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Michael, now a hurricane, threatens Florida

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/08/18, 12:32 pm

Hurricane Michael, upgraded from a tropical storm Monday, could hit Florida in the coming days. Forecasters expect the storm to move later in the day from the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, where it could draw strength from the warm waters. Michael could grow into a major hurricane with winds of more than 111 mph overnight Tuesday before hitting the Florida Panhandle or the Big Bend area, according to the National Hurricane Center. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for multiple counties in the area and activated 500 members of the Florida National Guard.

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Another American hit by mystery illness in Cuba

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/18, 09:13 am

Another U.S. Embassy worker in Cuba has fallen sick following mysterious symptoms that have now affected 25 people, the U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday. Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the worker is one of two people recently evacuated from Cuba after they reported symptoms. Doctors are still evaluating the second worker, Nauert said. The latest confirmed case is the first since August 2017. The incidents began in late 2016, but authorities have not been able to confirm the source or cause of the attacks.

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Free Burma Rangers

Building playgrounds in former ISIS strongholds

International | Free Burma Rangers ministers to Syrian children as militants plot to indoctrinate them
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/23/18, 02:32 pm

SYRIA: Clues suggest ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive—with a chilling new mission to prioritize the indoctrination of children. Despite those threats, Free Burma Rangers this month successfully opened a playground at the former ISIS headquarters in Raqqa.

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