Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Friday sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small. The request, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a solid 235,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey, partly reflecting a rebound from the previous month when hiring was held back by several hurricanes. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that last month’s gain was the largest in seven months. Hiring fell to just 110,000 in September, […]

The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living increase Friday. The COLA affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans, and federal retirees. That’s about one in five Americans. By law, the COLA is based on a broad measure of consumer prices generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. shed 33,000 jobs in September because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which closed thousands of businesses in Texas and Florida and forced widespread evacuations. It marked the first monthly hiring decline in nearly seven years. The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hobbled U.S. hiring last month, with businesses adding just 135,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year, a private survey found. Payroll processor ADP says the hiring drop-off in September was concentrated in smaller businesses, particularly smaller retailers, many of which were forced to close in Texas and […]

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Ten elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital. From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of […]

NEW YORK (AP) — Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast. The initial accounting Thursday follows warnings from other insurers that are tallying the damages from a hurricane season that is nowhere near being over. Allstate’s monthly losses, which likely […]

I’ve learned an enormous lesson over the past month and wanted to take a few minutes to share it with you. In some ways, the deepest, most essential life lessons are rooted in a truth you already had some understanding of – but needed an epiphany or experience to help you fully understand. What I’m […]

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro came to the United Nations on Monday to appeal to all countries and organizations to help rebuild the devastated Caribbean island of Barbuda and ensure that “paradise is not lost.” De Niro spoke at a hastily called meeting on Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic […]

After Hurricane Irma swept through the state of Georgia, over 200,000 residents of were left without power. The state is also dealing with multiple road closures because of the storm. Georgia Power one of the main power suppliers in the state reported that around 125,000 of their customers are in the dark. While another power […]

MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s post-Irma recovery picked up momentum Friday as power outages dropped and schools made plans to reopen. But two new cases of carbon monoxide poisoning from temporary generators made clear that dangers remained nearly a week after the powerful storm hit. In Palm Beach County, a woman died and three men were […]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The shrieks of children playing volleyball and the occasional barking of dogs echoed inside Puerto Rico’s largest convention center, transformed into a shelter for hurricane victims from other Caribbean islands as hundreds of families devastated by the Category 5 storm transition toward new lives. For many, that included tearful […]