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A week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the US commonwealth’s residents are struggling to survive without basic necessities as federal officials say aid is still on the way.

In the town of Utuado, Lydia Rivera has started to ration crackers and drink rain water to keep her two grandchildren alive.
“No water, no food,” Rivera told CNN. “It’s nobody’s fault. It’s the weather. You have to go on.”
The storm hit the US territory last week, killing at least 16 people and knocking down power, communication and water grids across the island. But the recovery efforts there have been markedly different from those in Texas and Florida after recent hurricanes.

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College Basketball Coaches Among Those Charged With Federal Crimes:

The FBI has arrested 10 people, including college basketball coaches and high-level apparel company employees, in connection with an alleged widespread college basketball scheme.

The United States Attorney’s Office in New York filed three complaints that allege fraud and corruption in the “dark underbelly of college basketball,” acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim said Tuesday at a news briefing.
Four college assistant and associate coaches — Chuck Person, Lamont Evans, Tony Bland and Emanuel Richardson — employed at Division I schools with top-tier basketball programs, have “abused the trust” placed in them by players and families, according to the complaints.
They have been charged with wire fraud, bribery, travel act, and conspiracy offenses. According to the complaint, the coaches facilitated and received bribes from athlete advisers, including business managers and financial advisers Christian Dawkins and Munish Sood, over multiple instances, in exchange for directing and pressuring players and their families to retain the services of these advisers.

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Restaurant Report Card: What’s In Your Fast Food Meat?:

Our favorite fast foods could come back to bite us, according to a report released Wednesday — and it’s not just the extra calories.

The new report grades the 25 largest US fast food chains on where they stand on antibiotics.
The results are a mixed bag: For the third year in a row, the only two As were awarded to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. More companies passed this year than ever before.
But 11 of the top 25 chains received an F, having taken “no (discernible) action to reduce use of antibiotics in their supply chains.”
Nine companies didn’t respond to the survey at all, just like last year.

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What NFL Controversy Means To Trump: ShowTime!:

Proving he considers the presidency similar to his previous job as the host of a “Lord of the Flies”-style reality show, Donald Trump said in a Monday night dinner that he was thrilled by the response to his recent race-baiting performance in Alabama. As CNN’s Jim Acosta reports, Trump was energized by the effects of his speech, which wounded many of his fellow citizens.

“It’s really caught on. It’s really caught on,” he reportedly explained to dinner guests. “I said what millions of Americans were thinking.” He echoed that sentiment in his Tuesday press conference.
Setting aside what millions of Americans may or may not think, Trump’s sense that he succeeded because the press is talking about his performance ignores the fact that media coverage is not the measure of a president’s success. Achieving certain policy goals, unifying the nation with calls to grace and maintaining America’s standing in the world — three objectives which many of his predecessors strived for — determine how history writes about presidencies.

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The collapse Tuesday of Senate Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act caps a brutal stretch for Mitch McConnell.

The Senate majority leader is facing withering criticism from President Donald Trump — who described him as “unpopular” — and many conservative Republicans who blame him for failing to accomplish the party’s top legislative goal despite years of promises and months of negotiations.
“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system, we are not going to be able to do that this week,” a disappointed McConnell told reporters, as time ticked toward a deadline at the end of the month when the GOP will lose the ability to pass an Obamacare repeal bill on a party-line vote.

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