Hurricane Dorian claims its first life in the USA. Lyft faces a "sexual predator crisis." And "Emily Doe" reveals her identity.
It's Ashley. Here's the news you need to know Wednesday.
But first, some fowl news: A 76-year-old woman was pecked to death by her rooster while gathering eggs.
Hurricane Dorian is on a collision course with the Carolinas
Hurricane Dorian swept past Florida on Wednesday, heading toward the Carolinas, claiming its first life in the USA and promising heavy rains, powerful winds and damaging surge. More than 1 million coastal residents from Florida to North Carolina faced evacuation orders. "Leave now if you are in an area where an evacuation has been ordered," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged. "It is not worth putting your life – or the life of first responders – at risk."
The death toll in the Bahamas from Dorian reached 20 people as a massive rescue effort was underway for those affected by the devastating storm. Photos of the damage caused on the islands are absolutely devastating. On two of the most severely ravaged islands, about 60,000 Bahamians need help immediately. “It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a hurricane relief group.
Even if Hurricane Dorian doesn’t make landfall in Georgia and the Carolinas, a storm surge is still a potentially deadly threat.
Marianne Williamson suggested the "power of the mind" to divert Hurricane Dorian's path.
Dorian isn't the only storm forecasters are watching: Tropical Storm Fernand made landfall in Mexico as Gabrielle spins in the Atlantic.
A 10-minute Lyft ride that ‘turned into a nightmare’
The ride-hailing company Lyft has a “sexual predator crisis,” a new lawsuit alleges, and has failed to protect its passengers. A case was filed Wednesday on behalf of 14 women who say they were sexually assaulted by their drivers in 2018 and 2019. The accounts in the lawsuit are harrowing: Gladys Arce, 40, a mother of four, told USA TODAY she was kidnapped for hours by a driver who teetered between professions of love and threats of violence before raping her. Months after she filed a police report, she says, police told her the man was still driving for Lyft. The allegations are at odds with Lyft’s public image as the socially conscious alternative to Uber – billing itself as a safe option for female passengers.
What everyone’s talking about
Superbad news if you wanted to end up with Jonah Hill – he is engaged to Gianna Santos, reports say.
R. Kelly appeared in court on sex crimes charges, while several of his supporters cried outside.
It doesn't seem like critics are "fanatics" of John Travolta's latest movie.
Jeanine Pirro got honest about her suspension from Fox News.
A conversion therapy organization founder came out as gay.
Her name is Chanel Miller
Who is Emily Doe? That’s what many wondered about the anonymous woman Stanford University student Brock Turner sexually assaulted in 2015. Her 7,000-word victim impact statement went viral, sparking outrage and declaring to a nation swollen with survivors that they were not alone. Three years later, the woman wants us to know something else: her name. Wednesday, The New York Times reported the survivor who wrote the 12 pages of gut-wrenching eloquence is Chanel Miller.
Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig was found not guilty in a foreign-influence case.
Teacher, biologist, nurse: These are some of the victims of the California boat fire.
A new iPhone is coming, but the one in your hand is just fine. Here's how to make it better.
A lone Texas gunman fleeing police stalked and shot people over a frenzied hour. The audio traffic reveals the chaos.
A couple were arrested in multiple burglaries three years after a $500,000 lottery win.
Somebody give Brad Pitt a hug
Brad Pitt is opening up about his struggles with alcohol. Starring in two of 2019's biggest movies, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "Ad Astra," Pitt spoke to The New York Times about an experience that contributed to his success this year: He quit drinking and began going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges," he said before praising his AA group. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself,” he said. "It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself.” We’re raising a can of La Croix to you, Brad!
She surrendered her deepest secrets to put Larry Nassar away
"Save me O’ God," Rachael Denhollander wrote in a journal tucked away with her most private thoughts detailing what her doctor, Larry Nassar, had done to her on his exam table. No one was supposed to see that journal – certainly not the man who violated her and more than 300 other women and girls – until the moment she knew her words were the only thing that could stop him. Denhollander became the first former athlete to publicly say Nassar, the famed Michigan State University team doctor for USA Gymnastics, sexually abused her. In a special USA TODAY Network report by the Louisville Courier Journal, we explore how Denhollander emerged as one of the nation’s most prominent advocates against sexual abuse and the never-before-told struggles she endured before deciding to tell authorities – and the world – about Nassar’s abuse.
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