All About: Amtrak trains, Michelle Obama, Stormy Daniels, Looming Florence
Michelle Obama announced a 10-city U.S. stadium tour on Wednesday to support her upcoming memoir "Becoming" that will feature what organizers called "intimate and honest conversations" with audiences.
California man gets 35 years for drug-trafficking ring on Amtrak trains
A California man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for heading a drug-trafficking ring that brought massive amounts of heroin and cocaine from Mexico to Chicago aboard Amtrak trains, prosecutors said. Edgar Roque, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to drug and money laundering charges, is among some 20 people charged in connection with the drug-running operation, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a written statement.
Michelle Obama announces stadium tour to support 'Becoming'
Michelle Obama announced a 10-city U.S. stadium tour on Wednesday to support her upcoming memoir "Becoming" that will feature what organizers called "intimate and honest conversations" with audiences. The former first lady will kick off the tour in her Chicago hometown on Nov.13, the day "Becoming" is released in the U.S. and in 28 languages around the world.
Stormy Daniels promises to tell all in a memoir due out October 2
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a sexual encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump a decade ago, said on Wednesday that she has written a no holds barred memoir about her running legal battles with Trump and her life as a stripper. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said on ABC's "The View" that her book, "Full Disclosure," would be released by St. Martin's Press, a subsidiary of MacMillan Publishers, on Oct. 2.
Russian pleads guilty in U.S. to operating Kelihos botnet
A Russian man pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. federal court in Connecticut to criminal hacking charges stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Peter Yuryevich Levashov, 38, used the Kelihos botnet - a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers - to harvest login credentials, distribute bulk spam emails, and install ransomware and other malicious software, the department said.
Special Report: Slamming the door - How Trump transformed U.S. refugee program
On Jan. 19, 2017, Aden Hassan's long wait to start a new life ended when he stepped off a plane in Columbus, Ohio, half a world away from the Kenyan refugee camp where he had lived for a decade. Years earlier in Mogadishu, Somalia, Hassan's father, a community organizer, was shot dead by the Islamist militants he opposed. A few years later, a younger brother and sister were killed by gunmen while walking home from school. After Hassan's mother survived an assassination attempt, she fled with her surviving children to neighboring Kenya.
Looming Florence heaps despair on rural U.S. towns ravaged by 2016 storm
When Hurricane Matthew submerged the small town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina, two years ago, Eve Waddell thought she had witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime disaster. "You'll never see that again," she reassured her daughter Ella, then 4, after floodwaters surged over the banks of the Lumber River, inundating Fair Bluff with several feet of water and damaging her house.
FDA proposed crackdown on flavored e-cigs puts Juul on notice
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes from Juul Labs and other companies as it grapples with an "epidemic" of youth e-cigarette use that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts, the agency's head said on Wednesday. In a speech at FDA headquarters, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency would also revisit a policy that extended the dates for some manufacturers of flavored e-cigarettes to get FDA approval before selling their products. That could lead to the removal of some major flavored e-cigarette brands, including the popular products made by Juul Labs Inc. if they do not address the issue to the agency's satisfaction.
Hawaii, still reeling from Hurricane Lane, braces for Olivia
Hawaii residents and visitors still drying out from Hurricane Lane braced on Wednesday for a drenching from Tropical Storm Olivia, which was expected to punish Maui and Oahu with heavy rains, high winds, and flash flooding. Though Olivia was weakening, Hawaii officials urged residents to hunker down, conserve water and prepare for the worst as the eye of the storm spun past the islands carrying winds up to 50 miles (85 kilometers) per hour.
New Jersey sports bets rise in August with online wagers
New Jersey's sportsbooks made $9.2 million of gross revenue in August, bringing the total so far this year to $16.5 million since the state began allowing legal sports wagers in June, state gambling officials said on Wednesday. Sports fans, gamblers, and other U.S. states are watching what happens in New Jersey, one of the first and most aggressive states to expand legal sports betting since it won its case before the U.S. Supreme Court in May.
Hurricane Florence evacuations expand, with 'disaster at doorstep'
Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds, churned ever closer to the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday as evacuations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods. The center of Florence, a slow-moving Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is expected to strike North Carolina late Thursday or early Friday and could drift southwest along the coast before turning inland, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
(With inputs from agencies.)