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A ‘significant and far-reaching’ heat wave is coming to the U.S. next week


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‘The most significant terrorism-related threat’: DHS secretary says domestic extremists now more a danger to U.S. than foreign terrorist groups


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RNC warns it’ll advise presidential candidates against debates unless panel makes “significant reforms”


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Pope Francis issues ‘most significant revision’ to Catholic Church law on sexual abuse since code was approved in 1983


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Politics latest news: Covid ‘not going away soon’, MPs told, amid warning of ‘significant’ new surge


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Developing weather pattern has forecasters on early alert for potentially significant storm

Developing weather pattern has forecasters on early alert for potentially significant stormAs a stormy pattern resumes in the eastern United States during the second week of December, meteorologists are pondering the path and impact of a storm around the middle of the month. Forecasters are considering a range of scenarios that include a major disruptive storm with high winds, heavy rain and back-breaking snow to less severe impacts ranging from beneficial rain and nuisance snow to cold and mainly dry conditions.Americans with travel plans for Saturday, Dec. 14, to Sunday, Dec. 15, should keep tabs on the latest forecasts as this storm could potentially have crippling effects on travel and daily activities.At this point, there is a wide range of possibilities."In the more extreme scenario, a storm will strengthen rapidly while moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico and take a path inland of the Atlantic coast or perhaps over the spine of the Appalachians," Randy Adkins, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, said.Such a dynamic storm may bring coastal flooding and flash flooding along the Eastern Seaboard as strong winds would pump moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico inland. The weather system could be volatile enough to spawn some severe thunderstorms along its eastern side.In this extreme scenario, the storm may unleash very heavy snow from parts of the Tennessee Valley to a portion of the Ohio Valley and central Great Lakes. Under a scenario like this, weather would cause significant impacts to travel and shipping at a busy time of the year and could cause delays or full cancellations of schools for students in these regions."On a more toned-down scenario, a much weaker storm would travel from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico then off the Carolina coast before heading out to sea," Adkins said. If the storm takes a track along the Southeast coast, it might cause minor disruptions and delays, but conditions would be manageable.A narrow swath of accumulating snow and/or a wintry mix would occur from the southern Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic coast and eastern New England in this scenario.On the southern side of a weaker storm, drenching rain would arrive in areas of the Southeast, which could use some precipitation."The realm of scenarios are in the dozens this far out, including an even more eastward track out to sea or even farther to the west," Adkins said.Should the storm track out to sea, it would spare much of the Northeast any precipitation whatsoever, Adkins observed.But if the storm takes a track toward the Mississippi Valley, it might allow a cold wedge of air to set up an ice storm for the Carolinas and the Virginia Piedmont region, as well as the central Appalachians and interior Northeast. No matter what the outcome ends up being for the eastern U.S. next weekend, it does appear that part of the Southeast in need of rain will get some precipitation."Areas from South Florida to northern Georgia and upstate South Carolina are experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions," AccuWeather forecaster Dave Bowers pointed out."Most scenarios with the storm next weekend should offer some rainfall in the Southeast," he added. AccuWeather's global headquarters in State College, Pa., where forecasters will be keeping a watchful eye on storm potential for the East Coast next weekend. AccuWeather meteorologists are confident there will be a storm that travels northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico next weekend and they will be monitoring this developing weather pattern nonstop in the coming days.There are storms and weather whiplash ahead of this emerging weather system prior to next weekend for the Central and Eastern states. If one storm does not have a significant impact for your area, another one just might. Download the free AccuWeather app to check the forecast in your area. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.



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Confirmed tornado causes significant damage in Sioux Falls

Confirmed tornado causes significant damage in Sioux FallsResidents in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were ravaged by extensive damage from a tornado that tore through the city on Tuesday night.A tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) shortly after 11 p.m. CDT Tuesday evening for Sioux Falls and surrounding areas, and the warning remained in effect until midnight. The NWS warned that wind gusts of at least 90 mph were possible with the storm and urged residents to take cover.> 11:25 pm: A very dangerous storm moving int the Sioux Falls area! Winds of 90 mph possible. Take cover!> > — NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) September 11, 2019Shortly after the storms tore through the area, there were numerous reports and photos of extensive damage to trees, cars, homes and businesses around the city.In addition, a South Dakota hospital, Avera Behavioral Health Center, was evacuated after suffering damage from the storm. As of early Wednesday morning, there have not yet been any reports of casualties, according to CNN news.The Sioux Falls Police Department issued a "No Travel Advisory" in the wake of the storms due to numerous downed power lines and trees covering roadways in southeastern parts of the city.> A No Travel Advisory has been issued in Sioux Falls because of all the downed power lines and trees. Please stay off the roads until routes are safe to travel and clear of debris. /713> > — Sioux Falls Police (@siouxfallspd) September 11, 2019Motorists were urged to remain off roadways until emergency management crews cleaned up the debris.Many residents across Sioux Falls lost power as a consequence of the storms, and nearly 10,000 customers remain without power as of early Wednesday morning, according to poweroutages.us.Although the threat for severe weather has ended in southeastern South Dakota with the storms having moved into Iowa, flash flood warnings remain in effect into Wednesday afternoon following several inches of rain from Tuesday night's storms.> Massive downed tree limbs are a common sight, some crashing into houses and blocking entire streets, as happened on St. Andrews Drive off Minnesota Ave. @argusleader @Argus911 pic.twitter.com/d40o7rVXI7> > — Erin Bormett (@EEBormett) September 11, 2019> took this on a side street off west 41st in front of an apartment building. three cars engulfed by I don't know how many trees. pic.twitter.com/qSb3KQcSIM> > — Trevor J. Mitchell (@TJM613) September 11, 2019> A better look at some of the damage from the tornado that went through Sioux Falls late Tuesday evening. pic.twitter.com/fny3djB0Sj> > — Abigail Dollins (@abigaildollins) September 11, 2019> Advance Auto Parts on 41st. pic.twitter.com/mhy7d6G1LA> > — Abigail Dollins (@abigaildollins) September 11, 2019



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FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victims

FROM VICTIM TO PERPETRATOR: An overwhelming number of sex traffickers are men, but women often play a significant role in exploiting victimsBecause many suspected female offenders in sex-trafficking operations are also former victims, prosecution can be difficult.



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Venezuela crisis: Maduro displays military might as US warns of ‘significant response’ to threats against diplomats

Venezuela crisis: Maduro displays military might as US warns of ‘significant response’ to threats against diplomatsVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army’s Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an international ultimatum for new elections. Mr Maduro, 56, is confronting an unprecedented challenge to his authority after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president citing a fraudulent election. Guaido has won wide international support and offers amnesty to soldiers who join him.



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US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan warThe United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained. Zalmay Khalilzad, who was named by President Donald Trump’s administration to find a way out of the war, held an unusually long six days of talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar. Khalilzad — who headed to Qatar after talks in Afghanistan and its key neighbors — said he was returning to Kabul to discuss the negotiations.



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