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KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) – At Leslie Campbell’s office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing. Director of special programs for the Osceola County School District, Campbell helps enroll students fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Her job has been a busy one. Since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California’s coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for “miracle” survivors. The walls of fast-moving mud and debris that tore through hillside communities
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress. The senators, three Democrats and three Republicans, “have reached an agreement in principle that
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday’s disaster began trickling out. Some 700 rescue workers in helicopters and high-wheeled military vehicles picked through waist-deep mud in
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – An American tourist has died in the Australian outback while hiking though sweltering conditions on the Larapinta Trail, renowned for its ancient Aboriginal sacred sites, police said on Thursday. The 33-year-old Californian had been walking the popular Larapinta Trail some 160 km (100 miles) west of Alice Springs in central Australia with
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – The death toll from devastating mudslides in affluent communities along a stretch of Southern California coastline rose to 17 on Wednesday after two more bodies were recovered, the local sheriff said, and the number of people missing also climbed to 17. The two additional fatalities were discovered as some 500
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Rescue crews with dogs and scanners dug through waist-deep mud in an affluent stretch of Southern California’s coast on Wednesday, hunting for up to two dozen people missing after mudslides swept through the coastal community and killed at least 15. The mudslides in Santa Barbara County resulted from a downpour
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared at odds on Wednesday in a closely watched voting rights case, differing over whether Ohio’s purging of infrequent voters from its registration rolls — a policy critics say disenfranchises thousands of people — violates federal law. The nine justices heard about an hour of
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SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge in San Francisco temporarily barred President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program shielding young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents from deportation. The Trump administration announced in September it would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a decision that
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state’s coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana. Brown, a Democrat who is leaving office next January after four non-consecutive
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state’s governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At least 13 people died and thousands fled from their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month. Heavy downpours struck before dawn on Tuesday after thousands of residents in
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