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The Carolinas and Virginia brace for Hurricane Florence's impending landfall

The Carolinas and Virginia brace for Hurricane Florence's impending landfall1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall Friday.



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Hawaii residents brace themselves as Hurricane Lane strengthens

Hawaii residents brace themselves as Hurricane Lane strengthensHawaii residents rushed to stores to stock up on supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continued to churn toward the state.



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Abortion-rights activists brace for new wave of restrictions

Abortion-rights activists brace for new wave of restrictionsNEW YORK (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level bans and restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court.



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Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cutsSHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.



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Marijuana businesses brace for investment chill as U.S. changes policy

Marijuana businesses brace for investment chill as U.S. changes policySAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cannabis businesses across the United States said they are bracing for an investment slowdown following the U.S. Justice Department’s Thursday directive that will allow the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department was rescinding an Obama-era policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws amid a wave of legalization in states from Alaska to Pennsylvania. “In the short term, this news will further scare away investors which will, in turn, slow down cannabis entrepreneurship,” said Nicolas Ruiz, co-founder of Cloudponics, a San Francisco startup that makes technology which can be used to grow marijuana.



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California fire crews, homeowners brace for return of winds

California fire crews, homeowners brace for return of windsLOS ANGELES (AP) — After a welcome lull in powerful winds that drove Southern California's massive wildfire, crews and homeowners braced Wednesday for the return of potentially dangerous gusts that could revive the flames.



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Small U.S. towns brace for rare solar eclipse, and crowds, in August

Small U.S. towns brace for rare solar eclipse, and crowds, in AugustBy Ann Saphir DRIGGS, Idaho (Reuters) – Hyrum Johnson, mayor of the tiny city of Driggs, Idaho, expects some craziness in his one-stoplight town next month when the moon passes in front of the sun for the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 U.S. states since 1979. The town of 1,600 people in Teton County, just west of the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains Teton Range, is getting poised to receive as many as 100,000 visitors on Aug. 21 for the celestial event, said Johnson, who was both excited and worried. Driggs is one of hundreds of towns and cities along a 70-mile arc, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, that are in the direct path of the moon’s shadow.



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