Airlines cancel flights as Hurricane Dorian approaches U.S.
As Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the East Coast, airline flight cancellations will reach close to 1,200 for the second consecutive day, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. That is on top of the nearly 1,500 canceled on Labor Day. And Florida airports remain the hardest hit. More than half of the canceled Tuesday flights – 637 – were headed to or from Orlando International Airport. Those with upcoming travel plans in the region are eligible to change their flights without the usual penalties under airline travel waivers in place since last week. Airlines have added new cities to their waivers as Dorian’s path has shifted.
Additional information expected about Calif. boat fire victims
The Santa Barbara, California County Office of Emergency Management confirmed they will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. PT to provide an update on the commercial diving boat with dozens of passengers aboard that sank early Monday after it caught fire near Santa Barbara. Six crew members and 33 passengers were asleep on the bottom deck at the time of the accident. Five crew members were rescued near Santa Cruz Island, about 30 miles off Santa Barbara. The others on board are all feared dead. Four bodies had been recovered near the boat and brought ashore by Monday night, all with injuries consistent with drowning, a Coast Guard official said. Four other bodies had been located at the site but not yet recovered.
British Parliament expected to hold major Brexit vote
After its summer recess, Britain’s Parliament will reconvene and vote Tuesday night on whether to take a “no-deal” Brexit from the European Union off the table. If the legislation passes, it would be legally binding and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is opposed to the vote, has vowed to call a snap election. The legislation is aimed at preventing Johnson from taking Britain out of the EU without a formal exit deal on Oct. 31 if no withdrawal agreement is reached with the EU. Ahead of that deadline, Johnson has taken steps to suspend Parliament, giving legislators little time to try to rush through legislation designed to prevent a disorderly departure.
Texas shooting brings together teens from rival schools
Nearly 100 teens from two Texas high schools, Odessa High School and Permian High School, met Monday evening with the purpose of deciding how they could help the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting, which has left seven dead and 25 wounded. Lending the joint effort more significance is the fact that the two cities have a legendary rivalry, one chronicled in the book, and later fictionalized in the NBC TV drama, “Friday Night Lights.” Bryce McKenney, a 17-year-old recent Odessa High School graduate, organized the impromptu assembly and announced the goal would be to stage a big fundraising event in a few weekends with proceeds going to those in need. For an hour, the students came up with an avalanche of suggestions. School resumes Tuesday for the students after the holiday weekend and classrooms and hallways will take on a more sober cast. But for one night on Monday, the storied rivalry was put aside as action was in the air.
US Open: Serena Williams, Roger Federer in action
The US Open moves into the quarterfinals on Tuesday, with the action at Flushing Meadows featuring two players who have combined to win 11 US Open titles. Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams plays Wang Qiang and five-time US Open champ Roger Federer faces off against Grigor Dimitrov. Williams’ quest for the title got a boost on Sunday when top-ranked Naomi Osaka — the defending women’s US Open champ — was eliminated. That took place just hours after the defending men’s champion, Novak Djokovic, retired during the third set of his matchup against Stan Wawrinka.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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