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

Sanders breaks with White House on Puerto Rican rescue plan
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Sanders breaks with White House on Puerto Rican rescue plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is breaking with the Obama administration and House lawmakers over a plan to restructure Puerto Rico’s $70 billion in debt, saying the legislation would make “a terrible situation even worse.” The Vermont senator writes in a letter released Monday that the deal reached last week between … Continue reading

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
Latin America & the Caribbean

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services. The announcement by Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank … Continue reading

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds
Latin America & the Caribbean

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday by announcing a last-minute bond payment while warning that a deepening financial crisis has forced the government to divert money slated for future debt payments to avoid a shutdown of basic services. The announcement by Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank … Continue reading

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NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president

  NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday, September 2, in an op-ed for El Nueva Dia, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper. The speaker, one … Continue reading