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Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane.


Australia's Groves cleared of breach of whereabouts rules

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rio Olympics silver medalist Madeline Groves has been cleared of a third breach of anti-doping 'whereabouts rules' and is free to compete at next year's Commonwealth Games, Swimming Australia said on Saturday.


Editorial: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

With an argument as weak as it is brazen, the administration is fighting an undocumented immigrant who wants to end her pregnancy.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Editorial: States Take On Election Hacking. Washington Ignores It.

The threat to the American voting process cries out for national leadership. But don’t expect help from President Trump.


UPDATE 1-Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Experimental communications balloons provided by Alphabet Inc in collaboration with AT&T Inc will allow some of the carrier's customers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico to send texts and access critical information on the internet, Alphabet said on Friday.

John Kelly, Puerto Rico, Catalonia: Your Evening Briefing

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


Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said on Friday it is collaborating with AT&T Inc to deliver limited internet connectivity to the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico through its "Project Loon" balloon project.

The haunting building where ISIS made its last stand in Raqqa

It is a place haunted not so much by the ghosts of those imprisoned within, but by the words they left behind on the walls.


Where Did the Napa Fire Begin? Investigators Scour the Ashes

Dozens of investigators are digging through the debris of the Northern California fires to determine what sparked the blazes.


BRIEF-Southern Co's unit awarded contract by USACE to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​

* PowerSecure, a unit of co, has been awarded contract by USACE for additional support to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​


FDA teams with medical companies in Puerto Rico to tackle shortages

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the agency was working with several pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Puerto Rico to prevent shortages of medical products in the United States as it joins a massive effort to help rebuild the island that was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Mom watched son get into World Series on a generator-powered TV in Puerto Rico

As the Los Angeles Dodgers punched their ticket to the World Series Thursday night, the mother of one of the game's biggest heroes watched the game from a television set hooked up to a generator in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, he said.

Mulherin, Joe (nothing,nowhere.)

nothing,nowhere. Blends Hip-Hop and Emo to Make Tomorrow’s Pop

Joe Mulherin is part of an emerging group of artists that is bridging the chasm between rap and rock. His debut is one of the most promising albums of the year.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

'Perfect Storm' of Failures Leaves Puerto Rico in the Dark

One month after Hurricane Maria, experts say poor planning, logistical nightmares and dire financial straits are to blame for the slow response to Puerto Rico's major power outage.

Anderson Cooper scores Trump's response to Puerto Rico

President Trump gave himself a 10 out of 10 for how the White House handled aid in Puerto Rico after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. CNN's Anderson Cooper keeps Trump honest with a review of the response.

Power Failures and Blackouts

Puerto Ricans Ask: When Will the Lights Come Back On?

A month after Hurricane Maria knocked out power, 80 percent of Puerto Rico remains without electricity. And progress is slow.


BRIEF-Mammoth Energy's Cobra subsidiary enters into contract for rebuilding Puerto Rico's energy infrastructure​

* ‍Mammoth Energy announces that its Cobra subsidiary has entered into a contract to aid in rebuilding of Puerto Rico's energy infrastructure​

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: The Self-Dealing Presidency of Donald Trump

A federal court on Wednesday heard the first-ever lawsuit to accuse a president of violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

Secession and Independence Movements

Editorial: A Chance to Defuse the Catalonia Crisis

The leaders of Spain and Catalonia have made their point. Now it’s time to show true leadership.

Where is the leader of ISIS?

As US-backed forces this week announced they'd ousted ISIS from its self-declared capital in Syria, the fate of the terror group's reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains a mystery.

Women and Girls

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Dear Men: It’s You, Too

The least you could do is speak up about the horror of sexual violence, the lies that blame women and your complicity in all of it.


Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

Expert: Water from a polluted Puerto Rico site 'safe to drink'

Water from three wells at a hazardous-waste site in Dorado, Puerto Rico, is safe for human consumption, according to tests conducted for CNN by a university lab.

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Memo: For the Senate’s Budget Blueprint, It’s Better Late Than Never

The Senate’s budget blueprint, while ostensibly an outline of federal spending and revenues, would allow a tax bill to be approved with only Republican votes.

Trump puts Puerto Rico governor on the spot

Donald Trump asks Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Roselló if the Trump administration is doing a good job with hurricane relief efforts.


Trump says to work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria a month ago.

Puerto Rico gov. to discuss needs with Trump

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, ahead of a meeting Thursday with President Donald Trump, said he plans on discussing "pressing needs" with the President.


Rubio urges Congress to adjust disaster aid bill for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Marco Rubio urged the U.S. Congress on Thursday to make changes to a disaster relief bill so that cash-strapped Puerto Rico can quickly access funds it needs to respond to the basic needs of its 3.4 million residents.


Review: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Slowly Goes Where Dark TV Has Gone Before

Through its first five episodes, this moody series has some good ideas as it tries to adapt the franchise to the times. But it could use an energy boost.


'Nowhere to hide': North Korean missiles spur anxiety in Japan fishing town

ERIMO, Japan (Reuters) - Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura says she's been on edge.

War veterans deploy themselves to help Puerto Rico relief

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: The White House Sees Only Dollar Signs in the Arctic

With subterfuge and an ear for those who can gain financially, the administration pushes to drill oil and mine gold in fragile areas.


Exclusive: Baupost's Klarman resists calls to wipe out Puerto Rico debt

BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Seth Klarman on Wednesday resisted calls for Puerto Rico's debt to be wiped out and said the island's residents will be better off in the long run if obligations are honored.

United States Politics and Government

Editorial: Congress, End the Health Care Chaos. You Have 9 Million Kids to Protect.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program has had bipartisan support, as does a compromise to save Obamacare. Republicans could wreck both.

Puerto Rico's misery, four weeks after Maria, by the numbers

The misery never ceases. And for millions of people in Puerto Rico, the future holds little promise of hope.


Trump, Puerto Rico governor to discuss hurricane aid at White House

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello are due to meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island a month ago, the White House said.


On Iran, U.S. asks U.N. Security Council: 'Where's the outrage?'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States accused Iran on Wednesday of violating several United Nations Security Council resolutions, saying it would no longer "turn a blind eye" and asking the 15-member council of Tehran's behavior: "where's the outrage?"


Tech firms improve cooperation on extremism but more needed, U.S. security chief says

LONDON (Reuters) - Technology firms have improved cooperation with the authorities in tackling online militant material but still must act quicker to remove propaganda fuelling a rise in homegrown extremism, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said on Wednesday.

On a storm-hit hillside, Puerto Ricans begin to fight back

When I first met Diana Aponte, she had just lived through Hurricane Maria. She'd spent part of the storm huddled on the floor with her husband, afraid they would be killed and their hilltop home destroyed.

One month without water in Puerto Rico

More than a million Americans are still without clean drinking water after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

CNN follows the aid in Puerto Rico

President Trump has blamed local officials in Puerto Rico for the failing distribution of food and water. CNN's Bill Weir reports from Puerto Rico.

Lawmaker: Puerto Rico could be another Flint

Democratic Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez of New York slams President Trump's response to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as millions still seek clean water.

Hazardous and Toxic Substances

Editorial: Mr. Trump Outdoes Himself in Picking a Conflicted Regulator

The nominee to lead the E.P.A. chemicals office is a threat to public health.

America, Puerto Rico still needs your help

Courts and the Judiciary

Editorial: Ending Cash-Register Justice

Towns across the country hand out fines for minor infractions and jail anyone too poor to pay. It’s time for more judges to speak out.

Organizations, Societies and Clubs

Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded

A self-help organization in Albany called Nxivm has begun to unravel as members reveal disturbing practices and fears of blackmail.

News and News Media

Editorial: With a Journalist’s Murder in Malta, a Global Threat Grows

Powerful and corrupt leaders throughout the world have endangered forceful reporters like Daphne Caruana Galizia.


House panel sets Puerto Rico recovery hearing for Oct. 24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday that it has scheduled an Oct. 24 hearing to examine Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery efforts and the role of a financial oversight board in those efforts.

'Oh my God, this is crazy': 911 calls from nursing home where patients died in heat

We know how the ordeal ended -- with the deaths of 14 people from a sweltering Florida nursing home.

Names, Geographical

Fixes: Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere

A three-word answer to the global question, ‘Where are you?’

Disasters and Emergencies

Cleanup From California Fires Poses Environmental and Health Risks

Even as the fires still burn, public health officials and environmental cleanup experts are starting to think about the next chapter of the disaster.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

911 Calls From Nursing Home Where Residents Died: ‘Oh My God, This Is Crazy’

The police in Hollywood, Fla., released 911 calls from a nursing home under investigation after some of its residents died in the post-hurricane heat.

Puerto Ricans struggle to find drinking water

Some Puerto Ricans are resorting to desperate and potentially dangerous measures to collect water from parts of the island that are polluted with industrial chemicals. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Under Mr. Trump, America Surrenders

By backing out of international commitments, he is ceding the future to the powers he claims to be protecting Americans from.

Politics and Government

Editorial: In Election, Austria’s Nazi Past Raises Its Head

The victorious People’s Party needs to reject a coalition with a party with ties to the Third Reich.

Hong Kong: Where North Korea launders its money?

Easey Commercial Building is an unassuming mid-rise office tower on Hennessy Road, an artery that runs through Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. The structure sits among scenery that's classic Hong Kong: bright lights, tall buildings, people rushing about.


Lin-Manuel Miranda's Puerto Rico relief song tops Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's star-studded charity song to fund relief efforts in Puerto Rico topped the Billboard digital singles chart on Monday, while Christian music rapper NF topped the Billboard 200 album chart.

Trump blames Puerto Rico officials for water problems

President Donald Trump defended the federal government's response to the disaster in Puerto Rico, and contended difficulty accessing food and water was due to shortcomings on local distribution.

Trump says Puerto Rico won't be an easy fix

President Donald Trump blames local distribution chains in Puerto Rico for the lack of food and water getting around the island.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Sending Relief by Air and Sea to Puerto Rico From the Bronx

As she leads a nonprofit’s aid effort, Lymaris Albors channels the anguish stirred by Hurricane Maria into delivering help to her homeland.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Stranded by Maria, Puerto Ricans Get Creative to Survive

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, people across the island, especially those in remote areas, are improvising ways to stay alive.

Puerto Rico struggles to find drinking water

Some people in Puerto Rico are willing to risk drinking potentially contaminated water because access to clean water in neighborhoods has been extremely difficult since Hurricane Maria wiped out the water system on the island.

Misery in Puerto Rico: No power, no job, 'enormous' lines

European Union

Op-Ed Contributor: Where’s the E.U. in the Catalonia Crisis?

The problems in Spain are just the latest chapter in the ongoing battle between populism and the European Union.

Gates of the Arctic National Park (Alaska)

Trilobites: It’s One of North America’s Quietest Places. Along Came a Bear.

When scientists salvaged recordings from a remote spot in a national park in Alaska, they heard footsteps, sniffs, huffs, a series of crunches, then silence.


On Baseball: How the Astros Went From Nowhere to the Brink of the World Series

Jeff Luhnow, Houston’s general manager, used savvy draft strategies to turn around a club that was among baseball’s worst five years ago.


California Fires Leave Many Homeless Where Housing Was Already Scarce

A state that was struggling with slow construction, soaring prices and rents now must find accommodation for thousands of evacuees from scorched zones.

Puerto Rico governor plans to restore 95% of power by December

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he plans to restore power to 95% of the island's energy grid by December after Hurricane Maria devastated the infrastructure of the US territory.


UPDATE 1-Saudi may raise loan-deposit ratio if needed, chief tells Arabiya

DUBAI, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's central bank may raise the maximum loan-to-deposit ratio for commercial banks if that is needed to help the economy, central bank governor Ahmed al-Kholifey told Al Arabiya television.

Investigation sought: Puerto Ricans using water from hazardous-waste site

A leading House Democrat has asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the water situation in Puerto Rico after a published report that people were drinking water taken from a federally designated hazardous-waste site.

Vance, Cyrus R Jr

Editorial: The Rich, the Powerful and the Manhattan D.A.

If Cyrus Vance doesn’t stop taking campaign donations from lawyers, the questions about dropped cases (the Trumps, Harvey Weinstein) won’t stop.

Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles

Editorial: Would You Buy a Self-Driving Future From These Guys?

Automated cars will save lives and make us more productive, manufacturers say. But most Americans say, not so fast.

Fires and Firefighters

The Fire Is Roaring Over the Ridge. It’s Time to Go.

Some had just seconds to spare before their homes and neighborhoods were consumed by the deadly fires in California.

Here's what would happen to US politics if Puerto Rico became a state

The devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria has brought the small island off the coast of Florida -- home to 3.4 million American citizens -- into the spotlight.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Some Urgent Questions About Turkey

Given Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hostility, removing American nuclear weapons from Turkey must be an option.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein faces an onslaught of harassment and assault allegations. Where will it end?


House Speaker Ryan says 'more to come' for Puerto Rico aid

(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday that the federal government would provide more funding for Puerto Rico's long-term rebuilding, although he did not say when that funding would be approved.

Bars and Nightclubs

At This Brooklyn Bar, It’s Just You, Your Date and the Barman

Feel like bending an elbow? The Threesome Tollbooth, in Bushwick, practically requires you to in order to fit into the place.


Trump calls Puerto Ricans 'wonderful'; reprises comments on island's pre-storm woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump praised Puerto Rico's people on Friday, calling them "wonderful" and having an "unmatched spirit" as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria and he weathers criticism for his handling of the disaster.

62% say Puerto Ricans aren't getting help they need

More than six in 10 Americans say that Puerto Rico isn't getting the help they need and a majority says the federal government hasn't been doing enough and the response is too slow, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.


Military helicopter teams bring aid to Puerto Rico

Sixteen days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Maria de Lourdes Sandoval heard helicopters over her village of Bajura.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Reversing Course, Trump Seeks to Reassure Puerto Rico

A day after warning that he “cannot keep” troops and emergency workers in the hurricane-ravaged island “forever,” the president signals solidarity.

Rep. Waters presses Carson on Puerto Rico

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson claims the Trump administration has no intention of abandoning Puerto Rico, after President Trump tweeted that federal responders couldn't remain on the island "forever."

Trump on Puerto Rico: 'I will always be with them!'

President Donald Trump sought Friday morning to repair political damage by telling Puerto Rico "I will always be with them."


Trump says Puerto Ricans are 'wonderful,' have 'unmatched spirit'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised the people of Puerto Rico on Friday, calling them "wonderful" and praising their "unmatched spirit" as the U.S. territorial island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria and he weathers criticism for his handling of the aftermath.


Germany, France, Austria say internal EU border checks still needed

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union's free-travel zone still needs the temporary border controls set up by some countries in recent years, ministers from Germany, France and Austria said on Friday, citing the continued terrorist threat.

Affordable Care Act, Puerto Rico, Chicago Cubs: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Fallon, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Seth Meyers Can’t Believe Trump Is Talking About Pulling Troops From Puerto Rico

On “Late Night,” Mr. Meyers reminded the president that it’s been just three weeks since Hurricane Maria.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P. Is a Mess. It’s Not All Trump’s Fault.

The president is just an avatar of the party’s pathologies, the culmination of its cynical trajectory over the last two decades.


Editorial: The Guggenheim Surrenders on Free Expression

In buckling to pressure from animal-rights activists, the museum failed to stand up for its core values.

Team of traveling doctors helps Puerto Ricans cut off from care

The waves from the Caribbean Sea crash on the shore right beneath the back window of Irma Torres' concrete-walled home in southeast Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria ripped part of the roof away when it slammed into Yabucoa, Puerto Rico last month.

Trump, Donald J

Editorial: A Disaster in the White House for Puerto Rico

It’s only three weeks since the island was devastated by hurricanes, but the president can’t be bothered with it anymore.

This is what Californians really needed during the fires

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Daily Challenge in Puerto Rico: Finding Enough Bottled Water to Drink

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico still lacks safe tap water, and bottling plants are crippled, leaving residents to scramble after scarce supplies from the mainland.

3 weeks after Maria, Puerto Rico's pain is unending

The 80-year-old woman's suicide note was ready when the volunteer nurses knocked on her door in the northern coastal town of Rio Grande. She'd had enough.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

Editorial: Congress Can’t Let Mr. Trump Kill Obamacare on His Own

A new White House executive order could significantly damage the health insurance market and harm millions of people.

Puerto Rico, California, Facebook: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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

Actually, FEMA can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely

President Donald Trump tweeted that first responders can't stay in Puerto Rico "forever," but if history is any indicator, they can definitely stay there for a long time.


U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico and other areas that have suffered recent disasters.


How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump to call in experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and that the president was receptive to the idea.

Pitbull sees Trump's 'true colors' on Puerto Rico relief

The rapper's criticism comes just before President Trump warned Puerto Rico that federal aid won't last "forever."


White House 'committed' to Puerto Rico relief after Trump criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it was "committed" to disaster relief in Puerto Rico after President Donald Trump said government response teams could not stay in the U.S. territory "forever."


How to rebuild Puerto Rico: Rubio asks Trump for expert panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Marco Rubio said on Thursday he has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to create a high-level task force to provide ideas and advice for helping Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria, adding that the president was receptive to the idea.

Trump to Puerto Rico: It's your own fault

What did Puerto Rico ever do to Donald Trump? On Thursday morning, the tweeter in chief struck again, and it wasn't pretty. It showed a shocking lack of compassion, if not outright heartlessness toward the Americans suffering on the island.

GOP Rep. Perry: People are not dying in Puerto Rico

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, incorrectly claimed Thursday that people are not dying in Puerto Rico, adding that the federal response to Hurricane Maria's destruction is a "success story" as he defended President Donald Trump's leadership during the crisis.

Debunking Trump's Puerto Rico tweet

President Donald Trump sent a stern warning to Puerto Rico on Thursday morning via Twitter. "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever," Trump tweeted.

Disasters and Emergencies

Editorial Observer: Getting Help Where It’s Needed in Puerto Rico

The island doesn’t need threats. It needs experts who know how to get essential supplies to disaster zones.

Interior Design and Furnishings

Home and Work: A Paris Boudoir Where Everything’s Meant to Be Touched

The jewelry designer Betony Vernon helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments.

Rep. Perry: Puerto Rico victims aren't dying

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) defends the Trump administration's recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, claiming hurricane victims aren't dying from lack of water and food.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Trump Warns Puerto Rico Weeks After Storms: Federal Help Cannot Stay ‘Forever’

The president says the island bears some of the blame for its current crisis and that “we cannot keep” federal troops and recovery workers there “forever.”


As US House weighs $36.5 billion disaster relief, Trump slams Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit areas as well as fire-ravaged California.


Trump points to Congress on Puerto Rico assistance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said federal assistance cannot stay "forever" on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico following recent hurricanes, and that Congress must determine how much disaster funding to provide.

Firefighters work tirelessly as blazes scorching Northern California's wine country are nowhere near containment

The flames are spreading fast, the firefighters are stretched thin and the blazes rampaging through Northern California's wine country are nowhere near containment.


U.S. warns Puerto Rico against tapping water at toxic waste sites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. environmental regulator warned residents of Puerto Rico on Wednesday not to break into wells at industrial waste sites as parts of the island still struggle with drinking water shortages three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Mr. Trump Alone Can Order a Nuclear Strike. Congress Can Change That.

Time to require the president to first get a declaration of war.


U.S. loan to Puerto Rico a start, but more aid to come: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government is working on a long-term plan to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria tore up the island territory's power grid and other infrastructure three weeks ago, an administration official said on Wednesday.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Another Victim of Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Treasured Rainforest

Maria’s winds ripped through the only tropical rain forest in the United States forest system, decimating much of its flora and fauna.

Debates (Political)

Editorial: Biggest Loser at New York Mayoral Debate? The Voters

Anyone interested in specifics about the candidates’ priorities for the next four years came away disappointed.

Birth Control and Family Planning

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: On Contraception, It’s Church Over State

The Trump administration has enabled a radical fringe of the Republican Party to all but eliminate the right to employer-provided birth control.

Dead animals in Puerto Rico water, mayor says

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz asks the international community for drinking water, stressing that the water supply in Puerto Rico has been contaminated by dead animals.

89% of Puerto Rico still without power

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the vast majority of the island remains without power and the death toll from the storm has risen to 45, authorities said.

National Anthems

In Hong Kong, It’s the Fans Who Protest During the National Anthem

Despite fines from soccer’s governing body and a new law requiring respect for China’s anthem, fans in the semiautonomous city of Hong Kong keep booing.

Donald Trump is everywhere

The blitz began early on Tuesday morning. At 6:13 a.m. ET, a jab at the NFL. Five minutes later, Democrats are in the barrel: "They don't care about safety for U.S.A." There followed a pledge to use "the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people -- FAST." But first -- it's 6:42 a.m. now -- it's on to Jemele Hill, the ESPN reporter.

Where Tokyo's top bartender likes to drink and dine

Tokyo is home to no shortage of worthy hole-in-the-wall bars.

Man in coma after burns, daughter's whereabouts unknown

As firefighters battle deadly wildfires across Northern California, families are frantically searching for missing loved ones.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Editorial: Mr. Trump Nails Shut the Coffin on Climate Relief

Ending goals to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants will be the most serious blow to President Obama’s legacy on global warming.


In the mountains of Puerto Rico, hurricane recovery is slower

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - In the lowlands of Trujillo Alto, a sprawling suburb of San Juan, clean water once again flows in the homes of most residents. But in the mountainous part of the city, which is largely poor and semi-rural, finding clean water remains a daily struggle.


Pharma's Puerto Rico problems could mean drug shortages: FDA chief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday the country may start to see a small number of drug shortages within two or three weeks due to delays in restoring manufacturing operations in Puerto Rico, where 10 percent of drugs prescribed in the United States are made.


U.S. business agency approves only 13 Puerto Rico disaster loans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Small Business Administration said on Tuesday it had approved just 13 disaster loans for homes in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, nearly three weeks after the storm devastated the U.S. territory and its power grid.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Puerto Rico’s Health Care Is in Dire Condition, Three Weeks After Maria

As the island struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, sick people remain in mortal peril. Hospitals are short of medicines, power supplies and staff.


Puerto Rico hurricane death toll rises by four to 43

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria has reached 43, an official said on Tuesday, up from 39 previously reported as islanders continue to fall victim to infections, bad road conditions and other consequences of the storm.


Soldier Dances, From a Land Where Everyone Serves

Contemporary Israeli dance rarely treats soldiers’ experiences as explicitly as it does in two works in New York this week.


Puerto Rico hurricane death toll now 43: government official

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - The death toll in Puerto Rico attributable to Hurricane Maria has now reached 43, a government official said on Tuesday.

Art connoisseur? Where to go in Beijing

Art connoisseur? These are the places you're going to want to hit next time you're in Beijing. Video by Black Buddha.

Immigration and Emigration

Editorial: On Immigration, Mr. Trump Shows Congress It’s on Its Own

Republicans need to act to craft a bill shielding young immigrants, since the president has proved he can’t be trusted.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Politicians With Puerto Rican Roots Challenge Trump in Push for Aid

The devastation left by Hurricane Maria has ignited a dire sense of urgency for politicians who feel compelled to look after their ancestral homeland.


Terror attacks in U.S. more likely than elsewhere to involve guns

(Reuters Health) - Terrorist attacks are much more likely to involve firearms in the U.S. than in many other high-income industrialized countries, a new study suggests.


'Hell to pay' over water, food deliveries, Puerto Rico governor warns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday ordered an investigation into water distribution on the hurricane-battered island and warned there would be "hell to pay" for mishandling of supplies.


Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico expired Sunday, not being extended: DHS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico expired Sunday night and will not be extended, according to a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson.

Studio 54: The disco playground where sex and glamor reigned

As Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager sees it, there have been exactly two seminal cultural events in the 71 years he's been alive: "Woodstock and Studio," he says. "Not to be presumptuous."


Puerto Rico governor: 'hell to pay' over water, food deliveries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday he ordered an investigation of water distribution on the hurricane-battered island and warned that there would be "hell to pay" for mishandling of the supplies.


U.S. mail carriers emerge as heroes in Puerto Rico recovery

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - With the Puerto Rico power grid shredded by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Postal Service has taken the place of cellphone service at the forefront of island communications.


Motor racing: Hamilton's fourth title more a question of when and where

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The question of whether Lewis Hamilton will win his fourth Formula One world championship this year now looks more a matter of when and where after his Japanese Grand Prix triumph on Sunday.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Wall Street Firms Gambled on Puerto Rico. They’re Losing.

Investors in real estate racked up big financial losses. Some are lobbying for federal aid that would help Puerto Rico — and their bottom lines.

Puerto Rico governor asks Congress for more aid, citing 'unprecedented catastrophe,'

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, citing an "unprecedented catastrophe," is lobbying Capitol Hill for a significant new influx of money in the near term as the island sits on the brink of "a massive liquidity crisis," according to a letter obtained by CNN.

Opinion: Puerto Rico is far from OK

As Americans watched the devastation unfolding in Puerto Rico last week I read, listened, tweeted and posted information on my social media timelines. Then came the text bubbles on my cell phone screen:


Chinese Village Where Xi Jinping Fled Is Now a Monument to His Power

On the cusp of China’s leadership shake-up, a village where President Xi Jinping spent seven years as a youth now draws pilgrims and a propaganda drive.


Extraordinary steps may be needed in 2018 to rebalance oil market: OPEC's Barkindo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - OPEC and other oil producers may need to take "some extraordinary measures" next year to rebalance the oil market, the OPEC secretary-general said on Sunday.


Chief of Credit Agricole expresses interest in Commerzbank: Report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Credit Agricole's chief, Philippe Brassac, has expressed interest in Commerzbank if the German lender were to be up for sale, according to an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper.

Workers laid off at Florida nursing home where 12 died after Irma

A Florida nursing home where a dozen patients died after Hurricane Irma knocked out power has closed and laid off its 245 employees, according to a notice to state officials.


U.S. to boost military personnel in Puerto Rico: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to have 17,000 military personnel in Puerto Rico to aid disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria, a Democratic senator briefed on the plan told reporters on Saturday.

United States International Relations

Editorial Observer: Seeing the North Korean Stalemate From the Other Side

It’s unsettling to hear ordinary North Koreans talk of war with calm acceptance.

Hurricane Maria (2017)

Minus Electrical Grid, Puerto Rico Becomes Generator Island

With 90 percent of the island without power, Puerto Rico has become a place where houses, stores, apartments and public buildings run on diesel generators.


Assured Guaranty pulls Puerto Rico lawsuit, cites hurricane

NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico bond insurer Assured Guaranty Ltd said late on Friday it voluntarily withdrew a complaint that challenged the legality of the island's fiscal turnaround plan, citing the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Mr. Trump, Don’t Scrap the Iran Deal

A repudiation of President Obama could do serious damage to national security.


UPDATE 1-Google to use balloons to provide Puerto Rico cell service

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc's application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons.


Google to use balloons to provide Puerto Rico cell service

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc's application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through its Project Loon balloons.

Birth Control and Family Planning

Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Attack on Birth Control

The White House considers “risky sexual behavior” such an emergency that it rushes to kill mandated contraception coverage.


Top Puerto Rico bank says four months too long to wait for power

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico needs to accelerate the timetable for restoring its power grid or else residents will flee for the mainland rather than live without electricity for months, the chairman of the territory's largest bank said on Friday.

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Lin-Manuel Miranda Sings for Puerto Rico and 9 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable tracks from the Breeders, Big K.R.I.T. and Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes.


Congresswoman urges Trump to extend Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez urged President Donald Trump to extend a waiver on shipping limitations for hurricane-battered Puerto Rico on Friday, two days before the 10-day measure was set to expire.

Politics and Government

An Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Remake Florida Politics

Devastation from Hurricane Maria set off a wave of migrants to Florida, in numbers so great that it could reshape the swing state’s politics.


Tesla to send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to restore power

(Reuters) - U.S. electric car and battery maker Tesla Inc's CEO Elon Musk said on Friday the company will send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago.


In Puerto Rico, lives depend on volunteer doctors and diesel generators

OROCOVIS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - At a community center in Orocovis, an isolated agricultural town of 23,000 in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, six oxygen-dependent patients drew breath only with the help of the diesel generator powering their equipment.


Destroyed bridge imperils Puerto Rican village cut off by hurricane

SAN LORENZO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - In the Puerto Rican village of San Lorenzo, where Hurricane Maria destroyed the two-lane concrete bridge connecting residents with the outside world, 95-year-old Rosa Maria Torres waits to be rescued.

Endangered and Extinct Species

Trilobites: A Stick Insect. A Tree Lobster. Whatever You Call It, It’s Not Extinct.

A genetic analysis showed that a stick insect found on another island was the same species as one that had been wiped out by rats on Australia’s Lord Howe Island.


Lin-Manuel Miranda, Latin stars sing for Puerto Rico relief

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Hamilton" musical creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Friday released a new song for hurricane relief charity efforts in Puerto Rico featuring many of the music industry's biggest Latin stars.

She's hiring women in a region where many won't

Weddings and Engagements

Vows: It’s a Good Story, Editors Included

The couple met in Brooklyn in the fall of 2011. But the bride already knew a lot about the groom, including how he behaved on first dates.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Where Can You Park a Tiny Home?

As tiny living becomes more popular, tiny-house owners are discovering a not-so-tiny problem: finding a place to put those houses.

How will Trump be remembered in Puerto Rico?

CNN's Nick Valencia asks Puerto Ricans if Donald Trump should be immortalized with a statue along with other Presidents who have visited the island.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's releases star-studded song for Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda and 22 of his musically talented friends have released a new song to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

Elon Musk: Tesla can fix Puerto Rico's power grid

Nuclear Weapons

Editorial: Why Decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be a Bad Idea

Let us count the ways.

Puerto Rico's pension crisis has only worsened

Hurricane Maria (2017)

For Many on Puerto Rico, the Most Coveted Item is a Plane Ticket Out

With life on their island still badly disrupted two weeks after Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans are joining a rush to leave. Many of them say it will be for good.


White House says Puerto Rico debt to be dealt with via oversight board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Puerto Rico's debt will be dealt with under a process set up under former President Barack Obama.


Extended Jones Act waiver not needed for Puerto Rico: DHS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday it believes that extending its 10-day waiver on shipping limitations to Puerto Rico is not needed to support relief efforts for the hurricane-ravaged island.


Old San Juan shows its resilience after Puerto Rico hurricane

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - High atop the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Jesus Santos applied plaster to the building's damaged facade, all the while belting out operatic love songs that echoed through Old San Juan's eerily empty streets.


UPS restores Puerto Rico delivery routes

(Reuters) - U.S. package delivery service UPS has re-established shipping to the bulk of Puerto Rico's postal areas, the company said on Thursday, although power outages and blocked roads continue to hamper deliveries.


French, Nigerien forces operating where three U.S. soldiers killed

NIAMEY (Reuters) - French and Nigerien troops were conducting operations on Thursday in a region of Niger where three U.S. Army Special Forces members were killed the day before, becoming the first American soldiers to die in West Africa in decades.

Puerto Ricans to Trump: Don't focus on debt, we need water

Trump, Donald J

Editorial: Would You Buy a Condo From the Trumps?

A quashed criminal inquiry into the president’s children reveals behavior he showed in business, and in the White House.

Conway defends Trump administration's Puerto Rico response

Kellyanne Conway talks to CNN's Chris Cuomo about the Trump administration's response to the Puerto Rico crisis.

Trump finds his voice in Vegas after stumbling in Puerto Rico

When President Donald Trump sought to bring comfort to this shell-shocked city Wednesday, the contrast with his paper-towel tossing visit to Puerto Rico Tuesday could not have been more stark.

United States International Relations

Editorial: Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Circus

It’s understandable if world leaders doubt what the secretary of state says, when Mr. Trump is always ready to contradict him.

Drugs (Pharmaceuticals)

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, manufacturers are rushing to get their plants on the island back on line to avoid production problems.

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Rex Tillerson: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Higher Puerto Rico Death Toll Reflects Survey Across Island

Puerto Rico’s official death toll from Hurricane Maria rose from 16 to 34 as a result of a full accounting that added up piecemeal reports from isolated areas.

Asia and Australia Edition: Las Vegas, Tillerson, Puerto Rico: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Puerto Rico mayors play outsized role in hurricane recovery

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Standing in the yard of her home in Guaynabo on Sunday, Rosymar Diaz greeted an unexpected visitor on the other side of her chain-link fence: the city's mayor, Angel Perez.


U.S. House committee examining barriers to Puerto Rico recovery: official

(Reuters) - The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources said it will work to identify red tape and other bureaucratic hurdles to speed up Puerto Rico's recovery and rebuilding, as the island struggles to recover from the impact of Hurricane Maria.


Bank of England says Brexit transition deal needed by Christmas

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Britain's banks need a watertight Brexit transition deal by Christmas to avoid a potentially disorderly shift of people and operations to the European Union, a top Bank of England official said on Wednesday.


Hedge fund Baupost owns $911 million in Puerto Rico debt

BOSTON (Reuters) - Baupost Group, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, owns nearly $1 billion in Puerto Rican sales tax debt, a spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday as the island's debt tumbled in...

Computer and Video Games

Where Video Game Conventions Draw 300,000: Not in the U.S.

The rapidly growing Brasil Game Show, scheduled for next month, illustrates how important the industry’s overseas markets have become.


Special Report: The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis

SALINAS, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the rural village of Salinas in southern Puerto Rico, frayed electric lines hanging from a utility pole blew in the breeze last week near the town square.


U.S. Republican lawmakers examining barriers to Puerto Rico recovery: source

(Reuters) - U.S. Republicans in Congress are looking into additional ways of lifting barriers to Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last month, said a House of Representatives Republican aide on Wednesday.

A high school where 70% of students are from China


Mexico plans aid for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Suffering itself after two major earthquakes last month, Mexico plans to send aid including water and electricity experts to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.


Puerto Rico benchmark bond drops to record low after Trump remark

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The price of Puerto Rico's benchmark general obligation bonds tumbled to a record low on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested late on Tuesday the island's massive debt load will have to be wiped out due to devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.