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Nor’easter Drops Over A Foot Of Snow On Northeast

(SL) – A major storm that slammed the East Coast is moving through New England today. Millions in the Northeast are digging out from the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. More than four-thousand flights were canceled yesterday and more than 80-thousand homes and businesses were without power.

The heaviest snow fell in southern Pennsylvania, where some areas got a foot-and-a-half of snow. Snow is continuing to fall from New Jersey to southern New England. The nor’easter is the fourth to hit the region in three weeks.

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Snow In Mid-Atlantic Storm May Evolve Into Blizzard

(SW) – A new mid-Atlantic storm may cause blizzard-like conditions in New England early this week. The storm is expected to pick up pace Monday night and into Tuesday. The heavy snow may bring travel to a stop in Boston and Portland, Maine on Tuesday.

Coastal communities from North Carolina to New England continue to face the risk of coastal flooding and power outages. The Monday morning commute is expected to be a slick one in and around southwestern Virginia.

Eastern New England is bracing for the worst part of the storm with over a foot of snow, blizzard conditions and strong winds.

Nor’easter Leaves At Least 7 Dead And Millions Without Power

(SL) –  Millions are without power as a deadly winter storm pounds the East Coast with heavy rain and hurricane force winds. The National Weather Service says heavy snow and rain will taper off today, but wind gusts of up to 50-miles-per-hour are expected through the day.

The highest wind gust recorded so far as been 93-miles-per-hour in Barnstable, Massachusetts. Hurricane-force winds are expected to continue overnight on the Massachusetts coast and in Rhode Island. The winter storm is also dropping heavy snow on the Northeast. New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania had already got ten inches of snow by afternoon. Connecticut and Boston have also been hit with heavy rain and flooding.

Governors in Virginia and Maryland have declared states of emergency with several deaths being blamed on the massive storm. “ABC News” says seven people were killed by falling trees. Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights and utility companies are warning customers that power might not be restored until late today or tomorrow because of high winds.

Lucky Calif Mudslide Driver Speaking Out

(Burbank, CA) – The driver of a vehicle caught on camera floating away in Tuesday’s mudslides in Southern California is talking about the frightening experience.

Desionne Franklin says he was evacuating from his Burbank home when a rush of water hit his Prius and it hydroplaned the rest of the way down a hillside.

Local firefighters captured Franklin’s wild ride on video.

Franklin says his girlfriend was screaming with fear, but his faith helped him to stay calm. He described the car’s rumbling over the rocks as “thunder that was below your feet.” Amazingly, no one was hurt and the car suffered only minor damage.

Oprah Caught In Mudslide That’s Killed 16, Has 24 Missing And 300 Trapped

(Montecito, CA) –  Oprah’s home is one of many that was surrounded by the deadly mudslides in Southern California. The Queen of talk posted a video on Instagram last night, which shows her walking through the backyard of her Montecito residence in Santa Barbara County.

Knee deep in mud, she says, “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on her Instagram page today. “My property is fine. Some mud, and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru.”

In the brief video, Winfrey  further surveys the muddy aftermath near her Montecito home. “Oh god,” she says. “So, there used to be a fence right here. “That’s my neighbor’s house, devastated. And debris is everywhere.”

As the rain moves out of Southern California, the heavy equipment is moving in after deadly mudslides. Bulldozers, tractors and military grade trucks are all being used today to clear the roads to make way for more rescue crews heading to the upscale coastal community of Montecito in Santa Barbara County.

Officials say the tons of trash, trees, rocks and mud that slid off the hillsides and knocked homes off their foundation yesterday has led to the deaths of at least 16 people. Officials believe that number is expected to climb, with dozens of people missing and hundreds still trapped in their homes.

Twenty-five-people were injured and 50 had to be rescued by helicopters when the muddy runoff swept through neighborhoods, knocked homes off foundations and overran the 101-Freeway in some areas. The mudslides were triggered by yesterday’s heavy rainstorm in hillsides left barren by the massive Thomas Fire.

 

Top Headlines: Trump Rolling Back Federal Mandate On Contraceptives, Girlfriend Of Vegas Shooter Speaks, Tropical Storm Nate Headed For Gulf Coast And More……

(SL) –States on the Gulf Coast are bracing for Tropical Storm Nate as it is expected to hit the region as a Category One hurricane. The eye of the storm is expected to come within 50 miles east of New Orleans Saturday or early Sunday. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Nate is being blamed for 22 deaths in Central America as it tracks toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm dumped heavy rain and caused widespread flooding in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is likely to strengthen today, before a possible hurricane-strength hit near Cancun, Mexico.

donald-trump-featured_1024The Trump administration is rolling back a federal mandate on contraceptives. The Obamacare rule required employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans. The new rule will allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Millions of woman currently have free access to contraceptives because of the federal mandate.

article-nasty-1005President Trump is once again saying the federal government is doing a great job in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During a White House event today, Trump said the government has been doing a great job there adding that Puerto Rico has been through a lot. The administration has come under fire for its initial response to the natural disaster.

2017-10-03t22-35-13-166z--1280x720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter is giving new details about the gunman. Marilou Danley told investigators Stephen Paddock showed some symptoms of mental illness. She said she remembers him lying in bed, moaning and screaming “Oh, my God.” State and federal law enforcement officials confirmed that Paddock had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication Valium in the past.

2017-10-04T224057Z_1_LYNXMPED93235-OUSHE_RTROPTP_3_HEALTH-US-CIGNA-OPIOIDSInsurance giant Cigna will be ending coverage for most OxyContin prescriptions. Starting January 1st, Cigna will not cover most prescriptions for the widely-prescribed opioid in group health insurance plans. The change announced this week is part of Cigna’s efforts to help rein in a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse.

171006114954-rip-aim-thumbnail-1024x576A-O-L’s is wrapping up its instant messaging service. The company announced today that A-O-L Instant Messenger will be discontinued on December 15th, after 20 years of chat history online. The long-running instant messaging service was many people’s first social experience on the internet. Launching back in 1997, the service preceded the ever-growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Slack.

Donald Trump Attacks Struggling Puerto Rico In Their Time Of Need

(SL) –  President Trump is criticizing the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city in a series of morning tweets. Trump wrote, “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

He went on to attack what he called “Such poor leadership ability” adding that island officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” About an hour later, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded with her own tweets, saying “The goal is one: saving lives. She added, “This is the time to show our true colors.”

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His comments came after Mayor  Cruz criticized the government’s response to the crisis on the island after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Cruz is furious over the government’s response to Hurricane Maria. She blasted acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the recovery effort a “good news story.”

Cruz pleaded to President Trump to take charge and save lives. Duke visited San Juan Friday, saying she was “proud” of the government’s response. Duke said additional supplies and personnel are en route to the island, but admitted that clearly the effort is “not satisfactory.”

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Top Morning Headlines: Trump Praises Tax Plan, Hugh Hefner Dies, Puerto Rico Still Waiting On Help, Russians And The NFL, Whataburger Whites Only And More….

(SL) – “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner is dead. Hefner died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 91. Hefner created the men’s magazine in 1953, and since then its iconic bunny logo has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

08-022839-everything_you_need_to_know_about_hugh_hefnerHis son released a statement saying that his father “lived an exceptional and impactful life” and was a “leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”

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(Indianapolis, IN) — President Trump says the new Republican tax plan is a big win for the middle class. In Indiana yesterday, Trump said the new plan will help bring back jobs while triggering “robust” growth. Democrats are calling the GOP plan a giveaway to the wealthy that would blow-up the federal deficit. The new plan eliminates most itemized deductions, and would lower the corporate tax rate from 35-percent to 20-percent.

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(San Juan, PR) — Frustration is growing in Puerto Rico as millions of Americans wait for help to arrive. The power is still out in the U.S. territory devastated by Hurricane Maria, and the FCC said yesterday that over 91-percent of cellphone sites on the island are still out of service. Puerto Rico’s governor told CBS News that food, water and medicine are sitting at the port waiting to be delivered, but there’s no way to deliver it. Governor Ricardo Rossello said the bus drivers are either stuck at home or their buses have been destroyed.

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(San Francisco, CA) — Russian accounts are fueling a debate on Twitter about NFL players protesting the national anthem. The “New York Times” says a bipartisan public policy group has been following hundreds of Twitter accounts to track Russian efforts to create division in the U.S. It found Russian trolls working both sides of the NFL protest debate, and that the hashtags #boycottnfl and #takeaknee were both linked to Russian accounts.

160229110552-otto-warmbier-press-conference-4-super-169(Cincinnati, OH) –– A coroner’s report says they still don’t know what killed an American student who was imprisoned in North Korea. Otto Warmbier died in June after being held captive in North Korea for over a year. A coroner in Hamilton County, Ohio says a year-old injury deprived Warmbier’s brain of oxygen before his death, but doesn’t say what the injury was. The 22-year-old student was returned to the U.S. in a coma. He died several days later.Texas Restaurants Guns(SL) – The federal government is suing Whataburger restaurants in Florida over claims that managers were told to only hire workers who sounded white. According to the lawsuit, a restaurant manager in Tallahassee told area managers to hire only white applicants so the faces behind the counter would match the customer base. Whataburger denies the claims.

rs-19992-20140129-nipplegate-x1800-1391017703(SL) – After Jay Z declined and invite to perform during halftime at this year’s Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake is returning. Reports say the pop star is finalizing a deal to do the Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis on February 4th. Timberlake was part of the controversial 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, when her exposed nipple on live television was called a “wardrobe malfunction.” The incident led to the FCC mandating a five-second delay on Super Bowl halftime shows.

$5000 For A Plane Ticket? Airlines Take Advantage Of People Trying To Get Families Out Of Hurricane Irma’s Path

(SL)- Purchasing a plane ticket ‘same day’ can be expensive but I’ve never seen one for more than a thousand dollars round trip. The thought of seeing $5000 on a ticket price would equate to price gouging and then some.

Several Floridians and people trying to evacuate from San Juan were shocked to see prices jumping over 800 dollars a day while they were trying to get their loved ones to safety.

Airlines like Delta and  American Airlines had no problem taking advantage of people trying to get out harm’s hiking up their prices and milking it for what they can.

One woman, Leigh Dow, tweeted a screen grab of a Delta ticket price changing from $547.50 to $3,258.50.

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Now granted, two hours later she tweeted she had spoken to Delta and they were able to assist her.  ‘Delta reached out & helped tremendously. Note to travelers, always call airline directly if something doesn’t look right.’

John Lyons, whose daughter goes to school at the University of Miami bought his daughter a ticket home to Boston at a reasonable rate on Monday evening at around $160.00.

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Hurricane Irma Upgraded To Category 4 Storm, Florida Governor Calls For State Of Emergency

(SL) – As Hurricane Irma inches closer to the US, Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting Floridians on alert and declaring a state of emergency for the sunshine state.

Scott says, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

Irma grew into a Category 4 storm on Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean with winds of 140 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Harvey had winds of 130 mph when it made landfall in Texas last week.

The Daily Mail reports, it is forecast to begin buffeting the region on Tuesday and the US National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected.

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