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Storm Maria brings fear, pain and shock to Puerto Ricans

Miguel Cruz awoke to the descent of Hurricane Maria on his home on Wednesday morning when the massive storm peeled off most of the roof, sent his belongings flying in all directions, but left intact an icon of Jesus hanging above his bed.

Mexico politicians fear flunking quake test before 2018 vote

Less than a year before a presidential election, Mexico's ruling party and its coalition partners are fearful they could be punished by voters for any misstep in responding to two major earthquakes that killed more than 300 people this month.

China to halt new projects in pollution 'red zones'

China will halt major projects in regions with high levels of pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday, underscoring an environmental crackdown that is starting to hit business around the country.

California cities sue big oil firms over climate change

California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.

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Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."