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Hurricane Maria destroys hundreds of homes, knocks out power across Puerto Rico 
Hurricane Maria, considered to be the strongest storm to slam Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, has destroyed hundreds of homes and knocked out power to nearly the entire island of 3.4 million people. When the storm made landfall in the U.S. territory ...

More than 200 dead after magnitude 7.1 quake strikes Mexico; 'death toll will rise' 
More than 200 people, including 21 schoolchildren, are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, hitting on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest quake to strike the country's capital. Yesterday's earthquake was ...

Obama: It's 'Frustrating' To Have To Convince Lawmakers Not To Inflict 'Real Human Suffering' 
Former President Barack Obama said it’s “frustrating to have to mobilize” so often to keep lawmakers from repealing the Affordable Care Act. Speaking at a Gates Foundation event on Wednesday, Obama addressed a health care bill Republicans are trying ...

Fed's Unwinding Of Crisis Programs Expected To Push Up Interest Rates Very Gradually 
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it will hold short-term interest rates steady for the time being. But the central bank said that in October it will begin to unwind the extraordinary stimulus it used to battle the Great Recession. Fed Chair Janet ...

Ohio State University 'privilege' workshop says only white people can be racist 
If your skin color is white, only you can be a racist, and it’s impossible for you to be a victim. That’s the message reportedly coming out of a workshop held at Ohio State University Tuesday aimed to teach white students about their "privilege" and ...

Mexico Earthquake Kills at Least 25 at School; 11 Survivors Freed 
The hunt for dozens of missing children at a Mexico City school partially flattened by a powerful earthquake became a race against time on Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 225. Firefighters, police officers and volunteers pulled at least 25 ...

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida home 
A huge sinkhole opened up in a city northwest of Orlando, Florida, this morning, damaging part of a home. According to ABC affiliate WFTS, emergency crews responded to the house in Apopka, Florida, around 8:30 a.m. Officials told WFTS the sinkhole is about ...

Fed to Start Paring Holdings, Keeps December Rate Rise on the Table 
WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would initiate in October its long-telegraphed plan to shrink the portfolio of bonds acquired after the 2008 crisis and left open the possibility of raising short-term interest rates by December.

Yellen Says Fed Is Monitoring Banks for Harm From Equifax Breach 
The Federal Reserve is working with the banks it supervises to guard against fraudulent transactions and other potential harm stemming from the “very serious” Equifax Inc. data breach, Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday. Consumers should monitor their ...

Key hearing in Robert Durst murder case postponed until April 
A Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday delayed Robert Durst’s preliminary hearing, which means the New York real estate scion won’t know until next year whether the judge believes there’s enough evidence for him to face trial for murder. Durst, who ...

Hurricane Maria unleashes flooding, knocks out power in Puerto Rico 
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph, and it was expected to punish the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said. The storm weakened slightly ...

Federal Reserve keeps interest rates unchanged 
Sept. 20 (UPI) --The Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to keep key interest rates unchanged, but plans to reduce its U.S. Treasury bonds holdings next month. The central bank announced its decision Wednesday afternoon after two days of meeting in New York ...

Mexico earthquake: Rescuers desperately searching for survivors in collapsed school 
Rescuers continue to frantically dig through the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City a day after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck, killing hundreds. Neighbors, police, soldiers and firefighters alike could be seen forming an assembly line ...

Defense lawyers in Holly Bobo murder case point finger at convicted rapist known as 'Chester the molester' 
Lawyers for the man accused of raping and killing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo in 2011 are pointing the finger at a convicted rapist known in the area as "Chester the molester." Zachary Adams has pleaded not guilty in the slaying of Bobo, who was ...

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