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Hurricane Harvey Upgraded to Category 4 as Landfall Looms

As Hurricane Harvey churned toward Texas late Friday, packing a "life-threatening storm surge," President Trump made a preemptive disaster declaration while some residents fled and holdouts hunkered down for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the Lone Star state in more than a decade....


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Trump Monitors Harvey, Praises Government Response

President Trump said Saturday that he's closely monitoring Hurricane Harvey as it moves deeper into Texas and praised the government’s response to the powerful storm and its potential for deadly flooding. “Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp D...


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'Catastrophic Flooding' in Houston, Shuts Down Airport

Hurricane Harvey continued to pound southeastern Texas on Sunday with "catastrophic flooding" in Houston that led to at least one death and an airport shutdown caused by standing water on the runways. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight Sunda...


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Texas Police Officer Braves Harvey to Save American Flag

A Texas police officer stopped at nothing to save an American flag as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday.  Aransas Pass Police Department posted on Facebook a photo of Officer Jack McCarty battling the strong winds and rain to take an American fla...


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Houston Judge Emmett 'We Need Boats!'

New evacuations were ordered Monday in the nation's fourth-largest city, as rising floodwaters that turned Houston streets into rivers navigable only by boat now threaten dams across the region -- while rescuers pleaded for more boats to reach residents trapped in their homes. ...


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Why Didn't Houston Evacuate Before Harvey Hit, Democrat to Blame?

As thousands of Houston residents found themselves stranded on rooftops and wading through apocalyptic floodwaters, questions have arisen as to why Mayor Sylvester Turner didn’t order a mandatory evacuation as Harvey bore down in the nation's fourth-largest city. ...


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Anheuser-Busch Brewery Pauses Beer Production to Can Emergency Drinking Water

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery put beer production on hold this week, instead canning safe drinking water to distribute to flooding victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. More than 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water will be sent from the brewing company...


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Florida Professor Suggests Texans Deserve Harvey for Supporting Trump

A University of Tampa professor of sociology apologized for a tweet on Sunday suggesting that Texans deserved Hurricane Harvey because of their support for President Trump in the 2016 election. ...


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Houston Area to Get Rescue Boats From Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is pitching in with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, providing dozens of boats to rescue and relief efforts. The outdoor retail giant is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies, which includes police, fire and rescue ...


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University Fires Professor Who Blamed Harvey on GOP Vote

The University of Tampa has fired a visiting assistant professor who suggested in a tweet that Hurricane Harvey's destruction is "instant karma" for Texas because it voted Republican. Sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey posted the tweet and two responses on Sunday before removing the en...


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Family of Six Counted Among the Dead as Harvey Death Toll Rises to 14

A family of six trying to escape the floodwaters produced by Harvey has been counted among the 14 victims who died in the historic storm, authorities said. The four children and their great-grandparents died Sunday afternoon when Samuel Saldivar, the dr...


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Strange News

Reporter Slammed on Social Media for Alerting the Police to 'Looters'

With all eyes on the growing tragedy in Houston Texas, one reporter is being taken to task for his prioritizing of the events. After noticing what he called "looters," ABC’s Tom Llamas is being criticized by many on social media for his response. Llamas...


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Texas Woman Found Dead in Harvey Floods; Young Daughter Clinging to Her is Alive

A Texas woman has died trying to save herself and her young daughter from floods in the aftermath of Harvey -- but the little girl survived, authorities said. A police statement said the Beaumont woman pulled her...


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Trump's Texas Trip: As Critics Carp, He Looks to be in Charge

Donald Trump did what a president is supposed to do yesterday, visiting Corpus Christi for a briefing on hurricane relief efforts, talking up Texas and praising those on the front lines of the catastrophic flooding. As a levee was breached, reservoirs o...


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Remember When Democrats Bungled Sandy Relief? Patients 'Left to Rot'

Much-needed generators sat idle all during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy in a rental company’s New Jersey parking lot after they were moved from the Staten Island staging area of the New York City Marathon — less than two miles from some of superstorm Sandy’s hardest-hit victims. A tr...


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Politics

Trump’s Gaffe-Free Texas Trip Forces Media to Pounce on Shoes

President Trump vowed swift federal aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey during his visit Tuesday to the flood-stricken region, where he met with local officials and tried to boost spirits -- and still took a beating in the press.  Trump seemed to referen...


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Houston, DHS Officials Warn Residents of Fake Agents After Tropical Storm Harvey

Officials issued a warning Wednesday after disturbing reports surfaced of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents and telling residents to evacuate in order to rob their homes in the wake of devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. ...


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President Trump and First Lady Serve Meals to Harvey Victims

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Houston, Texas again on Saturday, where they greeted and served meals to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. The president can be heard greeting those staying in the shelter and asking what food they prefer. ...


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State of Emergency Declared for Florida Ahead of Category 4 Hurricane Irma

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week. The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scot...


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Politics

Trump Spends Busy Labor Day Working on Response to North Korea, Hurricanes, and DACA

President Donald Trump’s busy Labor Day was jam-packed with phone calls and meetings with advisors on a number of hot button issues including North Korea, DACA, and Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. "He has been in the office all day," a senior White H...


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Hurricane Irma's Storm Path

As Hurricane Irma barrels toward the northeast Caribbean, it has strengthened into a Category 5 storm. The National Hurricane Center has warned of a growing possibility the hurricane could slam Florida later this week – as Texas and Louisiana are still ...


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NRA Threatens Lawsuit After US Virgin Islands Governor Orders Weapons Seizure

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has ordered its national guard to seize guns, ammunition and other weapons from its citizens as the territory prepares for Hurricane Irma to make landfall. Gov. Kenneth Mapp, an Independent, signed an executive or...


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'Emergency' Abortion Fund Established for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

As donations pour in for the tens of thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, one group is putting money aside for a select group of survivors: those who require "emergency" abortions. The Austin-based ...


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Here's Where Trump's $1 Million Harvey Donation is Going

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced Wednesday the recipients of their personal $1 million contribution to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. The organizations: - Reach Out America, $100,000 - Red Cross, $300,000 - Salvation Army, $300,000 ...


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Massive Effort to Ship Fuel into Florida, Ease Gas Shortages

The Trump administration has waived a key statute to allow for “as many ships as possible” to bring fuel into Florida, as part of a massive effort to ease gas shortages for Florida residents and others in the path of Hurricane Irma. “We’re bringing in a...


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Miami Cops Arrest Alleged Looters During Irma's Wrath

Authorities in Florida warned residents that "going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice" following a series of burglary arrests as Hurr...


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Miami Goes on Lockdown Amid Irma-Looting Fears

Miami’s mayor on Sunday imposed a 12-hour curfew beginning at 7 p.m. in the wake of flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted that it “will FULLY enforce” the lockdown ordered by Mayor Carlos Gimenez....


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USS Abraham Lincoln to be Employed in Search-And-Rescue Effort After Irma

The U.S. Navy dispatched the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and two other ships to the Florida Keys to help with search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Irma slammed the region. ...


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Strange News

Chainsaw-Wielding Nun Cleans Up Hurricane Irma Debris in Viral Video

Everyone is pitching in to clean up Florida after Hurricane Irma. That now includes a chainsaw-wielding nun. Sister Margaret Ann of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in southwest Miami-Dade County decided to help out by cutting down a fa...


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World

Hurricane Maria Batters Dominica as a Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Maria intensified into a dangerous Category 5 storm and pounded the small island of Dominica as it surged into the eastern Caribbean on Monday night, and forecasters warned it might become even stronger. The storm was following a path that could take it on Tuesday near many of t...


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