2017 Archives

--17 deaths are blamed on Irma in three states. Damage assessment is just beginning in the Florida Keys, where Irma flattened a wide swath of homes.  Monroe County officials say "contrary to reports, no assessments have been done to accurately determine percentage of damage or dollar figures."   They add that many people are worried, because they've been unable to contact friends and family in the Keys; which is mostly without internet and cell service.  Authorities say all 42 bridges in Monroe County inspected and deemed safe for vehicles.
--An army of linemen from 30 states is converging on Florida, to help restore power after Hurricane Irma. Florida Power & Light says about 2-and-a-half million of the homes and businesses it covers are still without electricity.
--The White House says President and Mrs. Trump plan to visit Florida on Thursday, for a first hand look at the storm damage.
--The Puerto Rico National Guard has piloted several giant C-17's packed with Americans stranded amid the destruction.
The Hand-in-Hand telethon to raise money for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief is broadcast on ABC and all the other networks Tuesday night, as well as streamed on Facebook, YouTube and other platforms.

Massachusetts authorities say they are suing Equifax, for what the state's attorney general calls "the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen."

New Hampshire's largest hospital was evacuated for a time after authorities say a man shot and killed his mother.  The state attorney general says 49-year-old Travis Frink went to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with the intent to kill his 70-year-old mother. No other details on motive were given.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones, including its fanciest, most expensive model yet - the iphone X (Ten) - with a 1-thousand-dollar starting price - two times the cost of the original iPhone a decade ago. The iPhone X boasts an edge to edge screen, no home button, and facial recognition.

Congress is pushing President Trump to take a stand against white supremacists and commit his administration's resources to combating hate crimes.  The House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bipartisan joint resolution from Virginia lawmakers condemning the violence in Charlottesville, white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.  President Trump meets with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) at the White House Wednesday. Scott has notably been outspoken in his criticism of the president's response to the events in Charlottesville last month, and has since expressed his hope to meet with Trump to discuss race issues.


--A House Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on the effectiveness of “see something/say something” 16 years after 9/11.

-A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on impeding North Korea’s access to money.

The Supreme Court, over the dissents of the Court's 4 more liberal justices, blocked a lower-court opinion finding that two Texas congressional districts had been drawn with discriminatory intent. This is temporary; the Court will most likely hear and decide the case this Term, adding another important case to an already-crowded docket. 

The bribery trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has focused on visas the Democratic senator helped get for the alleged girlfriends of a wealthy donor,

The Cleveland Indians have won 20 consecutive games, tying the record held by the Oakland Athletics in 2002 for the longest consecutive win streak since the expansion era.  The A’s streak was featured in the book and movie, “Moneyball.” The Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field in Cleveland 2-0 Tuesday night.  If the Indians reach 21 consecutive wins, they'll match a record held by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.   MLB tells ABC News that the official Major League Baseball win streak record is 26,   At debate is the 26 games that the New York Giants won in 1916.  That streak was interrupted by a tie game.




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