Report: Death toll in Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian rises to 20

Freeport, Grand Bahama (CNN)As sunshine returned to the northern Bahamas on Wednesday, residents and authorities surveyed the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, overwhelmed by incredible destruction from Hurricane Dorian, which reportedly also took at least 20 lives. The only airport on the island of Grand Bahama has been ripped apart by Dorian. “After two days of trying, we’re finally able to get into the Freeport airport,” CNN’s Patrick Oppmann said from the scene Wednesday. “It’s gone. … The level of devastation is actually breathtaking. There are no walls left at the airport. The ceiling has come crashing.” The airport’s obliteration deals a devastating blow for residents who desperately need medical evacuations or emergency aid. “The runway field is now …

A star-studded Avicii tribute concert set for December will help spread mental health awareness

(CNN)A December 5 concert in Stockholm will honor the late EDM star Avicii, who died by suicide last year. The tribute concert’s lineup includes Adam Lambert, Rita Ora and Aloe Blacc, who sang in Avicii’s 2013 hit “Wake Me Up.” David Guetta and Kygo are among the DJs who will perform. Avicii, whose real name wasTim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman, in April 2018. Earlier this year, his family launched the Tim Bergling Foundation to raise money for a variety of causes, including mental health and suicide prevention. “The Tim Bergling Foundation will advocate for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and promote removing the stigma attached to the discussion of mental health issues,” the …

NASA launched a Deep Space Atomic Clock that’s like a GPS for space

(CNN)The most precise clock ever flown in space may not inspire thrills, but it could be the key to safely sending people to Mars. An ordinary atomic clock just won’t do GPS satellites that orbit Earth use atomic clocks for precise time-keeping, NASA said, but those aren’t made to withstand forces in space that can mess with their accuracy. That’s because standard atomic clocks use neutral atoms, which can be impacted by environmental changes in space like changes in temperature or atmospheric pressure. But NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock is up to 50 times more stable than standard atomic clocks because it’s powered by mercury ions. The ions’ electric charge means they can be contained in an electromagnetic trap that …

Massachusetts has confirmed its first human case of EEE since 2013. What is the mosquito-borne disease?

(CNN)A man in Massachusetts has been infected with a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), health officials confirmed Saturday. It’s the first human case reported in the state since 2013. Any virus transmitted from an insect bite is a big deal, but what is EEE, and what risk does it pose? EEE is rare but often fatal The virus isn’t common, but it is serious. Seven cases are reported every year on average, but about 30% of all cases are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. EEE causes inflammation of the brain, which is often preceded by a high fever, chills and vomiting. As the illness progresses, patients might experience seizures or a coma that …

Serena Williams’ coach reveals what kept the tennis champ going through injuries

(CNN)Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, says the tennis great is “pain-free” and ready to make a run for breaking the Grand Slam win record. “‘I think she is in a good place at the moment,’ Mouratoglou said at Wimbledon this week. ‘She is happy. She has a house here, her husband is here. Her daugher is here and she is pain free now for three weeks so she feels so much lighter.” The 49-year-old has been Williams’ coach for seven years, and says chasing the Grand Slam record has kept Williams going through the pain. “But 24, it will mean she will equal the record of all time. Then she will have only one more to go to beat it …

Historic flooding expected as 3.6 million under flash food watch

(CNN)The threat of record flooding has areas of the central United States on alert after more than a week of extreme weather that has brought with it tornadoes, fierce winds and heavy rains. Shackelford said the Arkansas River is experiencing record flooding, with one site at Van Buren already over 38 feet — the record set in 1945 — and an expected crest at 42.5 feet late Tuesday into early Wednesday. Tulsa levees under strain, record flooding expected Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest are still reeling from a deadly spring storm system that has resulted in more than 170 reported tornadoes plus strong winds, flash flooding and hail. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Army Corps of Engineers said it …

Report: Whitey Bulger sent letters from prison describing his failing health

(CNN)In letters to the daughter of a former prison guard, James “Whitey” Bulger lamented his failing health but said he wanted to be alive when his girlfriend got out of prison, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. Bureau of Prison records obtained by CNN last year state that Bulger suffered from high-blood pressure, aortic stenosis and prostate and bladder problems. But prison authorities determined he had improved enough to be sent to a prison with fewer medical services, the Globe reported. Former prison officials and experts have sharply questioned the decision to move a well-known figure like Bulger into a prison with lower security, particularly given his health issues. “Don’t worry about me,” Bulger wrote in February 2018, according to the …