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Puerto Rican government owns up to Maria death toll

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/09/18, 01:36 pm

The Puerto Rican government conceded Thursday that the devastation associated with Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, a number vastly exceeding the official count that for months noted only 64 deaths. The storm ripped through the island in September 2017, knocking out power and triggering widespread flooding. While the official death count stalled at 64, fatalities climbed amid impassable roads, lack of hospital access, and a power outage that lasted for months.

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Every spark a potential disaster in California

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/06/18, 10:52 am

President Donald Trump declared a major emergency in California as crews continued to battle devastating wildfires. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which flanks Clear Lake in Northern California, expanded at breakneck speed Sunday and was setting records as one of the state’s largest fires ever. Burning in mostly rural areas, the fire has threatened 9,300 structures, destroyed 68 homes, and damaged 12 other homes. A seventh person died in the Carr Fire in nearby Shasta County on Saturday.

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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Missouri duck boat incident

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/31/18, 11:09 am

The operators of a duck boat that sank in a lake near Branson, Mo., earlier this month face a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit, filed this week on behalf of the family of two victims. Seventeen people drowned when the amphibious vehicle operated by Ride the Ducks Branson sank in a sudden storm on July 19.

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