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  • Hurricane Maria knocks out power to all of Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island of Puerto Rico is completely without electricity, a spokesman from the governor’s office said Wednesday. “We are 100 percent without power,” the spokesman said. The storm, a Category 3 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, kept thrashing Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. “This is total devastation,” said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will […]

  • Man steals 10 bras from Walmart, gets shot by office worker while fleeing police

    Knightdale, NC (WRAL) — A larceny suspect fleeing from police after stealing 10 bras from Walmart was shot Monday night by a woman in a nearby office building. C.H. Wells, CPA was closed to the public Tuesday, and a sign on the door read, “Only clients will be able to enter with an appointment until further notice.” Authorities were called to a Walmart at 7106 Knightdale Boulevard on for a reported larceny at about 6 p.m. when the suspect fled from […]

  • The 9 coolest hidden features in iOS 11

    Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 is now available as a free download. The redesigned software packs in big changes and minor tweaks, some you may never even see. The update is available on smartphones as far back as the iPhone 5S. (For iPad compatibility, see here). Or you can wait and buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, which hits stores on Friday, or hold off for the iPhone X coming later this year. Here are our 9 […]

  • 40 million slaves in the world, finds new report

    More than 40 million people were estimated to be victims of modern slavery in 2016 — and one in four of those were children. Those are the findings of a new report produced by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. agency focusing on labor rights, and the Walk Free Foundation, an international NGO working to end modern slavery. The report estimates that last year, 25 million people were in forced labor — made to work under threat or coercion […]

  • Ninth death confirmed after nursing home left without A/C

    FLORIDA – A ninth victim has died after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate its residents, who suffered for days in oppressive heat with no air conditioning, after Hurricane Irma, according to the Hollywood Police Department. The 93-year-old died on Tuesday, adding to eight who were found dead last week at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, or who died after being evacuated to a hospital. The exact cause of death has not been reported, but a number of […]

  • Hours after an earthquake drill in Mexico City, the real thing struck

    Initially, Ricardo Ramos thought it was a drill when the ground began to shake on Tuesday. This was the day for it, after all. Each year on September 19, cities across Mexico stage emergency disaster simulations and evacuations that bring people out in droves. The drill falls on the anniversary of an 8.1-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico’s capital in 1985, burying nearly 10,000 people amid its rubble. The annual drill began in Mexico City around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, just […]

  • Students punished for ‘rape’ photo at high school football game

    ANDERSON, S.C. – Four South Carolina high school students have been punished for sharing a picture on social media that appears to advocate sexual assault. The image shows the Westside High School students spelling the word “rape” with letters spray painted on their chests. The incident occurred Friday at a football game during the school’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Every touchdown from that game would also benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital through the program “Touchdown Against Cancer.” Kyle Newton, […]

  • The world is running out of antibiotics, UN health organization says

    Too few new antibiotics are under development to combat the threat of multidrug-resistant infections, according to a new World Health Organization report published Tuesday. Adding to the concern: It is likely that the speed of increasing resistance will outpace the slow drug development process. As of May, a total of 51 antibiotics and 11 biologicals — medical products often made from natural sources — are being developed, the new report said. “The idea is that biologicals could replace use of […]

  • Hurricane Maria again Category 5 after brief drop in intensity

    MIAMI  — Hurricane Maria, making its first landfall as a Category 5 storm, has blasted Dominica with “widespread devastation,” according to the prime minister of the Caribbean island nation. With the US territory of Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands now in its path, Maria’s powerful punch diminished slightly to Category 4 after it hit Dominica Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). But the NHC said Tuesday morning after an Air Force “Hurricane Hunter” […]

  • Hurricane Maria hits Dominica with Category 5 punch

    A “potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Maria, now a Category 5 storm, made landfall on Dominica late Monday and continued its path toward the US territory of Puerto Rico. A National Hurricane Center statement said Maria is the strongest storm on record to make landfall in Dominica. It came ashore on the island country at 9:15 p.m. It had winds of 160 miles per hour. The mammoth storm — measured by an US Air Force Reserve C-130 Hurricane Hunter — was moving […]