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YouTube download / AP video / (14 Sep 2018) As floodwaters rise across southwest North Carolina, some residents are volunteering to perform animal rescues by boat in flooded neighborhoods.

While the sanctity of human life is priority No. 1 in  a hurricane like Florence that is seemingly stalled over the Carolinas and flexing its muscles with heavy rains and strong winds  and the sad reality of seven deaths, including those of a mother and her infant, the next worse thing to tug at our heartstrings are stranded household pets - namely cats and dogs. But scores of volunteers are doing their part to rescue man's best friends by way of boats as shown in the Associated Press video. 

Motorsports

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A year ago, it was Ricky Stenhouse who won the war of attrition and NASCAR's signature July race under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

It was Stenhouse who be the cause of attrition Saturday night with the "Big One" that claimed half the field. But it was a little-known driver, Erik Jones, who passed the reigning series champion, Martin Truex Jr by .125 of a second at the finish line to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Running second with a few laps left on June 12, 2013, Jason Leffler was involved in a crash during a sprint car heat race at the 58-mile Bridgeport Speedway in  Logan Township, NJ, resulting in his  his car suffering a front suspension failure that caused it to crash into a wall and flip over repeatedly.

THE BEACHES

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Memorial Day Forecast: 70% chance of rain, but for those planning to hit the beaches anyway in Daytona, New Smyrna, Ormond, Ponce Inlet & the Shores, here are safety tips from Volusia County

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Melbourne are predicting a 70 percent chance of rain on Memorial Day for Central Florida, but that won't keep people from hitting the beaches.

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Far cry from monster in movie Jaws: Mount Dora fisherman bitten by 3-foot lemon shark after freeing it from hook in Ponce Inlet; boy, 12, bitten in Daytona

PONCE INLET, Fla.  -- So much for kindness: a 3-foot Lemon shark turned around and nipped a Mount Dora man on the foot after the fisherman went through the trouble of releasing it from his fishing hook on Sunday, the second of two shark-bite incidents reported over the Memorial Day weekend.

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2017 ReWIND: Top 100 Stories for greater Daytona, Sanford & Orlando (96-100)

Countdown of the Headline Surfer Top 100 stories of 2017...This sgment: 96-100
96. Biker Danny Eslick wins third Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danny Eslick took his third Daytona 200 win on Saturday, March 18, after making a last lap pass in turn four of Daytona International Speedway.

Education

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OUR ENDORSEMENT School Board Dis 1: Jamie Haynes: Can parlay valuable classroom experience into policy-making role

DEBARY, Fla. -- Jamie Haynes has a motto that fits into the theme of her campaign for the District 1 seat on the Volusia County School Board: 'Working for Every Student.'

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto did not manage to meet in person last week, but they stood side by side at the Mexico City Wax Museum. Nathan Frandino reports.
 

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On Feb. 2, 2007, tornadoes killed 21 people in central Florida.
 

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- With Friday's Trump inauguration in the rear mirror, ta women's march against the 45th president has taken center stage on Saturday in the nation's capital.

"A platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday," actress and activist America Ferrera told marchers.  "But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America!"

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Highlights of Today in History: Soviet Union breaks WWII Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler suspect Albert de Salvo convicted. (Jan. 18)

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ORLANDO. Fla. -- On this date in history, Soviet troops liberate the Polish capital from German occupation.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- From wire reports, here is the latest on the push by Iraqi forces to liberate cities from Islamic State control: Iraqi forces continued to battle Islamic State militants on this Saturday for control of the Mosul university complex, an area of psychological significance in the operation to liberate Iraq's second city from the extremists.

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