'God Is With Us': Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

Updated at 11 a.m. ET After devastating parts of the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. It had been a Category 5 system, and even downgraded, it packed powerful sustained winds of 155 mph and is the strongest storm to have hit the island in decades. Maria came ashore near the eastern municipality of Yabucoa. The NHC says the eye will continue its march across the U.S. territory...

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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don't provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer. So, it is cutting their funding, some by as much as 90 percent, the government told the groups last week. But the navigators, as they're called, say the government doesn't understand the time involved in the effort or the complexity of the enrollment...

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Eight months after he packed up his White House office and vacated the premises, President Barack Obama's top lawyer is finally opening up.

In a speech at Columbia University's law school last week, Neil Eggleston told students that "I'm not sure where the lawyers are" in the vetting process for some of President Trump's controversial executive orders, from the travel ban that now covers visitors from six majority-Muslim countries to efforts to withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

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A Lake Placid attorney is challenging the long-term incumbent in the North Elba town supervisor’s race this fall.

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Republicans in the state of New York met in Albany Tuesday in advance of the 2018 campaigns, which will begin shortly. The party’s leader believes Republicans have a good chance at winning statewide office against Governor Andrew Cuomo and others next year.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have been gathering at the State House for a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15 statewide. 

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has mandated county governments to find ways to cut spending by consolidating overlapping services in their jurisdictions.  Progress is being made in two local counties.

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they're banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

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The head of Mexico's civil defense agency has lowered the number of people confirmed dead in Tuesday's earthquake. Luis Felipe Puente now says 217 people were killed. Earlier he said the death toll was 248. He gave no explanation for the revised number.

Updated at 3:30 a.m. ET

The death toll continues to rise in Mexico after Tuesday's earthquake. The country's national civil defense agency confirmed the death toll stands at 248. Rescue teams are digging through the rubble to find survivors.

A welcome mat was literally rolled out for refugees resettled in the U.S. at a somewhat unexpected locale Saturday: President Trump's childhood home.

In a very pointed message, international charity Oxfam invited four refugees from three countries to spend the day at the Queens, N.Y., home where Trump spent his earliest years.

More than 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which left much of Houston underwater.

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