Nate downgraded to tropical storm, seen weakening quickly: NHC

Nate downgraded to tropical storm, seen weakening quickly: NHC(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. …

Hurricane Nate to weaken significantly as it makes landfall

Hurricane Nate to weaken significantly as it makes landfall(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.

Pence offers solace as Las Vegas police puzzle over shooter's motive

Pence offers solace as Las Vegas police puzzle over shooter's motiveU.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.

Natural History Museum: Donald Trump Jr 'likes' tweet reporting Sadiq Khan's comments about victims injured in London car crash

Natural History Museum: Donald Trump Jr 'likes' tweet reporting Sadiq Khan's comments about victims injured in London car crashAs speculation swirled about the car crash outside the Natural History Museum, Donald Trump’s son “liked” a tweet which quoted London Mayor Sadiq Khan as saying a number of people had been injured and a man detained by police. Donald Trump Jr was responding to the report about the incident by US broadcaster ABC News, clicking the like button on their story about the incident. A large number of Twitter users but not ABC News had claimed it was a terrorist attack.

Readers write: Fighting hate in Idaho, all-hands response to hurricane, left a piece of her heart in St. John

Readers write: Fighting hate in Idaho, all-hands response to hurricane, left a piece of her heart in St. JohnRegarding the Aug. 31 Monitor Daily article “The Idaho community that drove out hate”: This was an excellent article that showed how good thinking and acting can stop hatred, especially when a community acts together. My son and his wife now live in Meridian, Idaho, so it had extra interest for me. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy, “Love is the liberator.” Keep up the good work.

Assured Guaranty pulls Puerto Rico lawsuit, cites hurricane

Assured Guaranty pulls Puerto Rico lawsuit, cites hurricanePuerto 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.

Hurricane Nate strengthens over Gulf of Mexico after killing 25

Hurricane Nate strengthens over Gulf of Mexico after killing 25By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Rod Nickel NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Hurricane Nate strengthened slightly on Saturday as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to hit the U.S. central Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm after it killed at least 25 people in Central America. The outer bands of the hurricane were expected to batter parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast with tropical storm-force winds on Saturday evening, with the center of the storm forecast to make landfall overnight, said U.S. National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen. Major shipping ports across the central U.S. Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic on Saturday, as Nate intensified and storm surges of up 11 feet (3.74 meters) were expected at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Ports from Louisiana to Florida close ahead of Hurricane Nate

Ports from Louisiana to Florida close ahead of Hurricane NateBy Gary McWilliams HOUSTON (Reuters) – Major shipping ports across the central U.S. Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic on Saturday as Hurricane Nate intensified and storm surges of up to 11 feet (3.74 meters) were expected. New Orleans, which sits near the mouth of the Mississippi River, is an important transit point for energy, metals and agricultural commodities moving to overseas and domestic markets. Nate is expected to strike the U.S. coast on Saturday night as a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.