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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. —As Hurricane Florence churned toward an eventual Eastern Seaboard landfall, evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday and millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the region in decades. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,160 words, photos, video.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL STORMS-CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. —The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds. Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph). North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane in 1989. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 760 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS

Hurricane Florence could become the storm of record for North Carolina. The AP explains in chunky text why the state's barrier islands are so vulnerable, what could happen and the role climate change is playing.   By Ben Finley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.

FLORENCE-COMPANY IMPACT

NEW YORK — Hurricanes almost always set off an orchestrated dance on Wall Street before they make landfall, with shares of property and casualty insurance companies dumped in favor of companies that sell construction supplies or portable generators.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR--SENATE-AD: A North Carolina Republican legislator facing a difficult re-election campaign is running a television ad in which a Democratic colleague endorses him.

— TREE KILLS WOMAN: A man says a tree has fallen on his North Carolina home and killed his wife.

— SHAW U PRESIDENT: One of the country's oldest historically black colleges and universities has named its 18th president.

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA: A white North Carolina police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a black man prosecutors say kept reaching for a handgun during a traffic stop.

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VIRGINIA

COP KILLED-TRIAL

MANASSAS, Va. — Jurors have heard opening statements in the death-penalty trial of an Army staff sergeant charged with killing his wife and police officer on her first shift who responded to the scene. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 p.m., then 600 words by 6 p.m.

ROMANIA-US-HACKER

BUCHAREST, Romania — A Romanian court has ruled that a hacker known as Guccifer should be extradited to the U.S. to serve a 4½-year prison sentence. SENT: 270 words.

SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-TRUMP

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday remembered the "band of brave patriots" aboard a Sept. 11 flight that crashed in Pennsylvania, praising passengers and crew members who resisted hijackers and sent a message that the nation would "never, ever submit to tyranny." By Darlene Superville. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

— With: SEPT 11 ANNIVERSARY-TRUMP-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-TENNESSEE TASK FORCE: A search and rescue team from Tennessee is being deployed to Virginia ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence.

— WILD GINSENG: It's open season on ginseng hunting in Virginia from now until the end of the year.

— US SENATE-TOWN HALL: Liberty University and Hampton University will each host a U.S. Senate Town Hall featuring Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart.

— UNITED WAY: The United Way of Southwest Virginia is expanding again by merging with the Pulaski County United Way.

— CHILD FATALLY SHOT: A Virginia woman has been charged with felony murder and child neglect in the fatal shooting of her 4-year-old son.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

CASINO DEALER CHARGED

GREENBELT, Md. — A man who worked as a baccarat dealer at a Maryland casino is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Tuesday on a charge he helped card players cheat in exchange for a cut of the scheme's proceeds. Ming Zhang, of Alexandria, Virginia, was charged last Thursday with conspiring to transport stolen funds. A court filing says Zhang exposed part of a baccarat deck to a player who photographed the unshuffled cards before betting on hands last September. By Michael Kunzelman. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

ACTIVE SHOOTER STUDY

CHICAGO — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. By Lindsay Tanner. SENT: 510 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— STATE RETIREES-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: A lawsuit is challenging the state of Maryland's decision to move Medicare eligible retirees to Medicare Part D.

— DAY CARE-BABY KILLED: A Maryland man has been convicted in the death of a 6-month-old girl who attended his home day care.

— OFF-DUTY OFFICER SHOOTING: Police in Maryland say the off-duty Baltimore police officer who shot at a man breaking into his truck saw him trying to take his guns.

— OVERDOSE FATALITIES: Delaware public health officials are reporting a record number of deaths from suspected drug overdoses in August.

— STANDARDIZED TESTING: Maryland will drop its standardized test, often criticized for being too time-consuming and disruptive to the school schedule.

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