White House to seek $29B disaster aid package
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White House to seek $29B disaster aid package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is finalizing a $29 billion disaster aid package that combines $16 billion to shore up the government-backed flood insurance program with almost $13 billion for hurricane victims, according to a senior administration official and congressional aides. Outlines of the request, expected to be sent to … Continue reading

House speaker promises aid for Puerto Rico hurricane victims
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House speaker promises aid for Puerto Rico hurricane victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Monday that Washington will make sure that the people of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will “have what they need.” The Wisconsin Republican’s statement came as authorities struggle to provide adequate relief to the more than 3 million U.S. citizens on the island territory, which is without power and … Continue reading

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm
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Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida. The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever … Continue reading

High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case
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High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico can’t use a local law to restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-2 ruling said that federal bankruptcy law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own law to restructure about $20 billion … Continue reading

Clinton adds delegates in Puerto Rico, on cusp of nomination
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Clinton adds delegates in Puerto Rico, on cusp of nomination

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — It will be a little while longer before final vote totals are known in Puerto Rico’s Democratic presidential primary, because the U.S. territory’s election commission has taken the day off. The island’s Democratic Party chairman tells The Associated Press the commission will resume manually counting votes on Tuesday. Roberto … Continue reading