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The Latest: Houston has responded to more than 1,000 calls

Houston under waterHouston Fire Chief Samuel Pena says that since midnight his agency has responded to more than 2,500 emergency calls and another 1,000 calls are waiting to be serviced.

Pena says his agency has made more than 250 water rescues, all of them people in vehicles, during a three hour period overnight.

But Houston Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite says there has been an increase in calls from residents with flooded homes in the city's northeast, southeast and southwest sections.

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Harvey rolls over Texas coast, smashes homes and businesses

Hurriane HarveyHurricane Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them.

The fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade spun across hundreds of miles of coastline where communities had prepared for life-threatening storm surges — walls of water rushing inland.

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Trump pardons controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio pardoned by TrumpControversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump on Friday after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants.

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is [a] worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon," the White House said in part in a press release.

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Hurricane Harvey roars toward Texas coast, should be 115-mph storm at landfall with 'life-threatening' flooding

Hurricane Harveys storms toward TexasHarvey attained hurricane status Thursday afternoon, with winds of 80 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Harvey is now forecast to hit the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph. This would be the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years — since Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. A major hurricane is one that's a Category 3 or above on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity.

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the 60,000 residents of San Patricio County, located just north of Corpus Christi.

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Federal judge strikes down Texas' voter ID law

Texas voter ID law struck downA federal court in Texas on Wednesday struck down the state's controversial voter identification law, granting an injunction that bars state officials from enforcing the measure.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that the law was enacted with the deliberate intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters. Ramos said that it violates the Voting Rights Act.

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Comey takes lecture post at Howard University

Comey takes post at Howard UFormer FBI Director James Comey will deliver a keynote address to Howard University students in the coming weeks and take on a part-time post giving lectures at the school.

The university said Wednesday that Comey, who was fired earlier this year by President Donald Trump, would speak at the convocation slated for Sept. 22, which is designed to welcome students to the historically black university.

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American Express to pay $96 million over discriminatory card terms

Amex finedAmerican Express (AXP.N) will end up paying $96 million to credit card customers in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories for charging higher interest rates and engaging in other discriminatory practices, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that more than 200,000 consumers at two of the company's banking subsidiaries had been harmed by the practices, which also included stricter credit cutoffs and less debt forgiveness than offered to customers in U.S. states.

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