Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'

Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut CATANO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes. Lying southwest of the capital San Juan, the Juana Matos neighborhood in Catano municipality took a huge hit from Maria after the storm slammed winds of up to 155 mph (249 kmh) into Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, destroying or damaging an estimated 80 percent of housing in the working-class barrio. The storm, the second Category 5 hurricane to batter the Caribbean this month, claimed at least 32 lives across the region, including 15 in Puerto Rico, and shut down power and communications across the island of 3.4 million people.



Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, kills at least 32 in Caribbean

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, kills at least 32 in CaribbeanBy Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas late on Thursday. The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 32 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. At least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico, the island's El Nuevo Día‏ newspaper reported.



Armed woman makes threats at Kardashian-owned boutique near L.A

Armed woman makes threats at Kardashian-owned boutique near L.AA woman armed with a handgun pointed it at employees at a boutique owned by reality TV stars the Kardashians in the Los Angeles area on Thursday and later came back brandishing a machete, according to police and media. "We want to know who she is, we want to get her off the streets," Juanita Navarro of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said by telephone. The woman entered the boutique in West Hollywood, just outside Los Angeles, shortly before noon shouting "Stay away from Cuba" as she pointed a handgun at an employee, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.



U.S. issues fuel waiver for diesel in Florida after Hurricane Irma

U.S. issues fuel waiver for diesel in Florida after Hurricane IrmaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it had approved an emergency fuel waiver for diesel in Florida for the response effort to Hurricane Irma. "EPA has waived the highway diesel fuel red dye requirements to allow the use of 15 parts per million sulfur non-road diesel fuel for on-highway vehicles in Florida" through Oct.6, the agency said in a statement. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler)



BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink salesBrigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday. Students or visitors will no longer need to bring their own sodas onto the 33,000-student campus, Dean Wright, the school's director of dining services, said on the university's website. "This decision was not based on financial considerations," Wright said.





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