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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Which Flies Over Japanese Airspace; VIX, Yen Spike

Update: Japan PM Abe, speaking to reporters in Tokyo after the launch, said North Korea appears to have fired a missile that flew over Japan. According to subsequent reports as many as three separate ballistic missiles may have been launched.

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FEMA: "We're Going To Be There For Years" As Trump Visits Texas On Tuesday

In response to the historic flooding in Texas, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (i.e. FEMA) was quoted by CNN saying that his agency is gearing up for a years-long effort to help the recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey. "FEMA is going to be there for years," administrator Brock Long said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." He said that "this disaster is going to be a landmark event."

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Harvey To Make Landfall As Cat 3 Hurricane, Bring 40 Inches Of Rain: Latest Updates

Hurricane Harvey, which until this morning a Tropical Storm, is now set to be the first hurricane to strike the Texas coast since 2008. According to the NHS, which issued a hurricane warning from Port Mansfield to Matagorda, TX including Corpus Christi, Harvey is "rapidly intensifying", and is forecast to be a "major hurricane."

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"Black Sky Hazards": Feds To Wargame "Widespread Power Outages" And "Cascading Infrastructure Failures"

As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy are preparing to wargame so-called "Black Sky Hazards" that could result in a "subcontinent scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures."  Here's how EarthEx2017 described the exercise:

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US Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Vessel Off Japan

The USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Friday afternoon. The crash happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17, and the Navy requested Japan's Coast Guard's assistance.

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Eight Injured After Car Crashes Into Pedestrians At Amsterdam Central Train Station; Driver Arrested

Update: Driver who struck people outside Amsterdam's train station became unwell, police say. No link to terrorism according to BNO News.

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