The Washington Post
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group who said he would ride out Hurricane Irma from his 74-acre private island in the Caribbean, has emerged from his fortified wine cellar unscathed. "All of the team who stayed on Necker and Moskito during the hurricane are safe and well," Branson said in a blog post Thursday, which he explained was transcribed with a satellite phone after the storm brought down all lines of communication.
For someone who consistently dodges rumors about a potential second act in politics (cough White House cough) George Clooney sure does have a lot of political pals. During a recent in-depth interview with the Hollywood Reporter (the twins even make a cameo!), the actor flashed a text message he received from former president Barack Obama, who shared dinner with and played basketball against Clooney in June. The pair's relationship, according to the magazine, "at times teeters into the risque." Do tell.
MIAMI - Hurricane Irma's deadly fury threatened to swamp low-laying islands of the Bahamas with a possible 20-foot storm Friday as the monster storm moved toward Florida's doorstep packing the potential to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation.
President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have agreed to pursue a deal that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling, three people familiar with the decision said. Trump and Schumer discussed the idea Wednesday during an Oval Office meeting. Schumer, Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., agreed to work together over the next several months to see if they can finalize a plan, which would need to be approved by Congress. One of the people familiar described it as a "gentlemen's agreement."
WASHINGTON - Between skyrocketing costs, sport specialization and coaches needing training, youth sports is in the midst of a crisis, according to new data published Wednesday by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the Aspen Institute. Athletic participation for kids ages 6 through 12 is down almost 8 percent over the last decade, according to SFIA and Aspen data, and children from low-income households are half as likely to play one day's worth of team sports than children from households earning at least $100,000.
The U.S. military began preparing in earnest for Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 6, readying four Navy ships for potential disaster relief while moving aircraft and U.S. troops in advance of the arrival of the Category 5 storm.
After 18 years flying as an airline for the price conscious, Allegiant Travel Co. wants to add real estate development to its list of corporate activities. The company is embarking on an audacious plan to build a 22-acre resort compound with a hotel, condominiums, bars, and restaurants on the Florida Gulf Coast in Port Charlotte.
Think "Jerry Springer" and you might conjure some of the daytime TV host's greatest talk-show guests. Brawling strippers, maybe, or that mother-daughter dominatrix duo, or maybe the guy who married a horse!
A newspaper photographer from Ohio was shot Monday night, Sept. 4, by a sheriff's deputy who apparently mistook his camera and tripod for a gun, and fired without a warning, the newspaper reported. Andy Grimm, a photographer for the New Carlisle News, left the office at about 10 p.m. to take pictures of lightning when he came across a traffic stop and decided to take photos, according to the paper's publisher, Dale Grimm.
HOUSTON - President Trump swooped into this flood-ravaged city Saturday to meet with survivors of Hurricane Harvey in his second visit to southeast Texas since the storm came ashore eight days ago. After focusing exclusively on the government response to Harvey and staying out of the disaster zone during his first trip Tuesday, Trump planned on Saturday to highlight storm victims and shine the presidential spotlight on communities dramatically altered by Harvey's enduring floodwaters.