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Power back on in Puerto Rico after widespread blackout

by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/12/18, 11:42 am

Electric company crews in Puerto Rico have restored power to most homes and businesses affected by a blackout Sunday night. The outage started with a substation fire that knocked out another substation and two power plants. Replacing the damaged equipment could take as long as 10 days. A union representative called the incident “very strange,” noting a breaker should have prevented the problem. Crews are still trying to determine what sparked the fire. Puerto Rico’s electrical grid already had problems before Hurricane Maria battered the island last year, felling most of its power lines.

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Cause of border agent’s death remains a mystery

by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/08/18, 01:17 pm

The FBI announced Wednesday it still doesn’t know what happened to two U.S. Border Patrol agents severely injured while on patrol in West Texas last year. One of the agents, Rogelio Martinez, died from his injuries several hours after the Nov. 18 incident. His partner, identified as Stephen “Michael” Garland, suffered head injuries and says he doesn’t remember what happened. President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott all claimed a deliberate attack felled the agents and used the incident to bolster calls for tougher border security measures.

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Trump declares America is great again

Politics | The president’s inaugural State of the Union address offers positive takeaways from his first year
by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/31/18, 09:07 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s debut State of the Union Tuesday night was a tale of two outlooks on America.

Basking in the wave of positive headlines from the GOP tax overhaul, a record number of judicial appointments, and rollbacks on business regulations and international terror groups, Republicans applauded their way through the third longest joint-address ever (only President Bill Clinton delivered longer speeches). Meanwhile, the Democratic caucus sat subdued, donning outfits and pins to protest the president’s policies and agendas.

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