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Hurricane Michael strengthens as it travels to the Gulf Coast; a female journalist was found murdered in a northeastern Bulgarian city.

Hurricane Michael is on track to reach Florida

  • With Hurricane Michael expected to hit the northeastern Gulf Coast as soon as Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency for 26 counties and deployed troops to areas that are most likely to be struck. [NPR / Bill Chappell]
  • The storm may be the area’s strongest hurricane in 13 years. Experts expect it could be classified as a Category 3 hurricane by the time it hits the US. [Washington Post / Jason Samenow and Brian McNoldy]
  • According to the National Hurricane Center, Michael will bring “storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds,” all of which may become life-threatening depending on the hurricane’s severity. [Twitter / National Hurricane Center]
  • Unlike most hurricanes that develop out in the Atlantic and take days to reach the US, Michael built out of Central America, giving Floridians less time to prepare. [Tampa Bay Times / Zachary Sampson]
  • Michael comes just two years after Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida, flooding Tallahassee and knocking out residents’ electricity for days. [Baltimore Sun / Jennifer Kay and Gary Fineout]
  • Generally, forecasters are better at predicting a hurricane’s path than its intensity, so Michael could be stronger or weaker than what the NHC is currently warning against. [Vox / Brian Resnick]

Bulgarian reporter found raped, murdered in Ruse

  • A female Bulgarian journalist who reported on corruption within the European Union was found dead in a park in the northeastern city of Ruse, Bulgaria, officials said. [Huffington Post / Dominique Mosbergen]
  • According to police authorities, Viktoria Marinova was raped and murdered on Saturday afternoon. She was last seen alive by her friends that morning, before she went on a run along the Danube River. [NYT / Marc Santora]
  • Although the motive behind Marinova’s killing is still unknown, the European Commission vice president linked the crime to her TV work. A few days before her murder, Marinova presented a piece on the alleged misuse of EU funds by construction companies in Bulgaria and Romania. [Financial Times / Theodor Troev and Kerin Hope]
  • Marinova’s death comes days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared and was possibly killed in Turkey, and marks the fourth killing of an EU journalist since the start of 2017. [USA Today / Kim Hjelmgaard]
  • Bulgaria ranks last out of 28 EU nations on the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. [Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty]


  • The #MeToo movement has reached India a year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations were brought to light, with seven Indian celebrities getting accused of sexual harassment. [Khaleej Times]
  • A jogger in the Netherlands had to cut his run short when he spotted a caged lion cub in the countryside. The lion is temporarily being taken care of by a foundation that looks after big cats. [AP]
  • An executive producer of the James Bond franchise confirmed there are no plans to cast a female character in future films, as 007 “was written as a male and ... [will] probably stay as a male.” [Slash Film / Hoai-Tran Bui]
  • Rapper Iggy Azalea took to social media to announce the cancellation of her Bad Girls Tour, her first headliner event in four years. [Hollywood Reporter / Natalya Jaime]


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