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In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria

In Florida, all eyes on Puerto Rican voters after Maria

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Javier Gonzalez has joined a human tide of more than 130,000 U.S. citizens arriving in Florida since Hurricane Maria wrecked Puerto Rico, grateful for a place to start over but resenting how their island has been treated since the disaster. More than a million Puerto Ricans — about 5 percent of Florida's population — already call the state home, and given the outrage many feel over President Donald Trump's handling of the storm, political observers say this voting bloc could loosen the Republican Party's hold on this battleground state. Gonzalez, 38, saw the storm destroy the restaurant he opened with his father five years ago. Without power or reliable water, he became violently ill from food poisoning for three weeks. Finally, he packed his bags, determined to make his future in Miami i
Ed Speleers and Maria Doyle Kennedy join Season 4 of 'Outlander'

Ed Speleers and Maria Doyle Kennedy join Season 4 of 'Outlander'

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Starz has announced the casting of two key roles for its time-travel romance, Outlander."Clan, we have our Jocasta and Stephen Bonnet! Please welcome @mariadkennedy and @RealEdSpeleers as Season 4 of #Outlander begins filming!" the cable network tweeted Wednesday, along with photos of new cast members Ed Speleers and Maria Doyle Kennedy.Speleers' credits include Eragon and Downton Abbey. Kennedy has also appeared in Downton Abbey, as well as in the series The Tudors and the films The Commitments, The General, The Matchmaker, Sing Street and The Conjuring 2.Based on Diana Gabaldon's popular novels, the small-screen drama Outlander follows British Claire [played by Caitriona Balfe,] a married, former World War II military nurse who magically travels back in time where she me...
Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

Hurricane Maria passing to the east of Bahamas

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Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria began moving north away from the Caribbean on Friday after lashing many of the islands there over the past week, the National Hurricane Center said.A Category 3 storm, Maria was located 115 miles east-northeast of the Southeastern Bahamas and about 395 miles east-southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm was moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the NHC said in its 5 p.m. Friday advisory.Forecasters added that the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph.A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Southeastern Bahamas and the Central Bahamas.Storm surge-related water levels were forecast to subside in the Turks and Caicos, and Bahamas as Maria moved north.Maria is not expected to make landfall again in the Caribbean, tho...
NHC: Maria 'potentially catastrophic' as it tears through Caribbean

NHC: Maria 'potentially catastrophic' as it tears through Caribbean

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Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Hurricane Maria left widespread damage Tuesday in the eastern Caribbean as it continued steaming toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm.In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was 80 miles southeast of St. Croix and 175 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, both U.S. territories. Maximum sustained winds were recorded at 165 mph, with higher gusts.Maria was moving west-northwest at a speed of 10 mph -- a direction which was expected to continue through Wednesday.The NHC called the storm "potentially catastrophic" -- barely a week after Hurricane Irma tore through the same region."On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move near or over the U.S. Virgin Islands [Tuesday night], cross Puerto Ri...
'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

'We will need help of all kinds,' Dominica PM pleads after Cat. 5 Maria tears through

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Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica on Monday night, lashing the Caribbean island as a Category 5 storm with 160-mph winds and a storm surge of up to 11 feet. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a series of dire Facebook posts as the storm hit the island, calling the winds "merciless" and saying his residence sustained damages. "We do not know what is happening outside. We not dare look out. All we are hearing is ... the sound of the fury of the wind. As we pray for its end!" Skerrit wrote. "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding," the prime minister updated later in the night, before announcing, "I have been rescued." "[W]e have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit wrote early Tuesday. "My greatest fear for the mornin...