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Imelda soaks Texas

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/20/19, 12:08 pm

Floodwaters just kept rising in the Houston area on Friday, prompting at least 1,700 of water rescues. Tropical depression Imelda has caused two deaths and significant damage in southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Some areas face even worse flooding than during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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White House, Congress battle over whistleblower report

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/20/19, 11:38 am

Congressional Democrats are pushing for more details about a whistleblower complaint that they think involves President Donald Trump. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said inspector general Michael Atkinson notified the committee that the complaint existed, and the Trump administration’s acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, ordered Atkinson not to give the committee any more information about the matter.

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Washington Monument reopens

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/20/19, 11:36 am

For the first time in three years, visitors can ascend to the observation deck of the 555-foot-5-inch Washington Monument. After being closed to the public off and on for eight years, the tallest monument in Washington, D.C., reopened on Thursday. First lady Melania Trump attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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