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A year after deadly Maria, U.S. housing funds on way to Puerto Rico

A year after deadly Maria, U.S. housing funds on way to Puerto RicoA year after Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with 150 mile-per-hour (241 kph) winds, government officials on Thursday announced that about $1.5 billion in federal funds aimed primarily at rebuilding housing will start flowing to the island. One year (after the event) is quite good for what we generally do," U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson said. HUD allocated the funds in February.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:45:04 -0400
Muslim-American can sue over 'no-fly list': U.S. appeals court

Muslim-American can sue over 'no-fly list': U.S. appeals courtReversing a lower court ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon said Yonas Fikre's due process claims did not become moot when he was removed from the list without explanation in May 2016, three years after he sued. The court said the government's refusal to acknowledge that Fikre did not belong on the list and would not be returned there left an overhang that could cause business associates, friends and even family to shun him.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:21:11 -0400
Over 84,000 without power in North Carolina after Florence

Over 84,000 without power in North Carolina after Florence(Reuters) - More than 84,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina were still without power on Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Florence which hit the state's coast on Sept. 14, according to local power companies. Duke Energy Corp , the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, said it has restored power to more than 1.6 million of its nearly 1.7 million customers affected by the storm.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:47:32 -0400
Kavanaugh's accuser ready to testify under certain conditions: New York Times

Kavanaugh's accuser ready to testify under certain conditions: New York TimesA lawyer for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, told a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday that Ford would be prepared to testify next week if the terms are fair and her safety is ensured, the New York Times reported on Thursday. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee, attorney Debra Katz said, however, that it was "not possible" for Ford to testify on Monday, as the committee had hoped, the Times said.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:37:30 -0400
Man charged with trying to steal passenger jet at Orlando airport

Man charged with trying to steal passenger jet at Orlando airportThe Florida Institute of Technology student had a commercial pilot's license but was not qualified to fly the aircraft, an Airbus 321, Orlando Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker told reporters. "There is no evidence to indicate a connection to terrorism," Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie said at a news conference. The man's motive was unknown, Gillespie said, after police searched his home and vehicle and found no weapons or explosives.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:34:09 -0400
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