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20000 lose power in Puerto Rico storm

20000 lose power in Puerto Rico storm East Coast, Tropical Storm Chris was centered about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It said the system could still drop up to 2 to 3 inches (5 to eight 8) of rain, with as much as 5 inches (13 centimeters) in isolated spots. A tropical storm warning was issued for Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria in ... [Full Article...]

Depression off NC coast expected to become tropical storm; Beryl downgraded

Depression off NC coast expected to become tropical storm; Beryl downgraded It has winds of 35 miles per hour and is moving west at 16 miles per hour. Beryl strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season early Friday morning east of the Lesser Antilles. Beryl has become increasingly less organized, according to the National Hurricane Center . Wind shear is forecast to clip Beryls wings as it heads west — but the system has the potential t... [Full Article...]

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns On Tuesday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley called the mounting ethical questions facing Pruitt "troublesome" and said "these things matter to the president as well, and he's looking into those". Before taking the job at the EPA, Wheeler worked as an energy lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He's been investigated for undertaking expensive , first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spe... [Full Article...]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9 After nominating Neil Gorsuch to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in January 2017, Trump appointed three judges who had previously clerked for Kennedy to federal appeals courts, and he included another two on the shortlist to fill any subsequent vacancies on the Supreme Court, The Times reported . [Full Article...]

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick to replace Kennedy on July 9

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick to replace Kennedy on July 9 Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday that the same 25 names that were on the list when he chose Neil Gorsuch are up for consideration as Kennedy's replacement. The US president has said the restrictions are needed to tighten security and prevent terrorist attacks. Gorsuch cleared the Senate - only after McConnell pushed through a rules change to end the filibuster on Supreme C... [Full Article...]

Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns

Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns Heidi Heitkamp in November's midterm elections. "It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those on the Supreme Court", Kennedy was quoted as saying in a statement announcing his decision. [Full Article...]

Railroad unloading oil from cars after Iowa derailment

Railroad unloading oil from cars after Iowa derailment Olson says Rock Valley's water towers also will be drained as a precaution. Crews are working to contain and clean up crude that spilled when an oil train derailed in northwestern Iowa. One or more of 31 tanker cars on the derailed train is leaking into floodwaters surrounding the tracks near Doon, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. [Full Article...]

Unsafe weed found in Virginia was intentionally planted

Unsafe weed found in Virginia was intentionally planted Though common in NY state, which has spent millions fighting the plant, and elsewhere in the Northeast, the giant hogweeds in Berryville and Frederick County are the plant's first known locations in Virginia. Another lovely detail: Before death, a single hogweed plant can release up to 120,000 seeds capable of traveling long distances through water and wind before finding a new place to call ho... [Full Article...]