10 Things to Know for Today – 14 September 2018
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. FLORENCE’S OCEANWATER, FRESH WATER SURGES THREATEN CAROLINAS
The storm, on the cusp on making landfall, has already inundated coastal streets with water from the Atlantic and left tens of thousands without power
Thomas Lee, left, gets help from Stoney Williamson, right, lifting a generator into his home which flooded two years ago from Hurricane Matthew in Nichols, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Few places in South Carolina are more worried about the possibility of disastrous inland flooding from Hurricane Florence’s heavy rain than the town of Nichols. “If it floods like this again, you can just tell Nichols goodbye,” Lee said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
2. AP EXPLAINS HOW HURRICANES’ POWERFUL WINDS RAISE THE SEA
Storm surges are more like domes of high water is destructive waves on top that form as the ocean spreads inland.
3. SOUTHEAST ASIA ALSO HIT BY CATASTROPHIC WEATHER
Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces in the Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway.
4. WHERE CIVIL WAR HAS CREATED A POCKET OF FAMINE
Many families with starving children in northern Yemen have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste, The AP finds.
5. FOR PRESIDENT, THE NUMBERS DON’T ADD UP
Donald Trump is disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.”
6. GAS BLASTS WREAK DEADLY HAVOC IN NEW ENGLAND
Explosions an official described as “Armageddon” killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities north of Boston.
7. WHO DEFEATED A FORMER STAR OF “SEX AND THE CITY”
Seeking a third term, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has easily beaten back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon.
8. POSSIBLE SUMMIT SEQUEL IN THE WORKS
Donald Trump wants to meet with Kim Jong Un again, and the North Korean leader has told the White House he’d like more face-to-face talks with the American president, but can it be in New York?
9. WHICH ICONIC VEHICLE IS BEING SQUASHED
Volkswagen’s American unit says it will end global production of the third-generation Beetle in July 2019 after offering two special editions for sale.
10. AWARDS DISTINGUISH WACKY SCIENCE RESEARCH
Ig Nobel 2018 winners included a Japanese doctor who devised a revolutionary new way to give yourself a colonoscopy and a British archaeology lecturer who figured out that eating human flesh isn’t very nutritious.
A resident rides his motorcycle across a flooded area as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Crews work to knock down a fire in Lawrence, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The company that owns Columbia Gas says its crews are performing safety checks after a series of fires and explosions erupted in three communities north of Boston. Authorities are blaming over-pressurized gas lines and previously told all residents with Columbia Gas service in those areas to evacuate. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP)
In this Aug. 25, 2018 photo, a man feeds children Halas, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. Yemenis in the isolated pocket in the north have been reduced to eating boiled leaves from a local vine to stave off starvation, with no aid reaching many families who need it most. The situation in Aslam district is a sign of the holes in an international aid system that is already overwhelmed but is the only thing standing between Yemen’s people and massive death from starvation amid the country’s 3-year civil war. (AP Photo/Hammadi Issa)
FILE- In this Feb. 3, 2016, photo the Volkswagen Beetle is displayed at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India. Volkswagen says it will stop making its iconic Beetle in July of next year. Volkswagen of America on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, announced the end of production of the third-generation Beetle by introducing two final special editions. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
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