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Bianca Andreescu defeats Serena Williams in US Open final for first major title

This time, there was no controversy.

For the second year in a row, Serena Williams’ quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title was denied in Saturday’s U.S. Open final by a much younger opponent.

This time, it was 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu who won her first major title, defeating the 37-year-old Williams 6-3, 7-5.

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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after scoring a point against Serena Williams, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Andreescu appeared to be cruising to a routine straight-sets win before Williams fought off a match point at 5-1 in the second set, then ripped off the next five games to make Andreescu earn the title in front of a partisan, pro-Williams crowd in Flushing Meadows.

Andreescu stopped the bleeding with a service hold to go ahead 6-5, then broke Williams’ serve to clinch the victory.

The final was hard-fought, but was blessedly free of incidents like the dispute between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos that marred her 2018 final loss to Naomi Osaka.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates.

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Trump Admin Humiliated as Federal Court Rules Several Deported Parents Can Return to U.S.

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Antonio Brown signs with New England Patriots hours after Raiders cut him

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots Saturday, hours after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders before ever playing a game for the team.

Official terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN reported that the agreement was for one year, included a $9 million signing bonus and could be worth up to $15 million.

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NOAA Slammed For Backing Trump Over Scientists In Dorian-Alabama Feud

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

They say NOAA’s action risks the credibility of the nation’s weather and science agency and may even risk lives.

Dismay came those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was “most likely” to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans — accurately — that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane. The weather service is part of NOAA and the tweet came from its Birmingham, Alabama, office.

“This rewriting history to satisfy an ego diminishes NOAA,” Elbert “Joe” Friday, former Republican-appointed director of the National Weather Service, said on Facebook. He told The Associated Press on Saturday: “We don’t want to get the point where science is determined by politics rather than science and facts. And I’m afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur.”

Alabama had never been included in hurricane advisories and Trump’s information, based on less authoritative graphics than an official forecast, was outdated even at the time.

In the tempestuous aftermath, some meteorologists spoke on social media of protesting when the acting NOAA chief, Neil Jacobs , is scheduled to speak at a National Weather Association meeting Tuesday — in Huntsville, Alabama.

Former officials saw a political hand at work in NOAA’s statement disavowing the Birmingham tweet. The statement was issued by an anonymous “spokesperson,” a departure from the norm for federal agencies that employ people to speak for them by name.

“This falls into such uncharted territory,” said W. Craig Fugate, who was Florida emergency management chief under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama. “You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices. For the life of me I don’t think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush.”

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator during the Obama administration said: “It is truly sad to see political appointees undermining the superb, life-saving work of NOAA’s talented and dedicated career servants. Scientific integrity at a science agency matters.”

The White House declined to comment Saturday when asked if it had directed NOAA to release the statement. The president spent the morning at his Virginia golf club. NOAA officials also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Retired Adm. David Titley, former NOAA operations chief during the Obama administration and a former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University said NOAA’s leadership is showing “moral cowardice” and officials should have resigned instead of issuing the statement chastising the Birmingham office. Joe Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials’ shoes.

Titley said the episode might feed distrust of forecasts that help people make life-or-death decisions whether to evacuate.

“For people who look for excuses not to take action when their lives or property are threatened … I think this can potentially feed that,” Titley said.

Former NOAA deputy administration Monica Medina, who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations, said “it will make us less safe as a country.”

And Justin Kenney, who headed the agency’s communications in the Obama administration, said “by politicizing weather forecasts, the president … puts more people — including first responders — in harm’s way.”

Bill Read, who became director of the National Hurricane Center director during the Republican George W. Bush administration, said on Facebook the NOAA statement showed either an embarrassing lack of understanding of forecasting or “a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking.”

A retired chief of the center’s hurricane forecasting desk, James Franklin, said on Twitter that the NOAA statement had thrown the Birmingham office “under the bus” — a phrase several ex-officials used. He said the Birmingham office’s tweet was “spot-on and an appropriate response to the President’s misleading tweet that morning.”

Last Sunday, Trump tweeted : “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5.”

At the time, the hurricane center’s forecast path — including a large cone of uncertainty — did not go farther west than the eastern third of Georgia.

The weather service in Birmingham quickly followed up with its tweet, which one meteorologist there said was prompted by residents’ concerns about what to do. It said: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

NOAA verified that day that the “current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama” and an agency spokesman, Christopher Vaccaro, put his name to that.

NOAA’s disavowal of the Birmingham tweet came late Friday. It said its forecasters “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

The highest percentage that tropical force storm winds — not stronger hurricane-force winds — would hit somewhere in Alabama was 11%, according to hurricane center charts, and the chances were briefly between 20% and 30% according to a graphic that was not a forecast and that was outdated by the time of Trump’s warning.

Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears

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NOAA Slammed For Backing Trump Over Scientists In Dorian-Alabama Feud

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

They say NOAA’s action risks the credibility of the nation’s weather and science agency and may even risk lives.

Dismay came those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was “most likely” to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans — accurately — that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane. The weather service is part of NOAA and the tweet came from its Birmingham, Alabama, office.

“This rewriting history to satisfy an ego diminishes NOAA,” Elbert “Joe” Friday, former Republican-appointed director of the National Weather Service, said on Facebook. He told The Associated Press on Saturday: “We don’t want to get the point where science is determined by politics rather than science and facts. And I’m afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur.”

Alabama had never been included in hurricane advisories and Trump’s information, based on less authoritative graphics than an official forecast, was outdated even at the time.

In the tempestuous aftermath, some meteorologists spoke on social media of protesting when the acting NOAA chief, Neil Jacobs , is scheduled to speak at a National Weather Association meeting Tuesday — in Huntsville, Alabama.

Former officials saw a political hand at work in NOAA’s statement disavowing the Birmingham tweet. The statement was issued by an anonymous “spokesperson,” a departure from the norm for federal agencies that employ people to speak for them by name.

“This falls into such uncharted territory,” said W. Craig Fugate, who was Florida emergency management chief under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama. “You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices. For the life of me I don’t think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush.”

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator during the Obama administration said: “It is truly sad to see political appointees undermining the superb, life-saving work of NOAA’s talented and dedicated career servants. Scientific integrity at a science agency matters.”

The White House declined to comment Saturday when asked if it had directed NOAA to release the statement. The president spent the morning at his Virginia golf club. NOAA officials also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Retired Adm. David Titley, former NOAA operations chief during the Obama administration and a former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University said NOAA’s leadership is showing “moral cowardice” and officials should have resigned instead of issuing the statement chastising the Birmingham office. Joe Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials’ shoes.

Titley said the episode might feed distrust of forecasts that help people make life-or-death decisions whether to evacuate.

“For people who look for excuses not to take action when their lives or property are threatened … I think this can potentially feed that,” Titley said.

Former NOAA deputy administration Monica Medina, who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations, said “it will make us less safe as a country.”

And Justin Kenney, who headed the agency’s communications in the Obama administration, said “by politicizing weather forecasts, the president … puts more people — including first responders — in harm’s way.”

Bill Read, who became director of the National Hurricane Center director during the Republican George W. Bush administration, said on Facebook the NOAA statement showed either an embarrassing lack of understanding of forecasting or “a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking.”

A retired chief of the center’s hurricane forecasting desk, James Franklin, said on Twitter that the NOAA statement had thrown the Birmingham office “under the bus” — a phrase several ex-officials used. He said the Birmingham office’s tweet was “spot-on and an appropriate response to the President’s misleading tweet that morning.”

Last Sunday, Trump tweeted : “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5.”

At the time, the hurricane center’s forecast path — including a large cone of uncertainty — did not go farther west than the eastern third of Georgia.

The weather service in Birmingham quickly followed up with its tweet, which one meteorologist there said was prompted by residents’ concerns about what to do. It said: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

NOAA verified that day that the “current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama” and an agency spokesman, Christopher Vaccaro, put his name to that.

NOAA’s disavowal of the Birmingham tweet came late Friday. It said its forecasters “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

The highest percentage that tropical force storm winds — not stronger hurricane-force winds — would hit somewhere in Alabama was 11%, according to hurricane center charts, and the chances were briefly between 20% and 30% according to a graphic that was not a forecast and that was outdated by the time of Trump’s warning.

Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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MIT Media Lab director resigns after report on financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein

A top official at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) resigned Saturday after acknowledging this past week that he went around the university’s official designation of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein as a  “disqualified” donor and continued to accept gifts from him for a prestigious research lab.

Joichi Ito, the director of the Media Lab at MIT, admitted that he accepted a $525,000 donation from Epstein after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to solicitation of prostitution involving an underage victim, according to a report by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow.

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Joichi Ito, director of MIT Media Lab, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, July 8, 2016. Dentsu Inc., Japan’s dominant advertising agency, launched a specialized digital marketing company Dentsu Digtial Inc. today. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Getty Images)

“After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as Director of the Media Lab and as a Professor and employee of the Institute, effective immediately,” Ito said in an email to the provost and president of the university that he shared with The New York Times.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif said he had requested an independent investigation to address the “deeply disturbing allegations about the engagement between individuals at the Media Lab and Jeffrey Epstein.” Reif disclosed last month that the school took about $800,000 from Epstein over 20 years. That announcement followed the resignation of two prominent researchers from Media Lab over the revelations of Epstein’s ties to the Cambridge University.

RONAN FARROW CLAIMS MIT CONCEALED JEFFREY EPSTEIN DONATIONS FOLLOWING SEX OFFENDER CONVICTION

However, the New Yorker reported that Epstein, a Level 3 registered sex offender at the time, arranged at least $7.5 million in donations. That amount included a $2 million gift from Microsoft founder Bill Gates and a $5.5 million donation from investor Leon Black, with Epstein acting as a sort of proxy for the funds, according to emails dated October 2014 which were reviewed by The New Yorker.

A spokesperson for Gates told the magazine that these allegations were “completely false,” and Black declined to comment.

“[T]he acceptance of the Epstein gifts involved a mistake of judgment,” Reif said in a statement. “We are actively assessing how best to improve our policies, processes and procedures to fully reflect MIT’s values and prevent such mistakes in the future. Our internal review process continues, and what we learn from it will inform the path ahead.”

Internal emails and correspondence between MIT administrative officials also revealed how university officials went to great lengths to conceal Epstein’s identity on subsequent gifts, while simultaneously accepting high dollar donations from other wealthy donors that Epstein had convinced to contribute to the prestigious university program.

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Still, MIT staff members in Ito’s office refrained from using Epstein’s name when scheduling meetings with him, instead referring to him only by his initials. Signe Swenson, a former development associate and alumni coordinator at the lab who resigned in 2015 because of Epstein’s continued involvement, told the magazine that donations from the financier had to be kept “anonymous” and that some staff in Ito’s office called Epstein “Voldemort” or “he who must not be named,” a reference to the villain of the “Harry Potter” book series.

Epstein was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10 at a New York City prison and his death was ruled a suicide. The 66-year-old was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Prosecutors allege Epstein paid girls as young as 14 years old hundreds of dollars in cash for massages before molesting them at his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 through 2005.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dominion Energy Crews Moving Swiftly to Restore Power After Hurricane Dorian

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In Virginia, crews are expected to have restored power to nearly all customers by Saturday night and nearly all northeastern North Carolina customers by Sunday night, except for certain high-impact coastal areas. As of Saturday afternoon, 25,100 of the 174,000 customers impacted in northeast North Carolina and Virginia remain without power.

Patrol teams are assessing damage, with helicopters and drones supplementing on-ground efforts, in the hardest hit areas of Virginia Beach and northeastern North Carolina. Customers still awaiting restoration will be able to get individual estimated times for restoration as crews complete their assessment.

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‘Second breakfast’ should be a real meal, 62 percent of Americans polled say

Ever eaten breakfast in the morning and then a few hours later thought, “I think I’ll have breakfast again?” It’s more common than you may think.

According to new research, more than half (62 percent) of the 2,000 respondents believe it’s high time for “second breakfast” to be officially recognized as a meal.

In fact, the average American polled said they partake in “second breakfast” at least once a week. And they don’t eat it just for pleasure, as 70 percent of respondents say they feel more energized after having a second breakfast.

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70 percent of respondents in a new study say they feel more energized after having a second breakfast. (iStock)

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The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Dave’s Killer Bread, also found that breakfast foods, far and away, are America’s favorite “genre” of food, with 34 percent crowning it as the top dog.

Lunch took home second place with 24 percent and dinner got last place with 19 percent.

While there are clearly some haters for all-day breakfasting, some are fans — 43 percent of Americans — have eaten breakfast food for all three meals in a day before, with 36 percent of them saying they do so often.

But is there still stigma around when it’s okay to eat breakfast foods? According to the survey, Americans are sick of feeling judged and condemned for their love of eating breakfast foods at all times of the day.

The results showed that nearly half of Americans feel they are “not allowed” to eat breakfast foods past 10:25 a.m.

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Eggs, sausage and toast are among American’s favorite breakfast foods, according to the study. (iStock)

“Americans think we should recognize second breakfast and we agree!” said Cristina Watson, brand manager for Dave’s Killer Bread. “Three meals a day has become four, five, maybe more depending on someone’s activity. When one breakfast isn’t enough, a second breakfast can help you go the distance.”

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The study also ranked America’s favorite breakfast foods and, shockingly, bacon did not even crack the top three.

The crown for the “king of breakfast foods” goes to eggs (58 percent) however you like them, with sausage and toast taking home silver and bronze, respectively.

“It’s not surprising that toast cracked the top three of America’s fav breakfast foods,” continued Watson. “People want the classic flavors of breakfast but not necessarily in a classic setting because they’re on-the-go. Second breakfast, and especially toast packed with whole grains, protein and fiber, can be your secret weapon.”

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This story was originally published by SWNS.

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Meghan Markle cheers on friend Serena Williams in US Open final

Meghan Markle attended the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Canadian Bianca Andreescu on Saturday.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, sat courtside in Williams’ box at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. Also in the box are Williams’ family members, husband Alexis Ohanian Sr, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Markle donned a denim dress with a gray coat draped over her shoulders.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women’s Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

She landed in NYC after taking a commercial flight from London on Friday to cheer on her friend as Williams attempts to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

MEGHAN MARKLE FLIES COMMERCIAL TO WATCH SERENA WILLIAMS IN US OPEN FINAL AFTER PRIVATE JET SCANDAL

Markle has reportedly left her 4-month-old baby, Archie Harrison, and husband, Prince Harry, back in the U.K. for the two-day trip but is traveling with security, according to The Times newspaper in London.

“It is a last-minute trip,” a source said. “Excited to support her friend, and then come back.”

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Of course, this isn’t Markle’s first time attending a final of Williams. She has previously watched the tennis star in the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon ladies’ singles final in London.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat in Williams’ box courtside.  (Mike Stobe/Getty Images))

The two have been close friends since meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami.

This is also Markle’s first time back (that we know of) in New York City since her star-studded baby shower in February. Williams and Amal Clooney co-hosted the shower, which took place on the Upper East Side and included guests such as Gayle King and Abigail Spencer.

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It’s also a quick solo getaway before she, Prince Harry, and Archie are set to embark on a royal family trip to Africa between Sept. 23 and Oct. 2.

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Hurricane Dorian puts spotlight on homes barely recovered from Florence

Hurricane Dorian‘s lashing of the Carolinas with rain and flooding has shone a spotlight and a strain on some families who still haven’t recovered a year after Hurricane Florence.

“Florence was horrible because it stuck around for so long and we had tons of rain right before the hurricane. The ground is saturated and some trees were just coming down everywhere,” said Charlie Blanton, a homeowner in North Carolina.

One of those trees crushed Charlie Blanton’s family home. He says he still has several months of work left to repair the damages. He says it will cost $150,000 to fix everything up.

“The fan that was up here had water pouring down off of it, right there in the middle of the room,” he said, as he described the damage done to the roof of his home.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence caused $22 billion in damages in North Carolina. There is currently no estimate available yet for Hurricane Dorians.

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One of those trees crushed Charlie Blanton’s family home. He says he still has several months of work left to repair the damages. He says it will cost $150,000 to fix everything up. (Elina Shirazi)

“We were just hoping that we wouldn’t have another tree fall through. We still have one tree in the front of the house that is old. We did some hurricane prepping, we brought everything inside that was outside, but we were also prepping the house that we’re standing in now, so we just basically had constant worry during the whole storm,” Blanton said.

Charlie says several houses in the area are still rebuilding. Due to the destruction, his daughter says she can still barely recognize the home.

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“This was my room. Sadly, it’s no longer very much of a room. We had a bunk bed over there in the back corner, a toilet right here, which we don’t have anymore,” said Bernadette Blanton.

The Blantons have been staying with friends for over a year. About 400 families are still living in temporary housing since Florence.

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About 400 families are still living in temporary housing since Florence. (Elina Shirazi)

For Charlie, with Dorian behind him, he says he hasn’t let his guard down. He is ready for what comes next.

“We absolutely dodged a bullet and I hope that we can get our house done before the next hurricane comes because we’ll be ready and now we know what to do.”

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While skies are looking clear in the Carolinas post-Dorian, there are still roughly 240,000 power outages reported across the Carolinas. The storm is now reportedly setting its sights for Canada.

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