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Hurricane Maria: Airlines cap fares for flights out of affected cities

Update 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19: American Airlines and United Airlines announced that they are capping some of their fares as Hurricane Maria churns over the Caribbean.

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American Airlines said it will cap until Sept. 24 one-way, nonstop fares from airports in Antigua, Haiti, the Turks and Caicos islands, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis. Fares for travel in the airline’s main cabin will be capped at $99, while premium cabin fares will be capped at $199.

United Airlines officials said the company is adding additional seats for its flights leaving Puerto Rico. The airline capped its nonstop flights in economy class at $384.

>> Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria: Live updates

The announcements came in response to a letter sent to nearly a dozen airliners from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, requesting that the airlines cap fees for people fleeing from Maria.

“Individuals and families should not be forced to delay or cancel their evacuation efforts because of confusion over the cost of airfare,” Nelson said.

Original report: Delta Air Lines said it is capping main cabin one-way fares at $199 for flights out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic as Hurricane Maria approaches.

Atlanta-based Delta is also adding two extra flights from San Juan to Atlanta for those who want to get out of the hurricane’s path.

>> More hurricane coverage from WFTVAction News Jax and the Palm Beach Post

Delta is waiving change fees for travelers with flights booked to, from or through San Juan, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Santiago from Sept. 19-26.

Southwest Airlines is canceling its flights scheduled to and from San Juan for Tuesday after 6 p.m. and Wednesday, and to and from Punta Cana on Wednesday.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

New Bible-based claim says world will end this week

If you have plans for Saturday, you might want to change them. Well, if you believe a new claim that says the world is going to end Sept. 23, that is.

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Christian publication Unsealed foretells the rapture in a four-minute YouTube video called "September 23, 2017: You Need to See This."

Why Saturday? According to David Meade, the date is derived from verses and numerical codes in the Bible. 

For example:

"Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times (in the Bible)," Meade told The Washington Post. "It's a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I'm talking astronomy. I'm talking the Bible . . . and merging the two."

Ed Stetzer, a pastor and executive director of Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center, takes issue with Meade and his claims.

Read an in-depth look at how Meade came up with this doomsday date and why Stetzer disagrees with him on myajc.com

Meghan Markle likely to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games amid engagement rumors, report says

Prince Harry will be kicking off his annual Invictus Games this month, and girlfriend Meghan Markle will likely be there to show her support, People reports.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Harry through the years

The Games will take place in Markle’s adopted hometown of Toronto next week, and she’s expected to be there in an unofficial capacity, possibly cheering from the sidelines as she did for one of Prince Harry’s recent polo matches, People reported. If she attends, the event will mark the second time the couple has appeared in public together.

>> On Rare.us: Meghan Markle opens up for the first time about being 'in love' with Prince Harry

The news comes after reports that Prince Harry and Markle reportedly vacationed together in Africa last month and took a short trip to Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish highlands estate for the royal’s birthday. Royal fans are now wondering whether the actress met the queen, an important step toward a royal engagement. 

>> On Rare.us: As their vacation nears its end, Prince Harry has a romantic surprise for Meghan Markle

Prince Harry created the Paralympic-style Invictus Games aimed at giving wounded service members around the world the opportunity to compete in a variety physical activities. The first Games took place in London in 2014, followed by the 2016 event in Orlando. Next year’s event is set to occur in Sydney, Australia.

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Donald Trump brands North Korea's Kim Jong Un with new nickname – 'Rocket Man'

President Donald Trump has never been shy about giving his opponents nicknames — “Crooked Hillary,” “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crazy Bernie,” “Goofy Elizabeth Warren,” “Low-energy Jeb” and “Little Marco” all immediately come to mind — and now North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his own Trump moniker.

>> On Rare.us: North Korea fires another missile into Japanese airspace

“Rocket Man” is the latest of Trump’s derisive epithets.

>> WATCH: Trump's 'awkward' handshake with first lady Melania has internet buzzing

On Sunday morning, Trump launched Kim's new nickname into cyberspace.

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>> Trump retweets doctored video of golf ball hitting Clinton

“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines in North Korea. Too bad!” Trump tweeted.

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The “Rocket Man” nickname is a clear jab at Kim Jong Un’s now semi-regular missile launching over Japan.

>> On Rare.us: Former NBA standout Dennis Rodman stands by his man Kim Jong-un in a bizarre interview — 'He jokes'

The most recent launch happened Thursday. North Korea has fired at least 21 missiles since February 2017 in 14 missile tests.

4 American tourists attacked with acid at French train station

Four female American tourists had acid thrown in their faces by a woman at a French train station, Reuters reported Sunday.

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The four women were at a train station in Marseille and were headed to Paris when they were attacked, police said, adding that authorities did not believe the incident was terror-related.

The attacker, a 41-year-old woman, was arrested at the scene, Reuters reported. 

Two of the women, in their early 20s, were treated in a hospital for burns to their faces, police said.

A police spokeswoman told USA Today that the suspect did not yell any out any terror-linked threats. She said there were no immediate indications that the attack was terror-related but added officials can’t rule out terror links at such an early stage of the investigation.

In previous incidents in Marseille, a driver rammed into two bus stops last month, killing a woman, USA Today reported.

In April, French police said they thwarted an imminent “terror attack” and arrested two suspected radicals in Marseille , USA Today reported.

Haley: Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comment ‘not an idle threat’

Nikki Haley, the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that President Donald Trump's “fire and fury” comment last month about North Korea's nuclear program was not an empty threat.

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If the U.S. exhausts diplomatic options on North Korea, the U.S. military would "take care of it," Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday morning. She added that Defense Secretary James Mattis has “an army of options” to destroy North Korea..

“We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley said. “If that doesn't work, General Mattis will take care of it.”

Haley warned that a war would mean the destruction of North Korea.

“If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed,” Haley told CNN. “And we all know that, and none of us want that.”

Engaged couple seeking sponsorships to pay for dream wedding

Planning the perfect wedding is serious business for Jason Mielke and his fiancée, Rebecca Winter Hansen.

That's why the Canadian groom and bride-to-be are looking for sponsors to fund their Nov. 25 wedding.

According to the Moose Jaw Times Herald, Mielke lost his job in January, shortly after he asked Hansen to marry him.

Eloping or getting married at the courthouse isn't an option for the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, couple, Mielke said. He also didn't want to ask family members for money, so he decided to seek sponsors for their special day.

"I've always been good at marketing, forming relationships in the community, sponsorship, stuff like that," he told the Times Herald. "I thought maybe I could do something here."

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According to the CBC, Mielke and Hansen are "asking individual community members to donate money in return for a seat at their winter wedding reception." They're also hoping companies will pay for a red carpet, spa services, a gluten-free wedding cake and other items.

But Mielke and Hansen have some lines they won't cross.

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"I Googled some pictures, and some brides have the logos of the companies on their dress, and I don't know if we're going that far," Mielke told the Times Herald.

Hansen said contributing to the couple's happy moment would lead to a "long-lasting and double-fold reciprocal return," the CBC reported.

"The power of giving always moves everyone toward greatness and making the impossible possible," she told the CBC.

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London train bombing: 5 things to know

Here are five things to know about the bombing at the London Underground train station at Parsons Green on Friday, which caused 30 injuries. Police in Kent arrested an 18-year-old man Saturday in the port area of Dover and are holding him for questioning under the Terrorism Act. He has not been charged or identified.

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  • This is the fourth time the United Kingdom’s national terror threat level has been raised to "critical" since the system was made public in 2006. The last time was in May after the Manchester Arena bombing.

  • Mark Rowley, the London Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner, said a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) was thought to be responsible for the blast.   

  • Police sources said the device only partially exploded. Initial examination by explosives experts led them to conclude it was “viable,” meaning the device was meant to explode more fully. A circuit board was recovered from the scene.

  • Three of at least 30 people injured remained in a London hospital Saturday.

  • ISIS has claimed involvement in the attack without any evidence to support that claim.  The organization said via its Amaq news agency that a "detachment" from the group had carried out the attack.

Prince William: Princess Charlotte is going to be ‘trouble’

The Duke of Cambridge is well aware of what he’s in for when daughter Princess Charlotte gets older, and he’s getting ready.

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“She’s going to be trouble when she gets older,” Prince William told Pagan Tordengrav while visiting with patients at Aintree University Hospital on Thursday. “All fathers say that to me — watch out for the little girls.”

The royal’s joke comes a few months after the 2-year-old princess threw a royal fit on a tarmac in Germany. Luckily mom Duchess Kate came to the rescue and calmed her down, but the adorable photos still circulated online. Even earlier this year, the Duchess of Cambridge admitted Princess Charlotte is “the one in charge” of their household.

On the other hand, Prince William said he believes his son will a breeze as he grows up.

“George has been really easy,” he told patient Theresa Jones when asked about George starting school. “He hasn’t said, ‘Have I got to do this for the rest of my life?'”

UK raises terror alert level to ‘critical’ following train bombing

Several people were injured at a London underground station Friday after a blast on a packed commuter train, Reuters reported.

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