Dorian weakens to Category 1 hurricane; tropical storm conditions spreading: NHC

Hurricane Dorian weakened as it brushed North Carolina, but tropical storm conditions are spreading north along the state’s coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday. Dorian, now a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, is located about 40 miles (70 km) east-northeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, packing maximum sustained […]

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Fitch downgrades Hong Kong as city braces for more protests

Global credit rating agency Fitch Ratings on Friday downgraded Hong Kong’s long-term foreign currency issuer default rating to “AA” from “AA+” following months of unrest and protests in the Asian financial hub. Hong Kong’s rating outlook is negative, Fitch Ratings said in its statement. The massive, and sometimes violent protests have roiled the financial center […]

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30 indicted in alleged international drug-trafficking ring in U.S., Mexico and Canada

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 30 people have been indicted in connection with a conspiracy to send hundreds of pounds of drugs from Mexico through Southern California and into Canada. At least 13 of the suspects have already been arrested on narcotics-related charges in the scheme, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District […]

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