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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

RALEIGH, N.C. — As mandatory evacuations begin for parts of three East Coast states, millions of Americans have been preparing for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video.

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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 the Carolinas have 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. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 730 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— 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

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

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is marking 17 years since the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil by visiting the Pennsylvania field that became a Sept. 11 memorial. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 460 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— 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.

— SEPT 11 REMEMBRANCE: Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are participating in a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington County to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

— 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

IN BRIEF:

— CARJACKING-SHERIFF-CRASH: Authorities in Maryland say a stolen taxicab was recovered when the carjacker crashed it into two cars that happened to belong to a sheriff and chief deputy.

— MILITARY ACADEMY-SEX CHARGES: A former military academy instructor in Delaware has pleaded guilty to dealing in child pornography.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-STAFFING STRUGGLES: A deputy commissioner of a Maryland police department says the agency is working on plans to change its "open checkbook" approach to overtime.

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