The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.
More than 70 medical groups have asked Congress to provide DACA recipients with legal status, noting that some work in medicine, or want to. The groups argue that these people diversify the health care workforce.
According to emails obtained by KPCC, at least five government agencies knew about the tainted water days before the fourth annual L.A. River Boat Race on Sept. 9, but they did little to notify the public or close the river to recreation. Water quality tests taken upstream indicated the presence of harmful feces-borne bacteria 100 times the federal safety limit for swimming and recreation.
Burbank Mayor Will Rogers announced that he has stage 4 liver cancer during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. A transplant or traditional chemotherapy are not viable options, Rogers said, but he noted that he was participating in drug trials and immunotherapy. Rogers said he plans to continue serving as mayor but will scale back on the events he attends.
In preparation for what could be an affordable housing building boom in L.A., a group of philanthropists has doubled a key loan program for developers. "This fund is critically important," said the CEO of one of the area's most prolific affordable housing developers. "The hardest thing about starting a project ... is the financing to actually buy the property and to begin the work."
California's attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing it's overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. The suit makes arguments similar to those made in a lawsuit brought last week by advocacy groups. Both lawsuits aim to stop design, planning and construction on the wall.
Some of the 4,000 people at a ceremony in L.A. embraced the message of unity, while others said the words felt insincere coming from the man who has ordered a travel ban and cast Mexican immigrants in a negative light.
KPCC spoke with a survival preparedness pro who shared his top pieces of advice, including: knowledge is more useful than stuff, don't wait to prepare, think twice about evacuating and storing water is the easiest and best thing to do. See our emergency preparedness guide for more prep tips, how to talk to kids about disasters and what to do immediately after a big earthquake.
Countless celebrities have fragrances. Why shouldn't you? Head to the Institute for Art and Olfaction, where you can join DIY perfumers to learn the art of the smell. Combine scent molecules to learn how they mix and mingle together, or create a fragrance all your own.
Why it's cool:
The perfume industry is controlled by a handful of conglomerates. So, stick it to the man by creating your own unique scent.