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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast. By Jonathan Drew and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT'S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-EVACUEES

TROPICAL WEATHER-FORECASTING

WASHINGTON —Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped. Not with Florence. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-ECONOMIC DAMAGE

WASHINGTON — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are parking cars in service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. By Paul Wiseman, Tom Krisher and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-GULLAH GEECHEE

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-EVACUATION DILEMMA

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Mercedes O'Neill is a little scared to ride out Hurricane Florence in her home just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with her boyfriend, her 6-year-old daughter, two cats and her new son, due Sept. 27.

IN BRIEF:

— DEFENSE CONTRACTOR-ARMY-MALWARE: An Atlanta man convicted of sabotaging a computer program housed on servers at an Army base in North Carolina has been sentenced to two years federal prison.

— LOW-COST DEGREE: A North Carolina community college has brokered a deal to help its graduates earn bachelor's degrees for no more than $10,000.

— UNDERAGE SEX TRAFFICKING: A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sex trafficking children.

— ANKLE MONITOR BREAK INS: Those behind a string of break-ins in North Carolina had an Achilles' heel, authorities say: an ankle monitor.

— HURRICANE WEDDING: A couple who planned to marry on the Outer Banks in North Carolina has moved their wedding to another state to avoid an uninvited guest: Hurricane Florence.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— DAY CARE ASSAULT: A woman is charged with assaulting a child at the day care she ran in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-CHICKENS IN HOME: A Virginia woman says she and some neighbors have decided to be cooped up with their chickens and other pets as Hurricane Florence approaches.

— WINERY-GRAPE THEFT: A Virginia winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested.

— NALOXONE IN SCHOOLS: A southwest Virginia school district plans to start stocking the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

— REPORTED FORCE EVACUATION: A Virginia city official says residents have reported that people in fluorescent vests are going door-to-door and trying to get residents to evacuate their homes and businesses.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

NUCLEAR BUNKER-FATAL FIRE

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A wealthy stock trader's negligence led to a deadly fire that killed a young man who was helping him build a network of tunnels for a bunker beneath a suburban Washington, D.C., home, a lawsuit alleges. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 600 words, photo.

VATICAN SEX ABUSE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of a West Virginia bishop, Michael Bransfield, and at the same time authorized a fellow bishop to investigate allegations that Bransfield sexually harassed adults, Vatican officials said. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 780 words, photos.

CNS-ELLICOTT CITY-DEMOLITION

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Enthusiasm is flowing in divergent directions for a five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City, Maryland, that Howard County officials announced last week. By Howard R. Fletcher of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— BALTIMORE-SOCIAL SERVICES PROBE: Prosecutors are investigating a former chief of Baltimore's social services agency after auditors questioned how public funds were awarded to a local nonprofit and a contractor.

— SHOPLIFTER RUNS OVER SHOPLIFTER: A woman is accused of running over and killing her shoplifting accomplice while fleeing a Walmart.

— CARBON MONOXIDE-12 HOSPITALIZED: Authorities say a carbon monoxide leak at a Maryland home sent 12 people to the hospital.

— NAVAL ACADEMY-CRITICAL PROFESSOR: An organization representing professors has urged the U.S. Naval Academy to rescind the firing of a tenured professor who was often critical of the school.

— WEST NILE VIRUS: Delaware health official say they have confirmed another human case of West Nile virus, marking the state's fifth case this year.

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