Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

Media captionThere are reports of severe flooding Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said. Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged “everything in its path”. None of the customers of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority […]

Jimmy Kimmel attacks Bill Cassidy over healthcare bill

Image copyright Jimmy Kimmel Live! Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has made a scathing attack on a Republican senator behind a new healthcare plan put forward to replace Obamacare. The late-night TV host – whose son has a congenital heart defect – accused Senator Bill Cassidy of lying “right to my face” in an earlier interview. Republicans […]

Jake LaMotta: Legendary Raging Bull boxer dies at 95

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ‘The Bronx Bully’ was willing to take a beating to get close to his opponent Jake LaMotta, the uncompromising fighter portrayed by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, has died aged 95. The former world middleweight boxing champion died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia, his […]

Louisiana man held for two ‘racially motivated’ murders

Image copyright Reuters A suspect has been arrested in the US state of Louisiana for the murders of two black men, which authorities said were “racially motivated”. Baton Rouge police have also charged Kenneth Gleason with attempted murder after shots were fired at an African-American family’s home. Investigators say they discovered the 23-year-old’s DNA on […]

Colorado police hunt ‘Mad Pooper’ jogger

Image copyright KKTV Image caption The city police department said the woman’s behaviour is “abnormal” Police in Colorado are looking for a mystery jogger – dubbed “the Mad Pooper” – who keeps defecating outside a family’s home. Cathy Budde says the woman has left human waste in front of her property about seven times in […]

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico

Media captionFirst aerial footage from Dominica Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 150 mph (250 km/h). The hurricane is now around 24km (15 miles) southeast […]

Hurricane Maria hits Virgin Islands and bears down on Puerto Rico

Image copyright AFP Image caption Winds have been lashing coastal cities like Fajardo as Hurricane Maria approaches Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, has reached the southernmost Virgin Islands as it heads for Puerto Rico. The category five hurricane began lashing St Croix in its north-westerly path across the […]

Hurricane Maria bears down on Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Image copyright AFP Image caption Winds have been lashing coastal cities like Fajardo as Hurricane Maria approaches Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria, the second maximum-strength Atlantic storm of the season, is bearing down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The category five tempest has already inflicted “widespread damage” on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It […]

Louisiana man held for two ‘racially motivated’ murders

Image copyright Reuters A suspect has been arrested in the US state of Louisiana for the murders of two black men, which authorities said were “racially motivated”. Baton Rouge police have also charged Kenneth Gleason with attempted murder after shots were fired at an African-American family’s home. Investigators say they discovered the 23-year-old’s DNA on […]

Health groups condemn new Republican Obamacare repeal plan

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Democrats have rallied against the bill Sixteen patient and provider groups have opposed the latest healthcare plan put forward by Republican senators as a replacement for Obamacare. In a joint statement, they said the proposal would endanger access to care for millions of Americans. For years, Republicans have […]

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