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Weakened dam looms as latest threat to Puerto Rico after hurricane

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A dam in Puerto Rico weakened by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing on Sunday, posing a flood threat to thousands of homes downstream as the storm-battered U.S. island territory struggled through a fifth day with virtually no electricity. | Video

Trump says Puerto Rico in trouble after hurricane, debt 'must be dealt with'

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Puerto Rico is in "deep trouble" after being hit by Hurricane Maria and that its billions of dollars of debt to the Wall Street and banks "must be dealt with."

World, Environment, 9:18pm EDT

U.S. House fails to pass FAA extension, hurricane tax relief

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday failed to approve a bill to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to continue to operate and a package of tax relief bills to aid hurricane victims after ranking Democrats objected.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S., 8:24pm EDT

Battered Puerto Rico hospitals on life support after Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Puerto Rico's medical services are in critical condition in the wake of Hurricane Maria. | Video

World, Environment 7:45pm EDT

Multinationals in Puerto Rico respond to Hurricane Maria

Storm-battered Puerto Rico, with a population of 3.4 million, is still without electricity five days after Hurricane Maria struck with ferocious winds and torrential rains, the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory for nearly a century.

World, Environment, U.S., 6:09pm EDT

Senate Democratic leader Schumer calls for speedy Puerto Rico relief

NEW YORK U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Monday said lawmakers from his party "insist" Puerto Rico be included in any supplemental federal disaster relief packages for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

World, Environment, U.S., 5:53pm EDT

Mexico City gets unsteadily back on its feet after quake

MEXICO CITY Mexico City's infamous traffic jams were back on Monday as offices re-opened after last week's deadly earthquake, but closed schools and clusters of homeless people served as reminders that life in the megalopolis has not yet returned to normal.

Mexico, World, Environment 5:31pm EDT

Travelers swamp Puerto Rico's main airport; dam on verge of collapse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Hundreds of stranded travelers filled the sweltering halls of San Juan International Airport on Monday anxious to know when they could leave and reconnect with families after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island.

U.S., Environment 10:37am EDT

Bali's rumbling volcano spurs travel warnings from Australia, Singapore

Karangasem, INDONESIA Fears that a volcano could erupt imminently on the holiday island of Bali prompted several countries to issue travel warnings, while Indonesian authorities raced to evacuate tens of thousands of people living in the "danger zone". | Video

While wealthy Mexicans swamped by quake aid, poor feel abandoned

MEXICO CITY Relief supplies and volunteers are piling up at rescue sites in upscale districts of Mexico City following Tuesday's deadly earthquake in a show of solidarity that has contrasted with the government's struggle to get aid to people most in need.

Mexico, World, Environment Sep 24 2017

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.