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Almost a hurricane, Gordon causes damage, one death

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/05/18, 11:44 am

Tropical Storm Gordon was very nearly Hurricane Gordon when it rumbled ashore along the Central Gulf Coast Tuesday night. The storm packed maximum sustained winds of about 70 mph, just below the threshold for a Category 1 hurricane. Gordon still proved deadly: The wind knocked a tree over onto a home in Pensacola, Fla., killing a young child inside. No other deaths or injuries were reported, but tornado and flash flood watches remained in effect into the morning hours Wednesday from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle.

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Another socialist upset in a Democratic primary

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/05/18, 11:42 am

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is all but assured of becoming the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts after Tuesday’s primary elections. The 44-year-old scored an upset victory over 10-term Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano. She’ll run in the same heavily Democratic area once represented by Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and President John F. Kennedy. Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked out veteran Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., in June.

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U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan

by Kent Covington
Posted 9/04/18, 11:09 am

An apparent insider attack in Afghanistan has killed one American service member while wounding another. The attack came Monday, one day after U.S. Army Gen. Scott Miller assumed command of NATO Operation Resolute Support. Miller called the service member’s death “a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him.” He was the sixth U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan this year and the second in two months to be killed by an Afghan security member. The American wounded in the attack is in stable condition. The Pentagon did not provide any other details.

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