A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes Friday. Dramatic video showed the home north of Tampa in Pasco County collapsing into the hole Friday morning. It quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 percent of another home, said Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrator for public safety.
Christopher Wong Won, a founding member of the Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew whose sexually explicit lyrics triggered a national debate over the legal limits of artistic freedom, has died at the age of 53. 2 Live Crew gained fame in the 1980s and 1990s for its Miami bass sound, sexually explicit lyrics and legal challenges. 2 Live Crew manager DJ Debo said: They paved the way for a lot of artists to be able to do what they do on records now. They fought in court for people to say what they want to say.
With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. The conference supported the Paris agreement, and according to preliminary results released Saturday morning from an ongoing nationwide survey, the vast majority of U.S. mayors want to work together and with the private sector to respond to climate change.
Think Washington, D.C., and your statehouse are irredeemable and unproductive? Look to city hall for answers. That is the message from U.S. mayors six months in to the presidency of Donald Trump. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who will take over thhis weekend as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors as it convenes in Miami Beach, Florida, said: We do not have time to argue about ideological positions. We have to find real solutions for problems.
Immigrants who have legally lived and worked in the U.S. since disasters in their countries years ago may have to start thinking about going home, the U.S. Homeland Security chief said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Secretary John Kelly sent strong signals that immigration benefits known as temporary protected status should not be as open-ended as they have become for tens of thousands of people from Haiti and Central America. Kelly said: The point is not that there be a complete recovery of all ills in the country. The point is, whatever the event is that caused TPS to be granted - that event is over, and they can return.