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Wave in Atlantic likely to become tropical storm

Published Sep. 28, 2016

Wave in Atlantic likely to become tropical storm

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 350 miles east of Barbados continued to show signs of organization Tuesday, leading forecasters to estimate a 90 percent chance they would develop into Tropical Storm Matthew within 48 hours. Data from weather buoys already indicated winds at near tropical storm force at 2 p.m., when an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft had just begun a flight into Invest 97L to look for a closed circulation. Conditions seemed favorable for the storm's development, with the possibility it could reach tropical storm status. The storm was moving westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, and was expected to pass over the Windward Islands this morning, moving over the southeastern Caribbean late today and Thursday.

Newark, N.J.

Christie knew about bridge, witness says

Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie's White House ambitions. David Wildstein, a former executive at the agency that oversees New York-area bridges and tunnels, took the stand for the prosecution at the trial of two one-time Christie allies accused of engineering the four days of gridlock to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie. Wildstein has pleaded guilty. Wildstein's account was the first testimony to suggest Christie knew about the scheme as it was unfolding. Christie has repeatedly denied that and has not been charged with a crime.

Charlotte, N.C.: The black man killed by Charlotte police had a restraining order filed against him a year ago when he threatened to kill his wife and her son with a gun, according to court documents obtained Tuesday. Keith Scott's wife filed the order last Oct. 5. Police have said Scott had a handgun when they approached him at an apartment complex last week. Scott's family has said that he was not armed. Videos released by police and the family are inconclusive.

United Nations: Women leaders from 38 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday to fulfill a promise he made in 2007 to start a Korean peace process before his term ends Dec. 31. The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Haiti: Organizers of a cultural festival celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said it has been called off due to numerous threats and a prohibition by a government commissioner.

Egypt: Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled dozens of bodies from the hold of an Egyptian fishing boat that sank last week in the Mediterranean carrying hundreds of migrants trying to reach Europe, bringing the toll to over 200 dead.

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