Dorian creeps up coast nearrecord storm surge feared

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Forecasters are warning of near-record water levels and millions are under evacuation orders as Hurricane Dorian creeps up the Southeastern coast of the United States.Dorian appears likely to get dangerously near Charleston, which is particularly vulnerable since it is located on a peninsula.A flood chart by the National Weather Service projects a combined high tide and storm surge around Charleston Harbor of 10.3 feet (3.1 metres). The record is 12.5 feet (4 metres), set by Hugo in 1989.Businesses are boarded up around the city, and some people have been in shelters for days. The Category 2 storm was still off the eastern coast of Florida on Wednesday and moving slowly to the north.A hurricane warning covers about 500 miles (805 kilometres) of coastline.Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press read more

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___California to let college athletes sign endorsement dealsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California’s governor has signed a first-in-the-nation law that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements. The move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. Under the law, which takes effect in 2023, students at public and private universities in the state will be allowed to sign deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers or other advertisers and profit from their names and likenesses, just like the pros.___China to send its top trade negotiator to US for talksBEIJING (AP) — China says its top trade negotiator will lead an upcoming 13th round of talks aimed at resolving a trade war with the United States. Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen says Vice Premier Liu He will travel to Washington for the talks sometime after China’s National Day holiday, which ends Oct. 7. Wang repeated the Chinese position that the two sides should find a solution based on mutual respect and benefit.___Forever 21 bankruptcy reflects teens’ new shopping behaviourNEW YORK (AP) — For years, teens packed Forever 21’s massive stores at the nation’s malls for its speedy take on fashion, like $5 halter tops and $25 mini dresses. But the chain that helped popularize so-called fast fashion has proven too slow for a new generation of young customers. The Los Angeles-based chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a victim of rapidly changing tastes among teens who are increasingly turning away from malls and toward eco-friendly fashions like pants made from recycled plastic.___EU trade chief nominee hopes for better trans-Atlantic tiesBRUSSELS (AP) — The man set to become the European Union’s top trade official says he hopes the United States and the EU can accelerate trade talks and avoid a tit-for-tat tariff war over Airbus and Boeing. At a hearing assessing his suitability to become EU trade commissioner, Phil Hogan says “unfortunately we have not seen much movement” in trans-Atlantic trade talks recently. Hogan says a tariff war “doesn’t make sense” given that Europe would retaliate once its case over U.S. subsidies to Boeing is decided.___CVS stops sale of heartburn drugs with suspect contaminantCVS has halted sales of popular heartburn medication Zantac and the store generic version. CVS is the latest retailer to pull the heartburn tablets from store shelves, following warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they contain low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant.___President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industryBLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big corporations planning $70 billion in investment for the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farms. But there’s an issue: President Donald Trump hates wind turbines.___WeWork withdrawing its stock market IPO filingNEW YORK (AP) — WeWork says it is withdrawing its IPO filing as it seeks to postpone a stock market debut a week its controversial CEO stepped aside from the troubled company.___Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcyNEW YORK (AP) — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, once a hot destination for teen shoppers, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The privately held company based in Los Angeles says it will close up to 178 stores in the U.S. As of the bankruptcy filing, the company operated about 800 stores globally, including more than 500 stores in the U.S.___Businesses having a harder time getting credit, survey findsNEW YORK (AP) — Small and mid-sized businesses are having a harder time getting credit and that’s having an impact on hiring plans. Those are findings of a quarterly survey of small businesses by researchers at Pepperdine University and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. While 56% of businesses said it was easy to get debt financing, that was down from 59% in a survey in the second quarter. Just 28% of small businesses reported success in getting bank loans during the previous three months, down from 31.6%.___China warns US investment curbs would hurt global growthBEIJING (AP) — China has warned the U.S. against trying to limit investment ties between the two countries, even as the Trump administration contradicted a report that Washington might be considering removing Chinese companies from American stock exchanges. Treasury says it is not considering blocking Chinese companies from listing shares on the U.S. stock exchanges.___Stocks climb as markets cap turbulent quarter with calm endNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed on Monday and gave one last nudge to ensure the S&P 500 emerges from yet another tumultuous quarter with a modest gain. As has been the case throughout the quarter, movements in President Donald Trump’s trade war with China helped drive the market on Monday. The moves left the S&P 500 with a 1.2% gain for the quarter. While that was its smallest quarterly gain this year, the index had been on track for a much worse performance a month ago.___The S&P 500 climbed 14.95 points, or 0.5%, to 2,976.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 96.58, or 0.4%, to 26,916.83, and the Nasdaq composite added 59.71, or 0.8%, to 7,999.34. Russell 2000 of smaller-company stocks rose 2.90, or 0.2%, 1523.37.The Associated Press read more

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