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Tyler Skaggs' toxicology report shows late Angels pitcher had fentanyl, oxycodone, alcohol in his system at time of death

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Tyler Skaggs’ toxicology report showed the late Los Angeles Angels pitcher having fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. USA TODAY

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs had opioids and alcohol in his system when he died in a hotel room last month, according to a toxicology report released by the Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office and obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

Skaggs had both fentanyl and oxycodone in his system at the time of his death, according to the report. He was found on his bed in a Texas hotel room without any signs of trauma, and the death has been ruled an accident. He was 27.

The official cause of death was listed as “mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents.”

In a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports and other media outlets, the Skaggs family said it plans to investigate how Skaggs obtained the opioids that led to his death — and indicated that “it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels.” The family added that it has hired attorney Rusty Hardin to assist with those efforts. 

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USA TODAY Sports’ Gabe Lacques reflects on the life of Tyler Skaggs and the impression that he left on the baseball world. USA TODAY

“We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol,” the family said in the statement. “That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much.”

The Angels released a statement following today’s autopsy report: “Tyler was and always will be a beloved member of the Angels Family and we are deeply saddened to learn what caused this tragic death. Angels Baseball has provided our full cooperation and assistance to the Southlake Police as they conduct their investigation.”

A 6-foot-4 lefty who made 96 starts in his major-league career, Skaggs was found unresponsive by police on July 1, hours before the Angels were set to face the Texas Rangers. Major League Baseball subsequently postponed the game, as the news of Skaggs’ death sent ripples throughout the baseball community.

Fentanyl is an FDA-approved  pain reliever that, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. According to data released by the National Institute of Health, more than 28,000 people died as a result of fentanyl overdose in 2017, the sharpest increase among more than 70,000 overdose deaths.  

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Dior Faces Backlash Over Native American Imagery In ‘Sauvage’ Perfume Ad

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The blowback is just beginning for Dior after it released an ad for its “Sauvage” perfume featuring Native American imagery.

The new video, posted on social media Friday, features Native American dancer Canku One Star, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, performing what an Instagram post described as “the mesmerizing Fancy War Dance that embodies all the modernity of the Native American culture.”

“Sauvage” is a French word meaning “wild” or “savage” ― a slur for Native Americans.

Johnny Depp is part of a new campaign for the scent, and a 10-second video of One Star teased a Sept. 1 announcement for “an authentic journey deep into the Native American soul in a sacred, founding and secular territory.”

Dior did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Laura Harris, the executive director of Americans for Indian Opportunity, an organization that worked with Dior on the ad, said she understands why the Dior campaign is controversial. But, she added, “the [Sauvage] name is the name and they weren’t going to change it.”

The organization’s mission, according to its website, is to advance the cultural, political and economic rights of Indigenous peoples in the United States and around the world. Harris says it made sure Native American actors, artists and staff worked on the Dior project, something she says Depp insisted on as a condition of working on the campaign.

Harris, a citizen of the Comanche Nation, has known Depp since 2012 when he was preparing to play Tonto in the 2013 “Lone Ranger” reboot.

Her mother, LaDonna Harris, adopted Depp into the tribe in 2012, making him an honorary member, according to The Guardian.

She welcomes the controversy if it can raise awareness of the contemporary realities of Native Americans, such as a growing number of teen suicides combined with a low high school graduation rate.

But the controversy over this video may just be beginning based on people who have seen the full clip, which features Depp being spied on by a Native American woman.

The ad has been slammed by many Twitter users for using Native American culture to sell a French company’s perfume.

One person suggested books she felt Dior executives needed to read in order to appreciate the significance of their cultural appropriation.

Another asked a very pertinent question.

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose: coroner

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died after accidentally overdosing on a mixture of the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone as well as alcohol, according to an autopsy report released on Friday.

Skaggs, 27, was found dead in a Southlake, Texas hotel room on July 1, hours before the Angels were to play the Texas Rangers.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said Skaggs’ cause of death was due to “mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,” meaning Skaggs was intoxicated and is thought to have choked on his own vomit. No trauma was suspected.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that can treat severe pain. Oxycodone is also used to treat pain and can be fatal when combined with other substances or taken in high doses.

In a statement released in response to the autopsy report, Skaggs’ family indicated an Angels employee might be involved in the circumstances surrounding his death, but did not elaborate further.

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“We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol. That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much,” the family said. “ … We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us.”

Hardin, who has formerly represented baseball players Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens, told the Los Angeles Times that the family is devastated and wants to get to the bottom of what happened.

“I think the thing to keep in mind is they’re just still so devastated, both the wife and the family, about this young man’s death, and they just want to know what happened and how it happened,” Hardin said. “We’re going to want to know how it came about that those drugs were ingested and whether or not others are responsible for what happened.”

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Skaggs was found unresponsive by police at the Hilton Hotel in Southlake shortly after 2 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. He died two days after his last start with the Angels, one of 15 he made in 2019.

The Angels selected Skaggs as a first-round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, right out of high school. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and made his MLB debut there, making 13 appearances over two seasons. He was reacquired by the Angels in December 2013 and had won 25 games over five seasons with the team. Skaggs had signed a $3.7 million contract with the Angels in 2019.

He was born in Woodland Hills, Calif., and had married his wife, Carli, at the end of the 2018 season. He lived in Santa Monica at the time of his death.

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Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report. 

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Iran still violating 2015 nuclear deal, UN watchdog finds

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A report from the United Nations atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stockpile low-enriched uranium beyond the limitations outlined in the 2015 nuclear deal, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which AP said it had seen, says that Iran is enriching uranium with an up to 4.5 percent concentration of the isotope Uranium-235, above the 3.67 percent allowed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The higher level is enough to help power the Bushehr reactor, Iran’s only nuclear power plant.

The violations were announced by Iran and confirmed by the IAEA last month, and are meant to put pressure on the signatories to the JCPOA — Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — to provide more economic incentives to Tehran. So far, the major powers in the JCPOA have expressed concern about Tehran’s violations and urged the country to return to the limitations set in the agreement but haven’t taken further action.

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The report added that Iran has continued to permit its inspectors to monitor its nuclear facilities and has also remained under the limit of 130 tons (143.3 U.S. tons) set on its stockpile of heavy water, with 125.5 tons (138.34 U.S. tons) stockpiled.

It said Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium hit 241.6 kilograms (532.64 pounds) as of Aug. 19. The JCPOA cap is 202.8 (447.1 pounds) kilograms of enriched uranium.

The stockpile is made up of 216.5 kilograms (477.3 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 3.67 percent, and 25.1 kilograms (55.34 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 4.5 percent, the IAEA reported.

In the IAEA’s previous quarterly report, the organization noted In addition, Iran installed “up to 33 IR-6 centrifuges used to enrich uranium and said that 10 have now been tested. Under terms of the nuclear deal, Iran is allowed to test no more than 30 of the IR-6s once the deal has been in place for eight and a half years. The deal is murky about limits before that point, which will arrive in 2023.

President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. Under the weight of U.S. sanctions, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted by about 60 percent in the last year. Inflation is up 37 percent and the cost of food and medicine has soared 40 percent to 60 percent, according to European Union figures.

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Trump said Monday there’s a “really good chance” that he would meet with Rouhani after French President Emmanuel Macron initiated the idea of bringing the two nations to the table for talks.

Still, Rouhani and Trump remain at an impasse on lifting sanctions and renegotiating a deal, with the Iranian president saying Tuesday that “without the U.S.’ withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nebraska woman with concealed-carry permit arrested on assault charge after shooting fleeing shoplifting suspect

A Nebraska woman was arrested and charged with first-degree assault Friday after police say she shot a fleeing shoplifting suspect in the arm earlier this month.

Investigators say Shelby Jones, 38, was shopping at a convenience store early on Aug. 1 when Tilian Tilian, 22, allegedly tried to shoplift two bottles of liquor.

Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said the store’s clerk tried to restrain Tilian and the two got into an altercation.

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Bliemeister added that Jones saw the altercation, drew her handgun and positioned herself between Tilian and the exit.

“During the physical altercation, Tilian broke free and ran past Jones, exiting the store,” Bliemeister said.

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He said Jones then shot Tilian in the back of the arm, missing the store clerk who ran outside at the same time.

“After conducting interviews, reviewing video surveillance and collecting forensic evidence, investigators concluded Tilian was fleeing the property when he was shot by Jones,” Bliemeister said.

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Tilian was treated at a hospital and released. KETV reported that police anticipate charging him.

Police said Tilian still had one bottle liquor in his hand when he was shot, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s own account was hacked, used to post vulgar messages

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears to have been hacked on his own platform, with several offensive tweets posted to his account.

The tweets, posted Friday and deleted within minutes, included the use of the N-word, other vulgar comments, and one message claiming there was a bomb at Twitter’s headquarters.

Other tweets gave shoutouts to people, and pushed the hashtag “#ChucklingSquad” — the name of an online chat, according to The Daily Beast.

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Another tweet read: “Hitler is innocent go follow @taytaylov3r if you want every Jew gassed.” The account also retweeted another Twitter user who wrote, “Nazi Germany did nothing wrong.”

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Twitter released a brief statement saying, “We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened.”

Dorsey’s compromised account immediately caused panic among some on the platform, stirring worry that President Trump’s account could also be hacked.

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Hurricane Dorian: Delta capping flight prices, American offering reduced fares from Florida as hurricane nears

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Florida officials are working to get roads ready for additional traffic due to Hurricane Dorian. Fox – 35 Orlando

Major airlines are capping prices on fares out of Florida and adding additional capacity to flight routes as Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S.

In anticipation of the increased demand spurred by residents trying to flee the area, Delta Air Lines added six additional flights (equaling 930 seats) to the normal flight schedule between Atlanta and Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Delta also capped fares on one-way flights to and from these locations between $299 and $599 in the main cabin and $499 and $799 in first class, based on flight distance, according to Delta spokesperson Adrian Gee.

In years past, airlines have been accused of raising prices as people in the path of storms attempted to book travel out of the area.

Gee noted that fares may be slightly higher for flights that include a connection from those same cities through Sept. 4.

American Airlines has also added reduced, last-minute fares for impacted cities.   According to spokesperson Ross Feinstein, this includes one-way, non-stop fares from 13 cities in Florida: Daytona Beach (DAB), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX), Key West (EYW), Melbourne (MLB), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Sarasota / Bradenton (SRQ), Tallahassee (TLH), Tampa (TPA) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

As of Friday at 1 p.m. ET, a search on American’s website showed available fares from Miami to Atlanta for $129 on Monday. 

Forecasters say Dorian is expected to make landfall Monday into Tuesday along Florida’s east coast.Heavy rainfall, dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge are expected.

In 2017, airlines were criticized on social media for “fare gouging” as people tried to evacuate before Hurricane Irma.

USA TODAY has reached out to Southwest, United, Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue for comment. Their websites do not list information on capped prices.

As of Friday at 3 p.m. ET, a search on Southwest’s website shows one-way fares from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta ranging from $129 to $317. On United’s site, a one-way flight from Miami to Atlanta Monday ranges from $366 to $753. And one-way JetBlue flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta Monday range from $129 to $639. 

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller

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President Trump Tweets Sensitive Surveillance Image of Iran

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President Trump has tweeted what experts say is almost certainly an image from a classified satellite or drone, showing the aftermath of an accident at an Iranian space facility.

“The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir [Space Launch Vehicle] Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran,” the president said in a tweet that accompanied the image on Friday. “I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.”

NPR broke the news of the launch failure on Thursday, using images from commercial satellites that flew over Iran’s Imam Khomeini Space Center. Those images showed smoke billowing from the pad. Iran has since acknowledged an accident occurred at the site.

Some of the highest-resolution imagery available commercially comes from the company Maxar, whose WorldView-2 satellite sports 46-centimeter resolution.

But the image shown in the president’s tweet appears to be of far better quality, says Ankit Panda, an adjunct senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, who specializes in analyzing satellite imagery. “The resolution is amazingly high,” says Panda. “I would think it’s probably below well below 20 centimeters, which is much higher than anything I’ve ever seen.”

Panda says that the tweet discloses “some pretty amazing capabilities that the public simply wasn’t privy to before this.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence referred questions about the image to the White House, which declined to comment.

The image shows the aftermath of the accident, which experts believe took place while the rocket was being fueled. Clearly visible is the truck used to transport and erect the rocket, and the words “The product of national empowerment,” which have been written along the edge of the pad. The picture also shows extensive debris and charring around the pad.

It was not entirely clear where the president’s photo came from. Panda believes it was likely taken by a classified U.S. satellite. But Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network at the One Earth Foundation, believes that the resolution is so high, it may be beyond the physical limits at which satellites can operate. “The atmosphere is thick enough that after somewhere around 11 to nine centimeters, things get wonky,” she says.

That could mean it was taken by a drone or spy plane, though such a vehicle would be violating Iranian airspace. Hanham also says that the European company Airbus has been experimenting with drones that fly so high, they are technically outside the atmosphere and thus operating outside of national boundaries. But she says she doesn’t know whether the U.S. has such a system.

Glare in the center of the image suggest the image in the tweet was itself a photo of a briefing slide. Panda suggests it could have been displayed on a computer screen in a so-called Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. It’s also possible it was a photo of a piece of paper.

Either way, Panda notes a small redaction in the upper-left-hand-corner suggests that the intelligence community had cleared the image for release by the president.

But, both he and Hanham question whether releasing it was a good idea. “You really risk giving away the way you know things,” Hanham says. “That allows people to adapt and hide how they carry out illicit activity.”

“These are closely held national secrets,” Panda adds. “We don’t even share a lot of this kind of imagery with our closest allies.” In tweeting it out to the world, Trump is letting Iran know exactly what the U.S. is capable of. He’s also letting others know as well, Panda says. “The Russians and the Chinese, you’re letting them know that these are the kind of things that the United States has the capability of seeing,” he says.

With additional reporting by Greg Myre and Ayda Pourasad.

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Hurricane Dorian Updates: Storm Intensifies to Category 3 Strength

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Forecasters expect Hurricane Dorian to arrive somewhere along the east coast of Florida early on Tuesday morning. But exactly where is still a mystery, with some prediction models suggesting a direct blow to Central Florida and others projecting the storm to veer north or south.

“It all depends on this dance of the pressure systems around the storm,” said Hugh Willoughby, a meteorologist at Florida International University in Miami.

If the forecast for its strength holds, Dorian would be the first hurricane of Category 4 or higher to make landfall on Florida’s east coast since 1992, when Andrew ripped through the Miami area as a Category 5 storm, causing widespread damage.

On Friday afternoon, Dorian was gaining strength over the Atlantic Ocean, becoming a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 m.p.h.

“The biggest concern will be Dorian’s slow motion when it is near Florida, placing some areas of the state at an increasing risk of a prolonged, drawn-out event of strong winds, dangerous storm surge, and heavy rainfall,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Also on Friday, President Trump approved an emergency declaration for Florida, allowing for increased federal support and resources to flow to the state.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis said that 2,500 National Guard troops had been activated, a force that could grow to 4,000 by Saturday night. He added that the state had ordered a million gallons of water and sent 860,000 bottles of water to counties for distribution.

Some gas stations have been running out of fuel, Mr. DeSantis said at a news conference on Friday morning. The state has waived regulations and set up police escorts to get more gas to stations, including from nearby states, the governor said.

State authorities were also visiting and calling about 120 nursing homes that have not reported whether they have working generators.

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A strike by Dorian in a densely populated region could be especially dangerous, said W. Craig Fugate, a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He rattled off a list of Florida cities — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville — where, he said, storm surge could be deadly “once you start measuring in feet, not inches.”

“That’s not saying it won’t be devastating wherever it hits the shore,” said Mr. Fugate, who is also a former director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “But the reality is: What drives the response is people.”

Orlando is inland in Central Florida, but if the storm dumps rain for many hours, the city’s lakes could overflow. In North Florida, the St. Johns and Matanzas Rivers have flooded Jacksonville and St. Augustine even when storms have not directly hit the cities, Mr. Fugate noted.

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He also laid out other concerns.

Expensive installations along the flourishing Space Coast, around Cape Canaveral, could be affected. Fuel shipments could be delayed by any disruptions at major hubs for cargo such as Jaxport in Jacksonville or Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Powerful waves in Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest inland lake, could test its aging dike. Pounding rains might force the release of polluted waters into fragile estuaries to the east and west, which could lead to toxic algae blooms.

“What we’ve always encouraged in Florida is catastrophic disaster planning,” Mr. Fugate said.

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Lines at some gas stations, especially on the east coast, were reminiscent of when Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, when most gas stations in South Florida exhausted their supply.

In West Palm Beach, drivers were reporting a growing number of stations with limited or no fuel supply, according to Gas Buddy, a tracking app.

Governor DeSantis said the state would begin highway patrol escorts for fuel trucks. “Some parts of the state you have cars lined up, it makes it more difficult for the trucks to get in and replenish the supply so we think those escorts will help with that,” he said.

The state’s price gouging law was also in effect. It bans excessive raises in the price of essential goods for the duration of a state emergency declaration.

By Friday afternoon, the attorney general’s office had received more than 700 complaints alleging price gouging. The majority of them were over gas and bottled water, said Kylie Mason, the press secretary for Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Forecasters have warned of the risk of “life-threatening” storm surge. Making matters worse, Dorian is arriving at a time of king tides for the East Coast.

A king tide happens when gravitational forces of the moon, the sun and the earth are lined up, pulling the ocean back and forth with greater force than is usual.

Well ahead of Dorian’s arrival, tides reached eight feet — around two feet above normal — in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, flooding roads and causing major headaches. Tides there are expected to climb even higher on Friday evening, perhaps reaching 8.2 feet and submerging many low-lying roads.

Shannon Scaff, Charleston’s emergency management director, said he was most concerned about what happens when Dorian arrives in five to seven days there. Heavy rainfall — possibly more than a foot — could coincide with still elevated high tides.

Over the past few years, he said, hurricanes like Matthew and Irma have wrought new and unpredictable flooding patterns.

“Sometimes the forecasts are just off,” he said. “We can’t stop the storm. We can’t stop the tides, but we’re going to make ourselves as ready as we can.”

The mobile launch platform, which will be used to hold the Space Launch System rocket currently under development, had been at the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center for tests. It can withstand strong winds, but “it’s best to bring it back to a safe and secure location,” said Gregory Harland, a NASA spokesman.

On Friday, a crawler moving at 1 m.p.h. took the launcher from the launchpad to the 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building, which is like a gigantic garage for rockets.

The center is scheduled to shut down at 6 p.m. Saturday. Only a small “ride out” team was to remain there through the storm at the center’s launch control center. Once the storm passes, teams will inspect the center for damage before it reopens.

The space center has never experienced a direct hit from a hurricane but has suffered near misses. In August 2004, Hurricane Frances blew off 850 panels off the Vehicle Assembly Building, and Hurricane Jeanne, just three weeks later, pulled off 25 more. Mr. Harland said corroded fasteners have been replaced, and the building is now much more resilient.

The United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, two companies which launch rockets from Kennedy and the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, are also making preparations.

“We are closely monitoring weather conditions and planning to take all necessary precautions to protect our employees and safeguard facilities in the potentially affected areas,” SpaceX said in a statement.

A hurricane watch was also in effect for the northwestern Bahamas. As of 8 a.m., Dorian was centered about 250 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas and was moving northwest near 12 miles per hour.

Dorian was expected to arrive in the northwest Bahamas, a popular tourist spot, on Saturday and move over the area on Sunday. Residents were racing to finish their preparations on Friday. They cleaned out grocery store shelves, and worked to secure their homes and businesses.

Wayne Neely, a local meteorologist, told the Nassau Guardian that the storm’s current track meant that it could miss the islands, “but any wobble, left or right, could take it either further north or further south and then there would be catastrophe.”

Flights were still landing at Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport on Friday morning. The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line canceled its Sept. 1 and 3 departures on its Grand Celebration, but its cruise on Friday was still scheduled to depart as planned.

The authorities in the Bahamas were asking tourists with vacations planned for the Labor Day weekend to check with airlines, hotels and cruise lines before leaving their homes.

Powerful winds are what define a hurricane, so they are named and classified based on how hard their winds are blowing. To qualify as a hurricane, a storm must have sustained winds of 74 miles an hour or more.

All hurricanes are dangerous, but some pack more punch than others. So meteorologists try to quantify each storm’s destructive power by using the Saffir-Simpson scale, placing it in one of five categories based on sustained wind speed.

The National Hurricane Center said on Thursday that Dorian was expected to hit Florida as a “major” hurricane — in Category 3 or possibly Category 4.

Category 3 hurricanes, with wind speeds of 111 to 129 m.p.h., can take roofs off well-constructed houses and knock out electric and water systems for days or weeks. Category 4 hurricanes do catastrophic damage, felling most trees and power poles and wrecking some buildings with their wind speeds of 130 to 156 m.p.h.

[For details on how Hurricane Dorian is affecting flights, cruises and Disney World, read our story here.]

But some experts say the scale is a limited way to assess a storm’s destructive potential because it focuses only on the power of its winds, and not on the surge of seawater that a storm flings ashore, or on the flooding caused by its torrential rains. Most hurricane fatalities and property damage tend to be caused by those factors.

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm when it slammed into the Louisiana coast on Aug. 29, 2005. But it was the storm surge that overwhelmed New Orleans’s flood walls and levees and devastated the city.

[Read more about how hurricanes are categorized.]

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Hurricanes have a tragic history of interrupting Labor Day Weekend in Florida, including a 1935 storm that killed hundreds of World War I veterans who were working in the Florida Keys. It remains one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States in modern history.

That storm, a Category 5, had been expected to miss the Keys. But an unexpected change in its route left a group of more than 600 veterans working on a highway construction project exposed to its wrath. An 11-car train sent to attempt a rescue was swept off the tracks by a tidal wave.

“Negligence played no part in the failure to evacuate the 684 World War veterans from camps in the Florida Keys,” a New York Times article published days after the storm said, citing an official report to the president that attributed the losses to “an act of God.”

The 1935 storm, known simply as the Labor Day Hurricane, pushed up Florida’s west coast after battering the Keys, leading to high tides in St. Petersburg and Tampa and ripping roofs off buildings in Sarasota.

In all, 408 deaths were blamed on the Labor Day Hurricane, most of them in the Keys. A crowd of 20,000 mourners later gathered to pay their respects. The Times reported that the bodies of the veterans were burned at the scene “for the protection of those who survived.”

Teams of researchers are routinely sent on flights into the centers of storms to gather crucial data. These so-called hurricane hunters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, based in Lakeland, Fla., and their partners went to get a snapshot of the storm’s insides.

On Thursday, the agency announced that it had completed a reconnaissance mission with its first all female three-pilot flight crew, featuring Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington and Lt. Lindsey Norman.

Last month, The Times sent a reporter and a photographer into the heart of Tropical Storm Barry. They learned that it is not for the faint of heart.

[Join the flight into the heart of Barry here.]

Reporting was contributed by Kenneth Chang, Patrick J. Lyons, Mitch Smith, Chris Dixon and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs.

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Account Compromised

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account sent a series of incendiary tweets on Friday after his account was compromised.

Dorsey’s account tweeted out “#nigger” and “Hitler is innocent,” among other inflammatory remarks. Another tweet read, “Intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ.”

Some tweets were up for half an hour, though all were eventually deleted. Within the first few minutes of the inappropriate tweet spree, they had garnered thousands of likes and retweets. 

“Yes, Jack’s account was compromised. We’re working on it and investigating what happened,” said a Twitter spokesperson shortly after the tweets were posted.

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