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Remnants of tropical storm drench US Gulf Coast — spawn tornadoes and flooding

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought tornadoes and flooding to the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday and its heavy rains will drench much of the eastern United States in coming days, forecasters said.

Flooding and road closures stretched from east Texas into northwestern Florida after Cindy made landfall early on Thursday near the Louisiana-Texas border and weakened to a tropical depression, the National Weather Service said.

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Cindy is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm) of rain as it heads north and east into the Ohio Valley and the Appalachian Mountains through Saturday, said Brian Hurley, a weather service meteorologist. Totals could reach 9 inches (22.5 cm) in some areas.

“We’re looking at quite a bit of rain. That’s going to be the main threat,” he said.

At least two tornadoes were reported near Birmingham, Alabama, destroying several buildings and injuring at least four people, according to the National Weather Service and local media.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Nick Dyer, police chief in Fairfield, where one tornado hit.

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The center of the dying tropical storm could pass near Washington by Saturday morning and move off Massachusett’s Cape Cod on Saturday evening, followed by a cold front, the National Weather Service said.

By midday Thursday the storm had cut Gulf of Mexico oil production by 16 percent, representing around 288,000 barrels per day of output, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said.

Energy operators had evacuated 39 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, or roughly 5 percent of them.

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The storm’s only reported fatality occurred on Wednesday, when a 10-year-old boy was struck by a log dislodged by a large wave as he stood near the shore in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County coroner said.

(Reporting by Liz Hampton in Houston; Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ian Simpson in Washington; Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker)

Watch footage by storm chaser Reed Trimmer below:

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Global millionaires now own nearly half of world’s $361 trillion in wealth

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The millionaires of the world, who account for just 0.9 percent of the global population, now own nearly half of the planet's $361 trillion in wealth while the bottom 56 percent of the population owns just 1.8 percent.

That's according to the annual Global Wealth Report released Monday by Credit Suisse, which found that the number of millionaires in the world grew to 47 million between mid-2018 and mid-2019, with the United States leading the world in both new and total millionaires.

According to Credit Suisse, the U.S. added 675,000 new millionaires over the past year, bringing the country's total to 18.6 million.

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Jimmy Carter suffers pelvis fracture in another fall at home

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Former President Jimmy Carter suffered an injury in a fall at home.

Carter, who turned 95 years old this month, fell Monday evening at his home in Plains, Georgia, and was hospitalized for treatment of a minor pelvic fracture, according to The Carter Center.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga. He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home.

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Trump badly needs GOP wins in these deep-red states to hold off impeachment momentum

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President Donald Trump badly needs Republican gubernatorial wins in three deep-red states, but they're anything but a sure bet.

The president is expected to campaign for GOP candidates for governor in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi over the coming weeks, and some of his most prominent supporters, including Vice President Mike Pence, will help out, reported Politico.

“(Those) are states where Republicans can win races for governor," said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committee member and the nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. "Those would be big momentum wins for President Trump heading into 2020, but in the unlikely event we lose in all those states it would clearly be a troubling sign that the president would have to overcome."

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