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Published 3:33 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2019 | Updated 3:35 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2019
Tropical Storm Dorian strengthens, heads for Caribbean islands
Forecasters issued tropical storm warnings for several Caribbean islands as strengthening Tropical Storm Dorian approached the region, warning that “hurricane conditions are possible” in the northern Windward Islands. The National Hurricane Center said the storm could strike Puerto Rico and its neighbors as a minimal hurricane by Tuesday or Wednesday. A hurricane watch is in effect for St. Lucia, while tropical storm warnings are in place for Martinique, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Cruise lines sailing from Port Canaveral have begun to modify their itineraries to avoid the storm. Dorian is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday predicted nine to 15 named storms. It says four to eight of them will become hurricanes and two to four of those major hurricanes with 111 mph winds or higher. (May 23)
Ruling on if Missouri’s new abortion law will go into effect expected
A federal judge said he will issue a ruling Tuesday that will determine whether Missouri’s new law banning abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy will take effect as scheduled on Wednesday. The law would also ban abortions based solely on race, sex or a diagnosis indicting the potential for Down syndrome. During a court hearing Monday, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union asked District Judge Howard Sachs to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the law from taking effect on Wednesday until a legal challenge against it is decided. Sachs said he had a draft of his written ruling ready, but that he wanted to consider Monday’s arguments before issuing it. He did not indicate how he would rule. Missouri already has some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion regulations as just one clinic in the state performs abortions.
Son of ex-NFL player accused of killing parents to appear in court
The son of a former NFL lineman accused of killing his parents has been extradited from Mexico and is expected to appear in court Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Dylan John Bennett was booked into Minnesota’s Todd County Jail early Monday after being arrested for second-degree murder at a hotel in Cancun, Mexico Saturday. Barry and Carol Bennett, both 63, were found fatally shot last Wednesday at their home in Long Prairie, Minnesota, a town about 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis. According to the criminal complaint, Barry Bennett told the Todd County Sheriff’s Office in December that Dylan had expressed thoughts about killing his parents while he was in a mental health treatment facility. Barry Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, the New York Jets and Minnesota.
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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte returns
Fall isn’t here yet, but pumpkin spice products are. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, returns Tuesday along with a second pumpkin drink – the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. This is Starbucks’ first new pumpkin coffee drink since it launched the PSL – the drink that experts say started the pumpkin craze – in 2003. According to Starbucks, the PSL is its top-selling seasonal beverage of all time with more than 424 million sold in the U.S. since its release. The pumpkin pandemonium started last week at Dunkin’ locations nationwide when its fall lineup with new and returning items arrived.
For 16 years, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte has reigned supreme, but this season there’s a new coffee drink spicing things up.
Snapchat launches tools to make it easier for beginners to create filters
Snapchat is set to launch a new tool for developers that enables them to create filters so the social networking app’s users can change their hair color and try on curated makeup in augmented reality. Starting Tuesday, creators will find a wide range of new templates and features on Snapchat’s desktop app Lens Studio. Using the free app, creators can build everything from 2D images to interactive environments. The app will include a Countdown features that lets you create 3D-hat filters that mark specific dates, a Hair Color tool that lets you make fresh style choices “from root to tip” and a Make-Up template that will let you create Lenses with built-in AR lipgloss and eyeshadow along with other cosmetics.
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Contributing: Associated Press
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