After storm, Puerto Rico's capital dreads what's next

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Here at the massive Luis Llorens Torres public housing complex on the east side of this wrecked capital, black floodwater stood stagnant as heaps of garbage grew higher.

"We have a car, but we can't go anywhere because of the water," said one resident, 63-year-old Juan Lopez, a retired security guard who was subsisting ...Read more

Voicemails from nursing home where 11 died were deleted by governor's office

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MIAMI -- Voicemails left on Florida Gov. Rick Scott's cellphone by employees of the Hollywood, Fla., nursing home where 11 died in the post-Hurricane Irma heat have been deleted, according to the governor's office.

Scott gave out his number to nursing homes and assisted living facilities ahead of the hurricane so administrators could report ...Read more

Unrelenting water imperils Puerto Ricans

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LOIZA, Puerto Rico--Spend a day wending down unpredictable country roads outside San Juan and the hurt Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico becomes crushingly evident.

Maria drenched town after town east of the capital, dumping so much water that people who had already lost their roofs to the Category 4 storm's winds, and then saw their few...Read more

Americans should be wary of Cuban humanitarian fund

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After Hurricane Irma's devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where donations can be sent.

Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry provided the code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera ...Read more

11th person dies in Florida nursing home saga

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An 11th person has died as a result of stifling heat at a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma.

Constance Alice Thomas, 94, died Thursday at 8:58 a.m., more than a week after eight people succumbed to stifling heat at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Among those who died, ...Read more

'The mold is just gonzo': Florida Keys residents come back to grueling work or nothing at all

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MIAMI--Dee Thorne wants to change the name of her trailer from "Escapade" to "The Escape Pod."

Without the little trailer they bought in May, she and her husband, David, couldn't have evacuated from their home on Big Pine Key when Hurricane Irma was coming. Without it, they wouldn't have a place to live now that the storm is gone.

Their house ...Read more

Puerto Rico's power grid 'destroyed' by Hurricane Maria, leaving millions cut off

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As Hurricane Maria continued to cross the Caribbean on Friday, officials in Puerto Rico took stock of the deadly toll the historic storm left in its wake: nearly half of the storm's total death toll of 32.

At least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico, according to El Nuevo Dia newspaper, including eight drowned just ...Read more

Hurricane Maria begins battering Turks and Caicos, southernmost Bahamas

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MIAMI -- Hurricane conditions began battering the Turks and Caicos and southernmost Bahamas early Friday as the eye of a strong Category 3 Maria passed to the east.

In their morning advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said even though Maria's fierce center will pass offshore, the islands may still get hit with a nine to 12-foot ...Read more

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