Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas, Virginia
Forecasters said the first rain bands from Hurricane Florence could reach the Carolinas and Virginia on Wednesday. As the hurricane took aim at the East Coast this week, Marine recruits were ordered to evacuate their famed Parris Island recruiting base. An ominous update from the National Hurricane Center reported that Florence was driving maximum sustained winds of almost 130 mph, a Category 4 storm out of a possible Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. The update warned that the storm would strengthen and be an “extremely dangerous, major hurricane” through Thursday. “This storm is not going to be a glancing blow,” FEMA Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery Jeff Byard said. “This storm is going to be a direct hit.”
Here come the new iPhones!
The unofficial kickoff to the tech gadget buying season opens Wednesday when Apple unveils a suite of new products at a press event, highlighted by what could be the largest iPhones ever released. Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, an update to the Apple Watch and the AirPods, the $159 Bluetooth earbuds first unveiled in 2016. However, only 13 percent of respondents said they plan to upgrade their phone within the next three months, with only 22 percent indicating they’d do so in the next year, in an exclusive SurveyMonkey Audience poll for USA TODAY. Last week, Apple wrote a letter to the government protesting the tariffs, saying they could lead to higher prices for several products, including the Watch and Air Pods.
The next editions of the iPhone, coming in September, are expected to be the larger ever, with one edition topping out at 6.5 inches. USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham gives a preview..
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Global Climate Action Summit: US mayors to voice their concerns
The Global Climate Action Summit, meant to showcase the ways American cities, states and businesses are moving forward in dealing with the root cause of global warming opens Wednesday even as the Trump administration has withdrawn the US from the Paris climate agreement. The three-day meeting aims, among other things, to find ways for groups from states to non-profits to Fortune 500 companies to make headway on lowering the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change when national elected officials will not. Ahead of the conference in San Francisco, the US Conference of Mayors issued a report that 95 percent of surveyed mayors said their cities had experienced climate change impacts in the past five years, with heavy rains, inland flooding, heat waves, drought and wildfires at the top of the list.
Stormy Daniels set to make ‘big announcement’ on ‘The View’
Adult film star Stormy Daniels is due to appear on ABC’s “The View” with her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, where she is set to make a “big announcement,” according to the program-makers. It comes after Donald Trump’s attorney said in a court filing Saturday that the president does not believe the hush-money deal Daniels signed to stay quiet about her claims of an affair with Trump in 2006 is valid and will not carry out threats to sue her for breaking the agreement. Hours earlier, an attorney for the company set up to handle the deal offered to rescind Daniels’ nondisclosure agreement. The company, Essential Consultants, also scrapped a threatened $20 million lawsuit against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. The president denies the affair.
Britain’s Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus
The scientists at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are trying to correct an injustice: They don’t believe fungus gets the respect it deserves. That’s one reason behind the release Wednesday of their “State of the World’s Fungi” report, touted as the first-ever global look at the way fungi help provide food, medicine, plant nutrition, and lifesaving drugs. The focus on fungi is designed to call attention to potentially vital new uses now being studied – including possible deployment of a fungus that “eats” plastic and degrades it quickly, and one that may clean up radioactive waste. “When looking for nature-based solutions to some of our most critical global challenges, fungi could provide many of the answers,” Director of Science Katherine Willis said. “We ignore it at our peril.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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