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Hurricane Ian's uncertain path has all of Florida preparing

Hurricane Ian’s uncertain path has all of Florida preparing

The storm, located about 90 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman and about 315 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba, is forecast to become a hurricane Monday and strengthen to a major hurricane of Category 3 or higher by Tuesday, the center said. A hurricane watch has been issued along the west coast of …

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Why California's wildfire year is running below average

Why California’s wildfire year is running below average

California has had several severe fires this year, including the Mosquito Fire, which continues to burn east of Sacramento. However, after damp spring weather and cool temperatures delayed the onset of peak fire activity, the state’s overall wildfire activity has been “surprisingly benign,” said Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Lab. …

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Jackson, Mississippi, residents file class action lawsuit against city over water issues

Jackson, Mississippi, residents file class action lawsuit against city over water issues

The 99-page complaint filed last week is asking for an unspecified amount of relief to “remediate the harm caused by lack of access to safe water,” it says. The plaintiffs are also asking for the pipes to be fixed; water bills canceled or not collected on; a system to regularly test the water in the …

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Kansas man sentenced to more than 5 years for performing illegal autopsies

Kansas man sentenced to more than 5 years for performing illegal autopsies

Shawn Lynn Parcells, 42, of Topeka, used his business National Autopsy Services LLC to “obtain fees from more than 350 clients for a total amount of $1,166,000,” according to court documents, the DOJ said in a release Monday. “In many cases, the defendant failed to provide an authentic completed report.” In the case he pleaded …

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More than 300 all-time heat records were broken in the US this summer.  See where it was the hottest.

More than 300 all-time heat records were broken in the US this summer. See where it was the hottest.

From June 1 through September 12, at least 356 all-time heat records from California to Maine from a subset of weather stations were tied or broken, according to a CNN analysis of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. CNN examined the highest maximum and minimum temperatures collected by weather stations across the country with at …

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Why college rankings still fascinate us

Why college rankings still fascinate us

The publication’s easy-to-digest hierarchy of undergraduate institutions — based solely on reputation — was an effort to best competitors Time and Newsweek. It proved massively popular — “Best Colleges” soon became a yearly feature and spawned a college rankings industry. Since that first list in 1983, the formula US News uses to calculate its college …

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School shooter who killed 3 students pleads case for parole, but says he still hears voices

School shooter who killed 3 students pleads case for parole, but says he still hears voices

Two members of the Kentucky Parole Board were unable to reach a unanimous decision Tuesday in the parole hearing for Michael Carneal, who has served almost 25 years in prison for the 1997 mass shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky. The full parole board will consider his case September 26 and make a …

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DOJ investigating allegations that Kansas City police racially discriminated against Black officers

DOJ investigating allegations that Kansas City police racially discriminated against Black officers

“Our investigation is based on information suggesting that KCPD may be engaged in certain employment practices that discriminate against Black officers and applicants,” the letter provided to CNN by the police department reads. Investigators will be looking into allegations involving race-based disparities in hiring, promotions, detective assignments, disciplining officers and “maintaining a hostile work environment,” …

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Man set to plead guilty after largest-known seizure of meth-laced Adderall pills in the US, authorities say

Man set to plead guilty after largest-known seizure of meth-laced Adderall pills in the US, authorities say

The significant seizure comes as federal authorities continue to warn of an “alarming increase” in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and meth in the US. Counterfeit pills made to look like prescription opioids — like Xanax or Adderall — but contain potentially fatal doses of fentanyl or meth are …

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