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  • 3.4 million in Puerto Rico could be without power for months, governor says

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria regained strength Thursday morning as it continued to ravage the Caribbean, with the Turks and Caicos islands next in its crosshairs. The Category 3 storm lashed the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and 115-mph winds. It is likely to strengthen over the warm waters of the Turks and Caicos, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. The low-lying islands are particularly at risk of high storm surges. The best case scenario, […]

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 Ram trucks due to fire risk

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 500,000 pickup trucks over a possible fire risk. The company said on Tuesday that some Ram trucks may be fitted with a water-pump bearing that could overheat and possibly cause a fire in the engine compartment. The water-pump malfunction could set off a warning light, and worried consumers should let their dealers know if they notice the signal, the company said. Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks with 6.7-liter engines from […]

  • 12-year-old girl trapped under collapsed school’s rubble in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY — Rescuers are getting closer to pinpointing the exact location of a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath the debris of a collapsed elementary school in Mexico. “At this moment we know that at least one girl is alive inside,” Admiral Jose Luis Vergara told CNN affiliate Foro TV Thursday morning. The Mexican Navy official also warned of premature reports that a rescue is imminent. At Colegio Enrique Rebsamen — one of several structures that crumbled in Tuesday’s earthquake in […]

  • Hurricane Maria leaves trail of devastation in Puerto Rico; Search and rescue begins

    Now that Hurricane Maria has moved past Puerto Rico, search and rescue teams are taking to the darkened streets of an island almost completely without power. The devastating winds had died down to a whisper late Wednesday and the flooding rains were just a drizzle, but getting around was difficult due to widespread damage and no electricity except from generators. “We are 100% without power,” a spokesman for the Puerto Rico governor’s office said Wednesday. The storm caused widespread flooding […]

  • Puerto Rico ‘100 percent without power’ after Hurricane Maria

    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 […]

  • 9 people dead; Florida suspends license of nursing home over Irma deaths

    Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning. The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday that it suspended the license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The agency previously banned the facility from admitting new patients and from receiving Medicaid. The home filed a lawsuit trying to block those orders. Eight patients died Sept. 13, three days after Irma hit South Florida and […]

  • No holiday hiring for Walmart, just more hours for its workers

    The holidays are right around the corner, but Walmart won’t be hiring for help. The retailer plans to meet its need for extra work during the holiday shopping season by giving existing employees more hours, according to a release from the company. Hiring seasonal holiday help is a tradition in retail. Walmart rival Target has already announced plans to bring on 100,000 temporary holiday workers. But Walmart’s move is a sign of the tightening labor market which has made it difficult […]

  • Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off coast of Japan

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan – A day after a powerful earthquake along the Pacific Ring of Fire hit Mexico, a magnitude 6.1 quake struck off the coast of Japan. Wednesday’s quake hit at 4:37 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  Its epicenter was about 200 miles off the coast of Japan, and about 315 miles northeast of Tokyo. The quake hit about 228 miles from Fukushima, the site of the nuclear power plant that was inundated following a tsunami triggered […]

  • Mexico earthquake kills more than 200, topples buildings

    MEXICO CITY — Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday’s powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings. At least 225 people died in Mexico City — the country’s capital — and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said. Previously, authorities had said that as many as 248 people had died. The death toll was later revised. The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake was 2.8 miles […]

  • Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico with 155 mph winds

    PUERTO RICO — Hurricane Maria kept thrashing Puerto Rico on Wednesday, 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 not be the same. … This is something of historic proportions.” Maria killed seven people on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, said Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Browne said […]