Sloane Stephens won her first major title, beating the 15th-seeded Madison Keys in straight sets on Saturday. Stephens - who was ranked 83rd in the world entering the tournament after taking 11 months off due to a foot injury - became only the second unseeded player to win the women's US Open since rankings began in 1975 (Kim Clijsters was the other in 2009). Stephens is the first American to win a woman's grand slam title - the top for major tournaments in tennis, including the French, Australian, and US Opens, as well as Wimbledon - outside of the Williams sisters in 15 years. Keys embraced Stephens in a long hug after the match, saying, "if there’s someone I have to lose to today, I’m glad it’s her." On the men's side, Rafael Nadal won his third Open title, and sixteenth major title, beating 28th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa.

Reports emerged over the weekend that Israel bombed a facility in the heart of Syria thought to be responsible for unconventional weapons production (see map), including chemical weapons and advanced missile technology. Analysts believe the move was to prevent Hezbollah - a Lebanese militant group (see background) who claims Israel as an enemy - from gaining precision-guided missiles. The move comes as Israel conducts its largest military exercise in two decades. Syrian officials released a terse statement that was low on details, but direct retaliation is not expected as President Bashar al-Assad focuses on the closing stages of the country's civil war, regaining territory from both ISIS and anti-government forces. 

Storm Surge.
Hurricane Irma rolled into Florida, heading up the middle of the state towards Tampa as it weakened to a Category 1 storm. Despite the lower intensity, the storm will still bring close to 85 mph and lots of rain - with 10" to 15" expected. Officials estimate 3.6 million people have lost power so far. On top of wind and rain, resident will have to worry about a storm surge - a rise in ocean levels due to storm effects that is particularly dangerous for low lying flatlands like Florida. In this case, billions of gallons of water have been pulled to the west due to the counterclockwise motion of the storm - creating an eerie effect with coastal areas being temporarily drained of water, from the Bahamas to Tampa (photos). Numbers are fuzzy, but reports suggest Irma is responsible for at least 5 deaths in Florida and 27 in the Caribbean, where the storm passed through on Friday. 

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*The last line from the poem, The Names, US poet laureate Billy Collins' ode to the victims of the 9/11 attack.

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