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Irma grows stronger, now a Category 3 hurricane

Irma grows stronger, now a Category 3 hurricane

NHC officials expect Hurricane Irma to continue with its current motion through Friday with a slight shift westward into Saturday . Irma has made a slight turn to the north and was moving to the WNW at 12 miles per hour. Obviously it's way too soon to predict what Irma will do. Check back with weather.com for updates on Irma through the weekend for the very latest. Read More

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Illinois National Guard to aid in hurricane relief

Illinois National Guard to aid in hurricane relief

Even as the firefighting continues, two small teams with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron are being sent on a very different mission: assisting the relief effort in Texas. Already 104 Airmen from New York State are in the area along with rescue helicopters and watercraft. Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night unleashing winds of up to 130 miles per hour and "catastrophic" flooding across parts of southeastern Texas. Read More

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US Orders Closure of Russian Consulate as Relations Spiral

US Orders Closure of Russian Consulate as Relations Spiral

Nauert's statement said the United States fully implemented the Russian request. Russia's expulsion of USA diplomats in July was in response to an Obama administration closure of Russian diplomatic facilities in the US last December. The pair will meet in September in NY. It wasn't immediately clear whether the Kremlin would return the volley by retaliating for the US retaliation. Read More

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Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

Monitors say that fleeing Rohingya are reporting that the army and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have unleashed a campaign of arson aimed at driving the Muslim population out. Many of the Muslims have lost their lives while tens of thousands have been displaced as a result of attacks by Buddhists. "We don't know how many were on the boat", he said. Read More

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How you can help animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey

How you can help animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey

She says she's not sure what her official duties will be, but she's ready to clean up, feed animals, exercise dogs, set up kennels - whatever is required. While others on her team have helped in natural disasters before, this will be Adams' first natural disaster. The humane society will partner with the Houston SPCA and a group of animal welfare organizations to rescue and reunite stranded pets with their families. Read More

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John Bolton on how to exit the Iranian nuclear deal

John Bolton on how to exit the Iranian nuclear deal

A failure by the United States to re-certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal would mean the re-imposition of sanctions, a move that will only end up isolating the US internationally. This visit was met with harsh criticism by Iranian officials, several of whom asserted that the actual American intention was not a neutral assessment of the IAEA's investigations, but rather the spreading of doubt about the compliance judgments that the IAEA has already made. Read More

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IS Evacuation Deal Sparks Iraqi Outrage

IS Evacuation Deal Sparks Iraqi Outrage

Hundreds of jihadists started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq and is the only Syrian province still under I.S. "They know that Iraqis destroyed their second biggest city [Mosul] so that Daesh fighters would not escape and Iraq's neighbours would not be harmed". Read More

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Houston mayor confirms death of police officer in flooded patrol auto

Houston mayor confirms death of police officer in flooded patrol auto

Perez spent more than two hours trying to find a safe way to his station before calling his commanders and reporting that he could not get to the station, Acevedo said . "We utilized other investigative techniques to try to locate him", said Acevedo. The New York Post reported that officials had informed them that Perez had tried to get out of his patrol vehicle, but the waters were too treacherous. Read More

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Merkel 'out of touch', says challenger as vote nears

Merkel 'out of touch', says challenger as vote nears

In a separate TV appearance, the chancellor dodged a question about her main rival. Chancellor Angela Merkel says lifting sanctions on Russian Federation imposed over its aggression in Ukraine would benefit both Russian Federation and Germany , but that they must remain in place until Moscow fulfills the conditions for their removal. Read More

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Death toll rises to 16 in Spanish attacks

Death toll rises to 16 in Spanish attacks

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on August 17-18 in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 15 dead and more than 120 injured. Eight suspects are dead, two are jailed on preliminary charges, and two more were freed by a judge but will remain under investigation. According to police, the suspect who was wearing what appeared to be an explosives belt was gunned down after security operatives were alerted to the presence of a suspicious man near Subirats, west ... Read More

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Minnesota Red Cross Volunteers Head To Texas For Hurricane Victims

Nathan DeVault with the American Red Cross National Capital Region said about 18 volunteers have been deployed to either Texas or Louisiana. "We're thankful for their dedication to help others in a time of need". Disaster relief kits with donation supplies and diapers will go to those affected in Texas. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross .org with your check. Read More

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Here's how Trump wants to eliminate transgender military service members

Here's how Trump wants to eliminate transgender military service members

The military's limited funds, she added, should not be used "to indulge transgender demands". It instructs the Department of Defense to stop recruiting transgender people in the military . A report from the Palm Center , an independent research institute with a focus on sexual minorities in the military, used a mid-range estimate of 12,800 to calculate that removing these service members from the military would cost about $960 million. Read More

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