US report criticizes FEMA response to Maria in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal report published Tuesday found that staff shortages and a lack of trained personnel slowed the U.S. government response to Hurricane Maria, a storm estimated to have killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico.

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After Rio museum fire, questions about cause, what survived

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Forensic investigators and researchers awaited access Tuesday to the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, gutted in a fire, to find out how the blaze began and what remains of the 20 million artifacts that made the museum one of the most important in Latin America.

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  • Written by By PETER PRENGAMAN and SARAH DiLORENZO , Associated Press

Gordon aims to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Sandbags were filled, patio furniture was taken inside and shoppers stocked up on batteries and bottled water as people along the Gulf Coast prepared Tuesday for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was forecast to become the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.

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  • Written by By STACEY PLAISANCE and KEVIN McGILL , Associated Press

Strong typhoon slams western Japan; 2 dead, airport flooded

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main international airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel and leaving thousands stranded. The storm left at least two people dead.

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