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Category 4 Matthew heads for Bahamas and South Florida; hurricane watch issued

Matthew heading to Haiti"Extremely dangerous" Category 4 Hurricane Matthew is moving north toward Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, where the National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for much of the state's Atlantic coast.

Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais in western Haiti at 7 a.m. Tuesday with 145 mph winds and torrential rains. The National Hurricane Center says Matthew strengthened afterward with 150 mph winds with gusts up to 175 mph late Tuesday morning, making it the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007.


Gas explosion destroys Paterson, N.J., homes

Gas explosion paterson, NJTwo homes in Paterson, N.J., were destroyed Tuesday morning by an explosion likely caused by a gas leak, officials said.

Firefighters evacuated the houses on Goshen Street in Paterson at 9 a.m. after area homeowners alerted them to the odor of gas, and 25 minutes later an explosion demolished the two adjacent, multi-story houses. A fire followed the blast. A third house was seriously damaged, and 15 other houses sustained varying degrees of damage. Debris, including shingles and wood, flew onto nearby rooftops and into the street, and cars and sidewalks dozens of feet from the blast were covered in rubble. A resident of a home five blocks away said his own house shook, CBS News reported.



Donald Trump: The Ugly American*

Venedla KirsebornNovelty guests don’t know they’re novelty guests. They just think they’re guests.

That evening in May 1993, Vanity Fair had two tables and we filled them with the likes of Christopher Hitchens, Bob Shrum, Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, Peggy Noonan, Tipper Gore, and Vendela Kirsebom, a Swedish model who professionally went by her first name and who was then at or near the top of the catwalk heap

. I sat Trump beside Vendela, thinking that she would get a kick out of him. This was not the case.


Ten countries host half of world's refugees: report

Syrian refugeesTen countries - which account for just 2.5 percent of the global economy - are hosting more than half the world's refugees, a rights group has said, accusing wealthy countries of leaving poorer nations to bear the brunt of a worsening crisis.

In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty International said the unequal share was exacerbating the global refugee problem, as inadequate conditions in the main countries of shelter pushed many to embark on dangerous journeys to Europe and Australia.


Donald Trump Forced to Spill Charity Secrets Weeks Before Election Day

Trump forced to open foundation secretsDonald Trump may finally have to answer some questions about his foundation’s activities.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday that his office had sent a cease and desist letter to the Trump Foundation for operating without proper certification. The charity will no longer be allowed to raise money until it properly registers no later than October 15, the attorney general’s office told The Daily Beast.


How Donald Trump Ditched U.S. Steel Workers in Favor of China

Chinese steelPlenty of blue-collar workers believe that, as president, Donald Trump would be ready to fight off U.S. trade adversaries and reinvigorate the country’s manufacturing industries through his commitment to the Rust Belt.

What they likely don’t know is that Trump has been stiffing American steel workers on his own construction projects for years, choosing to deprive untold millions of dollars from four key electoral swing states and instead directing it to China—the country whose trade practices have helped decimate the once-powerful industrial center of the United States.


Ohio says it's ready to resume executions in January after 3-year halt

MidazolamOhio plans to resume death row executions in January, three years after they were halted in the wake of a prolonged execution, officials announced Monday.

The move to jump start capital punishment with a three-drug cocktail — the source of which is being kept secret — was immediately blasted by death penalty opponents.

"With this new execution procedure, Ohio is moving backward toward a procedure that poses greatly increased risks of pain and suffering," said Allen Bohnert of the Federal Public Defender's Office.


CIA prisoners allege they faced version of waterboarding

CIA prisoners waterboardedTwo men who were held at a CIA prison in Afghanistan have told a human rights group that they were subjected to a version of waterboarding at a detention site where the agency has insisted the brutal method was never used.

The allegations were detailed in a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch based on extensive interviews with two Tunisian men who were returned to that country last year after spending 13 years in U.S. custody, almost all of it at a prison complex at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.


California just passed the most inclusive transgender bathroom law yet

Cslifornia passes transgender lawCalifornia’s new bathroom bill is finally making broad steps toward more inclusive legislature.

According to Mashable, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that will make all public, single-user bathrooms “universally acceptable to all genders.”

The law will go into effect on March 1, 2017, and is a huge step forward in making bathrooms safe for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals.


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