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Chemicals At Flooded Texas Plant In Danger Of Exploding

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:55

High water from Hurricane Harvey knocked out electricity at Arkema Inc. and blocked efforts to secure the volatile compounds produced there.

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New Hurricane Index Predicted Harvey Would Be A Monster, Say Scientists

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:34

The index measures wind speed like the traditional scale, one of its developers says, but also "the size of the storm and how fast it's moving forward."

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FACT CHECK: 4 Claims From Trump's Tax Speech

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 19:12

Without revealing any particulars, the president pitched his ideas for a tax code overhaul on Wednesday. Here are four claims he made, and how close to correct he was on all of them.

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In Storm-Tossed Houston Area, Most Homeowners Lack Flood Insurance

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:40

Congress is widely expected to approve billions in aid for flood-stricken areas, but it may take a while to hit its targets.

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David Tang, Hong Kong Bon Vivant And Entrepreneur, Dies At 63

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:38

Tang was famous for his vast circle of friends — beloved by everyone from British royalty to Hollywood stars to Fidel Castro. He launched the luxury fashion brand Shanghai Tang.

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11,000 U.S. Troops Are In Afghanistan, Thousands More Than Previously Acknowledged

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:28

A Pentagon spokesperson said the larger number comes from counting troops on temporary assignment, who were not previously included in the total. The change is intended to improve "transparency."

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Salmon Fisher: Spill Is Dangerous And 'We Shouldn't Have To Deal With It'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 18:15

Commercial fisherman are putting off their own livelihoods to catch the farmed Atlantic salmon that broke out of their net pen in Washington state. One fisherman describes the "carnival atmosphere."

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Trump Wore USA Hat To Visit Hurricane Zone, And Trump Fans Can Buy The Look

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 17:49

Trump's re-election campaign will sell you Trump's USA hat in white, red or camouflage for $40.

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Are Trump's Foreign Policy Stumbles First-Year Growing Pains Or A Reason For Worry?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 17:21

University of Virginia historians say tumult isn't unexpected in the first year of a new administration. But there are questions about whether the Trump administration is prepared to handle crises.

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Labor Leader Sees A White House Of 'Racists' and 'Wall Streeters'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:42

Speaking to journalists Wednesday, the president of the AFL-CIO described two warring factions in the White House both seeking to influence the president — and each with drawbacks, in his view.

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In Fitting Postscript, Terry Pratchett Had His Unfinished Works Steamrolled

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:32

The late Discworld author didn't want anyone else polishing his unfinished books and publishing them after his death. So he asked for them to be crushed — and his estate manager dutifully complied.

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With Rain Lessening In Houston, Airports And Ports Begin Opening

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:31

As the heavy rains have let up in Houston, officials are assessing when they can reopen the city's port and airports. Both airports opened with limited service Wednesday. The port will take longer.

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Houston School Superintendent Says A Lot Of Work Ahead To Open Schools

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:25

School was supposed to begin this week in Houston, but Harvey's devastating flooding has made that impossible. Here's how the school district is coping and working to move forward.

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In Houston, Most Hospitals 'Up And Fully Functional'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:16

In the past few days, Southeast Texas' catastrophic medical operations center has faced challenges like it has never seen before in keeping the health care system functioning.

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Fox News Goes Off The Air In Britain As U.K. Scrutinizes Company's Bid To Buy Sky

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:11

21st Century Fox said it was a matter of poor ratings. But the move coincides with the company's efforts to get government approval for its $15 billion takeover bid of European media giant Sky.

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In Houston, Authorities Are Toughening Penalties As Warning To Would-Be Looters

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:58

Officials have imposed a curfew and stiffened sentences for crimes in the disaster area. Burglarizing a home could mean life in prison. At least 14 people accused of looting have been arrested.

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Whatever Happened To ... Those Farmers Who Needed Shoes?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:48

It was a mystery: How did farmers in Uganda contract a nightmare illness? A researcher found the answer. What's the best way to help them?

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Mayor Of Port Arthur, Texas, Streams Video From Inside His Flooded Home

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:20

The mayor is far from alone: At least 100 people sought refuge at a Port Arthur civic center — only to see brown, murky water flood the space, leaving water just below the surface of cots.

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Why The Toxin Trouble With Tiny Turtles Continues

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:04

The government is warning people not to handle tiny turtles because of the risk of contracting salmonella. The problem is, they've been warning us for 40 years and we're still getting sick.

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Judge Tosses Sarah Palin's Defamation Lawsuit Against 'The New York Times'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:00

Alaska's former governor had alleged an editorial maliciously linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. But in his ruling, the federal judge said her evidence was "so weak" the case shouldn't proceed.

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