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Top Stories: Frightening Hurricane Irma; Congress Returns To Pressing Issues

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Category 5 Hurricane Irma Brings 175-MPH Winds To Bear On Caribbean Islands.

-- 6 Priorities Congress Has To Deal With In 12 Days.

-- 4 Ways The U.S. Could Fight Future Election Interference.

-- Calling Nurse A 'Hero', Utah Hospital Bars Police From Patient-Care Areas.

And here are more early headlines:

Firefighters Gain Ground On Huge L.A. County Wildfire. ( KPCC)

Tens Of Thousands Of Muslims Still Fleeing Bangladesh. ( Guardian)

Hundreds More Civilian Deaths By Boko Haram. ( Amnesty International)

Opening Statements This Week In Sen. Menendez Trial. ( New York Times)

Cuba Begins Process To Nominate New Political Leaders. ( AP)

Publisher Tronc Buying New York Daily News. ( USA Today)

Azerbaijan Conducted Secret Payment And Lobbying Effort. ( Guardian)

40th Anniversary Of Voyager Space Probes. ( Space.com)

Easter Island Residents Vote To Create Marine Preserve. ( Phys.Org)

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