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Before-and-after aerial photos show destruction, beach erosion on North Carolina coastline

(CNN)Aerial images captured the destruction Hurricane Florence inflicted on the North Carolina coastline, from lines of houses shorn of their shingles to sand-covered streets. The flow of the storm surge is etched into the sand it flung onshore. Some docks behind Carolina Boulevard are stripped of their timber, with only their pylons remaining. Houses across the island had their shingles shorn by the high winds. Before Hurricane Florence, the Surf Condos black asphalt parking lot hugged the eight buildings in the complex. Now, aerial images show it covered in sand.…

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These neighbors are riding out Hurricane Florence on an island

Carolina Beach, North Carolina (CNN)David Hoffman has heard all the mandatory evacuation warnings as Hurricane Florence gets closer. But he’s not planning to leave Carolina Beach and is riding out the storm with his neighbors. These pet-owners aren’t evacuating Florence’s center will approach the coast of the Carolinas late Thursday and Friday, but it’s unclear where it will make landfall. As the storm moves inland, parts of Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. ‘We’ve decided to stay and it’s on us’ Hoffman said the home is not…

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Former USA Gymnastics trainer who worked with Larry Nassar arrested; she’s accused of sexual assault of a child

(CNN)Former USA Gymnastics trainer Debbie Van Horn, who worked with Larry Nassar, was arrested at a Houston airport and accused of sexual assault of a child, prosecutors said Thursday. Detoto indicated her client would plead not guilty at her arraignment Friday morning. “Ms. Van Horn came back to the United States voluntarily as she has nothing to hide,” said Detoto, who added Van Horn is a “scapegoat.” Van Horn is being held at the Walker County Jail in Huntsville on $20,000 bail. The Karolyi Ranch is just outside Huntsville. Prosecutors…

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Pennsylvania jail on lockdown after mystery substance sickens 11 employees

(CNN)Once again, Pennsylvania authorities are trying to figure out what made correctional officers sick — this time at a Pittsburgh jail. The mystery follows a rash of illnesses among state prison staff — for reasons still unknown. “Since the beginning of August, 18 staff members at three institutions in western Pennsylvania were sickened by exposure to an unknown substance,” state officials said on August 21. Last week, five employees at the Albion Correctional Facility were hospitalized after they processed a parole violator who was feeling sick, corrections department spokeswoman Susan…

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Seattle schools will open as scheduled with a deal. But teachers still are striking elsewhere in Washington

(CNN)Seattle teachers have reached a tentative contract deal that is set to keep thousands of students from missing school. Students in grades 1-12 are expected to begin classes Wednesday, while kindergarteners are scheduled to start September 10. “Our staff are our heroes,” the district said. The tentative deal comes a few days after teachers voted to give their union the power to call a strike. The Seattle Education Association said its members will vote on the deal at a meeting next week — but the tentative deal is enough to…

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The last full moon of the summer lights up the sky

(CNN)Stargazers, get ready because Sunday night is the last time to see a full moon this summer. It’s commonly called a “sturgeon moon,” because the sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were more readily caught at this time of year, according to Old Farmers Almanac. It’s also known as the “green corn moon” and “grain moon,” because Native American tribes often gathered their staple crops this time of year, according to NASA. There will be 13 full moons in 2018, says Space.com.…

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Gaming community and friends mourn Jacksonville shooting victims

(CNN)One of the men shot and killed at a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday had won the national tournament, the Madden Classic, two years ago. While the sheriff’s office has not identified the two who were killed, their names have been widely reported on social media by people who were at the bar, members of the gaming community and others. One of the victims, Taylor “spotmeplzzz” Robertson was identified by his gaming sponsor, Dot City Gaming. “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence in Jacksonville…

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Two killers are finally going to prison after 35 years. Behind the scenes of a cold case plea deal

Griffin, Georgia (CNN)Tyrone Coggins had just learned his brother’s killers, after skirting comeuppance for 35 years, would almost certainly remain in prison for a long time. He told prosecutors to hold on because he had something for them. “Before we leave, I want to personally, personally thank you so much. This has been a dark cloud over my family for a long time,” Tyrone Coggins said. Coker and Tyrone Coggins shook hands. The handshake lingered as the men tamped down emotions. In Tyrone Coggins, Coker saw a brother who’d lived…

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Man detained while driving pregnant wife to hospital has an arrest warrant in Mexico, ICE says

(CNN)Joel Arrona was heading to a San Bernardino, California, hospital with his pregnant wife for a planned cesarean section when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained him, forcing his pregnant wife to complete the journey and deliver the baby without him. “I never imagined they were from ICE,” Venegas said, adding that the officers didn’t identify themselves as ICE and that she was unaware of their presence before they came knocking. The officers then asked for identification from both Arrona and his wife. Venegas says she is undocumented, but was…

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Everything you need to know about a Q400 plane

(CNN)The Horizon Air plane stolen from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a Q400 Bombardier turboprop. Both airlines serve as sister carriers and maintain connections and code-shares. Alaska Air Group says there are 45 Q400s in the fleet. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/11/us/q400-seattle-airport-unauthorized-plane/index.html

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A hailstorm left two animals dead at a Colorado zoo and 14 people injured

(CNN)Chunks of hail the size of golf balls rained havoc on a Colorado zoo on Monday, shattering windows, damaging cars and sending animals and humans running for cover. Animals and humans scrambled for cover from the sudden barrage, visitor Jesse Barkalow said. He shot video on his phone of bears running around rocks in an enclosure as the pellets of frozen rain pummeled them. “The bears were running around and there was no cover available for them,” he said. The massive hailstorm shattered car windows in the parking lot and…

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California fire explodes in size over weekend, is now 4th largest in state history

(CNN)Catastrophic wildfires continue to ravage California, as one blaze nearly doubled in size over the weekend to make it the fourth largest in the state’s history. Trump blames California’s ‘bad environmental laws’ Farther north in Shasta County, the devastating Carr Fire claimed its seventh victim Saturday when a Pacific Gas & Electric worker died while working with a crew to restore power, utility spokesman J.D. Guidi said. Over the weekend, the White House approved a disaster declaration for Shasta County, allowing affected residents from the Carr Fire to apply for…

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Lebron James opens elementary school, guarantees college tuition to graduates

(CNN)Some people call LeBron James the GOAT for his prowess on the basketball court. Others say it’s his work in the community that really makes him the greatest of all time. Free tuition Free uniforms Free breakfast, lunch and snacks Free transportation within 2 miles A free bicycle and helmet Access to a food pantry for their family Guaranteed tuition for all graduates to the University of Akron What’s more,parents of students will receive access to job placement services and help acquiring their GEDs. The school’s curriculum was crafted with…

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