Jonathan Drew Associated Press Published 4:24 PM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Wilmington, N.C. – Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people were killed. Forecasters warned that drenching rains of anywhere from 1 to 3½ feet as the storm crawls westward across North and South Carolina could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river. More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed. Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses, and the assault wasn’t anywhere near an … [Read more...] about 4 dead as Florence drenches the Carolinas
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Breaking News John McCain -- a former Vietnam prisoner of war, 6-term U.S. Senator from Arizona and 2008 GOP Presidential nominee who battled an aggressive form of brain cancer in the latter part of his storied career -- has died ... TMZ has learned. According to a statement from McCain's office, he died Saturday at 4:28 PM, adding ... "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.” The news comes not long after McCain made the decision to stop medical treatment after a year-long battle with brain cancer. As we reported ... McCain's family said age was a factor in John's decision to cease treatment. Fact is ... he had surpassed expectations for survival. The decorated politician's family said they are "immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many … [Read more...] about Senator John McCain Dead at 81
Sport-utility vehicles and crossovers are great for families who want maximized interior volume and a sense of security, but the high-riding vehicles are a double-edged sword. In addition to being less economical than a sedan with a similar footprint, the design doesn’t bode well for pedestrians. In fact, the proliferation of SUVs may be the largest contributing factor to pedestrian fatalities right now. From 2009 to 2016, fatal single-vehicle crashes involving utility vehicles increased by 81 percent. That’s disconcerting, considering the number of pedestrian killed on U.S. roads declined by 20 percent since 1975, hitting an all-time low in 2009. However, in 2016 the death toll had climbed back up to the highest levels since 1990. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated nearly 6,000 people were fatally struck by vehicles last year, with around 4,700 of those deaths occurring in urban or suburban areas. Conversely, those same environments only saw 2,959 … [Read more...] about Deadly Design: SUV Proliferation a Contributing Factor in Pedestrian Deaths, Study Says
HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92.Family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed the death in a statement. The cause wasn't immediately known.Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles."What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president — George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams."I … [Read more...] about Former first lady Barbara Bush dead at age 92
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Is remote control the answer to self-driving car safety? Phantom Auto, a Silicon Valley startup, is betting that the best backup in certain conditions for driverless cars is a human operator. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 2 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 29, 2018 CLOSE Dozens of companies in California are reportedly now test self-driving cars, with Samsung being the latest corporation to get permission from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Wochit CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 2 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Imagine sitting in a driverless car as it … [Read more...] about Is remote control the answer to self-driving car safety?