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Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will […]

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha surprised the South Carolina coast Wednesday, forming, making landfall within two hours and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems. Forecasters expected the bad weather, but didn’t predict it to organize so quickly and become the second […]

Tropical Depression Bertha to bring heavy winds, potential flooding for Charlotte area

8:30 PM FACEBOOK LIVE UPDATE CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46/AP) – Heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Depression Bertha will continue to move northwest and out of the area overnight. Clouds will linger along with some patchy fog to start the day Thursday.   As the weather gets warmer (highs in the 80s) and continued […]

Puerto Rico to reopen businesses, beaches with new rules

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, malls and hair salons next week under strict new rules as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes. Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced Thursday that most businesses will reopen […]

US official: Disaster recovery pace in Puerto Rico sped up

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The newly appointed U.S. official charged with overseeing disaster recovery in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that while the pace of federally funded projects to help hurricane and earthquake victims has quickened, he’s worried about long term efforts. The comments by Peter Brown, White House special representative for Puerto Rico’s […]

Willimantic’s Puerto Rican community worried after island earthquakes

Among the members of the Puerto Rican community  in the  Willimantic area who are keeping a close eye on the island is a North Windham woman, Yolanda Negron.

“Puerto Rico has been having this phenomenon of earthquakes,” said Negron.

She says there have been more than 800 earthquakes and aftershocks on the island with 17 being felt. The biggest and most damaging during the last two days.

Bye-bye buoy: Large beacon removed from Florida beach

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A large red navigation buoy that escaped from the Atlantic Ocean for the second time was removed Thursday from a Florida beach where it had become something of a tourist attraction. Crews with a flatbed truck removed the nearly 7-ton (6.35-metric-ton) buoy from New Smyrna Beach, where it came […]

Puerto Ricans settle in quake shelters, refuse to go home

GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — A new community has popped up in this earthquake-damaged town in southwest Puerto Rico: it houses 300 people, a dozen police officers and one macaw. Cries of “Uno!” filled the air early Friday morning as children on cots played card games while men with a pillow under their arm and […]

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