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Florida hides details in nursing home inspection reports, but federal agencies don't

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott widened his offensive Thursday against the Broward County nursing home he blames for the deaths of 10 residents by setting up a tip line for information, but when it comes to access to the inspection reports of all nursing homes, the governor's administration has heavily censored what the public can ...Read more

As flooding continues across Puerto Rico, San Juan begins to pick up after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Left to fend for themselves a day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and forced them into a primitive existence, San Juaneros took to the streets Thursday to do what they say Caribbean people do best: Figure it out.

No electricity? A mustachioed man in a white undershirt played traffic cop at a Santurce ...Read more

10th person dies in Hollywood, Fla., nursing home tragedy

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th nursing home patient died Wednesday, a week after the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills began to unfold.

Martha Murray, 94, was the latest victim of the sweltering temperatures in a building that lost power after Hurricane Irma swept through the state. According to Broward Medical Examiner Dr. ...Read more

10th resident from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A 10th person from the Hollywood nursing home that turned into a deadly hothouse when its air conditioning lost power after Hurricane Irma has died, police said.

Hollywood police said Martha Murray, 94, died Wednesday. She joined nine others, including 93-year-old Carlos Canal, another several-days-later victim, who fell ill ...Read more

A stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria reduced homes to heaps of wood and cement in the oceanfront settlement of La Perla, where hundreds of people picked their way down the rocky hillsides strewn with debris Thursday to salvage what they could from the wreckage.

At the foot of an ancient fort, just outside the walls of Old San Juan, Diego ...Read more

As Maria nears Turks and Caicos, Caribbean islands assess yet another storm's fallout

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria reverted to a major Category 3 storm overnight, sweeping along near the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic early Thursday morning as it inches toward the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas. But as Maria continues to rip through the Caribbean, several islands -- some battered by their second ...Read more

Fla. nursing home victims' body heat was too high for them to be saved, officials say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Three elderly victims stuck in a nursing home for days without air conditioning after Hurricane Irma had body temperatures ranging from 107 to 109.9 degrees, making them "far too late to be saved," state health care regulators revealed Wednesday.

Normal body temperature is 98.6.

The Florida Agency for Health Care ...Read more

Hurricane Maria slams into Puerto Rico, cutting power to entire island

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday, barreling north across the center of the island with powerful winds and flooding that were expected to destroy homes and leave thousands without power.

The storm knocked out power to the entire island hours after it arrived packing 155 mph winds -- just 2 mph...Read more

As Florida governor, nursing home point fingers, death toll climbs to 9

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MIAMI -- Four days after the owners of a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home released a detailed time line casting blame for the deaths of eight elders on Florida health administrators and a local utility, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration issued a time line of its own -- declaring that the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills "failed to do...Read more

Hurricane Maria unleashes fury on Puerto Rico: 'The winds are like out of a horror movie'

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A ferocious Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico just before dawn Wednesday as some 3.5 million people girded for a day of vicious winds and drenching rain expected to devastate the American territory.

The eye of the storm made official landfall at 6:15 a.m. near Yabucoa, about 45 miles southeast of the densely populated...Read more

'This is a biggie': Puerto Rico prepares for first Cat 5 hurricane in nearly 90 years

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The relieved sigh Puerto Ricans heaved after Hurricane Irma's menacing eye just missed them two weeks ago has long been forgotten now that Hurricane Maria, Irma's wicked cousin, has everyone on the Caribbean island holding their breath.

Maria is coming straight for them.

"Today, I'm afraid. This is a biggie," said 79-...Read more

2 more lawsuits say Hollywood nursing home and utility share responsibility for deaths

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MIAMI -- Last month, Manuel Mendieta and Carolyn Eatherly celebrated their final birthdays while living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

They were in the nursing home for different reasons. Mendieta, 96, had multiple health conditions, but was alert and spoke in Spanish with his family when they visited, which was often, ...Read more

Some airlines capping fares before Maria

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MIAMI -- Taking a lesson from Hurricane Irma, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is asking airlines to proactively limit the cost of their flights for travelers trying to get out of Hurricane Maria's path.

And airlines are agreeing.

On Monday, Nelson sent a letter to CEOs at 10 major U.S. airlines asking them to regulate the prices of their flights to ...Read more

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Irma's monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month.

But according to a study by the information company CoreLogic, flooding wreaked the costliest damage to homes and businesses in the storm's path.

According to the analysis, the total insured ...Read more

Hurricane Maria tears through the eastern Caribbean toward Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria was churning towards Puerto Rico Tuesday after devastating the Caribbean island of Dominica overnight, on track to hit several islands in between still reeling from Hurricane Irma's damage earlier this month.

Maria made landfall in Dominica with 160 mph winds that stripped roofs, including the prime ...Read more

Hurricane Maria heading toward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Category 5

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria continued on its track toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, hours after leaving behind a scene of devastation in Dominica where it ripped off rooftops on the small Caribbean island overnight.

The Category 5 storm is expected to continue fluctuating in strength as it moves over the northeast ...Read more

As flooding rises, federal insurance must adjust

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, Sept. 18:

Put the national flood insurance program and climate change denial together, and you have a perfect storm.

The past several weeks of hurricanes have reminded us that doing nothing to halt the rising and warming of our oceans is a terrible idea.

But there is ...Read more

Don't encourage danger

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Question: What do you call a congressman who votes against emergency aid for hurricane victims?

Answer: A "piece of ... ."

Sure, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce later apologized for that particular characterization of the libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who was one of just three members of the House of Representatives ...Read more

Hurricane Maria grows into Category 5 storm, makes landfall in storm-battered Caribbean

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.

(Etehad reported from Los Angeles and Molly Hennessy-Fiske reported from San Juan.)

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Fla. nursing home never called for ambulances, backup housing as patients died

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills had an ambulance service and another nursing home at the ready to help in the event of a hurricane emergency. But it never reached out to either, even as its frail residents began to die in the escalating heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's power.

The ...Read more