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Playlist: The Playlist: Previously Unreleased Hendrix, and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music from Tracey Thorn, the Chainsmokers, Brazilian Girls and more.

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BRIEF-Americold Realty Trust Announces Pricing Of IPO

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 45.3 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $16.00PER SHARE

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Public face of the agency that runs AmeriCorps is out of the job after racist comments

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Album Review: Caitlyn Smith, a Hitmaking Nashville Songwriter, Sings Her Own on ‘Starfire’

After years writing songs for Lady Antebellum and Meghan Trainor, among others, the 31-year-old shows off her own striking voice on her major-label debut.

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BRIEF-Photronics says‍ effective Jan 20, Macricostas Will No Longer Be Executive Chairman Of Co

* PHOTRONICS - ‍ EFFECTIVE JAN 20, 2018, MACRICOSTAS WILL NO LONGER BE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF CO - SEC FILING​

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BRIEF-Americold Realty Trust Says Now Sees IPO Of 40.3 Mln Common Shares Priced Between $14.00 And $16.00 Per Share

* AMERICOLD REALTY TRUST SAYS NOW SEES IPO OF 40.3 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED TO BE BETWEEN $14.00 AND $16.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus Wants You to Think About Whiteness (and to Dance)

The indie-pop musician applied lessons learned while D.J.-ing and attending a workshop on race to her new album, “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life.”

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Round Hill, investor in Beatles and Bruno Mars songs, raises new fund

(Reuters) - Round Hill Music Royalty Partners, a private equity firm which invests in the copyright of songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruno Mars, said on Tuesday it...

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

How a Team of New York City Inspectors Helped Puerto Rico After Maria

Almost 300 city workers have been deployed to the island since the hurricane, including a team of inspectors that helped San Juan map damages to thousands of buildings.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

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Florida communities scramble to help displaced Puerto Ricans

KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) - At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.

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Store closings are a PR mess on Walmart's big day

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Puerto Rico governor orders probe of discovery of hurricane recovery materials

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor has ordered an investigation of materials discovered in a warehouse belonging to the U.S. territory's electric authority that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said are critical to restoring power following September's Hurricane Maria.

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Macron sings praises of Italian prime minister ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron heaped praise on Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Thursday, less than two months before national elections in Italy that opinion polls say the ruling center-left government will lose.

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How Camila Cabello Lost Some Friends and Found Her Voice

The “Havana” singer and former Fifth Harmony member opens up about her solo journey and “super awkward” split from the group.

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BRIEF-Irico Display Devices To Set Up JV With Corning's Singapore Unit For Production Project

* SAYS IT PLANS TO SET UP JV WITH CORNING'S SINGAPORE UNIT FOR PRODUCTION PROJECT WITH INVESTMENT OF ABOUT $60 MILLION Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/2mhBBqX Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom)

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He Made Kids’ Music and Albums About Lucifer. Now His Work Is a Rock Opera.

The psychedelic work of Bruce Haack, an electronic-music pioneer who died in 1988, is coming to the stage.

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On Washington: Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation

The island’s political leaders say the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and poor treatment in the new tax law make clear that residents need added political clout.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Justin Timberlake Stays Funky (for Now), and 9 More New Songs

Hear the new songs that caught our critics' attention this week, from Bruno Mars and Cardi B, They Might Be Giants and more.

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BRIEF-LGI Homes Reports ‍Home Closings Of 1,844 In Q4 2017 Vs 1,139 In Q4 2016

* LGI HOMES, INC. ANNOUNCES RECORD DECEMBER, 4TH QUARTER, AND YEAR END 2017 HOME CLOSINGS AND 2017 YEAR END EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL

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Puerto Rico sets 90-day target for review of hurricane deaths

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facing mounting criticism that his administration understated the death toll from September’s Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Thursday established a 90-day process to review the causes of thousands of recent deaths.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

After Maria, a New Crisis in Puerto Rico: Mental Health

Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Caitlin Dickerson, a Times reporter, visits a suicide prevention center where calls are on the rise. Public health officials say there are signs of a severe mental health crisis on the island.

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Spotify sued for $1.6B over Tom Petty, Doors songs

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Kenya regulator ditches plan to break up Safaricom: Business Daily

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's telecoms regulator has ditched a proposal to break Safaricom up into separate telecoms and financial services businesses due to its dominant size, Kenya's Business Daily newspaper said on Wednesday.

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Puerto Ricans hope new year brings relief

Many Puerto Ricans are still without basic necessities months after Hurricane Maria hit the island. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports from San Juan.

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Iran re-opens border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Tuesday that it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

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Electricity still out to 45% in Puerto Rico

Exactly how bad was Puerto Rico's power system damaged by Hurricane Maria? Everybody knows a lot of people were in the dark, but information provided by authorities has been confusing.

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Three Months After Maria, Roughly Half of Puerto Ricans Still Without Power

The authorities said Friday that “approximately 55 percent of the customers who are able to receive electric power have the service restored.”

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Lil Wayne Recaptures His Old Magic and 8 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from Major Lazer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cassie and more.

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It's been 100 days, and still Puerto Ricans are without power

It has been three months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and many residents still do not have power. CNN's Leyla Santiago reports.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

New Year’s Eve 2017: A Guide to Music and Comedy Events

Set the DVR for Mariah Carey’s “Rockin’ Eve” do-over and head out to catch the cabaret, comedy, dance music, rock shows and jazz lineups ringing in 2018.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Why Every Pop Star Wants a Piece of Starrah

With hits for Drake, Rihanna and Maroon 5, an intensely private woman is the secret queen of streaming.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.

As streaming continues to remake the music industry, artists and record labels schemed and scrambled, remixed and bundled to get their songs into fans’ ears.

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Retail's toughest year: A record for store closings

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BRIEF-Natixis Sells Its Stake In CACEIS To Crédit Agricole

* ‍CO ANNOUNCES FINALISATION OF SALE OF ITS 15% STAKE IN CACEIS TO CRÉDIT AGRICOLE S.A​.

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Mariah Carey Will Return to ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ After Last Year’s Meltdown

The singer is seeking redemption by once again headlining the ABC show following a flubbed performance in Times Square.

Power Failures and Blackouts nytimes.com

Parts of Puerto Rico Won’t Have Power for 8 Months. What’s the Holdup?

Questions for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on the power failures on the island.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Cardi B Isn’t Going Anywhere and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable new music, from the return of Sugarland to Laura Marling covering a Bob Dylan classic.

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A Sex Pistols Concert Film Languished for Four Decades. Here’s Why.

The story of the documentary “D.O.A.: A Right of Passage” involved the founder of High Times and a race to capture the band’s only United States tour.

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Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Keeps the Songs but Loses the Plot

The latest entry in this movie series fares best when its director treats it as a fantastical buddy comedy.

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Puerto Rico faces a big problem in review of hurricane deaths

In the world of forensic pathology, there's a morbid truism: Bodies are evidence, and you need a body in order to fully examine a death.

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Olympic Officials Issue Strict Crackdown on Tricolor (of Russia)

The athletes from Russia at the Winter Olympics are most definitely, positively not representing Russia.

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Tax bill could undermine Puerto Rico's recovery, governor says

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Tuesday urged the U.S. Congress to address issues in the Republican tax bill that he said would harm the island's economy, which is already reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria and years of financial hardships.

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Carson: Puerto Rico recovery 'better than what I had heard'

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Tuesday said Puerto Rico is recovering far beyond what he had heard, as he visited the island for the first time since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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Trump aides visit Puerto Rico as Congress weighs disaster package

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Two of President Donald Trump's Cabinet secretaries visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess its needs after Hurricane Maria's devastation as U.S. lawmakers weighed a massive aid package to help the island and other areas of the country hit by natural disasters.

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Trump Cabinet officials to visit Puerto Rico to assess recovery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet are set to visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday to assess the U.S. territory's rebuilding in the three months since Hurricane Maria devastated homes, businesses and the power grid.

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Puerto Rico orders review of official Hurricane Maria death toll

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor on Monday ordered a review of the deaths that occurred in the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria struck, following multiple media reports that the death toll was far higher than the official count.

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Puerto Rico's governor orders review of deaths possibly tied to Maria

Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló has ordered a review of deaths that might be related to Hurricane Maria, according to Yennifer Alvarez, a spokeswoman for Rosselló. Currently the death toll stands at 64, but an in-depth investigation by CNN revealed the number could be much higher.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Puerto Rico Orders Review and Recount of Hurricane Deaths

The governor acknowledged on Monday that the official toll of 64 deaths from Hurricane Maria might be too low, after independent analyses yielded far higher estimates.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Editorial: The Spiraling Diaspora From Puerto Rico

“Yo no me quito” — “I’m not quitting” — some still vow, but many are fleeing in desperation.

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Editorial: A Way to Help Refugees From Puerto Rico

A group supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund helps those who fled the devastation to start a new life in New York.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Utuado Journal: Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Small Gesture at a Time

Since Hurricane Maria steamrollered Puerto Rico, the day-to-day job of digging out, sometimes block by block, has fallen largely to island residents.

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Months After Storm, Puerto Rico Stares Down Another Blow: The Tax Bill

An intellectual property tax in the Republican bill is raising fears that it will further damage the island’s struggling economy.

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BRIEF-Calpine Corp Announces Closings Of Senior Secured Notes Offering And Term Loan Facility

* CALPINE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES CLOSINGS OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING AND TERM LOAN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Hear the most notable new music out this week, from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamildrops team-up with the Decemberists to a Thelonious Monk reissue.

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Israel closes Gaza border crossings

The Israeli military said it will close border crossings into Gaza beginning Thursday until further notice "due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments."

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Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: ‘It’s About Time’

The band will join the institution in April along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrates Twitter milestone

When Lin-Manuel Miranda hit two million Twitter followers on Monday, he decided to celebrate in a very "Hamilton" way.

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BRIEF-Capricor & California Institute For Regenerative Medicine​ Entered Into Amendment 3 To CIRM Notice Loan Award

* CAPRICOR SAYS ‍ON DEC 11, CO, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE​ ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO CIRM NOTICE OF LOAN AWARD - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Trico Bancshares Enters San Francisco Bay Area With Acquisition Of FNB Bancorp

* ENTERS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WITH ACQUISITION OF FNB BANCORP

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Lives at Risk Inside a Senior Complex in Puerto Rico With No Power

Conditions at the largest housing project for low-income seniors on the hurricane-ravaged island illustrate a health crisis for the most vulnerable.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Review: Taylor Swift Leads a Jingle Ball Full of Hardheaded Women and Nice Guys

The annual concert of hitmakers at Madison Square Garden slighted pop’s diversity, offering a narrow definition of what “hit radio” looked like in 2017.

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Wildfires, Puerto Rico, Star Wars: Your Friday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Seun Kuti and Santana Sound an Alarm, and 10 More New Songs

The week's most notable new songs, from Migos to Johnny Mathis.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

The 54 Best Songs of 2017

Our pop music critics share their favorite tracks, from Jay-Z to Cardi B, Father John Misty to Sam Hunt.

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The stories behind your favorite Christmas songs

Grab your Mariah Carey vocals. 'Tis the season for Christmas caroling.

Emergency Medical Treatment nytimes.com

Amid Puerto Rico Disaster, Hospital Ship Admitted Just 6 Patients a Day

The Comfort, a hospital ship, saved lives while on a relief mission to Puerto Rico, but its admissions process was a continuous work in progress.

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Communist-Era Crooner and Far-Right Metal Band Share a Spotlight

“The Sinatra of the East” and a heavy metal group known for anti-Muslim lyrics were honored in the Czech Republic’s answer to the Grammys.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife expecting

Lin-Manuel Miranda may have just made the most low-key baby announcement ever.

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Fluor wins $831 million contract for Puerto Rico power work: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fluor Enterprises Inc, a subsidiary of Fluor Corp, was awarded an $831 million contract for construction services to help restore electric power to Puerto Rico, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: The Hold Steady Get Revved Up and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's notable new releases, from Beyoncé joining Ed Sheeran to the latest from Craig David's comeback.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Album Review: U2 Releases ‘Songs of Experience.’ Cynicism Not Included.

On the follow-up to the 2014 album “Songs of Innocence,” the band sets out to counter the despair of 2017 with love and optimism.

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U.S. Senate liberals propose new steps for Puerto Rico recovery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puerto Rico would get substantial debt relief and other new aid to help it recover from destruction inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, under legislation unveiled on Tuesday by leading liberals in the U.S. Senate.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Added to the Storm’s Toll, Guilt and Heartache for Puerto Ricans Who Fled

After Hurricane Maria, the reasons for leaving Puerto Rico were obvious. Still, an exodus has stirred guilt, resentment and fear it could slow the recovery.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Paper Towels Aren’t Helping Puerto Rico

With little sign of progress, thousands of people are leaving for the mainland each day.

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For Puerto Ricans, a bittersweet holiday

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) -- On the southeastern coast of this island, where Hurricane Maria made landfall two months ago, the waves of the Caribbean lash the crumbling foundation of Jose Morales' battered seaside home.

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Brantley in Britain: Showgirls, a Monster and a Drag Queen: Singing Songs of Self

New musicals on London’s stages include a merciless and compassionate “Follies,” a revitalized “Young Frankenstein” and a timely saga of an aspiring drag queen.

Power Failures and Blackouts nytimes.com

Contractor for Puerto Rico Power Suspends Work, Citing Unpaid Bills

While its highly criticized $300 million contract has been canceled, Whitefish Energy Holdings says that it is still owed tens of millions of dollars.

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After CNN investigation, Puerto Rico asks for help to tally hurricane victims

Puerto Rico is asking for help with its efforts to tally deaths from Hurricane Maria.

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New Puerto Rico utility head, same old challenges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New leadership at Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility may not be sufficient to compensate for missteps following Hurricane Maria that led to delayed work, recurrent blackouts and more than $500 million in contracts with untested companies now under federal investigation.

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UPDATE 1-Fluor's work on Puerto Rico power project halted over safety issue

Nov 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday it temporarily halted Fluor Corp's work under its Puerto Rico power restoration contract over safety concerns and expects the work to resume on Tuesday.

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Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs

Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority.

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Fluor's work on Puerto Rico power project halted over safety issue

Nov 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday it temporarily halted Fluor Corp's work under its Puerto Rico power restoration contract over safety concerns and expects the work to resume on Tuesday.

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Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds

Two months ago today, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island and wiping out the power grid and transportation infrastructure for its millions of residents.

Deaths (Obituaries) nytimes.com

Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Malcolm Young of AC/DC: Listen to 10 Essential Songs

The musician, who died on Saturday, gave the band its architectural foundation, using his rhythm guitar to make AC/DC swing as much as it stomped.

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Why I'm marching for Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican migration could shape Florida for years to come

In the wish lists of Democratic strategists, one imagines the arrival of tens of thousands of Democratic-leaning voters to Florida, seemingly overnight, ranks pretty high.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando

Tens of thousands of new arrivals fleeing damage from Hurricane Maria have arrived. Many expect to stay — and they could reshape Florida and its politics.

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority nytimes.com

C.E.O. of Puerto Rico Power Authority Resigns

Ricardo L. Ramos stepped down amid a continuing blackout on the island and withering criticism for a costly repair contract.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Demi Lovato Seeks Her ‘Despacito’ and 9 More New Songs

Hear the tracks that caught our critics' attention this week, from two Spanish-English team-ups to a surprise from Jaden Smith.

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U.S. agency approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it had approved a request by AT&T Inc to use a new drone known as the Flying Cow or Cell on Wings to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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UPDATE 3-Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

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Puerto Rico electric power boss resigns

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

Latin Grammy Awards nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: Puerto Rico Mattered at the Latin Grammys. So Did Salsa.

As anti-immigrant sentiments spread and natural disasters have torn through Latin America, the awards became a showcase for Latin pride and solidarity.

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Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

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UPDATE 2-Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

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U.S. Congress to seek new tax incentives for Puerto Rico rebuilding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he wants to craft changes to a just-passed tax overhaul bill to provide "additional tax incentives" that would help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Meet the Musicians Who Gave Isaac Hayes His Groove

A new boxed CD set helps shine a light on the band — born out of the Bar-Kays — that backed this soul star on “Hot Buttered Soul” and beyond.

Economic Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

As Power Grid Sputters in Puerto Rico, Business Does Too

The catastrophe of the storm has been followed by an economic disaster with no end in sight.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Björk’s New Album Is a Love Letter to Optimism

Björk discusses “Utopia,” an enthusiastic reaction to her dark heartbreak record, “Vulnicura,” and the election of President Trump, and her post about Lars von Trier.

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Puerto Rico utility defends decision to postpone mutual aid

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico's electric utility on Tuesday defended its decision not to seek mutual aid from mainland utilities immediately following Hurricane Maria in a contentious hearing with the U.S. Senate's energy and natural resources committee.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Popcast: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players. A panel discussion, on Popcast.

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US general leads troops out of Puerto Rico

The three-star general is leaving Puerto Rico, ending his mission of providing relief from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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U.S. judge denies request for outsider to oversee Puerto Rico's PREPA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected a request to install a former military officer to oversee Puerto Rico's beleaguered electric utility, PREPA, a victory for Governor Ricardo Rossello, whose government opposed the appointment.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Puerto Rico’s Actual Death Toll

Trump’s initial figure turns out to be woefully low.

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Puerto Rico requests $94.4 billion from U.S. Congress for rebuilding

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday requested $94.4 billion from Congress to rebuild the island's infrastructure, housing, schools and hospitals devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

After Hurricane, Signs of a Mental Health Crisis Haunt Puerto Rico

The storm’s violent winds and screeching rains assaulted the island’s psyche for 72 hours, and public health officials say much of the population shows signs of post-traumatic stress.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Side Street: Battered and Tattered, Puerto Rico’s Flag Still Waves

A mural in a Bronx body shop portrays the island’s recovery efforts in a heroic light, likening its people’s resolve to the flag-raising at Iwo Jima.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Fred Cole, Leader of Garage-Rock Band Dead Moon, Dies at 69

A singer and guitarist who became a hero of the Northwest music scene of the 1990s, he set a standard for do-it-yourself perseverance.

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Puerto Rico's emergency director resigns

Puerto Rico's emergency management director resigned Friday as the island's slow recovery continues nearly two months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Emergency Manager Resigns in Puerto Rico; Army Ends Its Mission

The head of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency resigned Friday, on the same day that the Army announced that its mission on the island had ended.

Rap and Hip-Hop nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Eminem Reflects, Sturgill Simpson Busks and 11 More New Songs

Elvis Costello releases a new track, Betty Davis brings the "F.U.N.K.," and more songs that caught our critics' attention this week.

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In Puerto Rico, a sinkhole of rebuilding struggles

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Along a stretch of highway in suburban Bayamon, Puerto Rico, construction workers tried desperately to make progress repairing a 100-foot-long sinkhole before the clouds rolled in.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Album Review: Swift Is a 2017 Pop Machine on ‘Reputation,’ but at What Cost?

On her sneakily potent sixth album, the pop star shifts away from her signature melodies, engaging with the competition on its terms, not hers.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Editorial: Puerto Rico’s Second-Class Treatment on Food Aid

A 35-year-old budget cap has denied the island the more generous and swifter relief that storm victims this year in Texas and Florida received.

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Puerto Rico's power problem just got so much worse

A massive outage has wiped out power to Puerto Rico's capital San Juan.

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FEMA to transport Puerto Rico's hurricane survivors to US mainland

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help transport hurricane survivors from Puerto Rico to the continental United States, with priority given to approximately 3,000 people who are living in shelters, the agency said.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Charlotte Gainsbourg Finds Her Own Voice

For her fourth album, “Rest,” she did something she’s never done before: write her own lyrics, digging into her family’s tangled history for inspiration.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Puerto Rico Deaths Spike, but Few Are Attributed to Hurricane

Officials said deaths spiked in September, casting doubt on the official storm toll even as FEMA planned to fly 3,000 residents in shelters off the island.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Taylor Swift, Entering a New Era, Sticks to a Safe Space: Tumblr

As the singer prepares to release “Reputation,” her die-hard fans interact directly with their queen away from the critical glare of other social media.

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Doctors unite to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Harvey flooded her city of Houston in August, Jennifer McQuade planned to donate socks.

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Puerto Rico board, governor take power struggle to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federally appointed oversight board that manages Puerto Rico's finances asked Congress on Tuesday for backing in its fight with the island's governor over who should take charge of limping efforts to restore electric power after Hurricane Maria.

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Puerto Rico board asks Congress for backing in fight with governor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federally appointed oversight board that manages Puerto Rico's finances asked Congress for support on Tuesday in its fight with the island's governor over who should take charge of halting efforts to restore electric power after Hurricane Maria.

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UPDATE 1-Centerra Gold to buy AuRico Metals in C$310 mln deal

Nov 7 (Reuters) - Canadian miner Centerra Gold Inc said on Tuesday it would buy smaller rival AuRico Metals Inc in a deal valued at C$310 million ($243 million).

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Another small firm wins Puerto Rico power deal

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Puerto Rico oversight board, PREPA to testify at House hearing Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Natural Resources committee, citing concerns about power contracts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, is set to hear testimony on Tuesday from Puerto Rico's oversight board and the territory's bankrupt power utility, PREPA.

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Mayor: Puerto Rico death toll may be higher

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz suggested that the death toll in the aftermath of the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico is actually hundreds higher than official government count numbers.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

Exposures: Puerto Rico in the Dark

Photographer Joseph Rodríguez captures the isolation of a storm-ravaged island.

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MEDIA LINK-Mall landlord Taubman sues Saks Fifth Avenue over Puerto Rico store -WSJ

Nov 4 (Reuters) - https://www.wsj.com/articles/mall-landlord-taubman-sues-saks-fifth-avenue-over-puerto-rico-store-1509741207

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

Puerto Rico on Her Mind: How to Help a Stricken Island Called Home

Many loyal visitors to the Caribbean, including this writer, plan to travel to their island getaways, eager to help out, if only with their tourism dollars.

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Puerto Rico's PREPA utility creditors say power grid damage is overblown

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bondholders of Puerto Rico's bankrupt power utility, PREPA, said on Friday that the damage to the local electric grid by Hurricane Maria is not as bad as the island's government says, and could be fixed quickly with an outside energy expert in charge.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: The Return of the Real Boy Band and 10 More New Songs

Hear Feist honor Leonard Cohen, N.E.R.D snap back to life and more new songs that caught our critics' attention this week.

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Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal

(Reuters) - A former Puerto Rico official who has been mentioned in connection with a controversial contract to restore electricity to the bankrupt U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria has denied having any role in securing it. 

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RPT-Former Puerto Rico official denies any role in Whitefish deal

Nov 3 (Reuters) - A former Puerto Rico official who has been mentioned in connection with a controversial contract to restore electricity to the bankrupt U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria has denied having any role in securing it.

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Exclusive: Trump boosts disaster aid for Puerto Rico rebuild

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to help rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, the White House said.

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Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs - aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, and said the federal government would pick up 90 percent of the costs, a senior White House official told Reuters.

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New York to send 350 utility workers to Puerto Rico: Cuomo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York will send 350 utility workers and 220 vehicles and crews to help rebuild Puerto Rico's energy grid, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Thursday with Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello.

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New York to send 350 utility workers to Puerto Rico - Cuomo

NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - New York will send 350 utility workers and 220 vehicles and crews to help rebuild Puerto Rico's energy grid, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Thursday with Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello.

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Puerto Rico governor knocks U.S. Army Corps response after hurricane

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacked urgency in restoring power to the storm-hit island, and that it was pushing the clean-up effort down the road.

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BRIEF-ATI and Tsingshan to form innovative stainless steel joint venture

* ATI And Tsingshan to form innovative stainless steel joint venture

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Manhattan Terror Attack Exposes Bike Path’s Vulnerable Crossings

Despite continued calls to improve safety on the bike path that was the site of a terror attack on Tuesday, recommended steps have not been taken.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' energy committee on Wednesday said it wants the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to explain how it is overseeing contracts for rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Gospel Music nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

The latest installment in the “Bootleg Series” provides new perspective on the songwriter’s controversial Christian years.

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Puerto Rico seeks help as Medicaid crisis deepens after Maria

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, is asking the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers for help in staving off a Medicaid crisis that has put a quarter of the island’s residents at risk of losing medical care.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith

The British pop singer, who has a new album, tried to come out on his own terms. But now he’s listening.

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Hamas cedes Gaza border crossings to Palestinian Authority control

GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamist group Hamas began handing control of the Gaza Strip's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, witnesses said, under of agreement brokered by Egypt to end a decade of internal schism.

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EPA says water at Puerto Rico Superfund site is OK to drink

Water drawn from wells at a hazardous waste site in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico meets federal drinking water standards and is fit for consumption, the US Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-Puerto Rico calls on U.S. utilities to help restore power

Oct 31 (Reuters) - It took almost six weeks, but Puerto Rico has finally called on U.S. mainland utilities to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out electric service to all of the U.S. territory's 3.4 million residents.

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UPDATE 1-Puerto Rico calls on U.S. utilities to help restore power

Oct 31 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) executive director Ricardo Ramos sent a letter to utility industry trade groups requesting assistance for power restoration crews, a Puerto Rico government official said on Tuesday.

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UN experts blast US disaster response in Puerto Rico

Some 3.4 million Americans are facing "alarming" conditions more than a month after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, UN human experts said, calling the disaster response there ineffective compared with the urgency of federal aid to storm-ravaged states on the US mainland.

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Puerto Rico calls on U.S. utilities to help restore power

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) executive director Ricardo Ramos sent a letter to utility industry trade group American Public Power Association (APPA) requesting assistance for power restoration crews, a Puerto Rico government official said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Puerto Rico's path to restore power shifts after Whitefish exit

* Governor says 1,000 crews needed, compared with 400 now (Adds details, bullet points)

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Puerto Rico's path to restore power shifts after Whitefish exit

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico nearly six weeks after Hurricane Maria are shifting as the island's utility and its regulators, along with U.S. authorities, removed a key contractor Sunday and moved to triple the funding of another.

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Source: FBI opens inquiry into Whitefish's Puerto Rico contract

The FBI has opened a preliminary inquiry into the $300 million Whitefish Energy Holdings contract secured by PREPA in Puerto Rico, according to a source with knowledge of the inquiry.

Whitefish Energy nytimes.com

F.B.I. Said to Be Investigating Puerto Rico Power Contract

Agents from the San Juan field office are reportedly looking into the circumstances surrounding a disaster-recovery deal involving Whitefish, a small Montana firm.

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TIMELINE -The long power restoration process in Puerto Rico

Oct 30 (Reuters) - The following is a timeline of the efforts to restore power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power to all 1.5 million homes and businesses on the island.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

José Andrés Fed Puerto Rico, and May Change How Aid Is Given

The chef’s huge effort is just the latest led by cooks, who are showing a more agile, locally based way to feed people after a disaster.

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Puerto Rico moves to cancel Whitefish power contract after uproar

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's government power company said on Sunday it would move to cancel a $300 million repair contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal.

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Puerto Rican rain forest obliterated

CNN's Martin Savidge takes viewers for a first hand-look at the devastation which left Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest in ruins.

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Puerto Rico governor calls for cancellation of Whitefish contract

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló wants to cancel a tiny Montana company's $300 million contract to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory and expects help from the governors of Florida and New York, his office said on Sunday.

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Puerto Rico's governor: Cancel Whitefish contract

Government Contracts and Procurement nytimes.com

Puerto Rico’s Governor Calls for Whitefish Energy Contract to Be Canceled

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s decision came after concerns about how the small Montana company won a contract for up to $300 million to rebuild part of the island’s electrical grid.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Side Street: On the Mainland, a Duty to Help Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico recovers from Hurricane Maria’s devastation, experts and residents say this is the opportunity for its diaspora to advocate and assist in rebuilding efforts.

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Tiny Montana firm's Puerto Rico power deal draws scrutiny

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal emergency officials raised "significant concerns" on Friday about a $300 million contract between Puerto Rico's storm-hit power utility and a tiny Montana firm, as Democratic lawmakers stepped up calls for an investigation of the deal.

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UPDATE 6-Tiny Montana firm's Puerto Rico power deal draws scrutiny

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Federal emergency officials raised "significant concerns" on Friday about a $300 million contract between Puerto Rico's storm-hit power utility and a tiny Montana firm, as Democratic lawmakers stepped up calls for an investigation of the deal.

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Tiny Montana firm's Puerto Rico power deal draws added scrutiny

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal emergency officials raised "significant concerns" on Friday about a multimillion-dollar contract between Puerto Rico's storm-hit power utility and a tiny Montana firm, as Democratic lawmakers stepped up calls for an investigation of the deal.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms nytimes.com

FEMA Cites ‘Significant Concerns’ With Puerto Rico Power Contract

The federal disaster relief agency said it was looking into whether a contract between the island’s utility and a small Montana company was reasonable.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Gregory Porter Celebrates Nat King Cole and 8 More New Songs

Hear Brian Eno and Kevin Shields's new track, plus songs from Rhye, Sleigh Bells and more.

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FEMA, U.S. lawmakers cite concerns over firm's Puerto Rico deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions over a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage grew on Friday as federal emergency officials raised "significant concerns" about the deal and Democratic lawmakers requested an investigation.

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Iraq orders truce with Kurds to allow peaceful deployment at border crossings

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension to military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, to allow for the peaceful deployment of Iraqi troops at the border crossings with the Kurdistan region.

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Questions over Montana firm's Puerto Rico deal grow as FEMA cites concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions over a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage grew on Friday as federal emergency officials raised "significant concerns" about the deal.

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FEMA cites concerns over repair contract in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal emergency officials said on Friday they did not approve a multimillion dollar contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage, and has "significant concerns" about the deal.

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FEMA cites significant concerns with Puerto Rico energy deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Emergency Management Administration on Friday said it did not approve a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage, and has "significant concerns" about the deal.

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U.S. FEMA cites significant concerns with Puerto Rico energy deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Emergency Management Administration on Friday said it did not approve a multi-million dollar contract between Puerto Rico's power utility and a small Montana firm to repair storm damage, and has "significant concerns" about the deal.

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Puerto Rico's uncounted hurricane deaths

You won't hear about her death from officials investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but you should know her name and her story.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Jon Batiste: Fats Domino and the Rock ’n’ Roll I Didn’t Know

His rollicking piano style was the bridge to a new genre.

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Puerto Rico residents are fleeing to Florida

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U.S. House panel seeks documents on Puerto Rico utility repair contract

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional committee on Thursday set a Nov. 2 deadline for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to provide information related to its $300 million contract with a small Montana firm to repair damage to the utility's infrastructure caused by Hurricane Maria.

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Tiny firm's $300 million contract with Puerto Rico under federal review

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Puerto Rico's power outages are the largest in US history, report says

In terms of the total number of lost hours of electricity, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are in the midst of the largest blackout in US history, according to a report from an economic research company.

Disasters and Emergencies nytimes.com

Editorial: Powerless Puerto Rico

Three-quarters of the island has no electricity, but a tiny power company whose owner knows a cabinet member has $300 million contract.

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2017 just set the record for store closings

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Fats Domino Songs: Listen to 12 Essential Tracks

His easygoing image concealed the boldness and subtlety of his music — Domino was an innovator who didn’t flaunt it. A dozen songs from his prime years prove it.

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Water-borne infections push Puerto Rico death toll higher

More than a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the death toll from the storm has risen to 51, according to Puerto Rico's Department of Public Safety

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Some Schools Reopen in Puerto Rico, Making Do Without Power

Teachers and students hugged, shared storm stories, and tried to get back to learning in the least hard-hit areas after a month lost to Hurricane Maria.

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Puerto Rico, Whitefish defend controversial power contract

Oct 24 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico and Whitefish Energy Holdings on Tuesday defended their $300 million contract for the small Montana company to repair the U.S. territory's hurricane-ravaged power grid after the deal was criticized by U.S. lawmakers.

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Questions arise after tiny firm lands largest Puerto Rico contract

Power Failures and Blackouts nytimes.com

From Montana to Puerto Rico, a Small Firm Strikes a Powerful Deal

A $300 million contract between Whitefish Energy and Puerto Rican officials is drawing scrutiny in Washington.

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Jeff Flake, Puerto Rico, World Series: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

cnn.com

Puerto Rico schools converted to shelters

CNN's Polo Sandoval travels to a school in Puerto Rico that has been converted to a women's shelter after Hurricane Maria damaged classrooms and cut off bus access to its communities.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In Puerto Rico, We Invented Resilience

Once again, we realize that we’re one of the Caribbean peoples on the hurricane highway.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Would Repealing the Jones Act Help Puerto Rico?

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the American territory, a heated debate continues over a century-old shipping law.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

‘Like Going Back in Time’: Puerto Ricans Put Survival Skills to Use

Using generators, rationing, and even bonfires, Puerto Ricans have had to get creative to survive weeks without power or regular water and food after Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

Fine Arts & Exhibits: In Puerto Rico, Creating Art From Hardship

Inspired by troubles in the territory, the sculptors Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla will debut their latest work at Miami’s new museum in December.

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Puerto Rico wants Amazon's second headquarters

Shortages nytimes.com

U.S. Hospitals Wrestle With Shortages of Drug Supplies Made in Puerto Rico

Officials warn that Hurricane Maria’s effects on manufacturing on the island may be long-lasting.

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Crews haul away remnants of Puerto Rican homes in trash

None of it was supposed to be garbage. Yet, for weeks, heaps of discarded possessions grew to towering heights across Puerto Rico.