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Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding

23 September[ —]

Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh floodingBy Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to ravage the Caribbean in a month, skirted past the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday, leaving devastation in its wake that included fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after pummeling the U.S. island territory. Maria, which ranked as the most powerful hurricane to strike Puerto Rico in nearly a century, has killed at least six people there and claimed 19 lives on several other Caribbean islands, according to government officials and local news media accounts. Roughly 70,000 people live in the area downstream from the earthen dam that was under evacuation, the island's governor, Ricardo Rossello, said in a late-afternoon news conference.



Man found guilty of 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student

23 September[ —]

Man found guilty of 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing studentThe first of three men arrested and facing trial in the 2011 kidnapping, rape and murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo was found guilty on all counts on Friday in Savannah, Tennessee. It took jurors about 10 hours over two days of deliberations to find Zachary Adams guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. Circuit Court Judge Charles Creed McGinley moved the trial from Decatur County to neighboring Hardin County to secure an unbiased jury, local media reported.



Corporate donations for Harvey, Irma disaster relief near $225 million

23 September[ —]

Corporate donations for Harvey, Irma disaster relief near $225 millionCorporate donations for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief funds totaled nearly $225 million by Friday and pledges continued to be made, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation said. Automakers and energy companies, some of them affected by the most powerful storm to hit Texas' Gulf Coast in 50 years, are among the prominent corporate donors. Texas, the biggest oil-producing state, was pummeled by Harvey when it made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane and proceeded to dump more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston region.



U.S. judge will not disturb Wilmington Trust indictment linked to crisis

23 September[ —]

U.S. judge will not disturb Wilmington Trust indictment linked to crisisA federal judge in Delaware on Friday refused to let four former Wilmington Trust executives charged with bank fraud gather new evidence they hoped would prove that their indictment was tainted by false grand jury testimony and should be dismissed. U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews' decision preceded a scheduled trial next month of the former executives and Wilmington, the first recipient of federal bailout money in the 2008-2009 financial crisis to be indicted. The former Wilmington executives are President Robert Harra, Chief Financial Officer David Gibson, Controller Kevyn Rakowski and Chief Credit Officer William North.



Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria

23 September[ —]

Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria(Reuters) - Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, another blow to its already precarious economic situation. Puerto Rico's government owes $72 billion to bondholders, and an additional $50 billion in pension obligations to teachers and almost all other government employees. The following are responses from multinational companies on how they are dealing with the aftermath of Maria: WAL-MART STORES INC Phillip Keene, Wal-Mart's director of corporate communications, said, "Like many businesses, we are working to assess any damage to our facilities as we are safely able to access them and working to connect with our associates to assess what their needs are so we can support as appropriate.



Kentucky psychologist gets 25 years in prison for $550 million disability fraud

23 September[ —]

Kentucky psychologist gets 25 years in prison for $550 million disability fraudAlfred Adkins, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Lexington, Kentucky, after a federal jury in June found him guilty of charges including conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. Adkins, of Pikeville, Kentucky, was also ordered to pay over $93 million in restitution, the Justice Department said.



St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittal

22 September[ —]

St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittalThe civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in St. Louis by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. It names Maleeha Ahmad, Alison Dreith and "a class of similarly situated individuals" as plaintiffs.



Spelunker in Indiana rescued after 60 hours locked in cave

22 September[ —]

Spelunker in Indiana rescued after 60 hours locked in cave"I managed to get some water from the cave walls, by basically licking the moisture off the wall," Lukas Cavar said in a telephone interview on Friday. Cavar was on a beginner's field trip to a cave south of the university's main campus in Bloomington, Indiana. "My biggest worry was not making it out alive," Cavar said.



Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS

22 September[ —]

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits off northern California: USGS(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury. It was quickly followed by a second quake of 5.6 closer to shore, the USGS said. Both quakes struck west of the California town of Petrolia and were very shallow, amplifying their effects, but a USGS map showed that they were not widely felt along the coast.



Doomsday sale: U.S. survivalists stock up as disasters roil the planet

22 September[ —]

Doomsday sale: U.S. survivalists stock up as disasters roil the planetSales of freeze-dried food, gas masks and other survival equipment have spiked in recent weeks as so-called "preppers" get ready to ride out any disaster, whether natural or man-made. People buried in rubble after earthquakes rattled Mexico.



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