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  • As Hurricane Irma edged closer, a Florida dealership turned into a makeshift disaster shelter, offering refuge for employees unable to escape Irma's wrath. The idea came to Rick LeMaire, general manager of Largo Honda in Florida City, Fla., south of Miami, after an employee, Chris Buchanan, asked him if she could stay at the dealership during the storm with her cats. "I live in a trailer in the Keys, and I literally live check to check," Buchanan, a title clerk at Largo Honda, said. "I can't afford to run from a storm, but I live in a trailer so I had to leave." What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat. "It just kept growing and growing," said Buchanan. "It started with one and ended with 40." LeMaire's cat, Binky, surveys emergency preparations in the general manager's office. Evacuees also brought dogs and a pet rat. ..

    Largo Honda in Florida becomes shelter from Irma

    As Hurricane Irma edged closer, a Florida dealership turned into a makeshift disaster shelter, offering refuge for employees unable to escape Irma's wrath. The idea came to Rick LeMaire, general manager of Largo Honda in Florida City, Fla., south of Miami, after an employee, Chris Buchanan, asked him if she could stay at the dealership during the storm with her cats. "I live in a trailer in the Keys, and I literally live check to check," Buchanan, a title clerk at Largo Honda, said. "I can't afford to run from a storm, but I live in a trailer so I had to leave." What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat. "It just kept growing and growing," said Buchanan. "It started with one and ended with 40." LeMaire's cat, Binky, surveys emergency preparations in the general manager's office. Evacuees also brought dogs and a pet rat. ..
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  • Reuters have a look at how Irma is impacting on insurers, following so closely on the heels of Harvey Torsten Jeworrek, member of the board of the German reinsurance giant Munich Re sats

    Irma a “major event for Florida and also a major event for the insurance industry”

    Reuters have a look at how Irma is impacting on insurers, following so closely on the heels of Harvey Torsten Jeworrek, member of the board of the German reinsurance giant Munich Re sats
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  • Winds at 130 mph but some weakening expected Irma will hit southern Florida later today. The forecast track will take the storm up the west coast of Florida, according to the latest NHC .

    Hurricane Irma hits Florida keys at Category 4 storm, but expected to weaken

    Winds at 130 mph but some weakening expected Irma will hit southern Florida later today. The forecast track will take the storm up the west coast of Florida, according to the latest NHC .
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  • Earlier: Hurricane Irma upgraded to a category 4 storm - Hurricane Irma now a Category 4 storm - National Hurricane Center warned of an "increasing chance" that Florida and the Florida Keys will see "some impacts" Governor Scott has declared an emergency to facilitate preparations

    Florida’s governor has declared a state of emergency as Irma approaches

    Earlier: Hurricane Irma upgraded to a category 4 storm - Hurricane Irma now a Category 4 storm - National Hurricane Center warned of an "increasing chance" that Florida and the Florida Keys will see "some impacts" Governor Scott has declared an emergency to facilitate preparations
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  • As part of its new job as the lead U.S. military organization managing responses to possible crises involving weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon’s top special operations headquarters is running a dedicated office to gather intelligence and information about these potential threats. Since President George W. Bush’s administration made the case for its invasion of Iraq, “WMDs” has become something of a dirty word, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns about hostile foreign powers and other groups getting hold such arms, including nuclear, radiological, chemical, and biological weapons.There’s a certain alphabet soup to the arrangement, with U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction-Fusion Center (CWMD-FC) being situated somewhere in the greater Washington, D.C. area, known to the U.S. military as the National Capital Region (NCR), which is already home to another secretive special operations counter-terrorism element, sometimes refer..

    This Obscure DC-Area Office Helps US Special Operators Hunt Down And Secure Loose WMDs

    As part of its new job as the lead U.S. military organization managing responses to possible crises involving weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon’s top special operations headquarters is running a dedicated office to gather intelligence and information about these potential threats. Since President George W. Bush’s administration made the case for its invasion of Iraq, “WMDs” has become something of a dirty word, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns about hostile foreign powers and other groups getting hold such arms, including nuclear, radiological, chemical, and biological weapons.There’s a certain alphabet soup to the arrangement, with U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction-Fusion Center (CWMD-FC) being situated somewhere in the greater Washington, D.C. area, known to the U.S. military as the National Capital Region (NCR), which is already home to another secretive special operations counter-terrorism element, sometimes refer..
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  • U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop To 259,000 First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly decreased in the week ended September 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims fell to 259,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level of 282,000. The continued decrease surprised economists, who had expected jobless claims to climb to 300,000 from the 284,000 originally reported for the previous week. With the unexpected decrease, jobless claims pulled back further off the two-year high of 298,000 set in the week ended September 2nd. The jobless claims data has recently been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which caused significant damage in Texas and Florida. The Labor Department said the four-week moving average climbed to 268,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 262,750. The increase lifted the less volatile four..

    U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop To 259,000

    U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop To 259,000 First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly decreased in the week ended September 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims fell to 259,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level of 282,000. The continued decrease surprised economists, who had expected jobless claims to climb to 300,000 from the 284,000 originally reported for the previous week. With the unexpected decrease, jobless claims pulled back further off the two-year high of 298,000 set in the week ended September 2nd. The jobless claims data has recently been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which caused significant damage in Texas and Florida. The Labor Department said the four-week moving average climbed to 268,750, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised average of 262,750. The increase lifted the less volatile four..
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  • U.S. Housing Starts Stable, Permits Climb in August Stable figures of new-home construction in the U.S. last month, along with a surge in permits signify that the housing market was making headway ahead of a potentially temporary hit from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, government data showed.Housing starts for residential homes declined 0.8 percent month-on-month to an annual rate of 1.18 million, beating estimates of 1.17 million. This followed the upwardly revised figure of 1.19 million pace in the previous month. Groundbreaking activity for single-family home rose by 1.6 percent to 851, 000, while multi-family housing starts declined 6.5 percent to 329, 000. Construction permits, an indicator of future construction, increased 5.7 percent to 1.3 million rate, surpassing estimates of 1.22 million and the highest since January from the 1.23 million pace. Groundbreaking activity in the U.S. may show swings in the coming months after Harvey's extensive impact to the southeast Texas ..

    Prime News: U.S. Housing Starts Stable, Permits Climb in August

    U.S. Housing Starts Stable, Permits Climb in August Stable figures of new-home construction in the U.S. last month, along with a surge in permits signify that the housing market was making headway ahead of a potentially temporary hit from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, government data showed.Housing starts for residential homes declined 0.8 percent month-on-month to an annual rate of 1.18 million, beating estimates of 1.17 million. This followed the upwardly revised figure of 1.19 million pace in the previous month. Groundbreaking activity for single-family home rose by 1.6 percent to 851, 000, while multi-family housing starts declined 6.5 percent to 329, 000. Construction permits, an indicator of future construction, increased 5.7 percent to 1.3 million rate, surpassing estimates of 1.22 million and the highest since January from the 1.23 million pace. Groundbreaking activity in the U.S. may show swings in the coming months after Harvey's extensive impact to the southeast Texas ..
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  • It’s a quirk of fate that I happen to share a birthday with the U.S. Air Force, but it’s one that only helps drive home Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s comment that the service has been constantly flying combat missions for 26 years, since Operation Desert Storm in 1991. That’s more than a third of its 70 year history and nearly four fifths of my entire life. Wilson made her remarks on the first day of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in Maryland.Wilson went on to stress the need to restore the Air Force’s readiness, stabilize its budgets, and completely rethink how the service goes about conducting science and technology research. Her comments, as well as those of other senior leaders and industry partners who spoke at a number of panels, depicted an organization heavily engaged in present matters of national security – from tensions with North Korea to the ongoing fight against ISIS – as well as looking to transform itself to stay..

    Four Big Takeaways From Day One Of The Air Force Association’s Big Annual Bash

    It’s a quirk of fate that I happen to share a birthday with the U.S. Air Force, but it’s one that only helps drive home Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson’s comment that the service has been constantly flying combat missions for 26 years, since Operation Desert Storm in 1991. That’s more than a third of its 70 year history and nearly four fifths of my entire life. Wilson made her remarks on the first day of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in Maryland.Wilson went on to stress the need to restore the Air Force’s readiness, stabilize its budgets, and completely rethink how the service goes about conducting science and technology research. Her comments, as well as those of other senior leaders and industry partners who spoke at a number of panels, depicted an organization heavily engaged in present matters of national security – from tensions with North Korea to the ongoing fight against ISIS – as well as looking to transform itself to stay..
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