Photo: Motorists form a long queue to get sandbags at Kissimmee, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma making landfall, in Florida, U.S. September 7, 2017. (Gregg Newton/Reuters)
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More than a million people in Florida and Georgia have been ordered to evacuate ahead of the Hurricane Irma. But some people insist they can ride it out. Forecasters expect Irma will remain a massive Category 4 hurricane when it does make landfall, bringing with it 150 mph winds. Irma has already killed 11 people and destroyed massive swaths of entire islands in Caribbean.
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An 8.1 magnitude quake struck the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It was the most powerful quake to hit the region in a century -- stronger than the 1985 quake that left thousands dead.
Washington, DC is still agog at the deal President Trump struck with Democrats to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. Republicans are baffled and pointing fingers. Meanwhile, Democrats are scratching their heads -- and bracing for the return of Hillary Clinton and her book tour. The Hillary versus Bernie fight is alive and well.
Our critics review a reboot of Stephen King’s “It,” now set in the ‘80s with kids disappearing from a small town, and a makeover for Pennywise the clown; and “Home Again,” a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Also, this summer has been officially the worst at the box office in more than a decade. Is Rotten Tomatoes to blame?
It’s been two years since Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer paid $54,000 to shoot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. It caused an international outcry against trophy hunting. But that business continues. A new documentary, “Trophy,” takes you inside the world of trophy hunting.
The French artist JR is known for installing massive black and white portraits in controversial locations. He mounted faces of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders side-by-side on the wall separating Palestine from Israel. He pasted photos of citizens on the streets of Tunisia during the Arab Spring. On Wednesday, he went to the site of his newest installation: The wall between U.S. and Mexico.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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