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GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill

May. 24, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a tempest over hurricane and flood relief that has left the measure meandering for months. The move came a...

Congress on cusp of delivering long-overdue disaster aid

May. 23, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill by a broad bipartisan vote, but only after Democrats insisted on tossing out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to handle an unprecedented influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The relief measure...

The Latest: Senate passes $19 billion disaster relief bill

May. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on disaster relief legislation (all times local): 4:38 p.m. The Senate has passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill to help to a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires. The widely-backed legislation passed by an...

Nike cancels Puerto Rico-homage sneaker with Panama design

May. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Nike said Tuesday it won't release a version of its Air Force 1 shoe meant to celebrate Puerto Rico, after an indigenous group in Panama objected to one of its traditional designs being used on the sneaker. The company said in a statement: "We apologize for the inaccurate representation...

League of her own: woman in Puerto Rico baseball tournament

May. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A woman in Puerto Rico is set for the first time to play in an otherwise all-male baseball tournament organized by a popular semi-pro league. Diamilette Quiles is to take over at first base in the fifth inning for the Mountaineers of Utuado. "I'm leaving it all in God's hands,"...

Official over Puerto Rico police reform resigns in protest

May. 14, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A retired Army officer overseeing a federally mandated reform of Puerto Rico's police department resigned on Tuesday, saying he's lost trust in the process. Arnaldo Claudio said in a phone interview that the U.S. Department of Justice and the federal court are not taking...

Democrats may fund parts of Trump's $4.5B border request

May. 14, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are signaling a willingness to include major elements of President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request for humanitarian and security needs on the U.S.-Mexico border in an unrelated, widely backed disaster aid bill that appears to finally be breaking free of a...

Report calls on FCC to probe storm aftermath in Puerto Rico

May. 14, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A consumer activist group released a report Tuesday outlining the collapse in communications that beset Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and it urged the U.S. government to investigate the problems to avoid a repeat of the situation as the island prepares for another storm...

Some employers left short-staffed after visa program changes

May. 13, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Some eastern Idaho businesses are struggling to find seasonal workers under new, stricter visa rules for non-agricultural workers. "It's been very difficult to deal with," Mandi Wilkinson, a controller for MD Nursery and Landscaping, told the Post Register . "Do we take on new...

Kansas participating in states' lawsuit over generic drugs

May. 13, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has joined 42 other states and Puerto Rico in a federal lawsuit alleging that large manufacturers of generic drugs have conspired to artificially inflate prices. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the state's participation Monday. The states filed the lawsuit Friday...