The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico was still reeling from the storm's devastation.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, Maria was still a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 kph), sitting 35 miles (55 km) east-northeast of Grand Turk Island and moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).
A hurricane warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
Mexico's federal police said several people were lifted out of the debris of two buildings Thursday. Rescuers removed or broke through slabs until they found cracks that allowed workers to wiggle through to reach the victims, then lift them to safety. The city government said 60 people in all had been rescued since the quake hit at midday Tuesday.
Still, with the hours passing, fewer of the living were being found, and the official death toll rose to 273 in Mexico City and several nearby states, with 137 in the capital.
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On the surface it seems like more of the same: North Korea responds to another threat by U.S. President Donald Trump by calling him a "deranged" old man who will "pay dearly" for his insults.
These words, however, carry the weight of an unprecedented personal rebuke from North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.
Behind Kim's colorful language released Friday is a remarkable window into the thinking — albeit filtered through state media — of the leader of a country that, despite opposition by the world's sole superpower, stands on the brink of nuclear weapons mastery.
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Puerto Rico's government has asked people who have not been able to determine the status of friends and family who live in the island to reach out to its staffers.
The territory's Federal Affairs Administration on Thursday provided a phone number and an email address.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.
Kim said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country." He also described the U.S. president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire."
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A woman who entered a Kardashian-owned store Thursday was arrested after allegedly threatening employees with a handgun and threatening death to the famous family while being armed with a machete.
The incident began at the DASH store in West Hollywood around 11:32 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station said.
The woman pointed a handgun at an employee after shouting, "Stay away from Cuba," then knocked things off the counter before walking out of the store, police said.
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers — about 1,250 miles— capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel.
The unveiling came during a military parade on Friday in Tehran. The parade commemorates the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.
The state-run IRNA news agency quoted chief of the Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying that the new missile, named Khoramshahr, "can carry several warheads for various uses."
The last time Philadelphia resident Kareem Anthony heard from his Aunt Zulma, who lives in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, was 6 a.m. Wednesday, just as Hurricane Maria made landfall.
“We haven’t heard anything from our family, and we are worried,” Anthony said. “My ‘titi’ Zulma said the mayor just said to them, 'do the best you can and try to survive.'”
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Puerto Ricans and residents of other Caribbean islands had just started to recover after Hurricane Irma when another massive storm, Hurricane Maria, surged through the area. Puerto Rico, home to about 3.3 million people, could face months without electricity in the wake of the storm's landfall at Category 4, officials say. Major flooding has devastated the U.S. territory, including the capital, San Juan. Maria hit two other Caribbean islands especially hard, killing at least seven people on Dominica and one on Guadeloupe.
These organizations are asking for help in their relief efforts for hurricane victims.
Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said Thursday.
Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released Monday, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man.
"He's very upbeat, very positive," Farinella said from his New York office. "It's been 17 1/2 years. A lot has changed. It takes a little bit of getting used to. He's trying to figure out what he wants to do and he's in no hurry."
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Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the former football star suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
"Not only were the results positive, but we're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez said in a news conference Thursday at his office.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Boston on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter. It claims the team and the league deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father.
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose family is from Puerto Rico, said she hasn't yet heard from half her family after Hurricane Maria walloped the island.
The high court's first Hispanic justice was speaking Thursday at an event at the Newseum in Washington. She said Puerto Rico "is suffering a great tragedy right now."