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Massive Hurricane Florence, with tropical storm-force winds hundreds of miles wide, was bearing down on the Carolinas, pounding the coast with driving rain and powerful waves and expected to make landfall Friday morning.  Officials on Thursday made last-minute pleas to residents to evacuate before the dangerous storm surges take over.  "Flooding and the storm surge -- those are the two main things that kill people and this storm is not letting up," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and South Carolina for 24 hours.

As Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas Thursday, President Trump said he doesn't accept the official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year. Thursday, the president went beyond just defending his administration's handling of the disaster - he said the latest official death toll was inaccurate.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.  The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

A bizarre new twist has emerged in the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president's pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice.  The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says she has received "information" about Brett Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the FBI.

VOTE 2018/NY
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo won his party's nomination to be on the ballot in November.  Cuomo fended off Democratic challenger and actress Cynthia Nixon in Tuesday's primaries.

The British government said Thursday that the U.K. may get less warning of falling space debris if the country leaves the bloc without a divorce agreement. The news was one of the more eye-catching items in a government assessment of the disruption to Britain's economy and daily life that would be caused by a "no deal" Brexit. Britain is due to leave the 28-nation EU on March 29, but divorce negotiations have become bogged down amid divisions within Britain's Conservative government over how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc. The British government says it is confident the two sides will reach a deal, but has recently stepped up preparations for leaving without an agreement.