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NOAA Warned Staffers Not To Contradict Trump On Dorian: Report

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The email obtained by the Post was sent last Sunday, just hours after Trump tweeted that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, even though projections at that time showed no such thing.

The official told staffers, who are tasked with accurately providing information during life-or-death situations, to “only stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon.”

A staffer who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity said it was clear to employees that “social media posts” referred to a tweet from the National Weather Service station in Birmingham, Alabama, which contradicted Trump.

“This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast,” the NOAA meteorologist told the Post. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. One of the things we train on is to dispel inaccurate rumors and ultimately that is what was occurring — ultimately what the Alabama office did is provide a forecast with their tweet, that is what they get paid to do.”

NOAA was already under fire for appearing to side with Trump over its own scientists. The agency sent out a statement on Friday in which it criticized the Birmingham office for its tweet.

A NOAA official, also speaking anonymously, told the Post there was “no political motivation” behind that statement and said the tweet from the NWS was singled out because an earlier NOAA hurricane forecast did show a 5% to 20% chance of tropical storm-force winds in one small part of Alabama.

But that explanation glosses over some key inaccuracies: Such wind speeds very rarely cause the damage Trump suggested in his tweet, and Alabama was not in the National Hurricane Center’s “cone of uncertainty” when Trump tweeted. 

Several former top officials with NOAA also spoke out against their former employer’s actions, saying they were potentially putting lives at risk. 

This is the latest detail to emerge in a controversy in which Trump has continually refused to admit any error. The president has spent days trying to prove he was right about Alabama, going as far as to show apparently altered maps to the press and reportedly reaching out to Fox News to back him up. 

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Beto calls for red flag laws, mandatory gun buyback and national registry all in the same speech

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2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, ramped up his rhetoric on gun control at the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday, when he called for a mandatory gun buyback program, a national firearms registry and red flag laws, all in the same speech.

The former congressman and failed Senate candidate promised to stop the sale of “weapons of war” and said every American will have to obtain a federal license if they want to own a firearm.

“This is a country that has produced the leadership that will ensure that we not only have universal background checks and red flag laws and end the sale of those weapons of war, but that we go the necessary steps further as politically difficult as they may be,” he told the crowd.

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He also promised a mandatory gun buyback that would see federal authorities force gun owners to sell certain firearms to the government, whether they wished to or not.

“A gun registry in this country, licensing for every American who owns a firearm, and every single one of those AR-15s and AK-47s will be bought back so they’re not on our streets, not in our homes, [and] do not take the lives of our fellow Americans,” O’Rourke said.

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He made similar comments about gun control last Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where he outlined his proposed plan and how it would work.

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“I want to be really clear that, that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” O’Rourke said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”

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Ratcliffe says media and fellow Republicans are reason he withdrew nomination for top intelligence post

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Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, blamed “false media stories” and some fellow Republicans for derailing his hopes of becoming President Trump’s next director of National Intelligence and forcing the lawmaker to withdraw his nomination last month for the post.

“I certainly expected because of that a wave of false media stories that came, I expected there to be a lot of senators saying that I was too political,” Ratcliffe said during an interview of Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “I just didn’t expect some of those senators to be Republicans whose support that I needed.”

Ratcliffe added: “There is a toxic environment that makes it a difficult place to go to work.”

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Trump announced in early August that Ratcliffe was withdrawing his nomination, with the president citing the reason being the treatment the Texas lawmaker received from “the LameStream Media.”

Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor who had been a fierce defender of Trump and his agenda, was one of the most vocal critics of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He also sided with Trump in taking a hard line on immigration, voting in January against the appropriations bill to end a government shutdown because it did not include all the funding for the president’s proposed border wall.

In the House, Ratcliffe has served on the Intelligence, Homeland Security, Judiciary and Ethics Committees. In 2016, the Heritage Foundation ranked Ratcliffe as the most conservative Texas legislator in Congress and second-most conservative legislator in the country.

Ratcliffe likely would have faced a fierce confirmation battle as Democrats claimed the former mayor of the small town of Heath had been selected due to his loyalty rather than experience.

“It’s clear that Rep. Ratcliffe was selected because he exhibited blind loyalty to President Trump with his demagogic questioning of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.”

A source familiar with Trump’s thinking told Fox News that there were “deep reservations” about Ratcliffe among multiple senior administration’s officials and Republican senators.

Ratcliffe also has been the subject of a number of media reports that said he overstated part of his biography and record.

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The New York Times reported that Ratcliffe, who claimed he had tried suspects accused of funneling money to Hamas, had in fact investigated side issues relating to an initial mistrial rather than prosecuting the case itself.

The Washington Post, meanwhile, challenged a claim on Ratcliffe’s website saying that as U.S. attorney he arrested “over 300 illegal immigrants in a single day.” The outlet reported he played only a supporting role in a 2008 roundup of illegal immigrants, and only 45 workers were charged by prosecutors.

Later in August, Trump announced that National Counterterrorism Center Director Joseph Maguire would become acting director of National Intelligence following the departure of Dan Coats from the post.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Employees Were Reportedly Given Guidance On How To Handle Trump’s Flubbed Alabama Warning

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The email obtained by the Post was sent last Sunday, just hours after Trump tweeted that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, even though projections at that time showed no such thing.

The official told staffers, who are tasked with accurately providing information during life-or-death situations, to “only stick with official National Hurricane Center forecasts if questions arise from some national level social media posts which hit the news this afternoon.”

A staffer who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity said it was clear to employees that “social media posts” referred to a tweet from the National Weather Service station in Birmingham, Alabama, which contradicted Trump.

“This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast,” the NOAA meteorologist told the Post. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. One of the things we train on is to dispel inaccurate rumors and ultimately that is what was occurring — ultimately what the Alabama office did is provide a forecast with their tweet, that is what they get paid to do.”

NOAA was already under fire for appearing to side with Trump over its own scientists. The agency sent out a statement on Friday in which it criticized the Birmingham office for its tweet.

A NOAA official, also speaking anonymously, told the Post there was “no political motivation” behind that statement and said the tweet from the NWS was singled out because an earlier NOAA hurricane forecast did show a 5% to 20% chance of tropical storm-force winds in one small part of Alabama.

But that explanation glosses over some key inaccuracies: Such wind speeds very rarely cause the damage Trump suggested in his tweet, and Alabama was not in the National Hurricane Center’s “cone of uncertainty” when Trump tweeted. 

Several former top officials with NOAA also spoke out against their former employer’s actions, saying they were potentially putting lives at risk. 

This is the latest detail to emerge in a controversy in which Trump has continually refused to admit any error. The president has spent days trying to prove he was right about Alabama, going as far as to show apparently altered maps to the press and reportedly reaching out to Fox News to back him up. 

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Kevin Hart walking again but in ‘excruciating pain’ after crash: reports

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Kevin Hart is able to walk again a week after his terrifying car smash — but is still in “excruciating pain,” according to reports.

The 40-year-old actor reportedly fractured his spine in three places in the LA crash early last Sunday and faces weeks of extensive rehab.

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“He’s already walking. He’s good,” close friend Tiffany Haddish told Entertainment Tonight.

However, sources stressed to TMZ that the star is “still in excruciating pain” despite the positive mood he tries to radiate to friends. The sources also stressed that while he is on his feet he is “walking slowly and gingerly.”

Another source said that Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, is not yet ready to talk about the accident and his road to recovery.

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“They … don’t want people to worry, so Eniko has put on a strong face and is saying he is doing well, but it’s very serious. He has suffered a great deal and has a long road ahead,” the source told ET.

“Kevin’s spinal injuries are very serious, he sustained several fractures and had no choice but to have surgery as soon as possible.

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“Since the surgery, he has been heavily sedated. The physicians are doing everything they can to keep him out of pain.”

Hart’s friend Jared Black, 28, had been driving the electric blue 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, which Hart named Menace and had bought for himself as a birthday present in July.

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It swerved off Mulholland Highway in Malibu Hills, crashing through a wooden fence and falling into a gully around 1 a.m. last Sunday. The roof of the car was crushed from the impact.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Chris Wallace Grills Pompeo On Taliban Invite: ‘Who Thought It Was A Good Idea?’

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to invite Taliban leaders to meet with him in the U.S. just days before the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace questioned whether it would have been politically prudent for Trump to personally attempt to negotiate a peace deal with members of the Islamic militant group at Camp David in Maryland.

“Who thought it was a good idea for the president of the United States to meet with Taliban leaders who have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands just … days before 9/11?” Wallace asked Pompeo.

The secretary of state said the White House had reflected on the “history of Camp David” and felt it was “perfectly appropriate” to extend the invitation to the Taliban leadership. The Taliban, an Islamic militant group in Afghanistan, recently reiterated its support for the 9/11 attacks.

“President Trump ultimately made the decision,” Pompeo said of the Camp David invite. “He said, ‘I want to talk to [Afghan President Ashraf Ghani], I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators, I want to look them in the eye.’”

“Lots of bad folks have come through that place,” he added, referring to Camp David. “There’s been lots of peace negotiations taking place. It’s almost always the case that you don’t get to negotiate with good guys.”

The president on Saturday announced that peace negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban were on hold indefinitely after the group claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Kabul that killed 12 people, including a U.S. soldier, last week.

Trump said in a series of tweets that he had secretly invited Taliban leaders to meet with him at Camp David, but that he had canceled the meeting after the group “admitted” to carrying out the attack.

The invitation drew backlash from Democrats and some members of the media.

“The Taliban had the deaths of thousands of Americans, and it’s just three days before 9/11. No concerns about that?” Wallace asked Pompeo on Sunday. “I can understand the envoy talking to them ― why does the president have to confer that status on them?”

Pompeo claimed Trump was “very clear” about wanting to make sure negotiations with the Taliban “got to the right place.”

Trump is “willing to take risks if he believes he can deliver a good outcome for the American people,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we get it right.”

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch decries lack of access to justice for many Americans

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s new book calls for civility, and better access and understanding of the legal system for Americans. Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – Lawyers cost too much. Getting to trial takes too long. Juries promised by the Constitution are rarely used. And just try counting all the criminal laws on the books.

Those are among the provocative criticisms made by the Supreme Court’s youngest associate justice, Neil Gorsuch, in a USA TODAY interview and his new book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.”

Gorsuch, 52, is convinced that warning – reportedly issued by Benjamin Franklin after the Constitutional Convention – can be met, and the republic will be preserved. But the problems he observes in the justice system and what he describes as the nation’s “crisis in civility” are obstacles he would like to see removed.

That Gorsuch would highlight civility and kindness as prescriptions for what ails us might seem counterintuitive. His was the seat that Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama from filling in a vituperative, year-long battle in 2016. The president who chose him, Donald Trump, berates in harsh tones the federal judges Gorsuch extols.

The book is, like the justice himself, a study in contrasts. Folksy and self-deprecating, the court’s lone westerner came from Colorado in 2017 with rhetorical guns blazing, amply filling the late conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the bench. It took him only two terms to lead his colleagues in dissents.

At the same time, Gorsuch has made peace with the court’s liberals, often siding with Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in defense of the “little guy” being surveilled, accused, tried or convicted of a crime. 

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Gorsuch doesn’t offer solutions for all the problems he identifies in the book. But he expresses confidence that his judicial methodology – strictly following the words in the Constitution and federal laws rather than his preferred policies – is winning the day. It’s a method decried by many liberals as a means to produce conservative results, to which Gorsuch has a simple reply: “Rubbish!”

“We got this thing called a Constitution, right? And it starts with the three words, ‘We the People’ – not ‘We the judges,’ not ‘We in Washington,’ not ‘We nine old folks’ are going to rule the country,” he says.

Avoiding the headlines

Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court became headline news within days of Trump’s inauguration. His Senate confirmation ended a 14-month conflagration dating back to Scalia’s death and federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland’s doomed nomination that divides Republicans and Democrats to this day

But his fellow conservative Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation last year amid allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct pushed Gorsuch off the front page. Now the precarious medical condition of Ginsburg, who’s been treated this year for pancreatic and lung cancers, could portend an even more titanic battle for the seat of the court’s leading liberal.

Less attention is just fine by Gorsuch, who professes to be uncomfortable with the media blitz his book requires – though perhaps not with the $225,000 in royalties it produced before publication, according to his 2018 financial disclosure report. 

As he sees it, the public’s perception of the court as just another political branch of government is best combatted by a nose-to-the-grindstone approach to handling cases. Or as he puts it: “Do our job, stick to our lane, do the judge thing, do it really well, not answer your questions about headlines.”

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Those questions – duly unanswered – include any misgivings Gorsuch may have about Trump’s contribution to incivility. And early on in the book, he reprises a speech he gave to new citizens at a naturalization ceremony, which he calls “a reminder to us of the wonder of our country” even as the president seeks to curtail legal immigration.

Yet Gorsuch is anything but a go-along-to-get-along guy, as made clear by his expressed desire to fix what ails the nation’s justice system.

Most Americans can’t afford to hire a lawyer – “I couldn’t afford my own services when I was in private practice,” he writes – nor endure months or years of legal wrangling to reach trial. Too often, he says, defendants are forced to cut a deal with prosecutors or accept a judge’s ruling rather than face a jury of their peers.

In a span of seven weeks last term, Gorsuch dissented twice from the court’s refusal to hear Sixth Amendment challenges to criminal prosecutions. One involved evidence he said was not subjected to proper testing and cross-examination. The other involved a decision on restitution based on findings by a judge, not a jury. He was joined both times by Sotomayor, perhaps the court’s most liberal justice.

‘The Great Dissenter’

Adorning Gorsuch’s Supreme Court chambers is a portrait of Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan, the 19th century jurist known as “The Great Dissenter.” Harlan was the lone justice to dissent from the court’s ignominious 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine permitting segregation.

It’s the sort of courageous independence Gorsuch admires. He notes that his Colorado predecessor on the court, Associate Justice Byron White, for whom Gorsuch served as a law clerk a quarter century ago, dissented frequently from the court’s refusal to hear cases. A bust of White sits on the mantel below Harlan’s portrait.

Still, Gorsuch has been a reliable member of the court’s five-man conservative majority in major cases over the past two terms. Those include 5-4 decisions upholding Trump’s ban on travel from several majority-Muslim nations, barring public employee unions from collecting “fair share” fees from non-members, and removing federal courts from policing even the most extreme partisan election maps.

And when Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberal justices to deny the Trump administration’s effort to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, Gorsuch joined the other conservatives in dissent.

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During the interview, however, he highlighted cases in which he sided with liberals or when the justices’ votes were jumbled beyond ideological explanation. In most years, he notes, about 40% of cases are decided unanimously.

“Get nine people to agree on where to go to lunch!” he dares his inquisitor. “It happens through collegiality and hard work and persuasion and thoughtfulness.”

His votes align most often with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, the court’s most conservative member, but Gorsuch eschews labels. Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute cites his “libertarian streak.” Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law says he’s “more willing to question precedent” than many of his colleagues.

Gorsuch’s self-examination is simpler. 

“What I’m doing is not my preference. I am trying to follow the law,” he says. “Nobody’s telling me what to do.”

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India finds missing Vikram probe on the surface of the moon

India has located its missing Vikram Lander on the lunar surface after losing contact with the probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious moon landing attempt Friday.

Communication with the unmanned lander was lost when it was just 1.3 miles from the lunar surface.

K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, confirmed Sunday that the lander had been spotted. He told the Times of India that the space agency’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has spotted Vikram on the lunar service. ISRO is analyzing the data, he said.

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The roughly $140 million Chandrayaan-2 mission is intended to study permanently shadowed moon craters that are thought to contain water deposits that were confirmed by the Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) employees react as they listen to an announcement by organizations’s chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan at its Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network facility in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. India’s space agency said it lost touch Saturday with its Vikram lunar lander as it aimed to land on the south pole of the moon and deploy a rover to search for signs of water. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

It is not yet clear what damage the lander suffered during its descent. The U.S., Russia and China are the only other countries to have successfully landed on the moon.

Earlier this year, Israel’s uncrewed Beresheet spacecraft crashed during a moon landing attempt.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft carrying the Vikram Lander launched from Sriharikota in southern India on July 22.

India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, orbited the moon in 2008 but did not land there. It did, however, launch an impact probe that was intentionally crashed into the Moon.

Chandrayaan-1 operated for 312 days.

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The moon looms large for a number of countries’ space programs. China, for example, became the first country to successfully land a probe on the far side earlier this year when the Chang’e 4 lander reached the lunar surface on Jan. 2.

The U.S. also has its sights set on the celestial satellite and plans to land American astronauts, including the first woman, by 2024. The Artemis program will also establish a sustainable human presence.

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NASA recently revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander.

Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, Vice President Pence announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the satellite is ready.

Since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the surface, only 10 more men, all Americans, have walked there.

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At a White House event in July, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin voiced his disappointment over America’s space progress since the days of Apollo 11.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, Morgan Cheung and The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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LSU jumps into top five of Amway Coaches Poll after win at Texas

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll. USA TODAY

A couple of marquee results over the weekend produced minor shuffling in the Amway Coaches Poll, including one change in the top five.

Clemson strengthened its grip on the No. 1 spot, thanks to a convincing win against then-No. 11 Texas A&M. The Tigers received all but three first-place votes this week of the 63 ballots cast by coaches.

Second-ranked Alabama, which easily handled New Mexico State, claimed the remaining three first-place nods. No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Oklahoma, each of whom took care of business against lesser opponents from the Football Championship Subdivision, also held their respective poll positions.

LSU, which put on an impressive aerial show at then-No. 9 Texas, edged into the No. 5 spot just ahead of Ohio State.  The Buckeyes put on a dominant performance themselves in blanking Cincinnati, but the Tigers received five more poll points.

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The rest of the top 10 looks a bit different as well. Notre Dame, which had the weekend off, moved up to No. 7. Florida and Auburn claimed the next two spots as Michigan, which escaped Army in double overtime, fell to No. 10.

Auburn makes the biggest jump of the week, gaining four positions. Washington, the highest-ranked upset victim, took a nine-place hit from No. 12 to No. 21 after losing to Pac-12 opponent California on a last-minute field goal in the dead of night. Newcomers to the poll include No. 25 Maryland. The Terrapins are ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2010 season after hanging 63 points on then-No. 22 Syracuse.

The Orange are among the week’s dropouts, along with Stanford and Nebraska. No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 24 Southern California also join the top 25.

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‘It: Chapter Two’ scares up $90 million debut to top box office

A robust audience turned out to catch “It: Chapter Two” in movie theaters this weekend, but not quite as big as the first.

Warner Bros. says Sunday that “It: Chapter Two,” the only major new release, earned an estimated $91 million from North American ticket sales in its first weekend from 4,570 screens.

Trailing only its predecessor that debuted to a record $123.4 million in September 2017, the launch of “It: Chapter Two” is the second-highest opening for a horror film ever and the month of September, which before “It” was not a strong month for blockbusters. Both were directed by Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti.

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Jeff Goldstein, who oversees domestic distribution for Warner Bros., called the debut “sensational” and isn’t concerned that “Chapter Two” didn’t hit the heights of the first.

“How many movies open to $91 million? That was lightning in a bottle,” Goldstein said. “You don’t get lightning in a bottle twice. You get close though.”

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “It: Chapter 2.”

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Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It: Chapter Two” brings the Losers Club back to Derry 27 years later to take on the demonic clown Pennywise, and stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader as a few of the adult “losers.” The sequel cost around $79.5 million to make. Reviews were a little more mixed than for the first — 86% versus 64% on Rotten Tomatoes — but audiences were consistent. Both films got a B+ CinemaScore.

“Andy Muschietti does an incredible job of scaring the stuffing out of audiences,” Goldstein said. “I think our team, starting with New Line in making this and our marketing team in bringing it to audiences around the globe, have hit the mark right on. They nailed it.”

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Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian noted that, unlike most horror films which tend drop off significantly after opening weekend, “It: Chapter Two,” like its predecessor and some of the recent high quality horror films could have “incredibly long playability.”

“It: Chapter Two” is also a big win for Warner Bros., which had a few disappointments this summer with “The Kitchen” and “Shaft,” but also have a few films that could really take off, including “Joker,” out Oct. 4, and another King adaptation, “Doctor Sleep,” out Nov. 8.

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, from left, Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Jay Ryan in New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “It: Chapter 2.” (Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

‘GOOD BOYS’ TOPS BOX OFFICE, REVIVES R-RATED COMEDY GENRE

The rest of the top 10 was populated by holdovers: “Angel Has Fallen” took a distant second with $6 million and “Good Boys” placed third with $5.4 million. In limited release, the documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” performed well in its first weekend, grossing $115,500 from seven locations.

After a down summer for the industry as a whole and a year that is still running 6% down, “It: Chapter Two” is a promising start to the fall movie season, which runs from the day after Labor Day weekend through November.

“It’s really important to have a movie to get the momentum going,” Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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1. “It: Chapter Two,” $91 million.

2. “Angel Has Fallen,” $6 million.

3. “Good Boys,” $5.4 million.

4. “The Lion King,” $4.2 million.

5. “Overcomer,” $3.8 million.

6. “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw,” $3.7 million.

7. “Peanut Butter Falcon,” $2.3 million.

8. “Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark,” $2.3 million.

9. “Ready or Not,” $2.2 million.

10. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” $2.2 million.

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