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Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Sep. 22, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from...

DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won't lose job

Sep. 22, 2018 4:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long had been under...

AP NewsBreak: DHS secretary says FEMA chief won't lose job

Sep. 21, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator William "Brock" Long had been under...

The Latest: Death toll rises to 43 in aftermath of Florence

Sep. 21, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Authorities say the death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence. A statement released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that...

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

Sep. 20, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year...

Florence-weary South Carolina could get more record flooding

Sep. 20, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in South Carolina. Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the...

NY to send more college students to help Puerto Rico recover

Sep. 20, 2018 3:25 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that another 500 students from public schools around the state will head to the island territory this school year. Cuomo also says a memorial to the victims of...

The Latest: Ferry services resuming in North Carolina

Sep. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Florence (all times local): 7:20 p.m. North Carolina transportation officials say ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes. In addition, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday two state ferries arrived in Southport late...

The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

Sep. 19, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump says South Carolina is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is...

5 things for businesses to know about disaster recovery

Sep. 19, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. While these owners are still trying to assess the damage to their companies, and what they'll get from their insurers, they also need to reach out to customers, vendors...