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Category 5 Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico

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MIAMI — An even stronger Hurricane Maria is moving steadily toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is likely to still be a powerful category 5 storm when it arrives. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that category 5 Hurricane Maria’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph Tuesday evening. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane took the reading Tuesday evening as the storm was about 70 miles southeast of St. Croix. Maria is moving west-northwest at 10 mph, and is expected to pass near the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday. A hurricane warning was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and portions of the Dominican Republic. Hurricane center forecasters say it “now appears likely” that Maria will still be at category 5 intensity when it moves over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The center of the hurricane was forecast to move near or over the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing with it “life-threatening” flooding from rain and storm surge. LOAD COMMENTS () HIDE COMMENTS Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC. /* { init: true, // Load Disqus SDK -- set to false if SDK will be …

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Renewed Obamacare repeal effort dealt a blow, as governors come out in opposition

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The suddenly resurgent Republican effort to undo the Affordable Care Act was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when a bipartisan group of governors came out against a proposal gaining steam in the Senate. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), 10 governors urged against the plan Senate Republican leaders have embraced and are debating bringing to the floor for a vote by the end of the month. The governors who signed the bill are particularly notable, since some are from states represented by Republican senators who are we…

Trump gives a forceful first address to U.N. General Assembly

Los Angeles Times + 16 other

President Trump delivered a forceful inaugural speech to a packed United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a sprawling 42-minute address that ranged from warlike to flowery and that challenged some long-cherished U.S. foreign policy. With the cavernous hall packed so full that scores of people jammed in the aisles, Trump caused a stir when he mocked North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong Un, as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and threatened his “depraved regime.” “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to…

Baton Rouge man arrested for ‘brutal murders’ of two black people, police say

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Kenneth James Gleason is escorted by police to a waiting police car in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. (Gerald Herbert/AP) Authorities in Baton Rouge said Tuesday that they have arrested a white man in the fatal shooting of two black men in separate incidents last week. Police have described the shootings as potentially racially motivated. On Tuesday, while announcing the arrest and charges, officials also said that the suspect may be linked to a third shooting last week, as well — this one targeting a home with black residents. Two people were inside, but they were unharmed, Hillar C. Moore …

After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism

Voice of America + 3 other

Voice of America, After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the controversial verdict on Friday and was ready to find ways to move the city forward. "What we are seeing and feeling is not only about this case," Krewson told reporters. "What we have is a legacy of policies that have disproportionately impacted people along racial and economic lines," she added. "Th…

Relatives of Ship Collision Victims Hear Navy Describe Strain on Force

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Voice of America, Relatives of Ship Collision Victims Hear Navy Describe Strain on Force As grieving family members watched, top Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget constraints have strained the U.S. Navy, possibly contributing to two ship collisions that killed 17 sailors. The Navy's top officer said he couldn't yet draw a direct link between those problems and the ship crashes, and instead said commanders were ultimately responsible for ensuring their forces were combat ready and operating safely and effectively. "I am accountable for the safe and effective operations of our Navy, and we …

US Senate Panel Seeks Open Session with Trump Lawyer after Canceling Interview

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Voice of America, US Senate Panel Seeks Open Session with Trump Lawyer after Canceling Interview The U.S. Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday canceled a closed-doors interview with President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and called on him to appear before the panel in an open session, saying it was disappointed he released a statement despite a request that he refrain from public comment. "As a result, we declined to move forward with today's interview and will reschedule Mr. Cohen's appearance before the committee in open session at a date in the near future," the committee's leaders, Republican Senator Richard Burr, and Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the vice chairman, sai…

Former Trump Campaign Chief Was Subject to Secret Wiretap

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Voice of America, Former Trump Campaign Chief Was Subject to Secret Wiretap Investigators with the United States government wiretapped the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign under a secret court order issued prior to the 2016 election and then again after the election, according to a CNN report. Separately, The New York Times reported federal agents picked the locks on Paul Manafort’s house during a raid earlier this summer before telling him he would be indicted, though they did not specify the charges. Manafort served as Trump’s campaign manager for about two months in the summer of 2016, but he was forced to resign after reports surfaced about…

New York Today: New York Today: Hurricane Jose Approaches

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Updated, 6:11 a.m. Good morning on this stormy Tuesday. Hurricane Jose is approaching the East Coast. While the Category 1 hurricane is predicted to remain offshore, we are still expecting to feel its effects in the city. Today, watch for showers, wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, rip currents and possible coastal flooding. The hurricane could affect New York City for days, but the peak will likely be tonight, when the storm will be the closest to the city. While Hurricane Jose spared the Caribbean, which was ravaged this month by Hurricane Irma, it is being followed by Hurricane Maria, a…