Tuesday morning news: September 11, 2018


S.C. governor orders evacuation for entire coast » South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered a mandatory evacuation of his state’s coastal region. The move came as Hurricane Florence ballooned into a Category 4 storm.

MCMASTER: This may be inconvenient. This is a very dangerous hurricane. But we are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina. Not a one.

McMaster’s evacuation order covers about one million people living in eight coastal counties. Forecasters expect Florence to come ashore somewhere between North and South Carolina on Thursday night. McMaster warned it could bring a storm surge of up to 10 feet.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for his state last week and continues to mull evacuations.

In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam ordered evacuation of almost a quarter-of-a-million residents of low-lying coastal areas.


Trump closes PLO office in DC » The Trump administration has ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.

National Security Adviser John Bolton made the announcement Monday in Washington. He cited the PLO’s refusal to engage in direct peace talks with Israel and efforts to prompt the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel.

Bolton assailed the ICC as an illegitimate court.

BOLTON: We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. And we certainly will not join the ICC.

Bolton said the U.S. would sanction ICC judges if they continue to probe alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.


Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter » The City of Dallas is considering more serious charges for an off-duty police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his own apartment last week.

Officer Amber Guyger now faces a manslaughter charge for shooting and killing 26-year-old Botham Jean. District Attorney Faith Johnson said investigators are still trying to figure out what happened.

JOHNSON: We are going to unravel whatever we need to unravel. We are going to unturn whatever we need to unturn. And we are going to present a full case to the grand jury of Dallas County.

Guyger—who is white—returned to her apartment complex after a 15-hour shift and says she parked on the wrong floor of the parking garage. She then entered Jean’s apartment, thinking it was her own. When she saw a figure moving around in the dark, she drew her weapon and fired twice, claiming she didn’t realize she had entered the wrong apartment until she turned on the lights.

The victim’s family has questioned why it took three days to arrest Guyger. Attorney Lee Merritt represents the victim’s family.

MERRITT: She shouldn’t have left that scene without being in handcuffs that day.


CBS stock drops after CEO ouster » CBS stock prices dropped Monday after the company revealed it might pay ousted CEO Les Moonves $120 million in severance.

Moonves resigned late Sunday after The New Yorker published more detailed accounts of sexual abuse allegations against him.

CBS said Moonves will get his severance pay only if lawyers hired to investigate the claims against him determine he should have kept his job.

Twelve women have now come forward to accuse Moonves of abusive behavior. Some predate his work at CBS. He joined the company in 1995 and became one of the wealthiest and most powerful executives in the television industry.


Sweden election results » Sweden is still reeling from Sunday’s election results after the country’s anti-immigration party gained seats in parliament. Voter George Linton said the country needed to do a better job managing its continual flow of new residents.

LINTON: We need to be better at managing the integration of everyone who comes here, and being more efficient in making sure everyone can come into the society and get jobs.

Sweden took in a record 163,000 migrants in 2015, the most per capita of any European country. Backlash toward its open-borders policy has grown in recent years, mirroring similar sentiment in Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Despite neo-Nazi roots, the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, won 17.6 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election.

Neither the center-left nor center-right political blocs won enough votes to form a government, setting the stage for a prolonged political fight. Both groups rejected the idea of working with the Sweden Democrats.


I’m Jill Nelson. Straight ahead: Leigh Jones reports on the growing shortage of doctors. And remembering 9/11. This is The World and Everything in It.


(AP Photo/Mic Smith) Chris Brace, from Charleston, S.C. lowers hurricane shutters on a client’s house in preparation for Hurricane Florence at Sullivan’s Island, S.C., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. 

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