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This Day in History: Aug. 30

On this day, Aug. 30 …

1905: The Detroit Tigers’ Ty Cobb has his first major league at-bat, doubling off Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders (which would become better known as the New York Yankees).

Also on this day:

  • 1941: The two-year siege of Leningrad during World War II begins.
  • 1963: A hotline between the Kremlin and the White House goes into operation to reduce the chances of an accidental war.
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Thurgood Marshall was nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1967. (AP1967)

  • 1967: Thurgood Marshall is confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first African American Supreme Court justice. 
  • 1999: East Timor residents vote to secede from Indonesia.
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Five Years Ago Saturday, a Turning Point for Hong Kong and China

HONG KONG — In many places around the world, a single date marks seismic events considered turning points in recent history, like the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States or the Nov. 9 fall of the Berlin Wall for Europe. For post-colonial Hong Kong, the turning point fell on Aug. 31, 2014.

That was when a top Chinese government body announced a plan for limited democracy in Hong Kong. Beijing’s decision fell considerably short of what democracy protesters were demanding that summer, and it set off a two-month occupation of several Hong Kong neighborhoods that came to be known as the Umbrella Movement.

This year, demonstrators seized on that day — known simply as “the 8/31” — for what they hoped would be a huge march this Saturday, although an organized rally now seems unlikely.

The Hong Kong authorities have declined to grant the protesters a permit, raising the possibility of a repeat of recent clashes should the demonstration be held. The authorities rejected an appeal on Friday, and march organizers called off the demonstration after failing to win approval, although people are likely to protest in other ways.

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Democracy protesters in Hong Kong in October 2014 during the occupation that came to be known as the Umbrella Movement.CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

The Standing Committee of China’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress, approved a law five years ago on Saturday that would have allowed all adults who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to vote on who would be the next chief executive of the semiautonomous Chinese territory. But it came with a catch: Beijing would have tight control over who could run.

A 1,200-member electoral committee stacked with Beijing loyalists currently chooses the chief executive. The Aug. 31 decision would let that committee only choose the candidates, and then let the general public vote on those candidates. But opponents felt that meant Beijing would still be choosing their leader. And Beijing did indeed say that whoever won the vote of the general public would still have to be appointed to the job of chief executive by China’s national government.

The Standing Committee’s pronouncement did not become Hong Kong law because pro-democracy lawmakers in the Hong Kong legislature blocked approval of it in 2015. So the same 1,200-member election committee continues to choose the chief executive, with the system favoring pro-Beijing candidates. The committee selected Carrie Lam, the incumbent, in 2017, and she won with 777 votes of the 1,163 votes actually cast.

Protesters in Hong Kong installed an “Umbrella Man” sculpture during a demonstration in October 2014.CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

Most democracy advocates in Hong Kong have long rejected the decision as worse than nothing at all. “The decision of Aug. 31 is totally unacceptable to the Hong Kong people,” said Bonnie Leung, the vice convener of one of the main protest groups, the Civil Human Rights Front, which had been organizing the Saturday demonstration. “The chief executive would have millions of votes, not a handful, but they would still be handpicked by Beijing.”

Mrs. Lam, now the chief executive of Hong Kong and previously the territory’s top civil servant, tried to find a compromise during the Umbrella Movement. Her compromise would have changed the composition of the nomination committee, notably by reducing the large number of seats reserved for farmers and fishermen. Farming and fishing now represent a tiny share of Hong Kong’s population and economy these days, but these are staunchly pro-Beijng sectors.

But Mrs. Lam’s compromise still would have left the nomination committee in charge of who could appear on the ballot. Democracy advocates rejected her suggestions.

A scene in October 2014 from the Umbrella Movement protest. Most democracy advocates in Hong Kong have long rejected the 2014 Beijing decision as worse than nothing at all.CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

A few centrists in Hong Kong and Western political scientists have suggested that adoption of the Aug. 31 decision five years ago might have helped the democratic cause and might still be a good option for the territory. They argue that even if two or three Beijing allies appeared on a ballot for a vote by all of the people of Hong Kong, those candidates would become less pro-Beijing during the campaign. They might compete with each other in promising more democracy, so as to win the most votes from the general public.

“If they want to win a popular election, they would have to adopt policies closer to the political center,” said David Zweig, a longtime political scientist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The Aug. 31 decision gives Beijing final say on who becomes chief executive. After the general election, Beijing would decide whether to appoint the winner of the general election to become chief executive. If a candidate became too critical of Beijing during an election campaign, or promised too much, that candidate might not be appointed, said Lau Siu-kai, vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, an elite, semiofficial advisory body set up by Beijing.

“Beijing will not allow any person who seems to place his accountability to the Hong Kong people above his accountability to Beijing,” Mr. Lau said.

Protesters’ umbrellas outside the government complex in September 2014. Hong Kong has changed since then, with protesters now more willing to resort to violence.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The decision five years ago was a compromise in Beijing between moderates willing to tolerate some democracy in Hong Kong and hard-liners less willing to allow it. The compromise was aimed at going far enough in meeting Hong Kong democracy demands to head off a threatened occupation of the streets that autumn — a goal the compromise completely failed to achieve.

Hong Kong has changed since then, with protesters more willing to resort to violence. But Beijing has also changed since then. President Xi Jinping had been in office for less than two years at the time of the Standing Committee’s decision, and was still consolidating power.

In the years since, he has repealed a constitutional limit of two terms as president, allowing him to remain in office indefinitely. He has replaced almost all top military and security officials with people loyal to him. Human rights lawyers have been sentenced to long jail terms and much stricter controls have been placed on internet use in mainland China.

Democracy advocates still hope Beijing will make them a better offer. “I hope Beijing will understand if you make a concession, it is not a sign of weakness but a sign of a great power,” said Emily Lau, a pro-democracy lawmaker.

Some Beijing hard-liners on Hong Kong policy, however, have begun to question whether any concession to democracy advocates, like allowing general elections with Beijing controlling who is a candidate, is even needed anymore.

Lau Siu-kai said that because the Standing Committee has never repealed the decision, it remains on the books and in theory available to Hong Kong.

“It is still available, because it is the national law,” he said, while adding that, “I don’t see this as a possibility at all, that 8/31 would be accepted by the democrats.”

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Cadbury facing backlash over new chocolate bar meant to promote diversity

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The British confectionery giant Cadbury has been facing some backlash on social media for a new candy bar that it introduced in India, which features four types of chocolate — dark, blended, milk and white — to promote diversity.

“This is as absurd as Kendall Jenner fighting police brutality with a Pepsi,” tweeted legal analyst Imani Gandy.

“Congratulations to cadbury for solving racism,” wrote restaurant critic Tejal Rao.

Cadbury rolled out the multi-flavored chocolate bars on Aug. 15 — teaming up with the global advertising agency Ogilvy — to celebrate India’s Independence Day.

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“India is a diverse country, with people of different castes, creed, languages, regions, religions. Everyone living together, but not always with love,” said Ogilvy in a statement. “Cadbury Dairy Milk, which is loved by everyone, wanted to send a powerful message of unity. So we worked with the brand to create the Unity Bar: India’s first chocolate made of dark, blended, milk and white chocolate — all united in one bar.”

Some people were praising the idea on social media, but many users have poked fun at it.

“This is everything wrong with diversity,” tweeted one person. “You force in a set amount of predefined difference and it’s going to taste awful. I would rather see a range where you don’t know what you’re going to get, but it’s going to taste amazing whatever it is.”

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Another person said, “You would THINK, if they were going for unity, that all of the types would be interspersed instead of segregated (from light to dark, no less). This is the problem with playing to the woke crowd; you BETTER get it right.”

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DNC will reject Iowa Democrats' virtual caucus plan, throwing the state's first-in-the-nation status into question

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The Democratic National Committee will reject Iowa’s plan for virtual caucuses — a decision that both complicates the Iowa Democratic Party’s implementation of the 2020 presidential caucuses and threatens their very existence going forward.

The decision was confirmed to the Des Moines Register late Thursday by two sources close to the conversations. It follows a meeting of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee last week in San Francisco, where members voiced concerns about the security of the Iowa plan and the potential for hacking.

Neither representatives for the DNC nor the state party immediately responded to requests for comment Thursday evening. The Associated Press reported late Thursday that DNC officials were considering the same decision for the Nevada caucus.

In February, the state party unveiled the most substantial changes to the Iowa caucuses since their inception, proposing a series of “virtual” caucuses that would allow registered Democrats to participate over the phone.

It was an effort to accommodate rules from the DNC, which issued a mandate after the 2016 elections requiring caucus states to allow some form of absentee voting.

For years, critics have complained that the Iowa process makes it impossible for people who cannot show up on caucus night at a precinct location to make their voices heard. Critics have also complained that the process takes too long.

But the virtual caucus plan also was intended to work with New Hampshire, which follows Iowa in the presidential nominating process and has long balked at any changes that make Iowa’s caucuses look too much like its primary.

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New Hampshire law allows its secretary of state to change the date of its primary so that it precedes any other state’s primary by at least one week. As long as Iowa holds a caucus and doesn’t veer too far into primary territory, it can maintain its coveted position as “first in the nation” ahead of New Hampshire and other early-voting states.

Now, though, Iowa’s party officials may need to present a new plan to accommodate the DNC’s mandates. The DNC has said it will act on each state’s plan by Sept. 13.

If Iowa can’t come up with a plan for people to participate without being physically present that differs substantially from a primary, the future of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status could be thrown into question.

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Meanwhile, both the state party and the presidential campaigns that have flooded the state have already begun moving forward with the expectation the virtual caucuses would be implemented.

The state party has begun offering training sessions for the campaigns and for volunteers, investing time and energy into the process. The campaigns have begun strategizing and organizing around the virtual caucuses, asking potential supporters whether they would commit to caucus in person on Feb. 3, 2020, or virtually on an earlier date.

With the caucuses now just five months away, the campaigns and the party are facing an ever-shrinking window during which they can adjust their strategies.

February Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll suggested the virtual caucuses could expand participation by nearly a third. But a June Iowa Poll showed the process remained a mystery, even for those who say they hope to participate in it.

Brianne Pfannenstiel is Chief Politics Reporter for the Register. Reach her at bpfann@dmreg.com or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.

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Rep. Mark Meadows: Comey had a ‘bad day’ but Durham probe will be ‘more damning’

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The reputation of former FBI Director James Comey took a hit Thursday with the release of a scathing inspector general’s report on his handling of memos about contacts with President Trump, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

However, Comey should be wary of what Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham may find in his probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, Meadows said Thursday on “Hannity.”

“Obviously, today was a bad day for James Comey,” Meadows, chairman of the influential House Freedom Caucus, told host Sean Hannity. He added it was unbelievable that Comey was nonetheless going on Twitter, seeking apologies from his detractors.

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“Only in Washington, D.C. can you have 70 pages of bad news and expect an apology,” Meadows said.

On Twitter, Comey wrote, “DOJ IG ‘found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.’ I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.”

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Instead, Meadows said, Comey should be wary of the future when it comes to still-ongoing investigations like Durham’s.

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“Here we are today, with not only the director of the FBI willfully and deliberately breaking protocol, we now understand why Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe thought what they were doing was OK,” Meadows said.

“The John Durham report coming out will be more damning than this — and this was not a good day for the former FBI director.”

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Don Lemon tells Trump surrogates that it’s a privilege to come on CNN, not a right

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CNN’s anti-Trump anchor Don Lemon on Thursday night told Trump surrogates who attack the media and “lie all day long” that appearing on CNN “is a privilege” and “not a right.”

Following his colleague Chris Cuomo’s “closing argument” that lambasted RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany for claiming that President Trump doesn’t “lie,” Lemon began their nightly handoff by reading the Merrian-Webster’s definition of the word “lie.”

“A lie is a lie all day long,” Lemon said. “For these folks to say he doesn’t lie or that you’re maybe misunderstanding how he’s communicating- that’s rich.”

Lemon knocked Trump defenders who attack the media, insisting they apologize “when the media gets it wrong.”

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He went on to suggest to Cuomo that he shouldn’t allow McEnany on his show again.

“Listen, I don’t want to go back over last night, but you know, it was a topic of discussion today among people about whether or not, you know, people are deceiving whether or not you should even give them the space to do it,” Lemon told Cuomo.

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Cuomo then challenged the “CNN Tonight” host on how he would “conduct the journalism of vetting” the Trump campaign if he doesn’t allow anyone who represents it onto his show, which Lemon countered by saying “you can have people on who represent it” but don’t have to sit through the “lies.”

“We have Trump supporters on all the time and we hold them accountable to the truth and they don’t make excuses for everything this president does,” Lemon explained. “But there are those like the one who was on last night- excuses about everything.”

“It’s the job of us to test and expose and let people see it for what it is- one: so that they can believe their eyes and ears, and two: if they’re against it, they know how to oppose it,” Cuomo told Lemon.

Lemon dismissed Cuomo’s advice from a “normal world” when it was “liberal versus conservative,” which he now believes is “truth versus lies.”

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“I don’t think people need the space to promote propaganda and lies,” Lemon continued. “I think that’s a disservice… It’s allowing someone- giving them a platform that they haven’t deserved, that they don’t deserve.”

“Coming on a major network like CNN- it is a privilege, it is not a right. It has nothing to do with Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Expression. It is a privilege to come on and to be able to talk directly to the American people and if you have that privilege then you should respect the American people and the host of that show and the platform and the company, the brand enough to come on and tell the truth.”

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Hong Kong Arrests Activists Ahead of Sensitive Anniversary

HONG KONG — The police in Hong Kong arrested at least three prominent activists ahead of a sensitive political anniversary on Saturday, as the authorities intensified their crackdown on an opposition movement that has shaken the semiautonomous Chinese city for months.

Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, student leaders of the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong five years ago that presaged the current protests, were arrested on Friday morning, their political organization said.

Andy Chan, who led the now-banned Hong Kong National Party, was taken into custody Thursday night at the Hong Kong airport, he said on Facebook.

The arrests were the latest in a dramatic week of events in Hong Kong, where tensions were running high after three months of protests touched off by widespread anger over legislation, since suspended, that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said Tuesday that the government was looking into “all laws in Hong Kong — if they can provide a legal means to stop violence and chaos,” when asked whether she was considering use of the sweeping Emergency Regulations Ordinance.

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Andy Chan, who led the now-banned Hong Kong National Party, preparing to speak at a rally in Hong Kong earlier this month.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Two days later, the Chinese military sent fresh troops in the early-morning darkness to its Hong Kong garrison.

Beijing described the move as a regular rotation of its forces, but in light of warnings from mainland officials that the military could be used to quell unrest in Hong Kong, it raised questions about whether China was positioning its troops for a crackdown.

Opposition leaders were hoping to hold a large rally on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of a decision by the Chinese legislature to impose strict limits on elections in Hong Kong, but those plans were in doubt.

The police have rejected an application to hold a large rally and march to the Chinese government’s representative office in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of the decision, which helped inspire the 2014 Umbrella Movement. An appeal was turned down on Friday.

Jimmy Sham, a prominent member of the Civil Human Rights Front, the organization that applied to hold the protest Saturday and has led several large marches in recent months, told public broadcaster RTHK that the group would call off the protest if the police ban could not be overturned.

Mr. Sham and Max Chung, who had applied for another protest in July, were attacked in separate episodes on Thursday. Mr. Sham was uninjured, but a friend who protected him was hit on his arms by a person with a bat. Mr. Chung was hit on his arms, back and neck by men wielding pipes and umbrellas.

Agnes Chow in 2014. Ms. Chow was a spokeswoman for Scholarism, a student activist group, for part of the protests that year.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Mr. Wong, 22, was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. on the street near a subway station on the south side of Hong Kong Island, his political party, Demosisto, said on Twitter. Ms. Chow was also arrested, and like Mr. Wong sent to police headquarters in Wan Chai, the party said.

Mr. Wong became a widely recognized face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement. As a skinny, bespectacled teenager, he could often be seen on the streets, exhorting huge crowds through a megaphone.

He has been sentenced twice to short prison terms for convictions related to the 2014 protests, and he most recently served two months this year after being convicted on charges related to the clearance of a protest site in Mong Kok. He was released in June, just as the protests over the extradition legislation began.

Mr. Wong remains a prominent figure in Hong Kong politics, but his profile and influence in the current protest movement are much lower than it was in 2014.

Ms. Chow was a spokeswoman for Scholarism, a prominent student activist group, for part of the 2014 protests.

Mr. Chan led a small, pro-independence political party that became a focus of attention last year when the Hong Kong government banned it under a colonial-era public security ordinance. The rare move raised concerns that it would threaten free expression and association in Hong Kong.

Unlike the Umbrella Movement, the current protest effort has embraced no identifiable leaders, in part because many high-profile figures, like Mr. Wong, ended up in prison.

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Marc Thiessen: Trump and Biden say give me your vote, even if you don’t like me

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During a speech in New Hampshire, President Trump unveiled a new campaign line: “Whether you love me or hate me, you have got to vote for me.”

Citing the strong economy, Trump told voters that if he loses, “your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” so “you have no choice!” To underscore the point, when he finished speaking the music that came on was the Rolling Stones singing, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.”

Not far away, in Nashua, the Biden campaign rolled out the very same message about its candidate. “I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that,” Jill Biden told Democratic primary voters. “Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is. But you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election. And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”

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To put it another way: “Whether you love Joe or hate him, you have got to vote for him.”

Trump and Biden are both running on the same message, but with one crucial difference: Trump is directing his at independent swing voters; Biden is directing that message at his base.

The New York Times reports that, despite his commanding lead in the polls, Biden faces a problem of low enthusiasm. While Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “have followings rooted in zealous support for their ideas,” Biden’s support is rooted in a belief that he is the candidate best positioned to beat Trump.

Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University’s Polling Institute, told the paper that while spending time recently in Iowa “I did not meet one Biden voter who was in any way, shape or form excited about voting for Biden. They feel that they have to vote for Joe Biden as the centrist candidate, to keep somebody from the left who they feel is unelectable from getting the nomination.”

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The danger of running on electability is that all it takes is one catastrophic gaffe or debate stumble for Biden’s support to collapse. And even if Biden manages to secure the Democratic nomination, running a campaign built exclusively on ousting the sitting president, rather than enthusiasm for your own ideas, is not a winning strategy. Just ask President Mitt Romney.

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Trump, by contrast, has his base wrapped up and energized. The president consistently enjoys nearly 90 percent support among Republicans (in contrast with Barack Obama, who had just 75 percent support among Democrats at this stage in 2011, according to Gallup). For Trump, the risk of this strategy is not with his base, but with the swing voters who put him over the top in 2016.

In 2016, according to Axios, “20 percent of Trump’s voters told exit pollsters they didn’t like him.” These reluctant Trump voters put Trump in the White House and are critical to his keeping it in 2020. Like many Americans, they are exhausted by the chaos of the Trump presidency. Biden is targeting his message directly at these voters, echoing George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign pledge to restore “honor and dignity” to the Oval Office in the wake of the tumultuous Clinton presidency.

Yet, despite their exhaustion with Trump, many of these voters approve of his economic performance in office. Despite recent market turbulence, the U.S. economy remains strong. On Trump’s watch, unemployment has reached a five-decade low, and our biggest economic problem is that we have 1.6 million more job openings than we have unemployed workers to fill them. And a decade after the Great Recession, wages are finally rising, with those at the bottom of the economic ladder benefiting the most.

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The problem is that Trump has made virtually no effort to win over these reluctant Trump voters again, much less expand his base by appealing to Americans who did not vote for him but are benefiting from his policies. He is betting that presidents seeking reelection in a full-employment economy don’t tend to lose. The danger is that, if the economy takes a nosedive, his argument for reelection with these voters does as well.

Biden and Trump are giving voters an ultimatum rather than inspiration. They both may find that running on your unlikability is a risky strategy.

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Hurricane Dorian upgraded to Category 2, nearing Category 3, forecasters say

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Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to Category 2 strength late Thursday and was expected to continue gathering force over the holiday weekend as it heads toward Florida.

As of 11 p.m. ET Thursday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, placing it just short of being a Category 3 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Dorian was expected to remain a major hurricane through Friday and hit Florida’s east coast by Monday night, according to the Associated Press.

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As of late Thursday, the hurricane was about 295 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas.

​​​​​​​This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Pres contributed to this story.

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San Francisco man accused of attacking woman outside condo building denied bail: reports

A northern California man accused of blocking a woman from getting inside her San Francisco condo building, trying to force his way inside and attacking her was denied bail at a court hearing on Thursday, according to local reports.

A judge ordered Austin Vincent, 25, to remain behind bars without bail, KTVU-TV reported.

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Austin Vincent is accused of attacking a woman from getting inside her San Francisco condo building, police said.  (San Francisco Police)

After the judge’s ruling, Vincent walked out of the courtroom cursing at the judge and continued to yell in the hallway, according to the television station.

San Francisco police told Fox News Vincent “assaulted a female victim” outside an apartment building on Beale Street on Aug. 11 around 2 a.m.

Police said as the female victim tried to get into her building through the front door, Vincent stepped in front of it, which prevented her from getting inside.  He then allegedly tried to grab her cell phone. Police  said he is then seen on surveillance video grabbing her leg, causing her to fall. Police said Vincent also threw her to the ground. The alleged victim is seen in the video struggling to close the front door as Vincent pulled on it, trying to get inside, police said.

The woman was able to get into the building with the help of a security officer. Police said she sustained non-life threatening injuries.

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Sgt. Michael Andraychak, of the San Francisco Police Department, said Vincent was taken into custody about one block from the building, police said.

Vincent has been charged with false imprisonment, battery and attempted robbery.

During Vincent’s court appearance on Thursday, the judge watched the video of the alleged assault in the courtroom, according to KTVU-TV.

The station reported Vincent is also accused of threatening people with a knife in February, but the judge dismissed that case after learning Vincent was in a substance abuse program in Southern California at that time.

The television station reported that on Thursday The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office argued that Vincent would be a threat to the public if released and the judge agreed, denying bail.

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The alleged victim told the station she wants to move out of San Francisco because of the attack.

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