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  • One year later, Puerto Rico still needs our help

    PUERTO RICO — One year after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, the island still struggles to recover. Hundreds of thousands of families were left with uninhabitable living conditions, seeking shelter in the mainland. Many evacuees stayed with relatives, stayed in shelters or received temporary housing through FEMA’s temporary shelter programs. They received assistance from FEMA, but after a federal judge ruled to end FEMA’s funding of the program, their time has expired and few options are left. Agencies such as […]

  • New York prepares for heavy rain from Florence remnants

    In its final act before moving offshore, post-tropical cyclone Florence is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of New England and the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday. As Florence leaves flooded towns in the Carolinas and the aftermath of tornadoes in Virginia, the remnants of the storm are expected to affect eastern Pennsylvania, Washington, New York and Massachusetts, said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri. Flash flood watches are in effect from Maryland and northern Virginia northward into southern New York and eastward […]

  • Gunman kills his wife, 4 others and himself in California

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A gunman went on a rampage in Kern County, California, killing his wife and four other people before shooting himself to death, authorities said. Officials provided no immediate details Thursday morning on what prompted the shootings Wednesday evening at a home and a trucking company in Bakersfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters the shootings were not random. “Obviously, there is some type of situation that caused […]

  • Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

    Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm. As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph (28 kph). Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 mph (175 kph). But the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall […]

  • Pope calls unprecedented meeting of top officials over priest sexual abuse

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy. Francis’ key cardinal advisers announced the decision Wednesday, a day before Francis meets with U.S. church leaders who have been discredited anew by the latest accusations in the Catholic Church’s decades-long sex abuse and […]

  • Florence becomes a hurricane, takes aim at US Southeast

    ATLANTA — Tropical Storm Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and swirled toward the U.S. for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week. The storm’s sustained winds reached 75 mph (121 kph), just over the threshold for a hurricane, as it made its way across the Atlantic, about 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. It was moving west at 6 mph. The Miami-based […]

  • Flight 93 chime tower an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’

    SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — The heroism of airline passengers and crew who died when hijackers crashed their plane into a Pennsylvania field was remembered Sunday with the dedication of a concrete-and-steel tower that will ring with wind chimes for every one of them at the spot where they fell to earth. Relatives of the 40 people killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, helped ring eight of what will eventually be 40 aluminum chimes at the Flight 93 National […]

  • Family: Rapper Mac Miller dead at age 26

    LOS ANGELES — Mac Miller, the platinum hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died at the age of 26. His family said in a statement that Miller died Friday but gave no further details. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,” the statement said. Miller, who also drew headlines for his two-year […]

  • Cancer survivor uses Times Square billboard to seek kidney

    NEW YORK — A cancer survivor who lost both kidneys to the disease is using a Times Square billboard to plead for a new one. The New York Post reports that a friend paid for the digital billboard seeking a kidney donor for Marc Weiner of Great Neck, New York. The billboard features a photo of the 53-year-old Weiner and the words “My name is Marc. I need a kidney. YOU can help!” Weiner says on his website that he was diagnosed with bladder […]

  • Trump cancels planned pay raises for most federal employees

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has told Congress he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January, citing budgetary constraints. Trump informed House and Senate leaders in a letter sent Thursday. Trump says in the letter that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion, which he described as “inappropriate,” on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian government employees. He cites the costs and says: “We must maintain efforts […]