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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD

September 14, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,310 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM, TROPICAL WEATHER-STATION EVACUATES,

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRAPPED

City officials in one North Carolina community sent out an ominous tweet sometime around 2 a.m. Friday. It came as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn’t stop. And that’s when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 670 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WATER

WASHINGTON — Florence’s rain total will likely be staggeringly huge. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculates that Hurricane Florence is forecast to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week over the North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. It doesn’t include rain after it dissipates and its remnants circle back to the northeast. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 300 words, photo, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SHIFTING SANDS

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf. By Michael Biesecker and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 950 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-STORM SURGE

WASHINGTON — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes of high water that form as the ocean spreads inland. The high water has destructive waves on top, and it comes in addition to normal tides. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL STORM-FLEEING TO FLORIDA

ORLANDO, Fla. — With Hurricane Florence barreling toward their home near Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Hales Jordan and her husband boarded up their house, packed up their car and headed to Walt Disney World in Florida with their two teenage children. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 510 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-PUERTO RICO

WASHINGTON — As Hurricane Florence bore down on the U.S. on Thursday, President Donald Trump angrily churned up the devastating storm of a year earlier, disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.” By Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video, audio.

IN BRIEF:

— SAUSAGE RECALL: The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds (21,318 kilograms) of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic.

— CHARLOTTE BUSINESS GROUPS: Two major North Carolina business groups are merging to promote economic development and job growth in their region.

— ALCOHOL-GUNS-HIGH SCHOOL: Police say a student has been caught at a North Carolina high school with guns, knives, ammunition and beer.

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VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty Friday to two federal crimes after cutting a deal with prosecutors and agreeing to cooperate with the special counsel’s Russia probe. By Eric Tucker, Chad Day and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 830 words, photos, audio.

— With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— NRA LAWSUIT-LAWYER REMOVED: A lawyer representing the National Rifle Association in a Virginia lawsuit has been removed from the case for not disclosing an ethical sanction.

— FENTANYL SALE-SENTENCING: A Virginia man arrested after he tried to sell more than a pound of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl to a police informant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

— DOG ATTACK: A Virginia woman who was with her children when she was attacked by an English bull terrier and dragged to the ground is suing the dog’s owner for $600,000.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPCO-DISPLACED WORKER

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s Supreme Court has upheld a judge’s decision terminating the disability benefits of a woman who is in the country illegally and was injured at work. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— UNIVERSITY-WHITE SAFE SPACE: A group called “White Awake” at the University of Maryland’s Counseling Center is seeking to serve as a safe space for white students to discuss race.

— DNA SAMPLES-INVESTIGATION: Delaware officials are investigating why 1,600 criminal DNA samples, some more than a decade old, languished for years without being entered into a national database.

— GOLDEN SCAM: Two men promised gold instead received copper, and now $300,000 is dust in the wind.

— CHILD SEX ASSAULTS: A Maryland man who prosecutors say orchestrated “horrific” sexual assaults of three young girls has been convicted of producing child pornography.

— CONTRACTOR CHARGED: A Florida man who worked for a National Security Agency contractor in Maryland has been charged with submitting fraudulent timesheets that billed the federal government at least $250,000 for work he didn’t perform.

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