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Obama blasts 'aggravating' GOP plans to repeal Obamacare

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:33

Former President Barack Obama mocked Republicans in a speech on Wednesday for repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law also known as Obamacare.

Reports: Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico entirely without power

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:00

Multiple reports on Wednesday afternoon claimed the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 mph. SEE ALSO: Hurricane Maria may be the most destructive storm in Puerto Rico's history Local Spanish language publication El Nuevo Dia reported the outage, citing Abner Gomez, managing director of Puerto Rico's State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management (AEMEAD). SEGUN DIRECTOR DE MANEJO DE EMERGENCIA, PUERTO RICO ESTÁ AL 100℅ SIN ENERGÍA ELÉCTRICA. — RUBEN SERRANO (@GUARETO1) September 20, 2017 Those reports eventually began to trickle in via the office to U.S. and international media outlets, as well. Blackout: 100% of Puerto Rico is without power, Puerto Rico Office of Emergency Management tells @ABC News - @JoshuaHoyos — Dan Linden (@DanLinden) September 20, 2017 According to the most recent U.S. Census, Puerto Rico is home to just over 3.4 million people who will now have to navigate the post-Maria days without power and with no word as to how long it'll take to restore that power. The complete outage isn't a surprise, however. Governor Ricardo Rossello said he expected it just as the storm prepared to make landfall. The reason: a dilapidated and already-failing utility infrastructure.  Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island's sole power company, filed for bankruptcy in July after years of sliding that left it with $9 billion in bond debt.  And according to Reuters, the median age of Puerto Rico's power plants is 44 years old, ancient by industry standards. Just last September, a fire at one of these dilapidated plants knocked out power across the entire island with nearly half the island without power for a week. Image: PREPA internal documentThese old plants power the island by burning imported oil, a drain on the island's economy that has made its rates so expensive that Hawaii is the only U.S. state where energy costs more. And there are tons of other issues, from customer service to safety problems.  It also doesn't help that Hurricane Irma side-swiped the island just one week ago, knocking out power to at least a million people.  And now that Maria has hit, engulfing nearly the entire island with hurricane-force winds, that aging, already-damaged infrastructure is likely completely devastated, meaning the entire island could be without power for days, if not weeks, to come.  This is a developing story... WATCH: This is how hurricanes are named

Presidential paranoia: Does Mueller have a mole in the White House?

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:37

President Trump has long spoken in conspiratorial terms about a range of topics. It appears this is partly responsible for fostering a culture of distrust and paranoia in the White House.

The Hepatitis Outbreak Has Hit Los Angeles, a Week After the Disease Sickened Hundreds in San Diego

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:35

Here's how this highly contagious infection is transmitted and what you can do to avoid getting it.

Here’s What’s Leaving And Arriving On Netflix In October 2017

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:22

Things are getting stranger on Netflix in October, but you might want to hold off before celebrating.

Views of Hurricane Maria From the International Space Station

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:49

Video of Hurricane Maria taken Tuesday from aboard the International Space Station

Mexico City earthquake: Volunteers create giant human chain spanning four blocks to rescue trapped victims

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:25

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the city on Tuesday decimated around 40 buildings, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said. At the site of one collapsed apartment building, dozens of volunteers formed an assembly line to pass rubble out of the area. One man, an army reservist named Manuel Mavroleon Aguayo, told the BBC he had joined a team that pulled seven bodies out of a ruined building.

Rosie O’Donnell Accuses Pregnant Daughter Chelsea of Trying to Profit off Ex Michelle Rounds’ Death

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:16

Hours after Rosie O’Donnell‘s daughter Chelsea Alliegro revealed she was pregnant and did not want a relationship with her mother, the former The View host took to Twitter to question her estranged child’s motivation

Navy Hospital Staffers Removed After Sharing Disturbing Photos Of Newborns

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:46

Two staffers at a Florida Navy hospital face disciplinary action after disturbing videos and photos surfaced showing them forcing a newborn to dance and referring to babies as “mini Satans.”

The U.S. Is Giving $32 Million To Assist Rohingya Refugees

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:20

The United States will dispense about $32 million in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya ethnic minority facing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the State Department said Wednesday.

Linked By Their Choice To Become Single Mothers, Two Women Share Their Stories

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:07

Welcome to ”The Story We Share,” a series of Q&As that profile two people with similar identities ― but who live in very different places.

Maria: See the Destruction the Category 5 Hurricane Left in its Wake

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:40

Hurricane Maria made landfall in the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm, leaving entire islands without power.

Man Shot Dead By Oklahoma City Cop Was Deaf (UPDATED)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:15

An Oklahoma City police officer shot and killed a deaf man who was holding a metal pipe on Tuesday night, authorities said.

British teacher ‘murdered’ on Amazon kayaking trip joked about being killed days before

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:15

A British woman believed to have been murdered on a solo kayaking trip in the Amazon joked on social media about being killed just days before she went missing.

Utah detective who arrested nurse for refusing to take blood from unconscious patient now wants to apologise

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:07

The police officer who dragged a screaming nurse to jail after she refused to take blood from an unconscious patient has said he wants to apologise to her, according to his lawyer. Shocking video surfaced earlier this month showing Utah nurse Alex Wubbels calmly stating hospital policy that prevented her from drawing a blood sample without a warrant—before Detective Jeff Payne lost his patience and arrested her.

21 Slow Cooker Recipes That'll Inspire You To Pull Out The Crock Pot

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:01

People who own a slow cooker know that this kitchen appliance is truly great.

Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush's worst mistake? | Michael Fuchs

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran ‘Why would North Korea deal with Trump if he doesn’t live up to US commitments?’ Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

GOP Lawmaker In South Dakota Says 'We Can All Support' Running Over Protesters

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:59

A Republican lawmaker in South Dakota is coming under fire for posting a violent cartoon meme showing a car slamming into people along with the phrase “ALL LIVES SPLATTER.”

Mexico earthquake: Barack Obama sends a 'big hug for everyone' in Mexico City after devastating quake

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:10

Barack Obama has tweeted to say he wants to send a "big hug for everyone" affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Mexico. Twenty-two bodies were pulled from rubble at a school in Mexico City. President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school and said in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still missing.