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'This is a Nuclear Hurricane': Mayor of Miami Beach warns residents to 'get out now' after mandatory evacuations of 100,000 people

'This is a Nuclear Hurricane': Mayor of Miami Beach warns residents to 'get out now' after mandatory evacuations of 100,000 people as Irma heads for Florida - leaving a trail of destruction in storm's wake --The evacuation is ordered for 9am on Thursday morning, and officials are worried the damage could rival what was seen in 1992 during Andrew --Tolls on all highways have been suspended and evacuation has already began in the Florida Keys | 07 Aug 2017 | The mayor of Miami Beach has urged tourists and residents to 'get out' of the area as the devastating Hurricane Irma heads for Florida. Mayor Philip Levine called Irma a 'nuclear hurricane' and stressed that anyone left on the beach after last night's mandatory evacuation 'must leave'. It comes after Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered the emergency evacuation of Miami's coastal zones as the monster storm approaches the United States mainland. 'This storm will envelope us whether it is off shore or on shore. It won't make a difference,' Mayor Levine told CBS4. He added: 'I'll do anything in my power to convince [people] this is a very serious storm. This is a nuclear hurricane. They should leave the beach, they must leave the beach.'

Dying Navy Sailors Push for Trial on Fukushima Meltdowns

Dying Navy Sailors Push for Trial on Fukushima Meltdowns | 01 Sept 2017 | Representing cancer-ridden Navy service members who say they were exposed to radiation on a humanitarian mission in Fukushima, former Sen. John Edwards urged a federal judge Thursday to set a date for trial. Over a decade after serving as John Kerry's running mate in the 2004 presidential election, Edwards now represents hundreds of Navy sailors who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as part of a humanitarian mission trip to Fukushima, Japan... Japan's earthquake triggered a nuclear meltdown three nuclear meltdowns at the power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co., and Edwards's clients say the radiation exposure has caused them to develop cancer and other illnesses. The suit is one of two pending against TEPCo and General Electric in the Southern District of California -- the first filed in 2012 and an additional lawsuit naming more than 150 sailors filed last month.

Miami-Dade orders coastal evacuation as Hurricane Irma threatens

Miami-Dade orders coastal evacuation as Hurricane Irma threatens | 06 Sept 2017 | More than 100,000 Miami-Dade residents were instructed to leave their homes on barrier islands, including Miami Beach, and in low-lying mainland areas starting Thursday morning in preparation for Hurricane Irma, as Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued his first evacuation orders for one of the worst storms to ever face Miami. "Irma remains a strong Category 5 hurricane," Gimenez said at a 7 p.m. news briefing in the county's emergency center in Doral. "Significant weakening is not expected."

'It is just total devastation': Category 5 Hurricane Irma destroys 90 per cent of tiny island of Barbuda

'It is just total devastation': Category 5 Hurricane Irma destroys 90 per cent of tiny island of Barbuda as 185mph winds kill four across the Caribbean and dump torrential rain on US territories --Hurricane destroyed about 90 percent of Barbuda's structures and vehicles, according to its Prime Minister | 06 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Irma has destroyed 90 percent of the tiny island of Barbuda after 185 mph winds battered the Caribbean on Wednesday, killing at least four people. The deadly category 5 storm - the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic - made its first landfall early Wednesday morning, pummeling Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and sparking a 'major humanitarian crisis'. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the hurricane had completely destroyed about 90 percent of the island's homes and vehicles. 'The entire housing stock was damaged,' Browne said in an interview with ABS TV Radio in Antigua. 'It is just a total devastation. Barbuda is literally rubble,' he added, saying the island that is home to a population of 1,800 was 'barely habitable'.

Israeli planes strike Syrian positions in Hama province - Syrian Army

Israeli planes strike Syrian positions in Hama province - Syrian Army | 07 Sept 2017 | An Israeli plane has targeted Syrian army positions in the Hama province, killing two servicemen and causing material damage, Syrian general command said in a statement. The incident took place early on Thursday, when an Israeli aircraft launched several missiles from Lebanese airspace, targeting Syrian Army positions near the city of Masyaf in Hama province.

Hundreds scuffle with police over US THAAD launcher deployment in South Korea

Hundreds scuffle with police over US THAAD launcher deployment in South Korea | 07 Sept 2017 | Dozens of protesters were injured in clashes with police as hundreds went out to protest the installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South Korean province of Gyeongsangbuk. Despite the protests, four additional interceptor launchers arrived at the base early Thursday, several hours after police quashed the unrest. The launchers were transported to the site by some 10 US military vehicles from the Osan Air Base near Seoul.

Trump declares emergency in Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico ahead of Category 5 Irma

Trump declares emergency in Florida, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico ahead of Category 5 Irma | 05 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Irma's size and strength put the entire state of Florida on notice Tuesday, and residents and visitors prepared to leave in anticipation of catastrophic winds and floods that could reach the state by this weekend. President Donald Trump issued federal emergency declarations for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida Tuesday. Throughout South Florida, officials readied evacuation orders and people raided store shelves, buying water and other hurricane supplies.

US Navy to evacuate 5,000 as military preps for Hurricane Irma

US Navy to evacuate 5,000 as military preps for Hurricane Irma | 06 Sept 2017 | The US military has ordered the evacuation of over five thousand personnel from a Naval Air Station in Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Irma is now a Category 5 storm and one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic...The military is braced for it to hit the US mainland and the current forecast suggests it could strike Florida over the weekend. More than 5,000 military active duty, civilians, contractors and families based at Naval Air Station Key West have received mandatory evacuation orders, according to US Navy officials.

Hurricane Irma is so strong it registers on devices that detect earthquakes as tropical storm Jose forms BEHIND IT

Hurricane Irma is now so strong it registers on devices that detect earthquakes as tropical storm Jose forms BEHIND IT --Fears Irma could be worse than Harvey --The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 185mph, making it the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean | 05 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Irma is now so powerful it is registering on devices designed to detect earthquakes. Scientists started picking up background noise from the storm on their earthquake-detecting seismometers as Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm on Tuesday. Winds causing trees to move and crashing ocean waves caused by Irma is what made it possible for the earthquake detectors to pick up the storm. Irma is currently roaring toward the northeast Caribbean on a path that could take it to the US - causing thousands to start panic buying and preparing to evacuate in Florida. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 185mph, making it the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean with fears that it could be worse than Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Irma strengthens into a category FIVE storm with winds up to 185 mph as it heads for the east coast of America

Hurricane Irma strengthens into a category FIVE storm with winds up to 185 mph as it heads for the east coast of America --Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Tuesday | 05 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path that could take it to the United States. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 185mph and was centered about 270 miles east of Antigua. It was moving west at 14 mph. That makes Irma the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the North Atlantic, behind 1980's Hurricane Allen.

AG Sessions announces Trump administration is rescinding DACA because it is 'unconstitutional'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces that the Trump administration is rescinding DACA because it is 'unconstitutional' and amounts to 'unilateral executive amnesty' --State AGs were threatening to sue DOJ unless Trump rescinded the policy by today; Sessions cited the legal action in his announcement | 05 Sept 2017 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Trump administration will 'wind down' an Obama-era program that allows illegal immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. Sessions said in a press statement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, DACA, is an 'unconstitutional exercise of authority' by the executive branch and amounts to 'unilateral executive amnesty.' The administration is rescinding the policy that created the program, Sessions said. It's up to Congress to pass legislation extending the policy if it see fit, the DOJ official stated.

Hurricane Irma a Category 4, Florida Governor Scott declares a state of emergency

Hurricane Irma a Category 4, Florida Governor Scott declares a state of emergency | 04 Sept 2017 | Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon as Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 4 storm. According to the National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. advisory Monday, Irma grew to 130 mph sustained winds as it chugged at 13 mph through the Caribbean. Irma's projected to turn west-northwest by the end of the day Tuesday, moving on an overall track that increased the possibility that South Florida will feel its effects, if not take a direct hit. It's also supposed to strengthen over the next two days.

Death toll from Hurricane Harvey reaches at least 60

Death toll from Hurricane Harvey reaches at least 60 | 04 Sept 2017 | Officials now blame at least 60 deaths on Harvey after the storm dumped many feet of rain on several counties in a matter of days. Many of those deaths were people drowning in flash floods or water-logged roads. But county emergency management departments across southeast Texas tell The Associated Press they are including people in their storm-related death totals who died from indirect complications of Harvey.

S.Korea, US to lift warhead weight limit on South Korean missiles

S.Korea, US to lift warhead weight limit on South Korean missiles | 04 Sept 2017 | The US agreed to allow South Korea deploy heavier warheads on its missiles after the latest nuclear test by Pyongyang. The existing limit set in a missile pact between Washington and Seoul is 500 kg. The agreement to lift the weight limit was reached by US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in a phone call on Monday, the South Korean presidential office said in a statement. With tensions rising on the Korean peninsula, Donald Trump also gave "conceptual approval" for billions worth of US weapons to be sold to South Korea.

Trump, Mattis, Mnuchin warn North Korea of 'overwhelming' military response, halted trade

Trump, Mattis, Mnuchin warn North Korea of 'overwhelming' military response, halted trade | 03 Sept 2017 | President Trump suggested Sunday, after another underground nuclear test by North Korea, that he’ll halt trade with any country doing business with the rogue nation, as two members of the president's Cabinet issued tough warnings of their own. "The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea," tweeted Trump, in response to the regime of Kim Jong Un claiming to have detonated a hydrogen bomb underground.

South Korea, U.S. plan more drills after North Korea nuclear test rattles globe

South Korea, U.S. plan more drills after North Korea nuclear test rattles globe | 02 Sept 2017 | South Korea said on Monday it was preparing fresh military drills with its ally the United States and ramping up its ballistic missile defenses in response to North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test a day earlier...South Korea's air force and army conducted exercises involving long-range air-to-surface missiles and ballistic missiles on Monday, the joint chiefs of staff said in a statement. More drills were being prepared with U.S. forces in the South, it said. The South's environment ministry will also announce on Monday its approval of an environmental assessment report for the deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile defense system, a ministry official told Reuters.

Irma is coming: Caribbean braces for hurricane and it officially poses a threat to East Coast

Irma is coming: Caribbean braces for the hurricane which is expected to reach land by Tuesday - and it now officially poses a threat to the East Coast --The storm is currently a Category 3 but expected to reach Category 4 by landfall | 04 Sept 2017 | Hurricane Irma now officially poses a threat to the United States as islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea are making preparation for its arrival. The storm could hit the area as soon as Tuesday, and is expected to hit the East Coast of the mainland US later this week...The US National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm could near that region late Tuesday. Currently Irma is a Category three hurricane, but its intensity has been fluctuating over the past few days.

Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay

Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay --700,000 jobs to open for U.S. citizens - study | 03 Sept 2017 | President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm -- and fulfill one of the president's core campaign promises. Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA...The president's expected announcement is likely to shore up his base, which rallied behind his broader campaign message about the importance of enforcing the country's immigration laws and securing the border.

Zuckerberg Group: 700K American Job Openings If DACA Ends

Zuckerberg Group: 700K American Job Openings If DACA Ends | 31 Aug 2017 | A study by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's open borders organization revealed that if an Obama-created amnesty program for young undocumented immigrants is ended, it would open nearly 700,000 American jobs. Zuckerberg's FWD.us group - a pro-immigration lobbying group - released the study with the intention to show the hardships of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, where more than 850,000 young undocumented immigrants have been given temporary amnesty would have on the American economy. The study unintentionally revealed how many more job opportunities American workers would have if President Trump were to repeal DACA, as he promised his supporters he would do. According to the FWD.us study, if DACA is repealed it would mean potentially 700,000 American jobs could open up for American citizens.

Dozens of Al-Nusra, ISIS-affiliated jihadists entered Germany posing as refugees - report

Dozens of Al-Nusra, ISIS-affiliated jihadists entered Germany posing as refugees - report | 03 Sept 2017 | Several dozen Syrian extremists linked to both [John McCain's best buds] al-Nusra Front and ISIS, who committed "numerous massacres" of civilians and captives, have sought asylum in Germany, Der Spiegel reports. Some 60 members of a Syrian militant group called Liwa Owais al-Korani or the Owais al-Korani Brigade arrived to Germany as refugees, Der Spiegel reports, citing sources within the German security services. The Owais al-Korani Brigade initially fought on the side of the Free Syrian Army but then switched sides and joined al-Nusra Front (now self-styled Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) - Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the weekly says, adding that the group also fought alongside Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) in the Raqqa province for months.

Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County as fire continues to rage in Verdugo Mountains

Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County as fire continues to rage in Verdugo Mountains | 03 Sept 2017 | Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as firefighters continue to battle a 5,900-acre brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles that has destroyed three homes and shut down a stretch of the 210 Freeway. The governor’s declaration will ensure that state and federal assistance will be provided as quickly as possible. It came at the urging of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said the fire is the largest in the city’s history in terms of sheer acreage.

Biggest wildfire in LA's history: More than 700 are forced to evacuate as 8,000 acres are scorched in blaze

Biggest wildfire in LA's history: More than 700 are forced to evacuate as 8,000 acres are scorched in blaze and hundreds of firefighters struggle to cope due to 100F heatwave and 'very erratic' winds | 03 Sept 2017 | The largest fire in Los Angeles history is engulfing thousands of acres of land and forcing residents to evacuate homes throughout the county. The fire, dubbed the La Tuna Fire after the canyon where it erupted, has already burned through 8,000 acres of land, and the heatwave in the area along with erratic winds are proving major obstacles for firefighters trying control the blaze. The fire broke out Friday and has already forced the partial closure of the 210 Freeway, a major thoroughfare.

Hurricane Irma remains potential threat to the East Coast, possibly matching Harvey's wind strength

Hurricane Irma remains potential threat to the East Coast, possibly matching Harvey's wind strength | 02 Sept 2017 | On the heels of Hurricane Harvey...attention is turning to the next threat, Hurricane Irma [currently, at Category 2 strength with sustained winds of 110 mph]. As highlighted Friday, this storm will definitely be one to watch over the next several days -- particularly along the East Coast -- despite the high uncertainty in impacts at this juncture. The Global Forecast System (GFS, American model) has been painting an ominous picture over the past few model runs, swinging Irma around a large blocking high-pressure system anchored over the central Atlantic. It ultimately brings the storm up the East Coast.

N Korea blast 'five times bigger than Nagasaki'

N Korea blast 'five times bigger than Nagasaki' | 03 Sept 2017 | North Korea has detonated a hydrogen bomb with "perfect success", the secretive country's state media has announced. Earlier, Japan confirmed its near neighbour had conducted a sixth nuclear test. Japan's meteorological agency said the resulting tremors were at least 10 times as powerful as North Korea's previous nuclear test, last September. Experts estimated that blast to have been around 10 kilotons.

North Korea Says It Has Developed Hydrogen Bomb to Suit ICBM

North Korea Says It Has Developed Hydrogen Bomb to Suit ICBM | 02 Sept 2017 | North Korea claims that it now has a more-developed hydrogen nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a new intercontinental ballistic missile. The bomb is a multi-functional thermonuclear weapon adjustable from tens of kiloton to hundreds of kiloton and can be be detonated even at high altitudes for an electromagnetic pulse attack, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said. North Korea last tested a nuclear device about a year ago.

Trump sees 'lot of love' in Texas flood shelter

Trump sees 'lot of love' in Texas flood shelter | 02 Sept 2017 | Donald Trump has returned to Texas to meet volunteers and victims of Storm Harvey, which brought record rainfall and catastrophic flooding to one of America's largest cities. The President touched down in Air Force One with First Lady Melania Trump to see the devastation wrought by the tropical storm. He visited Houston, the state's biggest city, before making his way to Lake Charles in neighbouring Louisiana. Both have seen mass evacuations because of the historic flooding. Mr Trump's first stop was a shelter, where he visited a section reserved for child survivors and listened to their stories.

Huge fire breaks out at Arkema chemical plant in Texas

Huge fire breaks out at Arkema chemical plant in Texas | 01 Sept 2017 | Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday from a flooded Houston-area chemical plant where highly unstable compounds blew up a day earlier after losing refrigeration. It was the second day that flames and smoke could be seen at the Arkema plant in Crosby. Arkema says Harvey's floodwaters engulfed its backup generators and knocked out the refrigeration necessary to keep the organic peroxides from degrading and catching fire. After Thursday's fire, Arkema had said it had eight more containers that could blow up.

Syrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS

Gee, Google's not gonna like this one! Dig deep into your spam bins, folks, as this CLG Newsletter will never see the light of day, after including this nugget: Syrian rebel defector says his US-trained unit sold arms to ISIS | 01 Sept 2017 | Not only were the US-backed 'moderate' militants in southern Syria never meant to fight ISIS [I-CIA-SIS], but their commanders actually traded US-made weapons and ammunition to terrorists, a rebel defector claimed in an interview with Rossiya-24. Asaad As-Salem says he defected from the US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra group stationed at the At-Tanf base in southern Syria, and surrendered to Syrian government forces..."When we learned that our unit's leader was selling weapons to ISIS terrorists, we reported that to American base command, but following our report no action has been taken, the Americans only ramped up the support to the man who was appointed our commander and who was dealing with ISIS," As-Salem said. "And he was selling all sorts of weapons our unit possessed, US-made small arms, M-16 and M-4 rifles, recoilless rifles, various machine guns and ammunition for them."

Tourists locked inside Eiffel Tower; Eurostar is also evacuated in Paris terror alert

Panicking tourists are locked inside the Eiffel Tower as police arrest man nearby while Eurostar is also evacuated in Paris terror alert --One person has been arrested by police at the landmark in the French capital --Eurostar at Gare du Nord was evacuated after a seemingly separate alert | 01 Sept 2017 | Tourists were locked inside the Eiffel Tower and the Eurostar evacuated amid a Paris terror alert which saw one man arrested this evening. People took to social media to share images of the 324-metre-high tourist attraction shut off and surrounded by police. One person has been arrested. French police said they arrested an unarmed man near the Eiffel Tower on Friday night.

Arkema backtracks, refuses to provide chemical inventory to the public

Arkema backtracks, refuses to provide chemical inventory to the public | 01 Sept 2017 | Arkema, the company that owns the chemical plant in Crosby on the verge of more explosions, is refusing to provide a chemical inventory and facility map to the public, one day after promising to provide the information...Late Thursday night, the company provided a list, detailing the names of the chemicals on the site. It did not provide the amounts of the chemicals, where those chemicals were located or in what types of containers in which the chemicals were stored. It also refused to specify where even more potentially dangerous chemicals are located on site.

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