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The storm that could have changed history

Anyone in New York on the morning of September 11th, 2001 will tell you just how perfect the weather was that day.  Brilliant sunshine, a deep blue sky, and mild temperatures with low humidity, and a light north breeze. However, with a category 1 hurricane nearby, the weather and subsequent events of that day could have been drastically different. In the days leading up to that fateful morning, a hurricane was tracking through the Atlantic, moving northwest towards the East Coast. Hurricane Erin had formed a week prior across the tropical  Atlantic and began to strengthen on approach...

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FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday afternoon

WASHINGTON — If you get an odd notification on your phone, TV, or radio this afternoon, don’t fret. It’s just a test. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission are conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts today. The test will be split into two portions and is scheduled to begin today, August 11, at 2:20 p.m. The EAS national test is very similar to regular monthly tests typically originated by state authorities, FEMA officials said in a press release. During the test, radios and televisions...

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‘You made me so damn proud’: Biden praises Olympians & invites them to the White House

WASHINGTON / CNN — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden met with members of the 2020 US Olympic Team Saturday in a live-streamed virtual reception. “You handle yourself with such grace, and such decency, it just — you made me so damn proud,” the President told the group of Olympic athletes over Zoom from his home in Delaware, where the first couple is spending the weekend. Biden offered shoutouts to gymnast Simone Biles, runner Isaiah Jewett, and swimmer Katie Ledecky, who he said, “can probably swim a mile quicker than most people could run a mile.”...

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Simone Biles will compete in balance beam final on Tuesday

TOKYO / AP — Simone Biles will compete at the 2020 Olympics on the balance beam. The announcement was made early Monday morning. Biles had been dealing with a mental block referred to as “the twisties.” That makes it hard for her to figure out where her body is while she’s in the air, putting Biles at risk of serious injury. Biles initially pulled out of the team gymnastics final on Tuesday, July 27. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Biles took home a bronze medal for her performance on the balance beam. Alongside Biles, teammate Suni Lee will also be competing in the...

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Dallas auction house sells unopened Super Mario 64 game for $1.56 million

Related coverage: Rare ‘Legends of Zelda’ video game sells for a record $870,000 DALLAS (AP)— A copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 that remained unopened sold at an auction for $1.56 million. The 1996 game sold on Sunday, breaking Heritage Auction’s record for the selling price of a single video game, as reported by the AP. The auction house said in a statement that Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64 as well as the first to feature the Mario character in 3D. This past Friday, an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda sold for 870,000. Heritage...

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Italy crowned 2020 European champion after defeating England on penalties

LONDON / CNN — Italy clinched their first major title in 15 years with a penalty shootout win over England in the Euro 2020 final. After being postponed for a year, the 2020 European football championships final happened at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Luke Shaw’s goal inside the opening two minutes gave England a lead it looked like it would hold onto all night, before a goalmouth scramble midway through the second half allowed Leonardo Bonucci to poke home an equalizer for Italy. The rest of the match felt as though extra-time and penalties were inevitable, as neither...

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Tourist ticketed in Maui for rental car with expired registration

HONOLULU / CNN — Joe Agor wanted to take his family from Oahu to Maui to see the lavender fields in bloom during Independence Day weekend. The man knew rental cars were pricey but still paid the $1,100 price for two days from Ace Rent A Car. He didn’t mind the cost because the trip was worth it to them, but what happened after they got to the island is what has them fed up. While the car was parked overnight at the place they were staying, someone dinged the car in the parking lot, causing a dent. Agor said he called the non-emergency number to file a police report, in case he needed...

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Haitian police arrest 63-year-old accused of orchestrating assassination of President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti / CNN — A man accused of helping to plan the assassination of President Jovenel Moise was arrested, Haitian authorities announced on Sunday. Moise was killed in his Port-au-Prince home on Wednesday, in an attack that has shaken the country already rattled by rampant violence and political instability. The arrested suspect, 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, entered the country on a private jet in June, Police Chief Leon Charles said. It’s not known what Sanon will be charged with, or what his motives may have been. He said he arrived with “political...

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Cubans take to streets in rare protests over lack of freedom & economy

(CNN) — Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in rare protests Sunday to complain about a lack of freedom and a worsening economic situation, according to protesters speaking to CNN and videos from multiple cities. Protesters were spotted in Golden Gate Estates and in Cape Coral among other cities in the world. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted his support Sunday afternoon. Florida supports the people of Cuba as they take to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana. The Cuban dictatorship has repressed the people of Cuba for decades & is now trying to silence...

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Fauci says Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need booster shots at this time

(CNN) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that the US government is not yet telling Americans who are fully vaccinated that they need a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, based on the current data, despite Pfizer saying it might be time for a third shot. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration is saying right now, “given the data and the information we...

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