Intensifying Hurricane Florence Could Strike US Southeast

By RUSS BYNUM , Associated Press Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4. A hurricane hunter plane found Florence strengthening quickly, reaching top winds of 85 mph (140 kph) Sunday evening after crossing the…

Hunt Begins for Christmas Tree for Governor’s Mansion

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — Missouri officials are on the hunt for the Christmas tree that will grace the lawn of the Governor’s Mansion. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Missouri Department of Conservation is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the department. The donated tree must…

Moonves Becomes Latest Powerful Exec Felled in #MeToo Era

NEW YORK (AP) — The #MeToo movement fighting sexual misconduct had already claimed one of Hollywood’s top movie moguls in Harvey Weinstein. Now it has done the same for Leslie Moonves, one of the television industry’s most powerful executives. The CBS Corp. announced its chairman’s exit Sunday night, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted…

Voluntary Evacuation Issued For North Carolina Campus Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

ATLANTA (AP) — As Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is encouraging its students to leave campus this week for a safer location. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at noon Monday. Students are urged — but not required —…