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  1. Irma’s Deadly Landfall, Seismic Fear and Sloane Survivor

    Hurricane Update: Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Florida Keys, has already caused three deaths and is now chugging northward toward the mainland. With 120 mph winds, it’s been downgraded to a Category 3 storm, nonetheless inundating South Florida, flooding some streets in Miami, where high winds toppled part of a construction crane. It’s expected to make landfall near Naples on the state’s Gulf Coast, sometime this evening, and later plow into the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, home to 3 million. 

    Still Rattled: As of this morning, there had been some 800 aftershocks since Friday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake off of Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. The country’s strongest temblor in a century is known to have killed 90 people and has kept frightened area residents camped outside of quake-damaged buildings.

    Beat This: “I should just retire now. I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this.” — American tennis player Sloane Stephens, 24, who started the season with a fractured leg, was recently ranked 957th, and yesterday easily defeated her friend Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-0, to win her first Grand Slam title in the U.S. Open women’s final.

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