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September 20th, 2010
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Igor continues lashing Bermuda as hurricane moves away

(CNN) – Fierce winds continued to whip across Bermuda Monday morning, even as Hurricane Igor spun away from the island.

As of 1 a.m. ET, Igor's center was about 80 miles (125 kilometers) north-northwest of Bermuda and packed maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Igor was moving north-northeast at about 16 mph (26 kph).

Igor is considered a very large hurricane, forecasters said - hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the center, and tropical storm-force winds spread outward up to 345 miles (555 kilometers).

The center of Igor reached its closest point to Bermuda - about 40 miles (65 km) west of the island - late Sunday night. FULL STORY

Utah wildfire forces evacuation of more than 1,000 homes

(CNN) – A wildfire apparently sparked by guardsmen practicing with a machine gun has forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 homes in Utah, authorities say.

More than 100 firefighters battled the fire in the Salt Lake County city of Herriman, Utah, late Sunday night, Herriman spokeswoman Nicole Martin said.

The fire broke out at the Utah National Guard base at Camp Williams about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Capt. Brad Taylor of the Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake City, Utah, said.

Taylor told CNN affiliate KSTU that no injuries had been reported. FULL STORY

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  1. dan scribe

    The more I watch the news the more I belive they are on the " take a bribe " list of fill my own agenda

    September 21, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  2. Dave Goree

    I saw a piece earlierthis morning about a paralyzed Spec Ops soldier and his desire to try an experimental treatment that may "fix" his medical issues.

    I am a 30 year racing engineer and have several friends that are paralyzed due to racing crashes.

    There is a group started by former Indycar driver Sam Schmidt (The Sam Schmidt Foundatuion) that may be able to help.

    I did not catch the soldier's name and location...could you please post that info here or email it to me directly?


    September 20, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  3. Average American

    I think maybe the Tea Party are the ones that actually see the clearest.

    September 20, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  4. lady gaga

    why is it that people like lady gaga are so quick to question the dont ask dont tell policy, started by president Clinton. I would have a lot more respect for her opinion if she was as quick giving it, as she should be joining one of the 5 branches. Then she would have a better understanding of how this policy effects the lives of the men and women in the armed fores.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  5. mrsc

    My profound wish is that religion is left out of political discorse. I don't know if others will agree but this country was founded on religion freedom. This country seems to can't get away from marginalizing people based on race, creed, color and sexual orientation.

    This country is lacking politeness and loving greed. The rich is getting richer and the poor lacks a voice and representation and the "middle class" is being used as a shill.

    Tea Party people scare the wits out of me because I see them as being so blind that they can't see the true story through the fog they live in.

    Randall is right. This country need courage and to open their eyes and say "NO" to Democrats, Republican and Tea Party and hang out the hiring signs for someone who HAS the courage to say we the people are not going to take this anymore.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  6. Pauly

    In the past, she could have been burned at the stake for having a midnight picnic at a satanic altar & for dating someone she referred to as a witch. After this clip was exposed, she canceled her appearances on 2 Sunday shows. She had her chance to explain her actions.

    I'm more troubled about her more recent quotes & actions. She may want to find one of those chickens she claims that have fully functionable human brains. She may want to get a transplant from one of them!

    September 20, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    We need to get aggressive and progressive, we need to slam the rhetoric and hammer the solutions. Rhetoric does not solve problems, tangible ideas do solve problems. In fact, the more the economy declines, the more moral values will declines. When people have no or little income, they will take whatever means they have at their disposal to have income in order to survive and 'cope'. Even if its illegal, if that's their only opportunity. We must move quickly. And yes it's going to take 'courage'.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  8. art

    ...let's not forget that other small faction within the judicial branch of government which continually represents the interests of the small faction which takes unfair advantage of the multitudes during a bad economic situation.

    Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Kennedy.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  9. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Randall..., we really need to get those 43.6 million in poverty to vote. Especially those who have lost their homes and jobs due to corporate downsizing. Those who have lost their homes, where did they go? Where are they now? I'm pretty sure that most want to work, but are having difficulty finding work. We need to find a way of reaching them, they are out there somewhere and are quite uninformed as to what's going on in politics and how its affecting them. Do you agree?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  10. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Religion and religious talk is not going to solve our economic and jobs situation. For that matter, race talk, pro life/pro choice and gay rights talk are not going to solve the problems either. This kind of talk is just rhetoric that polarizes and divides. Tax cuts? Hows about this one: Tax heavily those who who export jobs, but give them the opportunity to get refunded if they get the jobs back. Tax heavily those who are involved in 'scams'. More on this later.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  11. Sharon

    T-Bag Party,Christian Conserv,The Far Right, The Far Left. They all seem to have one thing in common no minority support or representation. Why is that?

    September 20, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  12. Randall...

    Tom all we need is the COURAGE...we the people need a truly all inclusive neighbor is not the problem or your neighbor isn't; they are our neighbors...come this November...and COURAGE...

    September 20, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  13. Average American

    Should everybody be held accountable to what they said or did during high school? If that were the case – the whole country is headed for the drain.

    Greed isn't restricted to any one political party affiliation. Seems greedy politicians are the norm now days in America. When it comes to greedy people both Dumbocrats and Republicants politicians are in the same boat.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  14. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Eliot Sappingfield, I tend to agree with you. We seem to have a 'maturity' problem here. It is very easy to report and comment on the 'tabloidy stuff' and the Tea Party is loaded. Note that virtually all the news and commentaries since March 2010 have been Tea Party. Its like the media has fallen into this trap and just can't get out. (Excluding the Haitian earthquake, BP oil disaster and other beyond our control events). Bottom line, we need to hear more from the non-conservatives, Independents (no party), moderate Republican and Democrats.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  15. Nicole W

    Dear AM Fix Anchors:

    For the love of America, please please PLEASE stop calling these Tea-freaks positive words like "Darling" and "Rock Star". They aren't rock stars, they aren't darlings....and you are causing a good chunk of the population to suffer from GERD from throwing up a little in our mouths everytime we hear you praise these lying thieves.

    Also, I'd like to know why Candy Crowely thinks that adults playing Dungeons and Dragons games is a bad thing. GG insulting your gaming fan base.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  16. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @mike sey, agree with both of your comments. Might I add that, the biggest problem that we face is that we seem to have a big problem in solving problems in a logical and systematic manor. At every turn, 'wedge issues' are inserted into conversations that serve no purpose other than to distract from the group problem solving process. I believe James Madison encountered similar situations, however on a much smaller scale when the nation was in its infancy. With today’s technology, we can fix the economy and still maintain freedom and liberty and enhance happiness. But, we have to find a way to ignore distractions. We all want a thriving society. (At least, I hope so). Right now, there is a small faction that takes unfair advantage of a very bad economic situation in order to enhance their wealth.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  17. Eliot Sappingfield

    I've been watching the political segments on your show these past couple of weeks, and there's something I can't figure out:

    Are any Democrats running for office?

    I mean, I have to assume all these vibrant, upstart, renegade, revolutionary, exciting, values-voter, mavericky tea-party folks are running against SOMEONE, but I've no idea who. Are they maybe trying to lay low, or in the witness relocation program or something?

    I do enjoy hearing both sides of the story- both the right and the far-right. Keep it up!

    September 20, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  18. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    @Randall...,regarding your "James Madison..." comment, if you are 'hinting' what I think what you are, then, you and I might have something in common regarding a book in November. Quite frankly, James Madison must have had similar problems as we are currently having today, abet today these problems are much larger and much more 'entangled'. The trick is to untangle the entanglements. The problem today is the ability of those who have the money and influence to 'defocus' the national conversation into nonrevelent dialog non-related to the economy and hence prosperity. Do you think, our politicians, who are supposedly elected by us to represent us are 'mature' enough to handle realistic and tangible solutions that we all face as a nation?

    September 20, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  19. mike sey

    The average American doesn't have a clue about ' socialism' but throws the term around with gay abandon to explain anything they can't explain.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  20. mike sey

    The American Theocracy is alive and well this morning: the president goes to church; O'Donnel participated in witchcraft;
    And CNN does its usual Sanchez bit of protesting its burying the story as unworthy nonsense while resurrecting it every chance it gets.
    The air is redolent with hypocracy. O'Donnel and her people love the 'Obama – Kenyan tribesman' narrative but sputter at the 'I was a teenage Witch' script. Clearly Ms. O'Donnel and her fellow traveller, Anne Coulter are not Wiccans but they are Witches ( with a B).

    September 20, 2010 at 7:22 am |
  21. Average American

    What's a shame is that people throw the word "racist" around in a lame attempt to muddy the water to hide the facts. Just because one is opposed to Obama's socialist views/policies doesn't make them "racist". A racist is one that uses that word when there is no evidence of it.

    September 20, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  22. Yolanda Robinson

    It is CRAZY that people in America still think Pres. Obama is a Muslim. I believe that this those that believe this are using it as a cover for their racist views. No matter what Pres. Obama does there will be the undercover racists that will try to find a reason to bash him. In 2010 racism is alive and well in the US and that is a shame.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  23. Randall...

    James Madison defined a faction as a group of citizens who pursue policies that are "adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community". He said that factions were inevitable in a free socirty and to protect the rights and the interests of the People, the Framers had to find a way to control the "effects of factions". They tried but were not completely successful. Ractions are forcing corruption down our throats.

    The Framers had the courage and the ideas but they didn't have the necassary tools. We have their ideas and today we have the right technology and we can muster the courage in behalf of the children which we owe a better America. ...

    There comes a book in November!!!...

    September 20, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  24. pfriday

    listening to the discussion on O'donnell and the withcraft think in high school.

    two words...Al franken

    September 20, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  25. Average American

    Hope the people in Bermuda are all safe from Igor.

    @the Utah fire... I hope nobody loses their home due to this fire but it seems somebody should have known practicing a machine gun in an extremely dry place might be a problem.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:14 am |