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By Janette Speyer | How and where to Help the victims of world devastations.

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Women Embrace Their Natural, Curly Hair

Early on Saturday morning, business at Laura Om's salon on Calle Loiza in San Juan, Puerto Rico is booming. Hurricane Maria, in a roundabout way, has something to do with that.<p>Om specializes in styling curly, natural hair — something that Puerto Rican women often go to great lengths to straighten …

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How the media failed Puerto Rico in the Maria aftermath

Eight months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Harvard University unveiled the results of a study this week that puts the estimated death toll at more than 4,600 people -- over 70 times the official government count of 64.<p>But the staggering statistic was overshadowed by other news …

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Why Do They Have Light? — Life Without Power in Puerto Rico

6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has a suicide crisis and a housing shortage

The road to recovery is long.<p>It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph winds plowed through Puerto Rico, leaving the island severely crippled and desperate for help.<p>The storm — which knocked out all power and most cellphone service — was the worst disaster ever to hit the Caribbean …

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Hurricane center updates Irma death toll in US, Caribbean

MIAMI (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities …

Anger grows and hope fades as Puerto Rico’s ground zero remains without power

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico — The world-renowned resort community here is a ghost town. No one sits by the three-tiered pool even though it’s high tourist season. At the area’s largest hospital, four of the five floors are closed. Long lines still form for ice and water. Livelihoods have disappeared. “<i>No</i> …

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Hurricane Harvey victims are given a brand new family piano

Grammy-nominated singer Vanessa Carlton bought the Hardings a new piano after seeing a viral video of the father playing.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans have sought refuge in Chicago. Here’s what one woman had to navigate to get her family settled.

By Martha Bayne Photography by Michelle Kanaar “I thought we were going to die.” By the time Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on the morning of …

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans still waiting for help from Fema

Federal agency still hobbled by lack of electricity and reliable cell and internet service – stopping Puerto Ricans from getting the help they desperately need<p>Online aid forms that can’t be filled out because there’s no internet. Follow-up calls missed because cellphones can’t get a signal. Federal …

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Santa Rosa comes to terms with the scale of devastation: 3,000 buildings lost, many dead in fire

After the fires had roared through, Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano drove through the wreckage of Santa Rosa's Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood.<p>Twisted beams and garage doors crumpled like old newspapers had replaced street after street of tidy homes. The hubcaps from charred cars had melted into …

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Federal officials accidentally emailed a reporter their plans to spin Puerto Rico.

In late September, the Pentagon included Bloomberg News climate reporter Christopher Flavelle on a series of emails meant for Pentagon employees.<p>The …

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Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

• US government providing 200,000 meals a day to meet needs of 2m people<br>• ‘There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis’<p>Federal officials privately admit there is a massive shortage of meals in Puerto Rico three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.<p>Officials …

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Donald Trump is allowing things to get worse in Puerto Rico

The Jones Act was passed in 1920 and required goods sent between U.S. ports to be transported by American vessels<p>Under President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security has allowed a temporary waiver on the Jones Act to expire without renewal — meaning Puerto Ricans facing desperate …

How to help people affected by the massive fires burning California's wine country

Some will return to the counties of Sonoma and Napa to find their homes, vehicles, and possessions turned to rubble.<p>Nearly two dozen fires ignited and grew as strong, dry winds spread the flames over fields and freeways. At least 191,000 acres have been torched, the Washington Post reported.<p>There …

One Day in the Life of Battered Puerto Rico

A team of New York Times reporters and photographers spent 24 hours with people trying to survive the catastrophe that Hurricane Maria left behind in Puerto Rico.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers All-Star Latin Artists for Hurricane Relief

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the “Hamilton” mastermind, was on a family vacation in Austria when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island where his parents were born and where he spent countless summers growing up.<p>Immediately, he wondered, “What can I do with my skill set to help?” Then he started …

Haiti After Matthew

One year ago this week, Hurricane Matthew leveled Haiti's southern coast, creating a new crisis in a country that had already seen more than its fair …

Elon Musk's Response to Puerto Rico Is Pure Marketing Genius (and Should Be Required Reading)

The lesson from Elon Musk: Stop asking people to pay attention to your brand. Start doing things worth paying attention to.<p>"When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world."<p>Elon Musk may have said those words decades ago, but perhaps never in his storied career …

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Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover After Hurricane: Pictures

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Here’s What Puerto Rico Faces Once It Gets Past Maria

“This is, without a doubt, the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico,” Governor Ricardo Rosselló said after Hurricane Maria pummeled …

Mark Cuban Lent the Mavericks' Team Plane to J.J. Barea to Fly Supplies to Puerto Rico

Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban loaned the team’s private jet to point guard J.J. Barea to deliver emergency supplies to Puerto …

Photos reveal dire situation unfolding in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a vicious Category 4 storm, has left the U.S. territory in ruins. The power grid across the …

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Hurricane Season Travel Insurance: How Does It Protect You?

Hurricane Season and Travel Insurance After this hurricane season travel insurance purchases will probably increase. What we’ve experienced this year …

How One Heroic Woman Rescued 300 Animals from Hurricane Maria

"I did it because it had to be done."<p>In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we've certainly seen some heartwarming animal rescue missions. But one Virginia …

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

4 places you can donate<p>Puerto Rico this week was rocked by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm and the strongest to hit the area in 80 years. Maria …

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Here’s How You Can Help the Victims of Mexico City's Catastrophic Earthquake

A list of charities and organizations that are providing relief<p><i>(This story has been updated to include additional charities)</i><p>A deadly 7.1-magnitude …

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Univision And Telemundo Will Air Telethons To Raise Funds For Earthquake And Hurricane Victims

As the death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of this week’s devastating earthquake in Mexico and the remnants of Hurricane Maria continue to pound Puerto Rico, which has caused multiple deaths and destroyed most of the island’s power grid, Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo …

Delta Is Offering $199 Flights Out of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic Ahead of Hurricane Maria

The airline is also waiving fees for those changing flights from affected areas<p>With Hurricane Maria heading toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands …

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