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Hurricane Harvey downgraded to tropical storm as devastation continues in Texas (U.S., 20 articles) [UPDATE]
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-Hurricane Harvey pounded Texas on Saturday with torrential rain and high winds, threatening catastrophic flooding, though the storm was gradually losing strength after hitting the coast late Friday. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast of Texas Friday, making landfall as a Category 4 storm around 10 p.m. local time, and meteorologists are noting a pattern in which the system appears to remain in one area over multiple days. About three hours after making landfall, Harvey was downgraded to a Category 3 storm after winds decreased to 125 mph from maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. The storm dumping torrential rains throughout the region that the National Hurricane Center says will continue for a few more days and bring as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said upwards of 20 inches of rain had hit the Corpus Christi area, which was in the path of the storm, and an additional 20 to 30 inches were expected elsewhere. The storm officially became a category 2 hurricane as of 1 a.m. on Friday with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, according to the National Weather Service, and was expected to continue to strengthen over the next 24 hours.
Other stories about storm, Harvey and Texas:
  • Trump plans to visit Texas Tuesday to survey storm damage from Harvey (5 articles) [UPDATE]
  • Hurricane Harvey the latest threat to flood-prone Houston (10 articles)
  • Hurricane Harvey closes key oil, gas operations in Texas (4 articles) [UPDATE]

  • Trump pardons former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio (U.S., 15 articles)
    Criticism of President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigration hardliner found guilty last month for flouting a 2011 court order that barred officers from detaining Latino motorists solely on the suspicion they were illegal immigrants. Trump on Friday pardoned Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain unauthorized immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction. Trump's pardon Friday night of Arpaio of Arizona leaves me disappointed and exhausted by yet another action the occupant of the White House has taken to insult and degrade the entire Hispanic community.
    Powerball ticket sold in Massachusetts; sole winner to get $758.7M jackpot (U.S., 7 articles) [UPDATE]
    Mavis Wanczyk , the Massachusetts woman who won the second-largest prize in Powerball history, quickly quit her job at a medical center after learning she won the $758.7 million prize Wednesday night. Wanczyk told reporters Thursday she wants to just "sit back and relax" after her lottery win, which experts say is a good strategy. Massachusetts' newest multi-millionaire and winner of the largest single-ticket Powerball prize in U.S. history has only one plan tonight: hide in bed.

    Yellen Warns Against Erasing Regulations Made After the Financial Crisis (U.S., 5 articles) [UPDATE]
    President Donald Trump's name was rarely mentioned as top central bankers and economists spent Friday mulling the fate of the global economy at a mountain lodge here. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered a broad rebuttal Friday to Republican criticism that financial regulation is impeding economic growth. Yellen said changes since the global financial crisis, which began a decade ago, have significantly improved the resilience of the financial system.
    A brief explainer on Guatemala's UN anti-corruption agency (U.S., 5 articles)
    President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign's financing - only to have the order blocked hours later by Guatemala's top court. Morales said nothing of kicking out the entire commission of foreign experts, but the expulsion would leave its future unclear. Early Sunday, the president said via a video posted to Twitter that he had ordered the expulsion of Velasquez , but hours later Guatemala's top court granted a temporary injunction blocking that order.

    Trump's shutdown threat escalates feud with McConnell, Ryan (U.S., 6 articles) [UPDATE]
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan rejected President Donald Trump's pledge to shut down the federal government if congressional Democrats block funding for the border wall the chief executive has vowed to build. Trump upped the pressure again on Senate Republicans to change the chamber's rules to help his agenda, suggesting Friday that GOP lawmakers are letting a handful of Democrats " control the Senate. " If Senate Republicans don't get rid of the Filibuster Rule and go to a 51% majority, few bills will be passed 8 Dems control the Senate.
    Other stories about McConnell, debt and shutdown:
  • Debt-ridden countries facing weak growth should spend, Jackson Hole study argues (5 articles)
  • Supporters of ousted South Korea leader outraged over jail for Samsung chief (U.S., 9 articles) [UPDATE]
    On Friday, a Seoul court sentenced Choi to four years in jail for his part in a corruption scandal that toppled the country's president, and handed his billionaire boss , Jay Y. Lee, a five-year jail sentence. Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong , the de facto leader of South Korea's most successful business group, was sentenced Friday to five years prison for offering bribes and other crimes. Hundreds of diehard supporters of ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye reacted with outrage on Friday after Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee was found guilty of bribing Geun-hye, and they vowed to fight on against what they see as injustice.

    Trump signs memo banning transgender people from joining military (U.S., 6 articles) [UPDATE]
    Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for civil rights that will promote inequality in the armed forces. President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend a ban on transgender individuals joining the military but gave the Pentagon the authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving. The White House on Friday outlined its new policy on handling transgender service members in the military, reinstating many restrictions that had been lifted last year but giving Secretary of Defense James Mattis broad discretion on how to handle transgender troops currently serving.
    Government appealing Supreme Court decision on environmental assessment for Placentia Bay salmon farm (U.S., 4 articles)
    Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., said three of the world's 13 land-based salmon facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity with its two operations, followed by Denmark. The news does not surprise the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), the organization which took the government to court in the first place. The question isn't why did the salmon leave the net, but what happens now that thousands of fish have escaped a Washington state salmon farm and swum off into the Pacific Ocean.

    Like magic: Fredericton college has record number of 1st-year students (U.S., 5 articles) [UPDATE]
    Balancing her new responsibilities at school with trying to get enough sleep and maintain some semblance of a social life quickly took its toll on Briault . A small art college in downtown Fredericton will welcome a record number of first-year students, going against the trend elsewhere in the city, where universities struggle to attract more students. The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, which has 300 students in total, will see 170 first-year students enrol in its foundation visual arts program this coming school year.
    'Intentionally set' Brampton fire sends 7 to hospital with smoke inhalation (U.S., 5 articles) [UPDATE]
    Three firefighters were injured, and two homes heavily damaged, after two-alarm fires broke out late Friday night at single family homes on Beacon Hill and in West Roxbury. In West Roxbury, firefighters rescued a man from his burning home that did not have smoke detectors, Deputy Chief Jay Fleming said at the scene. An "intentionally set" fire at a Brampton high-rise apartment building has sent seven people to hospital with smoke inhalation and displaced about 25 residents, officials say.

    Right-wing group cancels San Francisco rally, but counterprotesters show up anyway (U.S., 5 articles)
    Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson , who has denied that his group is extremist or white nationalist, wrote on Facebook Saturday he would show up at random spots in the city to talk to residents. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in San Francisco on Saturday to protest against hate groups that had planned to hold a free-speech rally in the city before it was cancelled by organizers. A woman was killed at that "Unite the Right" rally when a man thought to have neo-Nazi sympathies drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
    White House anti-drug office asks Massachusetts for medical marijuana data (U.S., 4 articles) [UPDATE]
    Dale Quigley or NMI, has asked Massachusetts health officials for data on the age, gender, and medical condition of the state's approximately 40,000 registered medical marijuana patients. The NMI is part of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative, a law enforcement effort directed by the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. A MCDONALD 'S KIOSK SOLD THIS PERSON AN EMPTY BAG Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, CA, has teamed up with vape cartridge manufacturer, CannaCraft, for a limited-edition canna-collaboration.

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