Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and Caicos

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and CaicosBy Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night. The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 18 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. Maria is now a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of up to 125 miles per hour (205 km per hour) and is 80 miles (130 km) southeast of Grand Turk Island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.



BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink sales

BYU lifts decades-long ban on caffeinated soft drink salesBrigham Young University has ended a 60-year ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks at its flagship campus in Provo, Utah, the Mormon Church-owned school said on Thursday. Students or visitors will no longer need to bring their own sodas onto the 33,000-student campus, Dean Wright, the school's director of dining services, said on the university's website. "This decision was not based on financial considerations," Wright said.



NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE

NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTEBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter. Hernandez was a rising star in the National Football League when he was arrested in 2013 and charged with murdering an acquaintance. Days later, he hanged himself in a Massachusetts prison.



U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigration

U.S. attorney general ties gang violence to immigrationProtesters gathered outside a federal court in Boston on Thursday where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to address law enforcement about what he called the need to tackle transnational gang violence and to secure the Mexican border. Sessions reemphasized what he said was a need to target cross-border criminal organizations, specifically the gang MS-13, which the Justice Department says has more than 30,000 members worldwide and 10,000 members in the United States. Tying the effort to fight the gang and Republican President Donald Trump's administration's efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, Sessions said the Justice Department was directing more prosecutorial resources to the U.S.-Mexican border.



Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane MariaBy Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix. The second major hurricane to rage through the Caribbean this month, Maria has killed at least 17 people and devastated several small islands, including St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica.





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