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Hurricane Irma: Why did the ocean disappear near the Bahamas?

Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

Hurricane Irma: Tampa Bay Beaches Disappear

It’s happened before.

The water around Acklins Island seemingly disappeared in 1936, said Wayne Neely, a forecaster at the Department of Meteorology in Nassau.

Now Hurricane Irma has sucked in the water surrounding Long Island and Exuma. 

Although a rare meteorological phenomena, water recedes when the low pressure from a hurricane pushes down on the water and pulls it into the eye of the storm.

This is what also helps create the storm surge, Neely said.

“In the Long Island and Exuma cases care must be taken (into consideration) in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury,” Neely said.

VIDEO: Charlotte Harbor Dry, Leaves Boats On Their Sides

Buildings damaged following large earthquake in Mexico City

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused buildings to sway and break apart in Mexico City on the anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 quake that did major damage in 1985.

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Pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over.

Below are the latest images from social media of the damage:

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Man's body decomposed in airport parking lot for 8 months

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Kansas City International Airport from afar
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Kansas City International Airport from afar(BergmannD/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The family of a Missouri man who was found dead in a vehicle in a parking lot at Kansas City International Airport is upset and said officials could have done more to find their loved one sooner. 

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The body of 54-year-old Randy Potter, of Lenexa, Missouri, was found Tuesday night at the Kansas City airport -- eight months after he was reported missing in January, KTVI reported.

Potter’s body was discovered after officers were alerted of a bad smell coming from a vehicle in one of the airport lots, WDAF reported.

Potter’s body was so decomposed, officials weren’t initially sure of the person’s gender or race, according to KTVI.

According to WDAF, Potter was last seen leaving his home on Jan. 17 as he headed to work. He never arrived at work and did not contact any friends or family members.

Carolina Potter, Randy Potter’s wife, alerted police, filed a missing person’s report and even hired a private investigator to find her husband.

“Emotionally it’s been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights,” Carolina Potter said.

The Potter family said police officers and airport officers dropped the ball.

“My husband could have been found in the first -- I’m going to be very generous -- in the first week,” Carolina Potter told WDAF.

“The fact that he sat there for that long is disgusting,” the Potters’ daughter, Nichole Potter, said.

Investigators believe Randy Potter died by suicide.

Trump vows to ‘destroy’ North Korea during U.N. speech

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

VIDEO: President Trump Speaks To U.N. General Assembly On North Korea

President Donald Trump repeated his threat to “destroy North Korea” in a tweet on Tuesday, hours after he made the statement in his first speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly and an international audience.

“Now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump said. “…. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

The president repeated a taunt he threw at North Korea president Kim Jong Un over the weekend, calling him “rocket man.”

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for him and his regime,” Trump said of Kim.

While strong statements condemning countries for aggressive action are not new, it is unusual for a sitting leader to promise to destroy a nation.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have escalated since Trump came into office. A series of tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea prompted Trump last month to promise “fire and fury” like the world had never seen if the tests continued, or if a threatened strike near Guam took place.

Soon after the U.N. speech, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the statement in a tweet comparing what Trump said to something President Barack Obama said while in office.

Obama was not advocating a military strike against North Korea but was saying the United States was capable of destroying the country. His statement, "We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals, but aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, [South] Korea,” came after a missile test by North Korea.

Trump also condemned actions by Iran and said that the Middle East country is a “rouge nation.” 

He said the deal with Iran to curb the country’s nuclear weapons program was “an embarrassment” to the United States.

“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction,” Trump said.

 

Softball coach accused of molesting 10-year-old girls

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 12:37 PM

Softball Coach Accused Of Molesting 10-Year-Old Girls

A California softball coach is accused of molesting two 10-year-old girls between August 2014 and August 2017, and prosecutors are searching for additional victims, KTLA reported Monday.

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Glen Thomas Kauffman, 53, was charged with two counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, whose officials said that Kauffman’s position as a coach put him in a “position of trust with access to minors.”

Prosecutors said Kauffman, who is on the board of directors for the University of California Irvine Alumni Association, molested one girl on multiple occasions and one other at least once.

“(UC Irvine) is reviewing this situation and will comment when appropriate,” UCI spokesman Tom Vasich said, according to NBC Los Angeles. “Mr. Kauffman’s board membership is currently on hiatus.”

If convicted as charged, Kauffman could serve a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

His arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Glen Thomas Kauffman(Orange County District Attorney's Office)