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A look at flooding before and after Florence


Duke Energy issued a high-level emergency alert after floodwaters from the Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike and inundated a large lake at a closed power plant near Wilmington, North Carolina. The storm continues to severely hamper travel. "This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory". Read More »

Archaeologists may have found Captain Cook's Endeavour


The state of Rhode Island is presently the Endeavour site's owner (whichever wreck site it might be), but if found and raised, artifacts from the vessel could be the subject of an worldwide custody battle between claimants. This year is the 250th anniversary of Cook's departure from England in the Endeavour . "It is exciting. We are closing in". Australian media has already suggested the vessel could be excavated in time for 2020, the 250th anniversary of Cook becoming the first ... Read More »

Vietnamese President Quang Dies of Illness


Two weeks later, Quang was reportedly visibly unwell and stumbled during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo on September 11. Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by four "pillars": its president, prime minister, the chief of its Communist Party and the national assembly chair. Read More »

3D-printed gunmaker accused of paying for underage sex goes missing


Wilson, whose last known location was Taipei, Taiwan, missed a return flight to the USA, and police are "working with national and worldwide law enforcement partners to locate him and bring him to justice", Officer said . The Federal government demanded he take the plans down. Numerous blueprints on the site have been downloaded thousands of times. But 19 states and the District of Columbia wanted to stop it. Read More »

5 people, including 3 infants, stabbed in Queens day care


Authorities were called at about 3:40 residence serving as a day care on 161st Street between 45th and 43rd Avenues in Flushing. Her relationship with the children wasn't immediately clear. A 52-year-old woman with self-inflicted knife wounds was taken into custody, said police. Police said the father of a child was stabbed in the leg and a female coworker was also wounded. Read More »

European Union and United Kingdom at loggerheads over Brexit deal as deadline looms

Prime Minister Theresa May's "humiliation" at the hands of European Union leaders who rejected her Brexit plans dominated Britain's front pages Friday, although eurosceptic publications accused her tormenters of mafia-style behaviour. In a brief statement in Salzburg on Wednesday, Tusk said that while proposals hashed out by May and her Cabinet at her Chequers country retreat are a "positive evolution", the issues surrounding the Irish border and economic cooperation need to be "reworked ... Read More »

Brexit talks are running out of time, top European Union official warns

Salzburg was an "informal" meeting rather than a full European Council summit, so there is no formal conclusion from the talks. "And I'm still confident that we will reach agreement", he said . For Ireland, it's important not to undermine the hard-won peace after decades of sectarian tensions in neighboring Northern Ireland. She said Britain "will be bringing forward our own proposals shortly" about how to break the impasse. Read More »

I Want to See What Kavanaugh Accuser Has to Say


If I had to put a percentage on Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation prior to Thursday, I would say 90%. "If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to the Carolinas. Read More »

7 people, including children, shot at in NY


Officers at the scene requested additional ambulances and officers at the scene. Those who suffered injuries were transported to Upstate Hospital for treatment. When shots broke out, the neighbors ran into the house to take cover inside. The woman says she was inside the home at the time of the shooting, heard something like firecrackers and then claims she saw people dropping. Read More »

Great-grandma kills 12-foot alligator, says it ate her miniature horse


Judy Cochran, a great-grandmother and mayor of a small town in Texas, finally got her gator. The pond where she killed the beast is the same one where her grandson, then 5, felled a gator nine years ago. "We think this is the gator that ate one of our miniature horses several years ago", said Cochran, who just happens to be the newly elected mayor of nearby Livingston. Read More »

Nigeria suspends national carrier Nigeria Air


According to Sirika, the decision was taken by the Federal Executive Council, just as he noted that "all commitments due will be honoured". "I am happy and I thank government to have seen reasons with some of us, because this is outrnational carrier we are talking about and it is good we do it well". Read More »

GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'


Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations. Will Republicans be able to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections? Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has had her share of clashes with Mr Trump, said she hoped Ms Ford would reconsider a decision not to testify and "it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh" if she refuses. Read More »

Ex-PM Najib Razak faces new corruption charges in Malaysia


On the 16th to 19th count, Najib was charged with transferring a total of RM1,381,750,000, believed to be proceeds from similar unlawful activities, from his AmIslamic Bank account number 2112022009694 into account number 8550299001 belonging to Tanore Finance Corporation at the Falcon Private Bank, Singapore, at the same place between Aug 15 and 23, 2013. Read More »

Over 40 killed as MV Nyerere capsizes in Lake Victoria


TEMESA in the statement urged Tanzanians to stay calm and be patient as rescue mission continues. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but overloading is frequently to blame for such incidents. With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland. Boat disasters are frequent on Tanzania's waters, where ferries often exceed their capacity. Read More »

Russian Military Says Ukrainian Missile Downed MH17


A Dutch-led investigation said last May that the Buk missile used to shoot down the plane came from a Russian anti-aircraft brigade based in Kursk . All 298 passengers and crew were killed when the jet, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur , crashed in an area held by Russia-backed separatists in the Donetsk region. Read More »

Ford's fellow alumnae sign letter supporting her


Her lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation. In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday, Ford reportedly said she has been targeted by "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward with sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh. Read More »

Fire tornado sucks hose into the air

One of the men is heard shouting 'Oh yeah, baby!' as they race toward the firenado and throw rocks in its direction. "That's definitely a first". She said that the firenado got over 200ft tall. Fire officials say the relatively rare phenomenon - which is caused when heat from the fire and ground temperature combine to create uplift - is different from a tornado. Read More »

Le Pen ordered to submit to psychiatric evaluation


On Thursday, she tweeted copies of a court order ordering her to undergo psychiatric evaluation. According to court documents posted on Twitter by the leader of the National Front party, the psychological tests are to be carried out "as soon as possible" to establish whether she "is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions". Read More »

Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights


And progress on freezing operations at Nyongbyon - which is probably not North Korea's only nuclear production site - remains contingent on the US making concessions of its own, steps that could be politically unpalatable for many in Washington, including among hawks in Trump's own administration and in Congress. Read More »

Wiltshire Police confirm no nerve agent exposure for Salisbury diners


Police sources told the BBC that until they speak to the couple, "we can't rule anything in or out". Anna Shapiro, 30, was in an Italian restaurant in the Wiltshire city with her husband when he became violently ill. The prankster managed to sneak into an official line-up of celebrities being greeted by Prince Charles at the premiere. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children at London's Horseferry Road Magistrates' ... Read More »

Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Kavanaugh

Eleanor Holmes Norton sees a version of history repeating itself. But the nomination process was quickly upended when the allegations of Anita Hill , an attorney from Oklahoma, became public. Attorneys for Blasey said Tuesday night that she will not agree to testify before the Senate, which has planned a hearing next week, until the FBI investigates her claims. Read More »

MP and popstar Bobi Wine back in Uganda, brothers arrested


Museveni, who has dominated Uganda for more than 32 years with little tolerance for opposition leaders. Bobi Wine's arrival home comes shortly after Inspector General of Police-IGP Martins Okoth Ochola refuted claims that Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been arrested a few minutes after he landed at Entebbe International Airport aboard Kenya Airways flight. Read More »

North and South Korea Vow to Denuclearize, Co-Host 2032 Olympics

President Moon Jae-in: "South and North Korea agreed on a denuclearization plan for the first time ". Moon was given a standing ovation by tens of thousands of North Koreans at the stadium, which holds 150,000 people. Shortly after the announcement, Trump called Wednesday's developments "very exciting" on Twitter. The January 2021 completion date was the most specific deadline set in what is expected to be a long process of trying to get the North to end its nuclear program, which may ... Read More »

North Korea's Kim wants another Trump summit to speed denuclearisation: South's Moon

The president has long stated that he would love to one day visit Mount Paektu , which is also sometimes spelled Baekdu. The leaders rode together in a cable vehicle to reach the lake. Washington and Pyongyang have subsequently sparred over what that means and how it will be achieved, with the Trump administration consistently referring to the denuclearisation of North Korea specifically. Read More »

UK's May seeks more compromise from European Union ahead of meeting


The EU negotiator confirmed, as had been suggested earlier this week, that Brussels was working on a new plan to solve the conundrum of the Irish border. The EU has insisted that the single market can not be cherry-picked like that. One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the need to prevent border posts being erected between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland. Read More »

Female jogger stabbed to death one week after getting engaged


He said some customers began CPR and other first-aid methods. Wendy Karina MartinezWe write to share the very sad news of the tragic death of Wendy Karina Martinez (CLAS'2012), who was attacked last night in Logan Circle . Martinez went for a jog Tuesday evening, as she'd done countless times before, but she never came home. She was in the process of planning her wedding to fiancé, Daniel Hincapie , a DC bank executive. Read More »