WATCH LIVE: 200-foot hole swallows 2 homes in Florida neighborhood

A hole estimated at 200 feet in diameter swallowed one home and part of another Friday morning in a Florida neighborhood.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the depression formed at 21835 Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’ Lakes.

Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin said earlier that a boat was falling into the depression.

Tobin said surrounding homes have been evacuated.

It’s not known what caused the hole to form.

Emergency management officials are at the scene.

No further details were immediately available.

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WATCH LIVE: Confirmation hearings for FBI director nominee Christopher Wray

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination.

Both Democrats and Republicans will want assurances of Christopher Wray’s independence from the White House. And they will want to know how he would operate under a president who is said to have demanded loyalty from Comey and who has appeared insensitive to the boundary between the White House and the FBI.

Wray’s nomination comes after Trump abruptly fired the former director, James Comey, amid an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Those close to Wray, a former top official in the Bush administration’s Justice Department, say he will be a steady hand at a time of tumult.

  

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Bill Clinton warns mayors opioid addiction ‘is going to eat us all alive’

Former President Bill Clinton told officials attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting on Saturday that there was a desperate need for more rehabilitation facilities for opioid addicts and resources to treat patients with mental health issues. 

More than 250 mayors from cities with populations of 30,000 or more were attending the four-day conference at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach. Clinton was the speaker of the City Livability Luncheon.

The addiction crisis is “going to eat us all alive,” Clinton said during his speech. He added that “we have to deal with this in a comprehensive way and we are not close.”

Clinton warned the mayors about the need to address the epidemic, as Republicans face criticism over their plan to make large-scale changes to Medicaid, the government health insurance for the poor. 

Clinton said he was proud of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for being among the Republicans who are objecting to the cuts to Medicaid. 

“He knew that he depended upon young workers, many of whom were here as their first of their generation,” Clinton said. 

Clinton also addressed the need for immigration reform adding that mayors are able to recognize the value of diversity at the local level. 

“Diverse groups make better decisions than lone geniuses,” Clinton said. “Creative societies are about multiplication, not division.”

Clinton said mayors needed to consider allocating resources if they were going to take a position on President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate-change agreement.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who replaced Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett as conference president this weekend, also talked about global warming on Friday

“There’s near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it,” Cornett said. “There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it. 

“If the federal government refuses to act or is just paralyzed, the cities themselves, through their mayors, are going to create a new national policy by the accumulation of our individual efforts.”

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a Democrat who is considering a run for governor, took a group for a tour on Friday to show them how the city is using pumps to combat rising tides. The pumps send up to 120,000 gallons of water per minute into Biscayne Bay. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Levine in saying that U.S. cities are taking measures that the federal government should be taking. 

“But if we don’t do it, who is going to do it? Right? … It’s just that we can’t depend on our national government anymore,” De Blasio said. 

 

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Bill Clinton to talk about global warming in Miami Beach

Former President Bill Clinton is in Miami Beach on Saturday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting. 

More than 250 mayors from cities with populations of 30,000 or more were attending the four-day conference at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach. The event began on Friday and ends on Monday.  

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who replaced Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett as conference president this weekend, said global warming was at the forefront of their delegates’ discussions. 

“There’s near unanimity in this conference that climate change is real and that humans contribute to it,” Cornett said. “There may be a little bit of a disagreement about how actually to deal with it. 

“If the federal government refuses to act or is just paralyzed, the cities themselves, through their mayors, are going to create a new national policy by the accumulation of our individual efforts.”

Clinton is the speaker of the City Livability Luncheon. He is expected to focus on global warming and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate-change agreement. 

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a Democrat who is considering a run for governor, took a group for a tour on Friday to show them how the city is using pumps to combat rising tides. 

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Explosion-like noises heard at Brussels train station

Belgian media are reporting that explosion-like noises have been heard at a Brussels train station, prompting the evacuation of a main square.

Broadcaster RTL quoted Fires Services spokesman Pierre Meys confirming that some kind of an explosion had happened in the city’s Central station on Tuesday. Meys could not say what had caused the blast.

He could only confirm that firefighters were at the scene.

The Belgian capital’s Grand Place, a major tourist site, was evacuated along with the station about 200 meters (656 feet) away.

Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people on the Brussels subway and at an airport on March 22, 2016.

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