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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Communities along the Southeastern coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monster storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before pushing inland over the weekend. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS, TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC WATERS, TROPICAL WEATHER-SIMULATION, TROPICAL WEATHER-WILD HORSES

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 TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 690 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRUMP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an "underappreciated great job." By Jonathan Lemire and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RURAL TOWNS

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. —James Howell Jr. lost big two years ago when Hurricane Matthew swelled the Tar River, less than a half-mile from his home. Finally persuaded it was too dangerous to stay, he returned two days later to discover that 2 feet of standing water had turned his insulation moldy, forcing a rebuild of his living room. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 830 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-HOW

WASHINGTON — To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 670 words.

FEMA MONEY-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is pushing back against a Democratic U.S. senator's claim that the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency to immigration enforcement. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MCDONALD'S SEX HARASSMENT-STRIKE

NEW YORK — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment. By David Crary. SENT: 810 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HOMICIDE SUSPECT CAPTURED: A suspect in a homicide in North Carolina has been captured in Connecticut.

— TEEN'S BOSS THREATENED: A North Carolina teenager is accused of holding his boss at gunpoint and demanding he be paid in cash.

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VIRGINIA

TROPICAL WEATHER-MILITARY BASES

RICHMOND, Va. —The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. By Sarah Rankin and Lolita Baldor. SENT: 660 words, photos.

COAL ASH LAWSUIT-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy's discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site through groundwater into surrounding waters does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 750 words.

COP KILLED-TRIAL

MANASSAS, Va. —Jurors in the death penalty trial of an Army staff sergeant charged with fatally shooting his wife and a police officer are hearing testimony from an officer who survived the shooting. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 600 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT: Virginia's House speaker has scheduled a meeting later this month to continue work on a court-ordered legislative map.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi is sending National Guard members and search-and-rescue workers to areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

— NORTHAM CAR SHOW: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's planned classic car show is postponed because of Hurricane Florence.

— STOLEN MEDICAID MONEY-DRUG: A Virginia commonwealth's attorney says a woman took prescribed oxycodone and Medicaid money meant for her aunt's care.

— OVERDOSE DEATHS: Virginia police are searching for a link between five overdose deaths that happened over three days in Chesterfield County.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPCO-DISPLACED WORKER

DOVER, Del. — Delaware's Supreme Court is being asked to overturn 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.

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY-ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE

SANTA FE, N.M. — A private liberal arts college with campuses in New Mexico and Maryland announced Wednesday a $17,000 reduction in its annual tuition, while acknowledging that steady price increases in pursuit of prestige had inadvertently driven away many qualified students from families of moderate or modest economic means. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 550 words, photos.

KENNEDY COUSIN

HARTFORD, Conn. — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case and reinstate his conviction. By Dave Collins. SENT: 580 words.

MISSING MOON ROCKS

SALT LAKE CITY —A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the whereabouts of all 50. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 720 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BALTIMORE-EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC: Some Baltimore residents will soon get some help from City Hall in expunging their records from public inspection.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-STAFFING REPORT: A new report stemming from Baltimore police's consent decree with the federal government finds that the department has failed to prioritize patrol positions.

— CONDOMS IN SCHOOLS: Maryland's largest school system will offer condoms at all its high schools to fight a double-digit surge in chlamydia and gonorrhea in the county.

— SENIOR HOUSING-TRAINING: A new course to train people to work in housing for senior citizens is starting in Montgomery County, Maryland.

— BODY FOUND-RIVER: Police say there doesn't appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding a body found in a Maryland river.

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