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Remembering The Heroic Dogs Of 9/11, Gone But Not Forgotten

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terror attack on New York – which saw almost 3,000 people lose their lives and changed the landscape of the city forever.

Shortly after the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed – after being hit by two separate planes – almost 10,000 emergency rescue workers joined forces to help the search and rescue effort.

Amid a sea of noise, chaos, confusion and dust, their job began – an unimaginable task that no number of hours training could ever prepare them for.

Of those brave heroes – who ran towards danger when everyone else was running away, scared for their lives – around 300 were dogs. (More details)

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Hurricane Florence’s path: Track the storm here

Hurricane Florence intensified Monday, becoming a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm may affect millions this week in the southeastern U.S., including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Where is the hurricane now? Florence is approximately 405 miles south of Bermuda and 950 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 8 a.m. ET, according to the NHC.

The center says the storm is moving west-northwest at 15 mph, and has maximum sustained winds of about 130 mph.

“On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina on Thursday,” the center said. (More details)

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U.S. officials suspect Russia in mystery ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba, China

Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious “attacks” that led to brain injuries in U.S. personnel in Cuba and China consider Russia to be the main suspect, three U.S. officials and two others briefed on the investigation tell NBC News.

The suspicion that Russia is likely behind the alleged attacks is backed up by evidence from communications intercepts, known in the spy world as signals intelligence, amassed during a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the FBI, the CIA and other U.S. agencies. The officials declined to elaborate on the nature of the intelligence.

The evidence is not yet conclusive enough, however, for the U.S. to formally assign blame to Moscow for incidents that started in late 2016 and have continued in 2018, causing a major rupture in U.S.-Cuba relations. (More details)

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