- September 18, 2018

In the letter , Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizens about the idea of not saying anything". (more...)
Turkey agree to 'demilitarised zone' along Idlib border: Putin Turkey agree to 'demilitarised zone' along Idlib border: Putin
- September 17, 2018

Russian Federation and Turkey have agreed a "demilitarized zone" between militants and government troops in Syria's Idlib, President Vladimir Putin said after hours-long talks with Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on solving the crisis. (more...)
Tropical Storm Florence death toll rises to 11 Tropical Storm Florence death toll rises to 11
- September 17, 2018

Fayetteville city officials, meanwhile, got help from the Nebraska Task Force One search and rescue team to evacuate 140 residents of an assisted-living facility to a safer location at a church. Major flooding conditions along the Dan River are likely, while the New River could see minor to moderate flooding. The Roanoke River is now forecast to crest about a foot above flood stage in Roanoke. (more...)
Former President Obama To Visit Pa., Campaign For Casey, Wolf Former President Obama To Visit Pa., Campaign For Casey, Wolf
- September 17, 2018

Former President Barack Obama says he has a simple message headed into the fall midterm elections: Vote. "When President Obama said that he has been to '57 States, ' very little mention in Fake News Media", Trump tweeted late Friday night. (more...)
Mueller Runs Manafort Over Coals With Details From Ukraine Lobbying Scheme Mueller Runs Manafort Over Coals With Details From Ukraine Lobbying Scheme
- September 17, 2018

The move allows him to avoid a second criminal trial and ends Manafort's more than year-long fight against investigators in the Russian Federation investigation. In addition Manafort, who once funded a lavish lifestyle in expensive homes and high-rise apartments by funneling millions of dollars through various offshore bank accounts must give it all up, down to his extravagant jackets, including one in Ostrich leather that he paid $15,000 for. (more...)
Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser reveals identity and details allegations Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser reveals identity and details allegations
- September 17, 2018

It's possible she hoped to derail Kavanaugh while remaining anonymous but then realized it might not work without going public. It's unfortunate that she did not feel emboldened to come forward earlier, but knowing what Hill went through, it's easy to understand why Ford did not want to become the target for Republicans, who have become even more partisan and vicious than they were when Hill surfaced and testified. (more...)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan joins call for second Brexit referendum London Mayor Sadiq Khan joins call for second Brexit referendum
- September 17, 2018

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29 and yet little is clear: There is, so far, no full exit agreement and some rebels in May's Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one. The Labour Mayor of London joined calls for a fresh poll despite warning such a move would lead to "even more cynicism" among voters in the weeks after the 2016 vote to leave the EU. (more...)
Kavanaugh Accuser's Attorney: She Can Testify and Provide Polygraph Results
- September 17, 2018

Katz said Ford stood by her story, and that now she had come forward, they expected serious opposition". Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation , saying in a statement: "I did not do this back in high school or at any time". A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who received the note in July and referred it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. (more...)
Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples
- September 17, 2018

Until investigators have a better idea where the needles are coming from, they recommend all strawberries be cut or disposed of. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for contaminating Queensland strawberries with sewing needles as the crisis spreads to South Australia and Tasmania. (more...)
Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward
- September 17, 2018

She alleged that Mr Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" at the time. Through the White House, Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals judge in Washington , said Sunday: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Mr Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and she was studying at a nearby high school. Her husband Russell Ford said that in therapy sessions, his wife recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned ... (more...)
U.S. Calls Urgent Security Council Meeting To Discuss North Korea Sanctions U.S. Calls Urgent Security Council Meeting To Discuss North Korea Sanctions
- September 17, 2018

The two sides were also expected to discuss a series of issues, such as withdrawing DMZ guard posts on a trial basis, carrying out a joint project to excavate Korean War remains in the buffer zone and disarming the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom. (more...)
Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward
- September 17, 2018

Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) expressed concerns that a letter outlining the allegation that Sen. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee that is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination . Shortly after the WaPo report went public, Democratic Senators called for the vote on Kavanaugh to be delayed. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley should treat this character assassination with the contempt it deserves and hold the committee vote this week, ... (more...)
No evidence MA gas blasts were intentional, investigator says No evidence MA gas blasts were intentional, investigator says
- September 17, 2018

Gas service will remain shut off while officials continue investigating what caused Thursday's explosions and fires, and crews inspect the gas lines and connections to homes. Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield likened the scene to "Armageddon". One house in Lawrence exploded, sending the chimney flying. Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed inside a auto in the town of Lawrence when a chimney fell on his vehicle from a house explosion, a spokeswoman with the Essex County District ... (more...)
U.S. confirms further Palestinian aid cut U.S. confirms further Palestinian aid cut
- September 17, 2018

Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in a tweet shortly after Fuld's death was announced. Chadi Abdel Aal was mortally wounded east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza strip, becoming one of the youngest victims in the almost six months of confrontations between Gazans and israeli soldiers. (more...)
White House to Replace FEMA's Brock Long Amid Hurricane Florence White House to Replace FEMA's Brock Long Amid Hurricane Florence
- September 17, 2018

At the beginning of his tenure at FEMA past year, Long started using a staff driver to get him back home to Hickory, North Carolina , according to Politico . Long said, however, that right now he is focused on the incoming hurricane. "All questions about any potential investigation by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the IG". (more...)
Kavanaugh accuser speaks to newspaper on record Kavanaugh accuser speaks to newspaper on record
- September 16, 2018

The New York Times reported Thursday that the letter was regarding "possible sexual misconduct" from when Kavanaugh was in high school. The newspaper notes they do not mention Kavanaugh by name but say she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys" school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington '. (more...)
Forecasters downgrade ‘risk to life’ threat of Storm Helene Forecasters downgrade ‘risk to life’ threat of Storm Helene
- September 16, 2018

The rain will be heavy too with strengthening southerly winds.Present indications are that, ex tropical storm "Helene" will push northwards over Ireland on Monday night. Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and large waves. In some Irish Sea coastal areas gusts to 55-65 miles per hour are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour in the most exposed places. (more...)
Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: Syria state media Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: Syria state media
- September 16, 2018

A UK-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the missiles hit a weapons depot outside the airport. Syrian government anti-aircraft defense systems were activated, with a number of anti-aircraft missiles launched in response to the attack, according to SANA . (more...)

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