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Firefighters make progress on Rucker Fire in Lompoc

| Firefighters are making progress on trio of wildfires on California's Central Coast, but officials warn that gusty winds continue to threaten about 150 homes.

'They want everything to be done for them,' Trump hits back at Puerto Rico critics

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In a series of tweets, the President defended his handling of the recovery effort and blamed the mayor of San Juan, Democrats and the media.

State Department orders more than half its staff out of Cuba after 'specific attacks'

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The move follows reports in August that U.S. diplomats in Havana had been subjected to mysterious "sonic" attacks that led to hearing loss, headaches and other health problems.

Trump waives restrictions to help Puerto Rico

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Republicans and Democrats had pushed Trump to waive the Jones Act, a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports.

How to soften the blow from recent hurricanes and earthquakes

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There are numerous ways to donate in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico.

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Construction begins on border wall prototypes

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On Tuesday morning, construction crews broke ground on prototype designs for the border wall. Now they'll have 30 days to complete the templates for the future wall.

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With bottles and buckets, Puerto Ricans seek the water to survive

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The damage left by Hurricane Maria has disabled running water for many in Puerto Rico. People are driving to mountain springs to fill empty soda bottles and heading to rivers to do their laundry.

At a gas station with no gas, Puerto Ricans settle in for an interminable wait

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Gas is scarce in Puerto Rico. East of San Juan, a station is due to receive fuel — but no one knows when the tanker will show up. Some people are angry. Others are playing dominoes.

Equifax dumps CEO in wake of damaging data breach

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Credit reporting agency Equifax is ousting CEO Richard Smith in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that affected about 143 million Americans.