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Absolutely nobody turned up to support Mike Pence in Ireland

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Michigan State fined $4.5M for failing to respond to Larry Nassar sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the penalty Thursday after the school settled with the department to resolve two investigations. DeVos said that Nassar’s actions were “disgusting and unimaginable” but that so too was the university’s response.

“Too many people in power knew about the behaviors and the complaints and yet the predators continued on the payroll and abused even more students,” DeVos said in a call with reporters. “This must not happen again there or anywhere else.”

The fine is the largest levied under the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to collect data on campus crime and notify students of threats. The previous largest fine, $2.4 million, was imposed in 2016 against Pennsylvania State University over its handling of sexual misconduct involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

SURVIVORS OF LARRY NASSAR’S SEXUAL ABUSE SPEAK OUT IN NEW DOC ON GYMNASTICS SCANDAL

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Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics. (Getty)

The department’s investigation concluded that Michigan State violated several key parts of the Clery Act along with Title IX, a federal law forbidding discrimination based on gender in education.

Michigan State did not immediately provide comment.

A department investigation found that Michigan State violated the Clery Act by failing to disclose crime statistics, failing to issue campus warnings about security threats and failing to establish a system to collect crime statistics. As a remedy, the school says it will hire a “Clery compliance officer” and create measures to protect athletes and children who participate in youth programs on campus.

A separate Title IX investigation found that Michigan State failed to respond to reports of sexual misconduct against Nassar and his supervisor William Strampel, failed to take interim measures to protect students while complaints against both men were pending, and failed to take steps to end any harassment and prevent it from recurring.

51 VICTIMS OF LARRY’S NASSAR’S SEXUAL ASSAULT SUE USOC OVER ABUSE CLAIMS

As part of its settlement agreement with the department, Michigan State says it will make “substantial” changes to its Title IX procedures and will provide a process to help victims of Nassar, including offering counseling services, grade changes, tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to retake classes at no cost.

The school is also being ordered to “consider appropriate sanctions” against current and former employees who failed to take action after being notified of sexual misconduct by Nassar and Strampel.

Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said the agreement represents an “extensive and robust” resolution. Unlike most Title IX investigations, which are usually triggered by complaints submitted to the department, Marcus’ office launched an investigation into Michigan State in 2018 based on the severity of the allegations, he said.

“This message should be heard loudly and clearly by all universities so that the tragedy at Michigan State University is not repeated elsewhere,” Marcus said.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting athletes, mostly female gymnasts, at Michigan State and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. Former Olympians said he also molested them in Texas and overseas while he worked for USA Gymnastics.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar’s accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation, but dozens remain.

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Strampel last month was sentenced to a year in jail for neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was accused of failing to monitor Nassar and using his job as a medical school dean to sexually harass students.

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Northam Urges Virginians to Finalize Preparations for Hurricane Dorian Impacts

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Residents of coastal Virginia should know their local flood risks and what actions are most appropriate for them to take in advance of Hurricane Dorian, including whether they should move to higher ground within their community. Citizens should listen to local officials for any additional instructions and recommendations. For flood preparedness information and resources visit VAemergency.gov/floods.

For those Virginians who depend on electricity for medical equipment and charging of communication devices, ensure all batteries are fully charged throughout the day and purchase extra batteries or alternative charging devices before the storm.

Residents in the region should purchase any final emergency supplies they need to sustain their family during and after the storm by this evening. For a recommended list of supplies visit VAemergency.gov/supply-kit.

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Michigan State to pay record $4.5 million fine in Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal

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Before Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years, the prosecutor said if it weren’t for the investigative reporting of the Indianapolis Star, Nassar would still be abusing gymnasts. Those reporters now share how they gave a voice to the victims. USA TODAY

DETROIT – Michigan State University will pay a record $4.5 million fine for its poor handling of the Larry Nassar case, the federal education department announced Thursday.

“What happened at MSU was abhorrent. …. so was the university’s response to their crimes,” U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in announcing the findings, referring to Nassar and his boss, former osteopathic college Dean William Strampel.

In immediate fallout from the report, MSU Provost June Youatt resigned from the university, sources told the Free Press. Youatt, the No. 2 person at the university responsible for the academic side of the institution, was specifically called out in the report for failing to take action in the Strampel case.

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This is the second time in less than five years that the federal government has found major violations of Title IX at MSU. In 2015, before Nassar was publicly known, the Office of Civil Rights said MSU did not act promptly to handle two reports of sexual assault. The office also found the university did not have proper procedures and policies in place to handle sexual assault reports, which created a sexually hostile environment on campus.

In addition, the school must hire an outside law firm to review all sex assault case decisions made by the school’s Title IX office and issue a report to the federal government. MSU’s board and president must also receive a regular report of all cases and decisions.

MSU also must conduct a sweeping investigation into who knew what and didn’t act on both the Nassar case and his boss, Strampel, who was recently convicted of criminal charges.

That includes former MSU President Lou Anna Simon, who is currently facing criminal charges of lying to police in the Nassar investigation; Provost Youatt, who knew for years of sexual harassment claims by Strampel and cleared him; along with the associate vice president for academic human resources, employees of the Office of the General Counsel, and the former head coach of the women’s gymnastics team.

“Because it failed to promptly and equitably respond to reports and grievances alleging sexual harassment perpetrated by Employee X (Larry Nassar) and the Dean (William Strampel) and failed to take appropriate actions reasonably calculated to end the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, and prevent the harassment from recurring,” the Office of Civil Rights finding says.

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Over and over in the 54-page finding, the OCR found MSU knew about issues with Nassar and Strampel and brushed them aside. The outcome of that burying of problems was to create an environment where female students knew they would not be believed, the report says.

For example, in the section in Strampel, the OCR writes: “The university’s inaction in response to so many complaints … over so many years very likely perpetuated the belief expressed by many that they had no choice but to tolerate the dean’s behavior because the university would not take any effective measures reasonably calculated to end it.”

Nassar was a doctor at MSU, along with the team doctor for USA Gymnastics. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. He also faces a 40- to 175-year sentence issued in Ingham County and a 40- to 125-year sentence from Eaton County for sexual assaults. Those sentences will not begin until he finishes the federal sentence.

Strampel was sentenced to a year in jail in June, after jurors found he used his power as dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to proposition and control female medical students. 

The jury also determined there was enough evidence to support prosecutors’ argument that Strampel displayed “complete indifference” about whether Nassar was following protocols meant to decrease risk for the university following a complaint of sexual assault in 2014. 

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MSU settled lawsuits by more than 300 Nassar survivors with a payment of $500 million. However, other lawsuits are pending from more than 100 Nassar survivors. 

Late last month, MSU said in legal filings it shouldn’t be held legally responsible for Nassar.

“Although Nassar’s actions were repugnant and merit the heavy criminal penalties imposed upon him, the law does not support Plaintiffs’ attempts to hold the MSU Defendants liable for his wrongs,” the university said in a court filing of more than 100 pages, backed by nearly 900 pages of exhibits.

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Report: 11 More Women Accuse Plácido Domingo Of Sexual Misconduct

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The Associated Press reported Thursday that 11 more women have accused opera megastar Plácido Domingo of sexually harassing them in the opera theaters that are their workplaces. In total, 20 women have now accused Domingo of misconduct in allegations made via the AP.

A spokesperson for Domingo disputed the report and accused the AP of waging an “inaccurate” and “unethical” campaign against Domingo.

One singer, Angela Turner Wilson, told the AP in Thursday’s report that Domingo groped her breast while they were having makeup applied backstage at the Washington Opera in Washington, D.C., during the 1999-2000 season. The other 10 women, who have come forward anonymously, allege that Domingo touched them unwantedly, persistently asked for private meetings in person or in late-night phone calls, or that he attempted to kiss them.

The AP said that it has also spoken to a number of women who have worked backstage with Domingo. Those women told the AP that Domingo’s reputation for inappropriate conduct was so well-known in the industry that they made a point of trying to keep Domingo separate from young female performers and other backstage workers, and that they tried to ensure that Domingo’s wife, Marta, was around as much as possible. Those women include Melinda McLain, who was a production coordinator who worked with the famed singer at both the LA Opera in Los Angeles and Texas’ Houston Grand Opera. These women said that such tactics have been used since the 1980s and as recently as the 2016-17 opera season. “We created these elaborate schemes for keeping him away from particular singers,” McLain told the AP.

Domingo’s spokesperson, Nancy Seltzer, issued a statement to NPR on Thursday saying: “The ongoing campaign by the AP to denigrate Placido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical. These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect. Due to an ongoing investigation, we will not comment on specifics, but we strongly dispute the misleading picture that the AP is attempting to paint of Mr. Domingo.”

Last month, the AP published a report in which nine women made accusations against Domingo. In the wake of that report, the LA Opera, the company which Domingo has led for more than 15 years, announced that it had hired an independent firm to investigate the allegations. Two other major American classical music institutions — the San Francisco Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra — promptly rescinded invitations for Domingo to perform with them this fall. New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the best-known and most influential opera company in the U.S., said last month that it would wait for the results of the LA Opera’s investigation before taking any steps.

Last month, Domingo issued a statement through Seltzer that said in part: “I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual.”

Wilson alleges that the groping incident took place when she was 28 years old and co-starring with Domingo during a run of the Jules Massenet opera Le Cid at the Washington Opera. The company is now known as the Washington National Opera [WNO] and is affiliated with the Kennedy Center.

In a statement to NPR on Thursday, Kennedy Center president and WNO general director Timothy O’Leary said: “We are both disturbed and disheartened to read these new allegations and we appreciate the courage it takes for anyone to come forward with this kind of account. Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have zero tolerance policies with regard to harassment and discrimination, and we take allegations of this nature very seriously.

The Kennedy Center did not receive any documented complaints about Mr. Domingo’s behavior prior to WNO’s affiliation with the Kennedy Center in 2011, and has not received any since.

Our goal is to ensure that all of our artists and employees can work and thrive in an environment of safety, trust, support, creativity, and mutual respect. These values are fully reflected across WNO and the Kennedy Center today.”

The other 10 women included in Thursday’s AP report have come forward anonymously, citing fears of retribution to their careers; according to the AP, several also said that they wanted to “protect an art form that is struggling to remain relevant in the U.S.” Because opera careers are built internationally, some of the women also cited the lack of response by foreign opera companies as a further deterrent.

After the August AP report, no European institutions or opera houses canceled Domingo’s upcoming engagements; the president of the prestigious Salzburg Festival in Austria told the New York Times, “I would find it factually wrong and morally irresponsible to make irreversible judgments at this point.”

Some prominent opera singers, including the soprano Anna Netrebko — who is scheduled to co-star with Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera later this month in Verdi’s Macbeth — have rallied to his defense, as have many fans.

The AP reported that it has corroborated Angela Turner Wilson’s account with her husband and parents, as well from journal entries she made at the time. However, the AP also reported that the makeup artist who was in the room with Domingo and Wilson at the time of the alleged groping said that he has no memory of the incident, and that he declined further comment.

Wilson declined to comment to NPR.

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Umm … There’s A Whistleblower About the President’s Tax Returns

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Category 2 Storm Slams Carolinas

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Rough surf on Thursday at Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Hurricane Dorian approached the coast.CreditEric Thayer for The New York Times

Hurricane Dorian was pounding much of the Carolina coast with heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday, spawning small tornadoes and causing widespread power losses and flooding.

By Thursday morning, the Category 2 storm was about 50 miles from Charleston, S.C., as it continues its creep up the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. And while the eye of the storm has so far remained offshore, the center’s models show it could possibly make landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday.

The center of a storm does not have to make landfall to cause serious damage, and hurricane-strength winds were expected to pummel parts of the South Carolina coast on Thursday. Forecasters said storm surge waters could flood up to eight feet in some areas.

Dorian’s rain bands were whipping cities from Savannah, Ga., to Wilmington, N.C., and places along the coast could receive as much as 15 inches of rain before the storm departs. Approximately 360,000 South Carolinians have been evacuated from their homes. The storm has already knocked out power for about 200,000 customers in South Carolina, as well as 12,800 in Georgia.

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Maps: Tracking Hurricane Dorian’s Path

Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

The wind began howling and groaning in Charleston around 2 a.m., bending trees to its will, downing power lines and toppling trees.

By daybreak, it felt as though the storm had fully arrived. Streets were flooding, and local TV forecasters, urging people to remain in their homes, warned that the worst of the storm would be felt in Charleston through at least noon. Charleston County government officials ordered residents to stay off high-span bridges, given sustained winds of more than 30 miles per hour. City government posted a running online tally of flooded and impassible streets.

“Remember, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN,” the Charleston Police tweeted.

Streets began to flood in Charleston.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

Charleston has accrued deep hurricane experience in recent years, as well as deep scars — particularly from Hurricane Hugo, which hit the city hard in September 1989. At the time, computer storm tracking was not as sophisticated as it is today, and social media did not exist. Many residents were caught unprepared as the storm toppled buildings or blew them away.

Hurricane Hugo killed 35 people in South Carolina, and damaged or destroyed more than 21,000 homes statewide. According to the author Brian Hicks, it also marked a turning point in Charleston history. With many older, less steady buildings damaged beyond repair, Joe Riley, the mayor at the time, saw an opportunity with so many patches of blank canvas to fill in and helped revitalize the city.

At least two tornadoes had touched down in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Pat Dowling, the city’s public information officer, said.

One of the tornadoes was “pretty sizable,” he said, and though it damaged a couple of condominium buildings and a mobile park near the Intracoastal Waterway, there were no injuries and everybody was safe.

The outer bands of Hurricane Dorian were also reaching north to Wilmington, N.C., slamming the area with heavy rain and winds — and causing at least one tornado.

Dorian’s center was far away, but its tropical-storm-force winds extended nearly 200 miles from its center, and its effects could be felt in Wilmington, a port city of about 122,000 on North Carolina’s southeastern coast. The National Weather Service’s local office warned that even if the eye avoids landfall, the city would experience winds equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane.

Thursday would be a day of “high risk for flash flooding in southeastern North Carolina, and we know too well that floodwaters can be deadly,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday.

On Wednesday Mr. Cooper announced that an 85-year-old man in Columbus County had died after falling off a ladder while preparing for the storm.

Wilmington is under a storm surge warning through Sunday morning, and forecasters said water could rise between four and seven feet in some areas. Many of the neighborhoods along Cape Fear River, which flows through the city toward Fayetteville, were expected to flood.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, said a shelter at an elementary school had filled up but that two others still had room.

Wilmington is no stranger to hurricanes. Hurricane Florence dumped rain on the city and swelled its rivers in 2018, essentially cutting it off from the rest of the state. Residents lost electricity for several days.

And residents still recall the devastation from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which turned streets into rivers and took many residents by surprise.

A tree was downed by a tornado on Thursday in Wilmington, N.C.CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times

A first-person account from Chris Dixon, an author and journalist.

I engaged in a grim ritual with my neighbors on Wednesday, sweating and cursing under a broiling Charleston sun while draping sheets of plywood across the windows on my house. For the fourth time since 2016, I was preparing for a hurricane: Matthew, Irma, Florence and now Dorian.

Depending on your point of view, I am lucky or unlucky enough to live on a tidal creek near Folly Beach, S.C. When hurricanes and tropical storms strafe our coast, their winds roar across the several miles of harbor and normally placid marsh that separate our neighborhood from the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. As the tides rise, these winds pile seawater into wave-driven surge and batter the homes in my neighborhood.

Yanking a splinter from my thumb, I asked myself, Why do I live here?

I should know better. When I was young, my great-aunt Ethel told frightful tales of Hurricane Hazel’s 1954 destruction of the Carolina coast. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo upended my life by destroying my home in Surfside Beach, north of Charleston. Two years ago, I gasped as the tides from Hurricane Irma casually carried a foot of marsh into my house while sweeping tons of my yard out to sea. And last year, while covering Hurricane Florence for The New York Times, I spent many tense hours among people who were in the process of losing everything.

So why do I choose to live in this slowly drowning port city? Why endure the annual stress of possibly losing everything? Why constantly check computer models before frantically hauling everything inside, boarding up, driving for safety and then waiting for interminable hours while glued to The Weather Channel?

Because the ocean is my family’s life and my livelihood. My wife grew up in Dana Point, Calif., with the Pacific in her backyard and saltwater in her veins. I grew up in Atlanta but had the great fortune of spending my summers along this Carolina coast — sailing, fishing and, eventually, having my life taken over by surfing.

It sounds cliché, but when your entire life comes to revolve around the ocean, it becomes almost impossible to imagine living any other way. You come to define life not by the hours on the clock, but by the ebb and flow of the tides and the rhythm of the winds and swells. You become deeply enmeshed in a culture of shrimpers, crabbers, divers and surfers. You watch your kids come to revere the ocean and respect its moods and its power. You manage to make a living writing about the ocean. You catch a perfect wave from a hurricane-spawned groundswell at your local break.

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Now a Category 2 storm, Hurricane Dorian is slowly moving northwest, threatening the U.S. southeast coast, after leaving behind major damage in the Bahamas.CreditCreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times

The pilot was anxious to help: He had gathered generators, diapers, tuna fish and other supplies. The people living on the islands in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian needed them, immediately.

But he wasn’t sure if there was anywhere to land.

Flying over the hardest-hit areas — the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama — the pilot saw homes turned to matchsticks and boats piled in heaps.

Harbors, supermarkets, a public hospital, airport landing strips — all had been damaged or blown to smithereens, frustrating rescue efforts.

[The Bahamas was stunned when the hurricane’s water receded.]

Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on Sunday as a Category 5 storm and then lingered for days, not only left many residents in the most damaged islands without jobs or a place to live. It also stripped away the services required to meet their most immediate needs — like fresh water, food and medical care.

“It’s like a bomb went off, honestly,” said Julie Sands, who lives in Cherokee Sound, in the Abaco Islands.

In the Bahamas, with floodwaters receding, the trail of devastation was slowly becoming clear as residents began tallying their losses. As of Wednesday, according to Dr. Duane Sands, the minister of health, at least 20 people had been confirmed dead and the toll was expected to rise.

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The Bahamas, Before and After Hurricane Dorian

Aerial images of flattened neighborhoods and a flooded airport give a first look at the large-scale damage there.

“I want to thank all Floridians for hanging in there during what was a frustrating process,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Thursday. “This was a storm where we had a cone of uncertainty last week covering almost the entire state of Florida.”

He said the state’s emergency operations based in Tallahassee, the capital, would shut down but his administration would be ready to assist Georgia or the Carolinas as needed.

Mr. DeSantis also said he would be willing to send National Guard troops to the Bahamas if the federal government deems that helpful. Florida will also send bottles of water to the islands. The water will expire in the coming months, and if another storm threatened Florida, the state would have no problem backfilling its supply stocks, the governor said.

“I don’t want that to go to waste if we have the ability to use that to help some folks,” he said.

And he urged Floridians to keep any vacation plans they might have to the many Bahamian islands that were not hit by Dorian.

“Canceling those plans doesn’t help them in their recovery,” he said.

The ties could not be stronger between Miami and the Bahamas, an archipelago less than 200 miles east. Bahamians settled in South Florida decades before Miami was born, building bridges and railroads and raising children who would become some of the region’s most prominent leaders. This week, their descendants, many veterans of devastating hurricanes, gathered across South Florida to lend a hand.

“When we were desperate, people came to our rescue,” said Charles Bethel, 68, a retired state juvenile justice administrator who lost his home in south Miami-Dade County to Hurricane Andrew, another Category 5 storm, in 1992. “The community pulled together. There was no sense of division. Now, we are doing the same.”

[Bahamian descendants in Miami are helping the battered nation.]

Miami owes its very beginnings to residents from there. Bahamian laborers worked in construction and agriculture, creating the city’s infrastructure and teaching white settlers unfamiliar with the tropics how to build with coral rock, till the soil and plant tropical fruit, said Marvin Dunn, a retired college professor who chronicled local history in his book “Black Miami in the Twentieth Century.”

Bahamians started to arrive in the 1880s, following an economic downturn on the islands, Dr. Dunn said. Many went to work in pineapple fields in Key West and then migrated north to Coconut Grove, which they called Kebo. Bahamians also settled in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown and in Carver Ranches, which is now part of the city of West Park, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale.

On Wednesday in Miami, volunteers gathered in houses of worship, dripping with sweat as they sorted through heavy boxes and bags. Stacks of water bottles. Heaps of diapers. Baby formula. A chain saw. So many donations came in that Christ Episcopal ran out of pallets.

Volunteers in Miami organized donations for storm victims in the Bahamas.CreditSaul Martinez for The New York Times

Reporting was contributed by Patricia Mazzei, Nick Madigan, Adeel Hassan, Sarah Mervosh, Kirk Semple, Frances Robles, Rachel Knowles and Elisabeth Malkin.

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Boris Johnson’s Brother Resigns From U.K. Parliament Over Brexit

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Jo Johnson, the brother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has resigned from Parliament, in the latest sign of Brexit turmoil. Jo Johnson says that in recent weeks he has been “torn between family loyalty and the national interest” — and that he is stepping down from his roles as both a government minister and a member of Parliament.

“It’s an unresolvable tension,” Jo Johnson said in a tweet, “and time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout”

Jo Johnson had been an MP for Orpington, a district on the southeast of London, since 2010.

Jo’s resignation follows a string of defeats for Boris, who has repeatedly promised to pull the U.K. out of the European Union by the current deadline of Oct. 31. On Wednesday night, Parliament voted to block Boris’s plan to leave the E.U. without a deal, and members of his own party have spoken out to protest the prime minister’s decision to purge 21 Conservative Party MPs who opposed a no-deal Brexit.

The expelled Conservatives include prominent members such as Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill who has served as MP for 37 years, and Ken Clarke, the longest-serving MP in Parliament. Some of the lawmakers reportedly learned they’d been kicked out of their party via text message.

This is the second time Jo Johnson has taken a very public stand over Brexit. Last year, he stepped down from Theresa May’s government in protest of the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with the European Union. In 2016, the two brothers were on opposite sides of the referendum, with Boris pushing to leave the E.U., and Jo in favor of remaining.

Boris is now calling for a snap election, hoping to form a stable majority in Parliament that could support his plan to leave the E.U. — with or without a deal. Opposition lawmakers also want elections, but Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, says he won’t agree to an election until there is a law stopping a no-deal Brexit.

In Wednesday’s pivotal vote, former Prime Minister Theresa May sided with Johnson. But she could also be seen laughing in the Parliament chamber, chatting with Clarke as ire was directed at the new prime minister. On Tuesday night, while driving away from Parliament buildings, May was seen smiling.

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Death Toll Rises to 23 in Bahamas, as Stories of Survival Emerge

NASSAU, Bahamas — Days after Hurricane Dorian, one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record, bore down on the Bahamas, a fuller picture from the ground has emerged, and with it, harrowing stories of survival.

Even as officials were taking stock of the storm’s toll Thursday — at least 23 people dead — relatives of some residents of the Abaco Islands, in the north of the archipelago, were beginning to slowly reunite with their loved ones.

Sandra Cooke, a resident of Nassau, said that during the storm, a roof on an Abaco Island building had collapsed on her sister-in-law. Her brother couldn’t find his wife at first, but the family dog eventually detected her in the rubble. When there was a break in the storm, neighbors helped free her.

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Residents in Marsh Harbour on Monday.CreditDante Carrer/Reuters

Ms. Cooke was reunited with her sister-in-law on Tuesday.

“She was trapped under the roof for 17 hours,” said Ms. Cooke, a resident of Nassau, on Wednesday, adding that she had hired a private helicopter service to take the rescued woman to Nassau.

[Here’s how to help Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas.]

Marvin Dames, the minister of national security, said at a news conference on Wednesday night that the process of clearing the streets and making airports available had already begun on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, two areas hit hardest by the hurricane.

Aerial footage taken over the Abaco Islands showed roads washed away and debris scattered across beaches. Splintered wood jutted from clusters of damaged homes.

Marsh Harbour on Thursday. The storm made landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane and stalled there for three days.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

[See photos of the power and devastation of Hurricane Dorian.]

Gaining access to Abaco has been problematic, with the island’s airport, Leonard M. Thompson International, left underwater for days after the storm. Some people resorted to private companies to aid in the evacuations.

A British Navy vessel is stationed at Abaco for relief support and has been distributing food and water.

The Norwegian energy company Equinor said the hurricane had damaged its oil storage terminal, which was leaking. The company said it was too early to tell how much oil had spilled.

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The Bahamas, Before and After Hurricane Dorian

Aerial images of flattened neighborhoods and a flooded airport give a first look at the large-scale damage there.

During a flight Wednesday over the company’s terminal, which is at South Riding Point, The Times saw storage tanks that appeared to have no lid. The domed tops of five of its tanks were “gone,” a company spokesman said, but only three contained significant amounts of oil before the hurricane. Oil was visible on the ground surrounding the tanks, but the seawater around the terminal was clear.

“Ahead of the hurricane we shut down the terminal as a precautionary measure and the terminal has been designed with hurricanes and storms in mind,” said Erik Haaland, a company spokesman. “The areas surrounding the tanks are also designed as barriers to contain oil spills. So far we have not received information that oil has been observed at sea.”

Some areas near the terminal had been evacuated at the request of local authorities. The company was still trying to establish a better overview of the terminal and said it was “mounting a safe and timely response to the situation.”

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard with a woman who was rescued from Treasure Cay, Bahamas, on Wednesday.CreditErik Villa Rodriguez/US Coast Guard

“While weather conditions on the island have improved, road conditions and flooding continue to impact our ability to assess the situation and the scope of damages to the terminal and its surroundings,” the statement said.

No Equinor employees were at the terminal when the storm passed. Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, said it shut down operations of the terminal at noon last Saturday in preparation for the hurricane. The workers were given time off to look after their families and secure their private homes, the statement said.

The storm made landfall in the Bahamas on Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane and stalled there for three days, inundating the islands and destroying homes and businesses.

Oil storage tanks belonging to the Norwegian energy company Equinor are seen damaged from Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama Island on Wednesday.CreditScott McIntyre for The New York Times

In the days since, the storm has weakened significantly, and by Thursday morning was swirling off the coast of the Carolinas as a Category 3 hurricane. Residents there were bracing for dangerous rain, winds and storm surge.

[The Carolinas are next in Hurricane Dorian’s path. We have live updates.]

In the Bahamas, officials made pleas for support and prayers from the international community.

“There are no words to convey the grief we feel for our fellow Bahamians in the Abacos and Grand Bahama,” Dionisio D’Aguilar, the tourism and aviation minister, said in a statement. “Now is the time to come together for our brothers and sisters in need, and help our country get back on its feet.”

He urged travelers to visit areas in the Bahamas that were not affected by the storm in order to aid the country’s economic recovery.

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