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Sep. 8, 2017

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Hurricane Irma continued on a collision course with Miami after devastating a chain of Caribbean islands, triggering the largest evacuation in Miami-Dade County history and threatening to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history.

Georgia's governor on Thursday ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn't seen in more than a century.

The Trump administration is applying lessons from Hurricane Harvey's drenching of southeast Texas as it secures toxic waste sites in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Mexico was hit by its strongest earthquake in more than a century, 8.2 magnitude, shaking buildings in the capital and killing at least 26 people in southern states. The tremor brought memories of a 1985 earthquake in Mexico City that killed thousands.

North Korea could decide to delay its next ballistic missile launch because a current outbreak of severe geomagnetic storms can pose a risk to electronic equipment. While missiles are generally heavily shielded against radiation, Kim Jong Un may decide not to risk firing one during the solar flares in case they lose data or ancillary equipment

Equifax Inc., one of the three biggest credit-reporting companies, was struck by a cyberattack that left almost half the U.S. population at risk, placing it among the most intrusive security breaches in history.

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Equifax Inc. late Thursday evening, shortly after the company reported that an unprecedented hack had compromised the private information of about 143 million people.

The Trump administration called on the U.S. Supreme Court to let bakers and potentially other wedding vendors to refuse on free-speech grounds to provide services for same-sex ceremonies.

SpaceX successfully launched a classified Air Force drone from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the state.

AP Top Stories

The Washington National Cathedral, a central landmark in the U.S. capital, has announced its decision to remove two stained glass windows honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up outside an American base in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an attack the Taliban claimed was revenge for a US leaflet deemed highly offensive to Muslims.

Three Cleveland Taco Bell employees opened fire on two armed robbers, killing one, according to police.

Ten years to the day after Israeli warplanes bombed a nuclear reactor in the desert of eastern Syria, the Jewish state on Wednesday night reportedly targeted another Syrian site, this time a facility in Hama province believed to be linked to the Assad regime's chemical and biological weapons programs.

A group of students from an Iowa high school were disciplined Wednesday after a photo of them wearing white hoods, waving a Confederate flag and burning a cross began circulating on social media, according to The Associated Press. One student is also seen holding what appears to be a rifle.

A new paper from Stanford researchers, who have created a machine learning system that they claim, can tell from a few pictures whether a person is gay or straight.

Murderers, rapists and pedophiles are just some of the people who were reportedly given top-secret security clearances by the federal government as it faces a huge bureaucratic backlog. A senior government official said Wednesday that around 100,000 people currently hold interim clearances while carrying out work for companies with Defense Department contracts, as they await more comprehensive background checks.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded four U.S. companies contracts to build prototypes that could be one day be selected as the U.S.-Mexico border wall President Trump has proposed.

BBC

About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago, the UN said.

Australians have handed in nearly 26,000 firearms in the nation's first gun amnesty since its landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996. The amnesty began on 1 July to help counter a growing terrorism threat and an influx of arms in the country. It is illegal to own an unregistered firearm in Australia.

WND

The Rev. Millie Horning Peters is pushing back as the United Methodist Church backs away from its pro-abortion past. The Kentucky United Methodist preacher believes religious leaders should be more involved in promoting abortions and helping women get them, not less.

A law student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland who supports President Trump is now under investigation for "Islamophobia" after he mocked ISIS in a Facebook post.

Three churches in the middle of Hurricane Harvey's path of death and destruction in Texas are suing the federal government because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to allow them to participate in recovery and restoration programs like other nonprofits. Because of their faith.

Toys R Us has hired a law firm to help restructure its roughly $400 million in debt due in 2018, a move that could include the marquee toy store filing for bankruptcy protection.

Eli Lilly said it would lay off about 8 percent of its employees, about 3,500 positions around the world, as the drugmaker, which delayed development of a potential blockbuster rheumatoid.

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