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^Hurricane Florence path shifts toward South Carolina as storm looks to slow, strengthen<

WEA-FLORENCE:CH _ The path of Hurricane Florence is still set squarely on the Carolinas, but early Wednesday morning, the storm's path shifted south and west, encompassing more of South Carolina and western North Carolina.

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, as of 5 a.m. Wednesday showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the South Carolina coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20 to 30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in South Carolina.

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^HURRICANE FLORENCE<

^Trump again defends Puerto Rico response as Hurricane Florence nears<

WEA-FLORENCE-TRUMP:CON _ President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Hurricane Florence could prove "bigger than anticipated" as it barrels toward the Carolinas and sharply blamed a Puerto Rican mayor for the widely panned federal response to a storm there last year.

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^Because of Hurricane Florence, SC candidate for governor activated by National Guard<

WEA-FLORENCE-CANDIDATE:CS _ Hurricane Florence could impact people across South Carolina this week, regardless of their background or job.

It has already had an effect on James Smith, the Democrat who is running for governor.

The 51-year-old Smith was activated for duty in the National Guard because of Hurricane Florence, both his campaign and the military organization confirmed to The State Tuesday.

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^Hurricane Florence evacuees can find free lodging through Airbnb<

WEA-FLORENCE-AIRBNB:CH _ Hurricane Florence evacuees and disaster relief workers can find free temporary lodging through Airbnb.

Airbnb hosts in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia are offering free stays through the online company's Open Homes Program.

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^SC zoo begins to secure animals from Hurricane Florence<

WEA-FLORENCE-ZOO:CS _ Riverbanks Zoo began securing its more than 2,000 animals from Hurricane Florence on Tuesday, beginning with the birds.

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^WASHINGTON<

^How far can California push the nation _ and the world? Jerry Brown's climate summit may provide the answer<

ENV-CLIMATE-SUMMIT:LA _ Even as California forged its own path for years to battle global warming, pressing forward whether Washington agreed or not, skeptics have persistently scolded that it is just a state _ it can't set policy for the nation, much less the world.

If California ever had a moment to prove them wrong, it is now. At the international climate summit Gov. Jerry Brown will kick off Wednesday in San Francisco, the state is playing a role none ever has, pushing the rest of the country to join other nations in enforcing a landmark agreement on climate change that President Trump has quit.

Put simply, the three-day environmental summit will test whether California can bring the country to a place Congress and the White House won't.

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^Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season<

GA-CAMPAIGN-MONEY:AT _ A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams' gubernatorial bid.

And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before spending $2 million on ads attacking Abrams in support of their party's nominee, Brian Kemp.

Out-of-state political money is flowing into Georgia like never before, and election watchers say the money being disclosed by so-called "independent groups" and PACS in recent days is only the beginning.

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^Author of 'How to Murder Your Husband' arrested for allegedly killing her husband<

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In a twist of irony so devious it would have turned Agatha Christie green with envy, Oregon chef Daniel Brophy was found shot to death nearly seven years after his wife of 27 years penned an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband."

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^THE WORLD<

^Kim's peace push gives Trump leverage to finally win concessions<

USNKOREA-KOREANWAR:BLO _ Three months after President Donald Trump's historic handshake with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader is holding up talks over one consequential demand: a declaration ending the Korean War.

For Trump, the request presents a dilemma. Granting it could guarantee himself another headline-grabbing moment to play the peacemaker weeks before a pivotal midterm election. Withholding it could give the U.S. a second chance to win real concessions in its goal of eliminating the regime's nuclear threat.

Either way, the prospect of a peace declaration to end the 70-year conflict is one of the biggest pieces of leverage Trump has left in dealing with Kim without going back to "fire and fury" threats of nuclear war. The stakes are high.

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^Amnesty International says Curacao is denying protection to Venezuelans fleeing the crisis<

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The woman, identified only as Vanessa, said she was then sent to the "foreigners' barracks" where she was fed only bread and peanut butter and received no medical attention. She was later deported to Venezuela, where doctors told her the baby had died.

Vanessa's story is part of an Amnesty International report, "Detained and Deported: Venezuelans denied protection in Curacao," detailing allegations of human rights violations against Venezuelans who seek refuge on the Caribbean island from the economic and political crises lashing their country.

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^Mike Espy sees runoff as path to a Mississippi Senate seat. Here's why it's a bumpy road<

MISSSENATE-RUNOFF:WA _ Mike Espy is running for the runoff _ the sort of election that some African-Americans have said for years is designed to keep them from winning.

Espy, President Bill Clinton's agriculture secretary and a former congressman, is counting on Mississippi's runoff election system in his bid to become the ruby red state's first African-American U.S. senator since Reconstruction and its first Democratic senator in nearly four decades.

The runoff is baked into Espy's campaign strategy against Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and conservative firebrand Chris McDaniel, Republicans who he'll face in a so-called "jungle" primary special election Nov. 6 to finish the final two years of GOP Sen. Thad Cochran's six-year term.

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^Vulnerable GOP candidates in the suburbs are torn over whether to run with Trump _ or from him<

MIDTERMS-GOP-TRUMP:LA _ As the midterm elections approach and vulnerable House Republicans nervously navigate around an unpopular president, charting a course is particularly fraught in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where the dominant ideology is pragmatism and fickle voters have little patience for Washington's political drama.

And it is here that two Republican lawmakers representing nearly adjacent districts, and espousing similar centrist goals, have nonetheless chosen divergent paths to seek victory as representatives of a party now thoroughly defined by President Donald Trump.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, from a district just over the state line in New Jersey, tilted right as opportunities emerged to ally with Trump. Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick stubbornly kept his distance.

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