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Trump lashes out at Puerto Ricans after mayor's criticism of administration's relief effort

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WASHINGTON -- From the comfort of his New Jersey golf resort, President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the ravaged island's residents, defending his administration's hurricane response by suggesting that Puerto Ricans had not done enough to help themselves.

Trump's Twitter assault, which began early ...Read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda and other celebrities slam Trump for Twitter rant about San Juan mayor

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"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and other celebrities slammed President Donald Trump on Saturday morning following Trump's Twitter tirade targeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had criticized what she called the federal government's unhurried response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Miranda, Lady Gaga...Read more

San Juan mayor says there's no time for politics after Trump's taunt

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ––San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said Saturday that there is "no time for politics" in Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria, hours after she was blasted by President Donald Trump.

"I have only one goal, and it is saving lives," Cruz said in an interview. "I will say whatever needs to be said or done to be able...Read more

After Harvey hit, one Texas nursing home evacuation began with a gun drawn

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ARTHUR, Texas -- The front doors to the Lake Arthur Place nursing home were locked when Ben Husser and his team of volunteer rescuers arrived on boats. He knocked, and when somebody cracked open the entrance, he pushed his way in.

The hallways smelled like feces. An old woman in a wheelchair was trembling, her feet dangling in nearly 12 inches ...Read more

Carnegie Mellon dean remembers San Juan's mayor as 'a force of nature'

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Early Friday, she was shaking her head in disbelief at a top Trump administration official calling relief efforts in Puerto Rico a "good news story."

By the end of the day, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was issuing a "Mayday" call for help for the U.S. citizens on the hurricane-ravaged island, decrying the administration's response to the ...Read more

Trump boasts of doing 'an incredible job' in Puerto Rico, even as a mayor there pleads 'save us from dying'

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump on Friday continued to praise his administration for doing "an incredible job" responding to Puerto Rico's devastation, though millions remain without power and clean water nine days after Hurricane Maria.

"We have done an incredible job considering there is absolutely nothing to work with," Trump told ...Read more

12th death linked to Hollywood nursing home tragedy after Irma knocked out AC

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A 12th patient of the sweltering Hollywood, Fla., nursing home died Thursday night, according to the Broward Medical Examiner.

Dolores Biamonte, 57, was the latest to succumb to the stifling heat in the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which was without air conditioning for three days after Hurricane Irma swept...Read more

Trump continues defensive stance on Puerto Rico response

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WASHINGTON -- Continuing his administration's sometimes-defensive stance on its response to the Puerto Rico hurricane damage crisis, President Donald Trump on Friday contended his team has responded to the island government's every request.

In a pair of morning tweets, Trump dismissed critics -- including some congressional Democrats -- who ...Read more

'We don't even know when we're coming back': Puerto Ricans evacuate to Florida on a cruise ship

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SAN JOSE, Puerto Rico--After Hurricane Maria struck, they survived the wind and rain, shortages of gas and food, even scared off a burglar who tried to break into their house. Now Javier Munoz and Alejandra Suarez faced another test -- separation.

"People will be leaving daily. Things are getting worse. They say help is here, but all the help ...Read more

Island's power grid was shaky, then Maria hit

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- At a public housing complex just outside the tourist district in Old San Juan, residents must make their way beneath a downed electrical pole to get in the front door. Another broken power pole blocks the road outside, and a third is sprawled next to the parking lot out back.

"At Fortaleza they have light, but not here,...Read more

Trump races to catch up as Puerto Rico crisis escalates

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is scrambling to get its arms around a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico after Republicans and Democrats charged the White House with moving too slowly and paying too little attention to the island and its 3 million American citizens.

Eight days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as ...Read more

White House says Puerto Rico funding request coming in 2-4 weeks

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WASHINGTON -- The White House will ask Congress for more money to assist Puerto Rico "in the next two to four weeks," presidential adviser Tom Bossert said Thursday.

The administration will request additional funding on top of an existing $7.1 billion appropriation to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that becomes available on Oct. 1, ...Read more

Trump says he admires Puerto Ricans; They ask where proof is

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NEW YORK -- "I grew up in New York," President Donald Trump boasts, "so I know many people from Puerto Rico. I know many Puerto Ricans. And these are great people, and we have to help them."

But here and in the halls of Congress, Puerto Ricans don't recall him having a particular affinity for or ties to the predominately Democratic-leaning ...Read more

Three-star general named to coordinate military's Puerto Rico relief efforts

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WASHINGTON -- A three-star military commander was named Thursday to manage Hurricane Maria relief efforts in devastated Puerto Rico.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, an Army infantry officer who served multiple tours in Iraq, is expected to take over at the island command headquarters set up in the convention center in San Juan, the capital. A one...Read more

Trump administration temporarily lifts restriction on foreign ships delivering goods to Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Thursday thanked the Trump administration for helping the island cope with the devastation of Hurricane Maria after the president, facing criticism that he had not done enough, agreed to waive a federal law restricting foreign ships from transporting cargo to the U.S. territory.

The ...Read more

Rubio urges Trump to put Pentagon in charge of recovery in Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON -- As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico spirals, Sen. Marco Rubio urged President Donald Trump to put the U.S. military in charge of recovery efforts on the island.

The Florida Republican said the government in Puerto Rico does not have the capacity -- in money, staff or even communications resources -- to lead such a massive ...Read more

After criticism, Trump to waive Jones Act, allowing assistance to reach hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Thursday morning that President Donald Trump would waive the Jones Act, effective immediately, at the request of Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello, allowing assistance to reach the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory.

The Jones Act is a 97-year-old maritime law that says ...Read more

What is the Jones Act, and why does Puerto Rico want it gone?

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Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico is asking the White House for any help it can get.

But there's at least one request the Trump administration hasn't granted Puerto Rico: the suspension of a 97-year-old maritime law that says shipping between ports in the United States must be done by U.S.-owned, U.S.-flagged and U.S.-built ships operated by U.S. ...Read more

Officials press Trump administration on response to Maria

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats have a clear message for President Donald Trump: Puerto Rico is now a humanitarian crisis.

Large portions of the U.S. territory are without power and basic services one week after Hurricane Maria swept over the island as a Category 4 hurricane. Politicians who have spent time on the ground in Puerto Rico ...Read more