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7 Numbers That Explain How Much Puerto Rico Is Still Suffering

It's been two months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and more than half its residents are still without power.<p>Puerto Rico is still in crisis mode.<p>Hurricane Maria roared through the U.S. territory in September, killing anywhere from dozens to hundreds of people, displacing thousands, and …

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Former Bush staffers begin to reappear in Trump administration

As President Trump fills out the remaining gaps in his administration, a theme is emerging: experienced members of former President George W. Bush's …

Trump Administration

FEMA disaster recovery deadlines extended

- FEMA is offering disaster survivors some more help by extending recovery deadlines.<p><b>HOTEL STAYS FOR HARVEY SURVIVORS EXTENDED</b><p>Flood victims who are …

Hurricane Harvey

Whitefish stops work on Puerto Rico power grid over payment dispute

Whitefish Energy, which is under scrutiny over how it was selected for work in Puerto Rico, is halting its efforts on the island's power grid because …

Ryan Zinke

Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

After Hurricane Harvey, some Texas residents, politicians and scientists are wondering whether the whole U.S. system for predicting floods is any good.<p>The storm's deluge flooded parts of southeast Texas that had rarely, or never, been underwater before. Some areas got more than 50 inches of rain in …

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3 steps to prepare for a natural disaster - MarketWatch

When a natural disaster strikes, it can wreak havoc on victims’ lives in ways they might not have expected. These threats are even greater for older …

National Flood Insurance Program

Hurricane Maria may put 5,000 businesses out of business in Puerto Rico

It’s been 60 days since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the unincorporated U.S. territory is still far from recovery. Estimates by one financial services firm that provides Small Business Administration-backed loans is estimating that more than 5,000 businesses there will go out of …

Radio Industry

FAA approves Flying Cow drones to restore Puerto Rico cell network

The Flying Cows will act as mobile cell towers in the sky while repairs in the area take place.<p>The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has …

Drones

Gurnee tearing down at-risk buildings after historic flooding

Every time Gurnee Barber Shop would flood, its owner would mark the date on a cabinet.<p>The first note was made April 1, 1960, by Bud McCann, who built …

Puerto Rico's misery: Thousands without homes, power 2 months after storms

Most of island's 3.5 million people still living in darkness<p>In the capital of San Juan, the sound slices through the smothering nighttime darkness, …

Caribbean

Nearly Eight Weeks After Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico, the Struggle For Basic Supplies Continues

<b>FAJARDO, Puerto Rico</b> • One after another, Carmen De Jesús Rodríguez, a 92-year Fajardo native, began listing all of the hurricanes she has survived: …

Puerto Rico

January trial set for lawsuit over flood cleanup expenses

Trial has been scheduled in early January for a lawsuit that a company filed against the Minot Public School District over unpaid cleanup expenses …

Business

How to figure out the right time for retirement

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years).<p>I'm in fairly good …

Retirement

Near Rockport, neighborhoods seek resurrection from Harvey damage

CLOSE<p>Nearly three months after Hurricane Harvey tore through the Texas coast, residents near the storm's ground-zero — Rockport — are working to …

Hurricane Harvey

Two Months After Maria, Puerto Rico's Health System Struggles to Meet Needs

In western Puerto Rico, Oscar Corzo, a New York physician, was treating a woman for her chronic illnesses this month when he noticed a group of her neighbors had gathered to ask for help.<p>“Almost kind of organically, there was a waiting room,” said Dr. Corzo, who stayed on the woman’s porch for two …

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Disaster claims soar in year of calamities | NOLA.com

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The number of Americans registered for federal disaster aid jumped tenfold this year, costing billions of dollars in additional …

New Orleans

North Bay congressmen outraged that Trump hasn’t funded fire relief

Stunned that a White House request for $44 billion in disaster relief funds didn’t include a penny for fire victims in Northern California, two North Bay congressmen delivered a strong rebuke to President Trump on Saturday.<p>“These are Americans in a time of need, and the administration is supposed …

North Bay

The head of Puerto Rico's power utility resigns after the Whitefish debacle

More than half of the island is still in the dark.<p>The head of Puerto Rico's public utility company, PREPA, resigned Friday afternoon following a series of blunders in the effort to restore Puerto Rico’s power grid.<p>Ricardo Ramos, who had been the executive director of PREPA since March, became a …

Politics

Nibiru or not, it's important to be ready for whatever disaster might hit Earth

The world is now scheduled to end on November 19, according to people who believe in the Nibiru conspiracy theory based around a planet NASA swears …

Scientific Research

Companies barely had to compete for half of the federal contracts awarded in Puerto Rico so far

The US government has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts related to Hurricane Maria.<p>Now that Puerto Rico is moving into recovery and rebuilding after the Hurricane Maria disaster, billions of dollars in federal disaster spending are flowing to the island. Estimates put …

Politics

Head of Puerto Rico's electric power authority resigns

Ricardo Ramos, the executive director of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA), resigned Friday, according to authority spokesperson Odalys …

Puerto Rico

How you can help a devastated Puerto Rico

For two weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September, Frances Westerman, a retiree from Kent in northwestern Connecticut, got …

Caribbean

Local Flea Market moves outdoors to make room for FEMA

CORPUS CHRISTI -<p>In the days following Hurricane Harvey's landfall in the Coastal Bend, crews with FEMA have been a constant presence in the area, and …

Corpus Christi

Homeland Security Official Who Blamed Slums On 'Lazy Blacks' Quits

Jamie Johnson apologizes for the "manner" in which his ideas were expressed in 2008.<p>A Homeland Security official in the Trump administration appointed to cultivate unity among community organizations has quit following publication of earlier comments in which he blamed slums on the “laziness, drug …

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A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ten intolerable days after Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico, Sahria Garcia finally got a call from her brother on the island. The call lasted three minutes and the news shook her: Her family had lost everything — jobs, houses, possessions, cars — and had spent days foraging for …

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White House’s hurricane recovery funding plan meets bipartisan backlash

The White House on Friday asked Congress for an additional $44 billion to respond to the three major hurricanes that hit the United States this summer, but key Democrats and at least one Republican said the request was insufficient, suggesting a funding fight looms.<p>If Congress approves the money, …

Roy Blunt

'Fake news' used to increase realism of power grid wargames

“Fake news” is being used to up the realism of a two-day exercise conducted by the federal government and industry, called GridEx, meant to simulate …

Bush DHS chief: We don't need a border wall

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Friday that there's no need for a wall along America's southern border, panning President Trump's …

Immigration

Cruise company won’t refund customers after FEMA takes over ship

From No Power in Puerto Rico to Living in a Car in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla.—When Félix Martell took his 5-year-old daughter, Eliany, to her first day of school in central Florida this week, they stopped at a McDonald’s bathroom to wash her because they had been living in a car for days.<p>“I wanted her to be clean,” he said, tearing up.<p>Two months after Hurricane …

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