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Hurricane Maria has pounded Dominica with "widespread devastation" as it barrels toward St. Croix and threatens catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico.

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  • By Alex Harris and Charles Rabin/Miami Herald

Hurricane Irma picked up speed Sunday afternoon with slower wind speeds and was expected to reach Naples, Fla., by nightfall.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm was moving north at 12 mph, up from 9 mph, and that maximum sustained winds dropped to 120 mph.

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Hurricane Maria has pounded Dominica with "widespread devastation" as it barrels toward St. Croix and threatens catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico.

  • By Bryan S. Smith - Freed' Amour Travel

Travel plans of savvy adventurers include Italy. The fashionable destination is and has been Tuscany. Tourists are flocking to Tuscany cooking schools. Many of these so-called ‘authentic’ Tuscan experiences are created around luxurious travel packages. They offer beautiful settings in the northern Chianti region. Lots of cooking courses take place in hotels or villas and are a return to dormitory-style accommodations and sterile institutional cooking. Imagine that, Italians practicing capitalism.

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  • By Zachary Cohen, CNN

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea "won't be around much longer."

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  • By Tory Cooney vcooney@swpub.com

As legislators prepare for an official start to the legislative session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Minnesotans can prepare as well. To find out who represents you, look for your district below or visit the state's searchable map and enter your address.

Hi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. OK. OK. Thank you, Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for Best Actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope, and said five words that literally made history: "The winner is Sidney Poitier." Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and, of course, his skin was black. And I'd never seen a black man being celebrated like that. And I have tried many, many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door, bone tired from cleaning other people's houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney's performance in "Lilies of the Field," ''Amen, amen. Amen, amen."

  • by Katherine Ellison for ProPublica and Nina Martin, ProPublica

Every year in the U.S., nearly 4 million women give birth, the vast majority without anything going amiss for themselves or their babies. But more than 135 expectant and new mothers a day — or more than 50,000 a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — endure dangerous and even life-threatening complications that often leave them wounded, weakened, traumatized, financially devastated, unable to bear more children or searching in vain for answers about what went wrong.

  • By TN News Service

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled to launch from here Tuesday.

  • By TN News Service

Above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures are in the forecast for much of the upcoming from February through April in the northern United States, says an advisory issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

  • JIM McKEE For the Lincoln Journal Star

Through the decades, Lincoln has had its share of murders with most but not all resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. One of the most publicized occurred in a decade when Lincoln was almost openly involved in gambling, drinking and vice. The killer or killers were almost certainly known and stood trial but were still found innocent to the amazement and chagrin of Lincoln’s citizenry.

  • By MEGHAN CADY mcady@somdnews.com

An administrative law judge upheld a decision of Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials to revoke the wildlife rehabilitation permit of a Calvert County man who was convicted of practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

  • By Alex Harris and Charles Rabin/Miami Herald

Hurricane Irma picked up speed Sunday afternoon with slower wind speeds and was expected to reach Naples, Fla., by nightfall.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm was moving north at 12 mph, up from 9 mph, and that maximum sustained winds dropped to 120 mph.

  • By Amy Bertrand St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Branson may be Missouri's least secret destination. The self-proclaimed live music capital of the world is tourist destination No. 1 for folks from all over the Midwest with its star-studded shows, flashy museums, zip lines and, of course, Silver Dollar City. 

  • By LAURA ELDER The Daily News

Grocery stores, fueling stations and restaurants on the island and mainland that weren’t flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey had other problems on Monday — employees cut off from high water and a dwindling inventory of products with no idea when fresh supplies would come.

  • By LAURA ELDER The Daily News

As sheets of rain pummeled the county, winds picked up and weather watchers warned of possible severe street flooding, thousands of Galveston County residents were hunkering down Friday for Hurricane Harvey with no plans to leave.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON The Daily News

Hurricane Harvey was 60 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. With maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, it is now a Category 3 hurricane.

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