Michael, now a post-tropical cyclone, headed into the Atlantic Oceanearly this morning and is almost 200 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia. But the storm, one of the strongest ever to hit the continental US, leaves in its wake a trail of death and destruction from the Florida Panhandle to the mid-Atlantic.
— Six deaths have been blamed on Michael, including four dead in Florida, one in North Carolina and an 11-year-old girl in Georgia, who was killed when a carport flew into her grandparents’ home.
— Almost 1.4 million customers in seven states don’t have electricity, including more than half a million in North Carolina.
— Mexico Beach, Florida, is pretty much gone. The coastal town took the brunt of Michael’s 155-mph winds when it blew ashore Wednesday.
— Parts of the Carolinas and Virginia are still dealing with flooding.
Turkey says it has video and audio evidence that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, says a source familiar with the investigation into his disappearance. The source, whom a Western intelligence agency briefed, says the evidence showed there was an assault and struggle inside the consulate and also provided evidence of the moment that Khashoggi was killed. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered,” one official told The Washington Post. Khashoggi hasn’t been seen since entering the consulate earlier this month. Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance.
Over the past couple of months, several FBI employees have been recalled from Asia as the Justice Department looks into allegations of interactions with prostitutes. The investigation, The Wall Street Journal reports, involves FBI staff in a handful of cites in East and Southeast Asia. The exact nature of the allegations and where they took place are unclear right now. The FBI keeps a large presence of agents and support staff in embassies around the world. In a statement to CNN, the FBI said “allegations against any employee are taken very seriously.”
Georgia governor’s race
The campaign for Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor wants her Republican opponent, the state’s secretary of state, to resign his job. Stacey Abrams wants Brian Kemp to quit after The Associated Pressreported that Kemp’s office — which is in charge of running elections in Georgia — is using a controversial verification law that has put on hold more than 53,000 voter registration applications. And almost 70% of them belong to African-Americans, an AP analysis shows. Abrams’ campaign accuses Kemp of engaging in voter suppression. Kemp denied the allegations and said he’s only trying to stop voter fraud. Kemp and Abrams, who is trying to become the first black woman governor, are running neck and neck in most polls.
Overpressurized gas lines sparked the fires and explosions in towns north of Boston last month that killed a person and damaged 131 structures. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board put the blame on a pressure sensor that a gas company’s work crew had removed. Once it was disconnected the sensing lines lost pressure. Regulators responded by increasing pressure in the distribution system, the NTSB said. When they didn’t detect any system pressure, they allowed the full flow of high-pressure gas into the system, exceeding the maximum allowed. A short time later, more than 60 gas fires broke out, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
Clergy sex abuse scandal
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, has resigned. Pope Francis accepted his resignation, ending weeks of speculation and rising anger over Wuerl’s reported role in two clergy sexual abuse scandals.
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