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Maria barrels into Puerto Rico as monster storm


Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph, and it was expected to punish the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said. The storm weakened slightly overnight, but officials there predict entire towns will …

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Frantic search at school as Mexico earthquake toll climbs


MEXICO CITY — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 217. Officials said at one point that the toll had shot …

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Rattlesnake bites man in the face after he tries catching it


Victor Pratt has been catching rattlesnakes since he was about 8 years old, so he considers himself somewhat of a pro. Earlier this month, while celebrating his son’s birthday in Coolidge, Arizona, Pratt decided to show off his skills — a decision the 48-year-old soon came to regret. “I wasn’t …

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Hurricane Maria pounds Caribbean, targets U.S. islands


Last Updated Sep 19, 2017 11:58 AM EDT Hurricane Maria is slamming the Caribbean as a powerful storm. It made landfall Monday night on the island of Dominica with Category 5 strength. Maria is targeting other islands that did not get the full fury of Hurricane Irma earlier this month. …

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Hurricane Maria, merciless, clobbers Dominica, eyes Puerto Rico


ROSEAU, Dominica — Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holding the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. Fierce winds and driving rain lashed mountainous Dominica …

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Columbus police use excessive force against black residents: lawsuit


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police continue to use excessive force against residents and, in particular, black residents nearly 20 years after the government sued over similar allegations, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the city. The department also fails to properly train, supervise, monitor and discipline officers who use …

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iOS 11 will make you want to update your iPhone


A brand new iOS is finally here, and it will breathe new life — or new features, at least — into your iPhone. Apple first announced iOS 11, the next version of its software to power your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference back in January. Excitement grew …

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Protesters return to the streets over ex-cop's acquittal


ST. LOUIS — A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis Monday morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect, following another night of unrest and more than 80 arrests. The latest action …

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Puerto Rico imposes rationing as Hurricane Maria approaches


Last Updated Sep 18, 2017 5:22 PM EDT MIAMI — Puerto Rico has imposed a rationing of basic supplies including water and baby formula as Hurricane Maria approaches as a Category 4 storm. Officials said Monday that the rationing is necessary to ensure everyone has access to basic items such as …

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Slain student's family speaks out on police shooting


ATLANTA — The lawyer for the family of a student killed by Georgia Tech police says the officer who fired the fatal shot overreacted. Campus police killed 21-year-old Scout Schultz, who they say was advancing on officers with a knife. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Schultz refused to put …

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