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The official Atlantic hurricane season begins today and runs through Nov. 30, but for millions, it feels like it’s already here. Texans have been getting pounded by storms and flooding for months. Bonnie, which was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday, drenched the Carolina coasts over the holiday weekend. A near-normal season, with four to eight hurricanes expected. Of those hurricanes, one to four could be rated as Category 3, 4 or 5, with wind speeds of 111 mph or higher.
Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers are scheduled to return to work today after reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract. The Communications Workers of America said the deal terms include 1,300 new East Coast call center jobs and 10.9% wage hikes over four years.
Seattle firefighters rescued two window washers who were trapped high above downtown Seattle Tuesday afternoon. The workers, whose platform got stuck at the 23rd floor of a high rise at 1600 17th Avenue, were unhurt. Rescuers rappelled down from the top of the building to the platform and then helped the workers lower themselves down to street level using a harness and ropes.