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At least 4 dead, 200 missing in Colorado flooding; ‘Leave now or be prepared to stay for weeks’

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Mudslides and flooding from rain unseen in modern records has claimed at least four lives and left 200 people missing around Boulder, Colo., according to news reports.

Rescuers are now bluntly telling people that if they do not get to safety now, they can expect to be stranded for weeks as the roads become completely useless from debris, mud and water. The long list of roads rendered impassable includes major highways like Boulder Canyon Drive and Highway 7 — the principle routes in and out of the city.

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The flood area covers an area the size of Colorado, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Describing the flooding in terms of 100-year probabilities is almost beside the point, wrote Bob Henson of The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, headquartered in Boulder. The 9.08 inches of rain between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday shattered Boulder’s previous 94-year-old record for wettest calendar day of 4.8 inches, he wrote. Boulder received nearly twice as much rain Thursday “as any other entire September has produced.” The September record is 5.5 inches, 1940. Boulder received almost 15 inches of rain between Monday and Friday — more than has fallen on the city since the start of the year.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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