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Puerto Rico restores power after a massive blackout as lawmakers call for a state of emergency

Jun. 13, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A power company in Puerto Rico announced Thursday that it has restored electricity to most areas affected by a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory the previous day. The outage left over 340,000 customers in the capital, San Juan, and neighboring...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 12, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. June 6, 2024. Editorial: Look To Future, Not The Past A congressman from Florida who is Black and Republican made news on May 4 when he said Black families were stronger before the arrival of welfare and other Great Society government programs...

Boil-water advisory lifted in Atlanta after water system problems

Jun. 06, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Residents in Atlanta no longer must boil water before drinking it, officials said Thursday, six days after a water main break west of downtown affected service and spurred the advisory. Normal water flow and pressure was restored citywide on Wednesday, but more time...

Tornadoes touch down across US, killing toddler in Michigan and injuring 5 in Maryland

Jun. 05, 2024 23:06 PM EDT

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A tornado killed a 2-year-old boy and injured his mother Wednesday when a tree fell on their house in suburban Detroit, while emergency workers in Maryland were responding to reports of collapsed structures with people trapped inside after a tornado there. ...

Atlanta mayor pledges to aid businesses harmed by water outages as he looks to upgrade system

Jun. 05, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor on Wednesday pledged support of a plan to spend $5 million to reimbursing businesses for losses during water outages in the city since Friday, as he promised an assessment of the city’s infrastructure and to deploy monitors to detect leaking pipes. ...

Atlanta officials say water repairs are done after 5 days of outages and service is being restored

Jun. 04, 2024 21:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — City of Atlanta officials say workers finished repairs on a ruptured water main on Tuesday and that water problems in the city are coming to an end after five days. The city said Tuesday night that workers had placed new pipes after a leak that sent a gushing river...

Atlanta water woes extend into fourth day as city finally cuts off leak gushing into streets

Jun. 03, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — For at least some residents, Atlanta's water problems weren't over Monday. Milena Franco, who lives in the city's Midtown neighborhood, said she and her husband had water all weekend. But Monday morning, the flow was cut off, as Franco discovered when she tried to...

Trump's case casts a spotlight on movement to restore voting rights to those convicted of felonies

Jun. 03, 2024 16:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-led states have historically made it difficult for those convicted of a felony to vote or barred it altogether. Now the Republicans’ presumptive nominee for president, who lives in one of those states, is among them. Donald Trump’s conviction in the...

1 Malaysian climber dead, 1 rescued near the top of Denali, North America's tallest mountain

May. 31, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A climber from Malaysia who was stranded for three days near the top of North America's tallest mountain following a summit push was rescued Friday, but his partner was dead, officials said. A third member of their team had been rescued this week after descending lower on...

Global aid group asks warring forces to respect its neutrality with 24 of its aid workers killed

May. 30, 2024 20:06 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies asked state forces and combatants Thursday to respect its neutrality and work of delivering humanitarian help to the most destitute in war and other high-risk zones, saying 24 of its aid workers had...