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Talking The Tropics with Mike

    The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** However, tropical storm Sebastien has formed over the Central Atlantic 300+ miles east of Puerto Rico.  Sebastien will drift to the northwest before merging with a frontal system & accelerating northeast late in the week.  Once merged with the cold front, transition to an extra-tropical low pressure system will occur over the open North Atlantic.  No impact on the U.S. & the system will stay south & east of Bermuda.  Marginal atmospheric conditions - northwest shear in particular (satellite imagery shows most of the t'storm activity to the east of the low level center) - will keep the tropical storm from strengthening a great deal though there may be a brief uptick Wed./Wed. night about the time Sebastien is absorbed by the frontal system. Less than two weeks are left in the Atlantic hurricane season!  Two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Tanya' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** A rather compact area of storminess/low pressure continues over the Central Atlantic hundreds of miles east of Puerto Rico.  Some gradual tropical or subtropical development is possible as the evolving low pressure system drifts to the northwest then north through midweek before merging with a frontal system & accelerating northeast late in the week.  Once merged with the cold front, transition to an extra-tropical low pressure system will occur over the open North Atlantic.  No impact on the U.S. & the system should stay south & east of Bermuda. Less than two weeks are left in the Atlantic hurricane season!  Two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** An area of storminess continues over the Central Atlantic hundreds of miles east of Puerto Rico.  Some gradual tropical or subtropical development is possible as the evolving low pressure system drifts to the northwest through midweek then merges with a frontal system & accelerates northeast late in the week.  Once merged with the cold front, transition to an extra-tropical low pressure system will occur by late week. Less than two weeks are left in the Atlantic hurricane season!  Two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Over the E. Pacific.... Raymond is weakening & degenerating into a remnant low.  Still... some flooding, gusty winds & rip currents, rough seas/surf will occur through Sunday over the Southern & Western coasts of the Baja. Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** Strong low pressure is over the Western Atlantic to the east of the Carolina's.  Some subtropical (or hybrid) characteristics are possible but no true tropical development is expected.  Though staying offshore, the low is producing gusty winds, rip currents, rough seas & surf & heavy rain at times for parts of coastal  Georgia & the Carolina's.  The low will start to accelerate east/northeast through early week over the open Atlantic. Meanwhile.... an area of storminess continues over the Central Atlantic hundreds of miles east of Puerto Rico.  Some gradual development is possible as the system drifts to the northwest through midweek then merges with a frontal system & accelerates northeast late in the week.  It looks like this system stays well south & east of Bermuda. Less than two weeks are left in the Atlantic hurricane season!  Two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Over the E. Pacific.... Raymond is weakening & degenerating into a remnant low.  Still... some flooding, gusty winds & rip currents, rough seas/surf will occur through Sunday over the Southern & Western coasts of the Baja. Global tropical activity: 'Fengshen' is a recurve over the NW Pacific well to the east of Japan....
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** Low pressure is consolidating into a single stronger low pressure area northeast of Jacksonville & east of the Carolina's this weekend.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical (or hybrid) characteristics are possible.  Though staying offshore, the low will produce gusty winds, rip currents, rough seas & surf & heavy rain at times for parts of coastal Florida & especially Georgia & the Carolina's.  The low will start to accelerate east/northeast by Sunday/Mon. over the open Atlantic. Meanwhile.... a large area of storminess has emerged over the Central Atlantic hundreds of miles east of Puerto Rico.  Some gradual development is possible as the system drifts to the northwest through the next week or so. Only two weeks are left in the Atlantic hurricane season!  Two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Over the E. Pacific.... tropical storm Raymond has formed & will impact the Southern Baja of California over the weekend but as a relatively weak system.  Still... some flooding, gusty winds & rip currents, rough seas/surf will occur through Sunday. Global tropical activity: Typhoon 'Fengshen' will recurve over the NW Pacific well to the east of Japan....
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** Disorganized low pressure will consolidate into a single stronger low pressure area northeast of Jacksonville & east of the Carolina's through Saturday.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical (or hybrid) characteristics - once east of Fl. - are possible.  Though staying offshore, the low will produce gusty winds, rip currents, rough seas & surf & heavy rain at times for parts of coastal Florida & especially Georgia & the Carolina's.  The low will start to accelerate east/northeast by Sunday/Mon. over the open Atlantic. Nov. is the last 'official' month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Over the E. Pacific.... a tropical storm is developing & will impact the Southern Baja of California over the weekend but as a relatively weak system.  Still... some flooding & rip currents, rough seas/surf will occur through Sunday. Global tropical activity: Typhoon 'Fengshen' will recurve over the NW Pacific well to the east of Japan....
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** Disorganized low pressure will develop over or near Florida by Friday into Saturday.  A pair of lows will consolidate & move over the W. Atlantic east & northeast of Jacksonville while intensifying & slowly pivoting north/northeast.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical characteristics - once east of Fl. - are possible.  Though staying offshore, the low will produce gusty winds, rip currents, rough seas & surf & heavy rain at times for parts of coastal Florida & especially Georgia & the Carolina's. Nov. is the last 'official' month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** A large area of disorganized showers & storms continues over the Eastern Atlantic between the Caribbean & the west coast of Africa but shear will limit any development with little/no chance for the system to make it very far west.   Low pressure will develop over or near Florida by Friday.  This low will then move to the W. Atlantic east & northeast of Jacksonville while intensifying & slowly pivoting north/northeast.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical characteristics - once east of Fl. - are possible.  No major impacts on the U.S. once over the Western Atlantic outside of enhanced onshore flow for the Carolina's + some coastal rain. Nov. is the last 'official' month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** A large area of disorganized showers & storms continues between the Caribbean & the west coast of Africa but shear will limit any development with little chance for the system to make it very far west.   Overall... the pattern over the Atlantic Basin continues to look a lot like late fall.  A now stationary front across the Greater Antilles/Northern Caribbean will be reinforced by another strong cold front through the end of the week. Low pressure will develop over or near Florida by Friday.  This low will then move to the W. Atlantic east & northeast of Jacksonville while intensifying & slowly pivoting north/northeast.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical characteristics - once east of Fl. - are possible.  No major impacts on the U.S. once over the Western Atlantic outside of enhanced onshore flow for the Carolina's. Nov. is the last 'official' month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:
  • The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!.....First Alert Hurricane Survival Guide... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   STAY INFORMED: Get the * FREE * First Alert Weather app FREE NEWS UPDATES, ALERTS: Action News Jax app for Apple | For Android WATCH 'Surviving the Storm' READ the First Alert Hurricane Center 'Survival Guide' RECAP 'Hurricane Dorian: A True Tropical Beast' **No areas of concern across the Atlantic that would affect the U.S. or any other land areas ** A large area of disorganized showers & storms continues between the Caribbean & the west coast of Africa but shear will limit any development with little chance for the system to make it very far west.   Overall... the pattern over the Atlantic Basin looks a lot like late fall.  A strong cold front is plowing deep into & across the Atlantic with the trailing stationary front extending west across the Greater Antilles & Northern Caribbean which will be reinforced by another cold front this week. Low pressure will develop over or near Florida by Friday.  This low will then move to the W. Atlantic east & northeast of Jacksonville while intensifying & slowly pivoting north/northeast.  Tropical development is unlikely but some subtropical characteristics - once east of Fl. - are possible. Nov. is the last 'official' month of the Atlantic hurricane season.  Only two hurricanes have ever made a U.S. landfall in Nov. - both in Florida: 'Yankee' on Nov. 4, 1935 - at Miami..... & 'Kate' in the Panhandle on Nov. 22, 1985. Other notable storms include 'loopy' Gordon in 1994... Lenny in 1999... Paloma in 2008 & Ida in 2009.     Atlantic dust: 2019 names..... 'Sebastien' is next on the Atlantic list (names are picked at random... repeat every 6 years... historic storms are retired (Florence & Michael last year) & Dorian is almost certain to be next:   East Atlantic: Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). The red lines indicate strong shear of which there is plenty across the Atlantic at the moment: The Atlantic Basin: Water vapor imagery (dark blue indicates dry air): Deep oceanic heat content is extreme over the NW Caribbean: Sea surface temp. anomalies: SE U.S. surface map: Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean:   Global tropical activity:

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  • Two jail guards tasked with monitoring wealthy financier and accused child predator Jeffrey Epstein on the night he committed suicide were arrested Tuesday and accused of falsifying records to hide the fact that they apparently slept during their shifts and browsed the internet instead of conducting mandated inmate checks. >> Read more trending news  Prosecutors said guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas falsified records at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York to make it appear as though they carried out the required checks every half-hour on Aug. 9-10. Instead, authorities said, they spent 'substantial portions of their shifts' sitting at their desks, browsing the internet and moving around the common area of the jail's Special Housing Unit. During one two-hour period, the indictment said, both appeared to have been asleep. 'As alleged, the defendants had a duty to ensure the safety and security of federal inmates in their care at the Metropolitan Correctional Center,' U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. 'Instead, they repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction.' Authorities said video surveillance from the jail showed that no one checked on Epstein between at least 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 10, despite U.S. Bureau of Prisons protocol mandating inmate checks every half-hour. When Noel and Thomas went to serve inmates breakfast just after 6:30 a.m., they found Epstein dead in his cell with a noose around his neck, prosecutors said. Montell Figgens, a lawyer for Thomas, told The Associated Press both guards are being “scapegoated.” 'We feel this a rush to judgment by the U.S. attorney's office,' he said. 'They're going after the low man on the totem pole here.' U.S. Attorney General William Barr vowed earlier this year to investigate Epstein's death and some 'serious irregularities' in his treatment at MCC. In August, Barr announced the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons had been replaced and reassigned. Epstein died weeks after an earlier suicide attempt, according to investigators. Officers found him with a strip of bedsheet around his neck in July after he apparently tried to hang himself, authorities said in the indictment unsealed Tuesday. Officials briefly placed Epstein on suicide watch after the July suicide attempt, though that status had been lifted before Epstein's suicide in August. Epstein had been housed at MCC since his arrest in July on federal sex trafficking charges. He had been accused of sexually abusing and exploiting dozens of girls as young as age 14 between 2002 and 2005. He had pleaded not guilty and was preparing to argue that he could not be charged because of a 2008 deal he made to avoid federal prosecution on similar allegations in Florida. Epstein’s death prompted a whirl of conspiracy theories from people, including members of Epstein’s family and some of his alleged victims, who questioned whether it was possible that he’d killed himself in such a high-security setting. His death was considered a major embarrassment for the Bureau of Prisons, according to the AP. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it has identified a person of interest, nearly a month after a Fleming Island woman was reported missing. Deputies say Susan Mauldin was last seen on October 23 and was reported missing from the Eagle Harbor area the following day. At that time, detectives said they did not believe that Mauldin was in danger.  But now, the sheriff's office says their detectives have identified a person of interest in Mauldin's disappearance, which it says has 'mysterious' circumstances associated with it.  'The facts and circumstances developed during the course of this investigation led us to believe an individual, identified as Corey Binderim, has pertinent information related to this case. Mr. Binderim has cooperated during the course of this investigation, but until recently, he's left the area all of sudden, with no explanation and his whereabouts are unknown at this time, ' says Detective Howard Fryer.  The sheriff's office says their investigation revealed that Mauldin wasn't the type of woman to wander off and has missed several medical appointments.  'She would tell her friends if she had any plans to travel and there's no signs of financial transactions or travel plans made. Mr. Binderim's association with Susan Mauldin was, he is a contractor, contracted to perform a remodeling job in her bathroom. During the course of that contract, he failed to perform all the work. He took a deposit from her, which during the course of that, Ms. Mauldin determined she didn't want to work with him anymore and requested her money back. There's no indication during the course of our investigation that Ms. Mauldin left her home, willingly. Her vehicle is still at the house. There were signs that she was to be there at the house, with no indications of leaving,' says Fryer.  Anyone with information about Mauldin's or Binderim's whereabouts is urged to contact the sheriff's office.
  • A 16-year-old girl has been arrested after authorities discovered her plan to kill people at a predominantly black church in Hall County. >> Read more trending news  The teen, who is white, planned to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, according to Gainesville police. “Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members,” police Chief Jay Parrish said Tuesday in a news release. “The church was immediately notified of the incident by Gainesville police to ensure the safety of our community and the current threat was under control.” Students at Gainesville High School told school administrators that the girl had a notebook with “detailed plans to commit murder” at the church, Parrish said. Administrators notified school resource officers of the plan on Friday and opened an investigation. They verified the threat and turned the investigation over to Gainesville police, who took the girl into custody, Parrish said. Her name has not been released. The teen was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and taken to the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center. “This is an active investigation and a prime example of how strong relationships between the student body, school administration and law enforcement can intercept a potentially horrific incident,” Parrish said.
  • President Donald Trump checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday for medical tests as part of his annual physical, White House officials said. >> Read more trending news   The trip, which was not on the president's public schedule, sparked speculation about the 73-year-old's health. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Trump is 'anticipating a very busy 2020' and wanted to take advantage of 'a free weekend' in Washington to begin portions of his routine checkup. Here are the latest updates: Update 12:45 p.m. EST Nov. 19: At a Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday, President Donald Trump complained about speculation that he might have suffered a heart attack over the weekend. Speculation swirled after Trump visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for two hours Saturday. The trip had not been on Trump's public schedule, though White House officials said the visit was routine. 'I went and did a very routine -- just a piece of it, the rest takes place in January -- very routine physical,' he said, according to CNN. When he returned to the White House, he said, 'I get greeted with the news, 'We understand you had a heart attack.'' 'These people are sick and the press really in this country is dangerous,' Trump said. 'We don't have freedom of the press in this country. We have the opposite. We have a very corrupt media.' Update 11:33 p.m. EST Nov. 18: In a memorandum, President Donald Trump's physician said Monday the president's visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday was merely part of a 'routine, planned interim checkup, several media outlets reported. 'This past Saturday afternoon the President traveled up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year,' Sean P. Conley wrote in the memo, CBS News reported. 'Due to scheduling uncertainties, the trip was kept off the record. 'Despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues,' Conley wrote. 'Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.'  Update 2:05 p.m. EST Nov. 18: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham deflected rumors about President Donald Trump's health, saying it is “absolutely not” true that the president's visit to a doctor Saturday was anything other than a routine procedure, The Washington Post reported. Grisham also said the President is “healthy as can be,' the newspaper reported. In a statement Saturday, Grisham said Trump, 73, had “a quick exam and labs” and “remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” the Post reported. Grisham said rumors about the president 'are always flying.' 'He is healthy as can be,' Grisham told Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday. 'I put a statement out about that. He’s got more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6 a.m. until, you know, very, very late at night. He’s doing just fine.” Update 12:56 a.m. EST Nov. 17: Trump took to Twitter early Sunday, just hours after his visit to Walter Reed Medical Center. 'Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center,' he tweeted shortly after midnight. 'Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.' According to The Associated Press, the two-hour appointment did not appear on the president's public schedule like his previous annual physicals.  Original story: 'Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,' Stephanie Grisham, White House press secretary, said in a statement, CNN reported. Trump’s last physical was in February at Walter Reed. He weighed 243 pounds with a body mass index of 29.9, and 30 is considered obese, USA Today reported. He also had increased his use of a statin that helps control his cholesterol. 'I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond,' Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, wrote at the time.  The visit Saturday is different than the president’s previous physicals. The last two physicals were announced beforehand and noted on the president’s calendar. Trump usually takes the Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed, but this time, a motorcade dropped him off unannounced, CNN reported. 
  • One of two women accused of cutting an infant out of an expectant mother's womb earlier this year has given birth to a child of her own, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news  Cook County Sheriff's Office spokesman Joseph Ryan told the Chicago Tribune that Desiree Figueroa, 25, gave birth Nov. 1 at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She has been in custody since May, when she and her mother, Clarisa Figueroa, were arrested and charged in the death of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Desiree Figueroa has since been returned to jail, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Additional information was not immediately available. Prosecutors said Clarisa Figueroa, 46, lured Ochoa-Lopez to her home on Chicago's Southwest Side in April after they met through a Facebook group geared toward young mothers. Authorities said the Figueroas strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby from her womb. Clarisa Figueroa later called 911 to falsely claim she'd given birth to a child who was not breathing, investigators said. Tests later confirmed the newborn was Ochoa-Lopez's son. The baby, named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, died in June of severe brain injury. Both Figeuroas have been charged with one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, dismembering a human body and concealing a homicidal death. They pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 26, the Tribune reported. Clarisa Figueroa's boyfriend, 40-year-old Piotr Bobak, was also arrested and charged with one count of concealment of a homicide. He has also pleaded not guilty, according to WTTW.

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