Farmers say Maria wrecked bright spot of Puerto Rico economy

For 21 years Hector Alejandro Santiago spread joy throughout Puerto Rico with the poinsettias, orchids and other ornamental plants he raised and sold to major retailers including Costco, Walmart and Home Depot. In a matter of hours Hurricane Maria wiped it away.

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  • Written by By DAVID PITT , Associated Press

Puerto Rico angry at Trump official 'good news story' remark

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a "good news story."

 

Elaine Duke, the department's acting secretary, drew a sharp rebuke from San Juan's mayor for seeming to play down the suffering.

"When you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story," Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told CNN on Friday. "Damn it, this is not a good news story. This is a people-are-dying story."

 

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  • Written by By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and LUIS ALONSO , Associated Press

Senator slams Twitter over suspected accounts tied to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media giant Twitter told congressional investigators it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to Russia, but the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee was anything but satisfied.

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  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY , Associated Press

Price says he'll reimburse costs for his seat on private flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting to keep his job, health secretary Tom Price says he'll write a personal check to reimburse taxpayers for his travel on charter flights taken on government business and pledged to fly commercial — "no exceptions."

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  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's secret seems to have gotten out

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump teased an audience with what sounded like inside dope: Five big auto factories or expansions are coming soon to the U.S., he confided.

  • Written by By TOM KRISHER and CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press