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Officials: 6 dead, 115 evacuated at Hollywood, Florida nursing home

Hollywood Florida nursing home deaths rise to 6Police have evacuated several people from a Hollywood nursing home, where at least five people have died.

According to Hollywood Fire Rescue and Police, 115 people were evacuated Wednesday morning at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located at 1200 N 35 Ave., due to intense heat and no power. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed five people have died, but it remains unknown whether the deaths are related to the heat.

The mayor added that three deaths occurred at the nursing home, and three deaths were pronounced on arrival at a nearby hospital.

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U.S. gay marriage pioneer Edith Windsor dies at 88

Edith Windsor dies at 88Edith Windsor, the New York woman whose successful challenge to a federal law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman helped pave the way for gay marriage nationwide, died on Tuesday at age 88.

Her passing was announced by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, and lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who did not offer a cause of death.

The 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the core of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, was credited with laying the groundwork for the court’s 2015 ruling in another case that legalized same-sex marriage.

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Court blocks penalties in new New Hampshire voting law

Judge Charles Temple blocks punitive NH voting lawNew Hampshire's Supreme Court has blocked recent changes to the state's voting laws that would have exposed some first-time voters to a fine or jail time if they failed to submit residence paperwork within 10 days of registering.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Presiding Justice Charles Temple granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday against part of the law signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu in July and known as State Bill 3.

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Irma’s Storm Surge Swallows Jacksonville With Record Floods

Jacksonville floodAbout 400 miles north of where Hurricane Irma first made landfall in South Florida, the coastal city of Jacksonville is being swallowed by water, with heavy rains and a record storm surge turning streets into churning rivers and wind-whipped waves crashing through windows.

The city government issued a flash flood emergency Monday morning, ordering people to go inside and stay there. Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted images of rescue crews heading out in boats. The local sheriff's office asked people to put white flags outside their homes to signal for help.

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Oregon’s Eagle Creek Fire and the New Reality of Life in the Smoke-Filled American West

Oregon's Eagle Creek FireWhere I live, on the edge of the Columbia River, in southern Washington State, the light is yellow and strange, scattered by the thick smoke of a wildfire about twenty miles downstream.

The Eagle Creek fire, which started last Saturday afternoon, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, quickly spread over more than thirty thousand acres of dizzyingly steep terrain; as of Thursday morning, it was only five per cent contained. Over the holiday weekend, the fire trapped a hundred and forty day hikers on a popular trail, obliging them to spend a cold, hungry, and terrifying night in the woods.

It has since forced about seven hundred people to evacuate their homes, and hundreds of others to prepare to leave on short notice. Some of the most beloved outdoor spots in the Pacific Northwest are in the path of the blaze. Already, the region has begun to mourn the transformation of its waterfall-fringed forests of Douglas fir and hemlock.

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Mammoth Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida Keys

Hurricane IrmaHurricane Irma blasted its way to landfall Sunday in the Florida Keys as a mammoth, Category 4 storm with slashing rain and roaring, sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was forecast to slam northward up the state, generally tracking along the Gulf Coast but bringing the havoc of hurricane-force wind, rain or storm surge just about everywhere. In Miami, high winds snapped a high-rise construction crane and water swept down streets like rivers. In Palm Bay, 175 miles to the north, six mobile homes were destroyed by an apparent tornado.

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Feds agree to admit deported Dreamer for legal case

Feds agree to admit deported Dreamer for court case

Department of Homeland Security officials have agreed to allow the temporary return to the U.S. of a so-called Dreamer who claims he was unlawfully deported to Mexico on two occasions earlier this year.

Officials from Customs and Border Protection agreed to allow Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, to enter the U.S. for his deposition and trial in connection with a lawsuit he filed in federal court in San Diego in April claiming he was deported despite his participation in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.

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