Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm, Puerto Rico braces for impacts

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm, Puerto Rico braces for impacts

Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean Wednesday, passing over the islands of Saint Martin and Barbuda with 185 mph winds as the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history which Florida’s governor warned was “stronger” than the last Category 5 storm to hit the U.S. The center of the storm was about 20 miles east of St. Thomas and 90 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane…

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Driver faces assault, DUI after plowing into party crowd

Driver faces assault, DUI after plowing into party crowd

Authorities say a woman accused of injuring a pregnant woman and eight other people by plowing into a crowd while trying to drive around a Labor Day block party in Philadelphia is being charged with aggravated assault and driving under the influence. Police said Tuesday that 22-year-old Monique McKnight faces nine counts of aggravated assault and other offenses. They say the woman told officers after crash that the brakes on her sport utility vehicle had…

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Texas math teacher, 52, accused of ‘sex in public park’ with her teen boy student

Texas math teacher, 52, accused of ‘sex in public park’ with her teen boy student

A San Antonio high school math teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion she had sexual relations for more than a year with her 17-year-old student — including once at a public park. Alberta Padilla, 52, an educator at Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in the North East Independent School District is accused of a relationship that allegedly began in June 2016 and lasted until Aug. 20, 2017, according to WCVB. Padilla allegedly admitted…

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Missing Michigan woman messaged family she was in a ‘dark room,’ mom says

Missing Michigan woman messaged family she was in a ‘dark room,’ mom says

The mother of a missing Michigan woman says her daughter messaged her that she was “in a dark room she thinks is a basement.” Jasmin Cheyenne Brickey, 20, was last seen near an intersection in Grand Rapids Sunday evening. Her mother, Barbara, posted repeatedly on Facebook asking for information about her daughter. “If it was your child you would be posting til your fingers bleed,” Barbara Brickey wrote at one point. Jasmin Brickey is described…

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Menendez corruption and bribery trial to begin: What to know

Menendez corruption and bribery trial to begin: What to know

As Congress heads back to Washington, D.C., to tackle more legislative issues, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., will face his own trial – in court. Menendez’s corruption trial is slated to begin Wednesday in Newark, N.J. He has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of fraud and bribery. It’s the first time in nine years that a sitting U.S. senator is facing a federal bribery charge. Read on for more information about the upcoming trial and…

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California family desperate for answers in truck driver’s disappearance

California family desperate for answers in truck driver’s disappearance

As was routine, Randy Cuddy left his home in the desert of California’s San Bernardino County on an August night three weeks ago to pick up his truck 40 miles away for an assignment. But Cuddy — a 60-year-old father and grandfather who was in regular contact with his family — never made it to the job. The longtime truck driver left his home in Apple Valley at 11 p.m. on Aug. 16 and was…

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Earthquake swarm continues to rattle southeastern Idaho

Earthquake swarm continues to rattle southeastern Idaho

More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the town of Soda Springs late last week, and experts say they could continue for another week or so. The 5.3 quake hit was the second in the series, and it hit about 6 p.m. Saturday. There were no reports of injuries or damage, though officials say 17,000 people reported feeling the 5.3 quake from as far away as Salt…

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Fear grips Florida that monster Hurricane Irma could be worse than Harvey

Fear grips Florida that monster Hurricane Irma could be worse than Harvey

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Caribbean on Tuesday — on a path that could send the Category 5 megastorm toward Florida — people up and down the state were starting to prepare for the worst. “If there is an evacuation order in your area, please follow it,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday. “We can rebuild your home but we cannot rebuild your life.” The hurricane packed maximum sustained winds of 185 mph late…

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Engineers 20 years ago warned of flooding risk

Engineers 20 years ago warned of flooding risk

A report released two decades ago on the Harris County reservoir system predicted with alarming accuracy the catastrophic flooding that would besiege the Houston area if changes weren’t made in the face of rapid development. The report released in 1996 by engineers with the Harris County Flood Control District said the Addicks and Barker reservoirs were adequate when built in the 1940s. But it noted that as entire neighborhoods sprouted over the years around the…

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Florida man pleads guilty to killing wife, 5 children

Florida man pleads guilty to killing wife, 5 children

A Florida man has been convicted of killing his wife and five children. The Naples Daily News reports that 41-year-old Mesac Damas pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday, which would have been the first day of jury selection. He faces a possible death sentence, which he has previously claimed to want, at a Sept. 29 hearing. Authorities say Damas cut the throats of his wife and children, ranging from 1 to…

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White nationalist Christopher Cantwell denied bond on felony charges in Charlottesville rally

White nationalist Christopher Cantwell denied bond on felony charges in Charlottesville rally

A judge on Thursday reportedly denied bond for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who was seen crying in a video apparently afraid of getting arrested in connection with the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. The 36-year-old from Keene, New Hampshire, appeared Thursday in court, where Albemarle County Judge William Barkley initially set bond at $25,000, WVIR reported. Prosecutors appealed, and after a separate hearing in the afternoon, another judge reversed the decision, according…

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Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights. The federal religious discrimination lawsuit was filed this week by D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, against the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. It seeks an unspecified amount of money. The law center tracks extremist organizations, and it publicly names organizations it considers hate groups. The list includes the Christian…

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Remains of 3 Marines killed in plane crash off Australia discovered

Remains of 3 Marines killed in plane crash off Australia discovered

The remains of three Marines killed in a plane crash off the east coast of Australia earlier this month have been discovered, the U.S. Marine Corps announced Friday. The discovery follows a series of incidents that have “damaged” the reputation of the armed forces, one lawmaker said. Capt. Benjamin R. Cross, Cpl. Nathaniel F. Ordway and Lance Cpl. Ruben P. Velasco were killed when their MV-22 Osprey, an aircraft that is part helicopter, part plane,…

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Two charged with disappearance of pregnant North Dakota woman after newborn infant found

Two charged with disappearance of pregnant North Dakota woman after newborn infant found

Police on Thursday charged two people with conspiracy to commit kidnapping after discovering a newborn infant in the Fargo apartment building where a missing pregnant woman was last spotted. Investigators have not immediately determined if the baby is the child of Savanna Greywind, 22, who was last seen at her apartment on Saturday afternoon. Police will reportedly test to see if the baby is the woman’s child, according to Valley News Live. Chief David Todd…

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Walmart employee’s act of kindness toward ill elderly customer goes viral

Walmart employee’s act of kindness toward ill elderly customer goes viral

A Walmart employee in Georgia is receiving massive support online after a shopper snapped a photo of him on the ground helping an elderly woman who had fallen ill. Brittany McKee, who is a registered nurse, was shopping with her husband on Thursday and rushed to help the unidentified woman, who had passed out, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. McKee was met by an employee, identified as Jason, who sat next to the woman as she…

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