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WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

WILMINGTON, N.C.— The Latest on Tropical Depression Florence (all times local): 8:45 p.m. More North Carolina counties have qualified for federal disaster aid for their homeowners, renters and businesses reeling from Hurricane Florence damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late Monday that 10 additional counties have been designated for individual assistance, bringing the total … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: More N Carolina counties qualify for federal aid

WASHINGTON | Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy

WASHINGTON — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are moving cars into service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. Across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, businesses are bracing for the economic damage Hurricane Florence is expected … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Closed ports, lost power: How storm could hurt area economy

DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

DETROIT— Thousands of Detroit public schools students were told Tuesday to drink from district-supplied water coolers or bottled water on the first day of classes, after the drinking fountains were shut off because of contaminants in some water fixtures. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said last week that elevated levels of lead or copper were found in … Continue reading DETROIT | Water coolers replace school drinking fountains in Detroit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Labor and Treasury departments to work to make it easier for small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to their workers. Trump signed an executive order requiring that the departments issue regulations to remove regulatory hurdles that keep small businesses from coming together … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans

NEW YORK | 4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

NEW YORK — The store isn’t dead for Home Depot, Kohl’s, Best Buy or Target. Many traditional chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, as people are in a mood to spend. What’s driving it? A booming economy and companies’ own efforts to try to Amazon-proof their businesses. That means making their … Continue reading NEW YORK | 4 reasons why shoppers are in the mood to spend

ATHENS, Greece | Blackout disrupts water supply on Greek island of Hydra

ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities have declared a state of emergency on the resort island of Hydra after a power failure blacked out the island and disrupted its the water supply. The blackout occurred early Sunday, leaving the island’s state-run health clinic running on an emergency generator along with a handful of businesses. The state … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Blackout disrupts water supply on Greek island of Hydra

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump suggests ‘flipping’ should be ‘illegal’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 a.m. President Donald Trump is suggesting that it should be illegal for people facing prosecution to cooperate with the government in exchange for a reduced sentence. Trump is reacting to the guilty plea entered by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to a range … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump suggests ‘flipping’ should be ‘illegal’

HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane

HONOLULU — Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state. The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii … Continue reading HONOLULU | With no place to run, people in Hawaii brace for hurricane