U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Senator Bob Corker for the Iran nuclear deal on Sunday in a series of derisive Twitter posts that drew a sharp comeback from the lawmaker, an influential fellow Republican and onetime ally. The senator, who announced his retirement last month, was a national security adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and on Trump’s short list last year for both vice president and secretary of state. More recently, he has criticized Trump, taking issue with the president’s response to a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
By Rod Nickel and Jessica Resnick-Ault BILOXI, Miss. (Reuters) – Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles (55 km per hour) as it moved northeast into Alabama, prompting the National Hurricane Center to end its tropical storm warnings for the region.
The powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, said on Sunday it would oppose an outright ban on bump-stock devices that the killer in the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people used to turn rifles into automatic weapons and strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained gunfire. The NRA, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, stunned gun control advocates last week when it issued a statement voicing willingness to support a restriction on bump stocks. Police said the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, fitted 12 of his weapons with bump-stock devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to operate as if they were fully automatic machine guns, which are otherwise outlawed in the United States.
By Jessica Resnick-Ault BELLE CHASSE, La. (Reuters) – Residents of Louisiana’s lower Plaquemines Parish, the swampy peninsula that shadows the Mississippi River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, know Nate let them off very easy, certainly when compared with hurricanes of years past. As the Category 1 storm approached this weekend, memories of the devastation of Katrina 12 years ago, and to a lesser extent, Issac in 2012, loomed large in the scattered hamlets that cling to the few spots of terra firma that line the river south of New Orleans. “I had prayed for this – that we would be spared,” said Amos Cormier, president of the parish, Louisiana’s equivalent to a county.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Chevron Corp has begun to redeploy personnel and restore oil production at its Gulf of Mexico facilities after storm Nate, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Its unit Chevron Pipeline Company is also assessing pipelines and facilities after Nate, including its Fourchon and Empire terminals, to decide further action. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga; editing by Grant McCool)
(Reuters) – White nationalists briefly rallied on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes in August led to the death of a woman who was run down by a car. A few dozen white nationalists, led by so-called “alt-right” activist Richard Spencer and carrying torches gathered at Emancipation Park near a covered statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the removal of which was blocked by a court pending the outcome of a legal challenge. Spencer posted a video on Twitter showing the protest, in which opponents of the removal of Lee’s statue chanted “You will not replace us” and “We will be back.” Charlottesville’s Mayor Mike Signer fired off an angry response on Twitter, telling Spencer and the protesters to “go home.” “Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards.
(Reuters) – Nate has been downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center said early on Sunday, and was expected to quickly weaken as it moved farther inland across the deep south, Tennessee Valley and Central Appalachian Mountains. Nate was about 135 m (215 km) west-southwest of Montgomery Alabama with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kmh), the center said in a 3:30 a.m. advisory. Nate will turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days, the center said. …
(Reuters) – The center of Hurricane Nate was expected to make landfall on the Mississippi Coast by midnight on Saturday and weaken significantly, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was about 60 miles (95 km) east of New Orleans with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (140 km per hour), the center said. Nate will turn toward the north-northwest and then northeast with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days, the center said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Las Vegas on Saturday stressing unity and offering solace as police appealed to the public for help in uncovering a wealthy retiree’s motive for massacring 58 people at an outdoor concert this week. “We are united in our grief, in our support for those who have suffered and united in our resolve to end such evil in our time,” Pence said, joining Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and other local leaders at a City Hall commemoration for victims of the shooting. President Donald Trump paid a visit to Las Vegas earlier in the week.
Puerto Rico bond insurer Assured Guaranty Ltd said late on Friday it voluntarily withdrew a complaint that challenged the legality of the island’s fiscal turnaround plan, citing the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The move may temporarily ease Puerto Rico’s financial problems as it struggles to get back on its feet after Maria hit last month, destroying the electrical grid and leaving most of the island’s 3.4 million inhabitants without power. Assured Guaranty, along with a second insurer MBIA Inc , filed their lawsuit against the island’s government and a federally appointed financial oversight board on May 3, a day after Puerto Rico announced a historic restructuring of its public debt.