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Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

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Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes — which has lagged behind storm track forecasting — could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration launched the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program in 2009 with a $13 million budget. Funding has shrunk to less than half that, and President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes further cuts to NOAA and…

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Week 8 preview: A&M vs. ‘Bama; Ducks’ coach under pressure

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As the college football season makes the turn into the back half of the season, we’re due for a startling upset. The first week of the season, two teams ranked in the top 10 lost to unranked teams. No. 5 LSU fell to Wisconsin and No. 10 Notre Dame lost to Texas . Since then we have learned Notre Dame is not all that good and Wisconsin really is. Only one top 10 team has lost to an unranked team…

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Georgia hangs on to beat Penn State in TaxSlayer Bowl

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Four games into the 2015 season, the Georgia Bulldogs were riding high. They were 4-0 and ranked number 8 in the country. An SEC championship and the College Football Playoffs were reasonable expectations. After a disastrous home loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs’ season went downhill. Heisman candidate Nick Chubb went down with an injury. Coach Mark Richt was let go at season’s end. Instead of a spot in the playoffs, Georgia found themselves in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday against…

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