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Galveston housing struggling 10 years after Hurricane Ike

Oct. 22, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Galveston hasn't done enough to rebuild public housing that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike a decade ago, public housing advocates say. Fewer than half of the island city's 569 public housing units have been rebuilt since the 2008 hurricane, The Houston Chronicle reported . State and...

Sheriff: Girl, 10, hospitalized, shot by twin brother

Oct. 22, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head by her twin brother in Tennessee. WAAY-TV and other news outlets report that it is unclear what condition she is in. Lawrence County Sheriff John Myers says the siblings were in a truck outside a Dollar General...

Large earthquakes off Vancouver Island

Oct. 22, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.6 magnitude quake about 160 miles (260 kilometres) west of Tofino, followed by a 6.8 tremor and then a third measuring 6.5....

Board urges Puerto Rico to implement tax, labor reforms

Oct. 22, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The executive director of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances said Monday that the island is likely to receive $20 billion more than initially estimated in federal relief as it rebuilds from Category 4 Hurricane Maria. Overall, Puerto Rico is slated to...

Flooding prompts boil-water notice for Austin, Texas

Oct. 22, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Residents of the Texas state capital are being ordered to boil their tap water before drinking after flooding in recent weeks filled the lakes that feed their supply with silt, mud and debris. The city of Austin said in a statement Monday that the water needs extended filtration and...

2 children die, 3 people hurt in Louisiana mobile home fire

Oct. 22, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — Two children have been killed and three people have been hurt in a mobile home fire in Louisiana. Ashley Rodrigue with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office told news outlets the fire was reported around 10 p.m. Sunday in Belle Chasse, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast...

2 killed in highway collision near Nebraska City

Oct. 22, 2018 1:54 PM EDT

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and a teenager died in a highway collision near Nebraska City in southeast Nebraska. Station KNCY reports the two died Sunday night on U.S. Highway 75 when a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck collided. Authorities identified the two as 32-year-old...

Category 5 Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 22, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Willa grew into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm and swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 160 mph (260 kph) Monday, threatening a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages. The hurricane was expected to pass over or near...

Study: Puerto Ricans in Florida after storm below 50,000

Oct. 22, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's possible that the number of Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida after Hurricane Maria has been overestimated. A new study released this month by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research suggests that between 30,000 and 50,000 islanders settled in Florida...

Man sentenced for crash into river that killed girlfriend

Oct. 22, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who fled a crash of a vehicle into the Delaware River that claimed the life of his girlfriend earlier this year is now headed to state prison. Jacob Garrett recently received a 15-year sentence. The 25-year-old Burlington City man had pleaded guilty in July to...