RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The National Hurricane Center says a new report from an Air Force Reserve Unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that Hurricane Florence's top sustained winds have decreased slightly to 130 mph (215 kph) with higher gusts. Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's been a long time since the midsection of the East Coast has gotten a pounding like Hurricane Florence is expected to bring this week. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel slammed the North Carolina coast with winds of 150 mph. The storm was blamed for dozens of deaths in at least four states and an estimated 15,000 buildings were destroyed.

NEW YORK (AP) — The commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has begun at the World Trade Center in New York with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza where the twin towers once stood as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. That is the time when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to honor those killed in the Sept. 11 attack by joining an observance at the Pennsylvania field where hijackers crashed a commercial airliner 17 years ago. Vice President Mike Pence will represent the Trump administration at a ceremony at the Pentagon.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief tells The Associated Press that he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than ever if not. Ali Akbar Salehi also told the AP in an exclusive interview Tuesday in Tehran that the "consequences . will be harsh" if there are any new attacks targeting Iran's nuclear scientists. A string of bombings, blamed on Israel, targeted a number of scientists beginning in 2010.