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Hurricane warning extended for Florida’s coast

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The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning northward in Florida as Matthew heads toward the East Coast. Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the Bahamas after hitting Cuba hard. The hurricane center says the hurricane was about 105 miles (165 kilometers) south of Long Island, Bahamas. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The hurricane center said there is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along Florida’s east coast from North…

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Evacuations underway in 2 Florida counties

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Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in Brevard County, and voluntary evacuations have been activated in St. Lucie County, but Gov. Rick Scott urged other coastal residents potentially in harm’s way not to wait to be told to leave. The governor said during a Wednesday morning news conference that “if you’re able to go early, leave now.” The mandatory evacuations were scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The slow-moving storm was expected to drench the coast from the Keys through central…

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Study finds 2016’s most patriotic states

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Virginia, Alaska and South Carolina topped the “2016 Most Patriotic States” list released Tuesday by website WalletHub, while Florida came in below the Mendoza line. The list ranks states on both military engagement and civic engagement, with heavy emphasis put on how many residents joined the military in 2014, the percentage of the electorate that made it to the polls in 2012 and how much residents volunteer. Scoring also includes metrics such as how frequently a state’s residents Google search…

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will headline local GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will headline the Lincoln Day Dinner this year. The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee announced the high-profile conservative as its keynote speaker for the group’s biggest annual fundraiser on Thursday. Haley most recently made news when she endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for president over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “I am excited to have Nikki Haley as our keynote speaker,” said PCREC chair Nick DiCeglie. “There is no bigger rising star in the Republican…

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Time is running out for Donald Trump’s rivals to stop him

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Donald Trump‘s rivals are running out of time to stop him after his dominant performance in South Carolina. A close look at the election calendar suggests that if the New York billionaire’s rivals don’t slow him by mid-March, their only chance to deny him the Republican presidential nomination may be a nasty and public fight at the party’s convention this summer. “When you look at it right now, it looks like there’s this juggernaut,” said Rich Beeson, a senior aide…

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Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz jostle to claim ‘alternative-to-Donald Trump’ vote

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Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz battled to emerge as the true anti-Trump on Sunday as the billionaire businessman took an ever-so-brief break from his trademark braggadocio to say his drive for the GOP nomination isn’t unstoppable — yet. Fresh off a commanding victory in South Carolina, Donald Trump declined to say the nomination was his to lose. But he quickly went on to declare, “I’m really on my way.” Soon enough, in a television interview, he was toting up…

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Jeb Bush, seeking a much-needed revival in SC, calls in family

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Jeb Bush has long kept his family at arm’s length in his effort to become commander-in-chief, but with the South Carolina primary looming, he’s embracing them like never before in the state that has historically stood by the Bush family in its previous White House bids. It’s a drastic shift from the approach he took at the start of his campaign hinting at how precarious his fortunes have become. Now, with his back to the wall, Bush is grabbing hold…

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