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Damage assessment from storm starts in American Samoa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) – Officials in American Samoa began a full assessment Monday of damage caused by tropical storm Gita over the weekend. Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga says the storm caused widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. No injuries or deaths were reported. President Donald Trump approved …

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Tonga begins cleanup while Fiji prepares for Cyclone Gita

By NICK PERRYAssociated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Tonga began cleaning up Tuesday after a cyclone hit overnight, while some people in the nearby Pacific nation of Fiji began preparing for the storm to hit them. Cyclone Gita destroyed homes and churches in Tonga and caused widespread power outages …

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Oxfam’s deputy chief executive resigns in Haiti scandal

By DANICA KIRKAAssociated Press LONDON (AP) – Oxfam’s deputy chief executive resigned Monday, saying she took “full responsibility” for failing to act immediately in the sexual misconduct scandal involving the charity’s workers in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Penny Lawrence, Oxfam program director at the time, said she was “ashamed …

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Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

By DANICA COTOAssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest …

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Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

By DANICA COTOAssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest …

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Indiana county records 4 deaths in 48 hours from moving snow

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A county near Chicago has recorded four deaths related to moving snow in the 48 hours following a major winter storm. Lake County, Indiana, Coroner Merrilee Frey, says Saturday that the deaths were related to shoveling or snowblowing. She issued an urgent message asking residents to be …

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UK reviews Oxfam ties after sex abuse scandal in Haiti

By DANICA KIRKAAssociated Press LONDON (AP) – The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam amid a deepening sexual misconduct scandal involving some of the charity’s employees working in Haiti after its devastating 2010 earthquake. The U.K.’s Department for International Development sharply criticized the charity for its lack of …

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Bali volcano decreases in activity, alert status lowered

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian authorities lowered the alert status of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano from the highest level on Saturday following a significant decrease in activity and said thousands of people who have fled its slopes for government shelters may return home. More than 140,000 people fled the area …

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL: Melania Trump …

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