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California becomes first US state to push back school start time

California becomes first US state to push back school start timeCalifornia has become the first state in the country to push back start times at most public schools in the hope the measure will help adolescents perform better in class. The new law signed on Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom calls for middle schools to ring in classes no earlier than 8:00 am and high schools no earlier than 8:30 am. Most California schools currently start the day around 8:00 am and some require students to be in class before 7:30 a.m.



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Jerry becomes a hurricane en route to Puerto Rico; Humberto knocks out power in Bermuda

Jerry becomes a hurricane en route to Puerto Rico; Humberto knocks out power in BermudaTropical Storm Jerry strengthens into a hurricane. Meanwhile, there's power outages in Bermuda thanks to Humberto.



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Jerry becomes Category 1 hurricane swirling in Atlantic

Jerry becomes Category 1 hurricane swirling in AtlanticJerry, a storm swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, became a Category 1 hurricane Thursday, but so far posed minimal threat of landfall as it made its way northwest, forecasters reported. “The center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday, pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday,” the US-based National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm watch was in affect for a trail of Caribbean islands stretching from Barbuda to Anguilla, indicating that tropical storm conditions are possible in those regions over the next 36 hours.



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California becomes the first state in the country to outlaw the fur trade

California becomes the first state in the country to outlaw the fur tradeGov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday banning the controversial fur industry in California.



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Flores becomes 5th Texas GOP congressman retiring in 2020

Flores becomes 5th Texas GOP congressman retiring in 2020A fifth Texas Republican congressman added his name Wednesday to the list of House GOP retirements in the nation's biggest conservative state. Five-term Rep. Bill Flores is the 14th House Republican so far to announce plans to depart this year, compared with three House Democrats who have said they are leaving. Another GOP incumbent, Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania, resigned earlier this year but the party retained the seat.



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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas suffers ‘huge damage’ as storm becomes joint strongest ever

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas suffers ‘huge damage’ as storm becomes joint strongest everHurricane Dorian has caused major damage in the Bahamas – destroying homes and ripping roofs from buildings – as it made landfall as the joint-strongest ever Atlantic storm. There were no immediate reports of deaths.As the governor of South Carolina ordered an evacuation of the entire coast as the storm threatened the US, Bahamian and tourists in places such as the Abaco Islands and Marsh Harbour, took shelter in schools and churches when Dorian made landfall as a category 5 storm with gusts of up to 220mph and a sustained speed of 185mph.



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'Very, very powerful': Trump briefed on Hurricane Dorian as storm becomes Category 5

'Very, very powerful': Trump briefed on Hurricane Dorian as storm becomes Category 5President Donald Trump on Sunday described Hurricane Dorian as "one of the biggest hurricanes that we've ever seen" as he took part in a FEMA briefing.



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Beto O’Rourke says AK-47 and AR-15 owners will ‘have to sell them to the government’ if he becomes president

Beto O’Rourke says AK-47 and AR-15 owners will ‘have to sell them to the government’ if he becomes presidentBeto O’Rourke said he would implement a sweeping government buy-back policy for two types of assault rifles, including one commonly used in mass shootings across the US, if he were elected president in 2020.The Texas Democrat responded to questions on the campaign trail Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, about concerns the government would take assault weapons away from gun owners.



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El Paso attack becomes America's 250th mass shooting this year

El Paso attack becomes America's 250th mass shooting this yearTwo gun attacks in the space of 24 hours have taken the number of mass shootings in America to 250 this year.Shortly after an armoured gunman opened fire near a bar in downtown Dayton, Ohio, adding at least nine more names to the list of dead, the mayor of that city wondered why.In a press conference on Sunday morning, Nan Whaley questioned why her city had to be the latest face of mass murder in a country that has seen an epidemic of gun violence that experts say has only gotten worse in recent decades. She was the second mayor to confront the question in 13 hours, after a gunman in El Paso, Texas, had opened fire at a shopping centre and killed at least 20 people Saturday. But she was far from the second mayor to confront the question this year.“Why does Dayton have to be the 250th mass shooting in America?” Ms Whaley asked, apparently referencing a tally compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, which actually pegs her city's tragedy as the 251st mass shooting. “El Paso was 249 , Dayton is 250 this year.”In interviews, experts on gun violence told The Independent that the violence over the weekend in Ohio and Texas underscores the rate of these tragedies in a country that clings to the Second Amendment as one of the pre-eminent definitions of freedom.And, whether Dayton qualifies as the 250th mass shooting of the year — different definitions are employed by various groups — they said that the shootings have only got worse in recent decades, and that the violence has been exacerbated in part by the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump.“At the end of the day the president of the United States, whoever it is, one of his primary roles is to keep this country safe,” said David Chipman, a former Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent and senior policy advisor for the advocacy group Giffords. “The guy’s golfing. People are on vacation. This is a clear and present danger.”Mr Chipman likened the continual violence he sees with firearms in the United States to other major tragedies that spurred massive changes, and noted that tragedies like the 9/11 terror attacks — which brought about a massive restructuring in American government — show that change can happen.But, one major difference he sees is lack of willingness for leaders on the right to address the issues, even if just with their voices.So, he said, it’s less than surprising that, after years of Mr Trump describing immigrants and people of colour as criminals, that a gunman who allegedly wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto would walk into a Walmart near the US-Mexico border in El Paso, and begin shooting people.“It’s a failure of leadership and courage. We are under attack,” he said. “And that attack, unfortunately, is coming from within.”Josh Sugarmann, the director of the Violence Policy Centre, said that the US has seen an increase in the number of shootings since the 1980s, and agreed that the president’s rhetoric has pulled the curtain back on dangerous currents of anger in the country.But, he also noted that the majority of mass shootings that receive national attention are all carried out using similar firearms.In El Paso, in Dayton, in Parkland, Florida last year, and in Las Vegas before that — all of the shootings appear to have been carried out with assault-style weapons, which are semi-automatic versions of the kinds of weapons soldiers take into the battlefield.“The common bloody thread that runs through them is a semi-automatic firearm able to accept a high-capacity magazine, and more often than not that firearm is a military-bred assault weapon,” Mr Sugarmann said.He continued: “Today’s gun industry is a militarized industry. They’re taking weapons designed for the military — full auto rifles — and selling versions of them.”



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California city votes to ban gendered words as 'manhole' becomes 'maintenance hole'

California city votes to ban gendered words as 'manhole' becomes 'maintenance hole'Legislators in Berkeley, California, voted Tuesday to ban some gender-specific words in its city code and replace them with gender-neutral options.



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