Supermarkets are gradually re-opening in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico but the situation is far from normal and many customers are going home disappointed.
Most food stores and restaurants remain closed. That is largely because power is out for most of the island and few have generators or enough diesel to power them. The shops that were open Monday had long lines outside and vast empty shelves where they once held milk, meat and other perishables. Drinking water was nowhere to be found.
Mercedes Caro shook her head in frustration as she emerged from the SuperMax in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan with a loaf of white bread, cheese and bananas.
"There is no water and practically no food," she said. "Not even spaghetti."
President Donald Trump lashed out at "so-called Republicans" Tuesday for deserting the party's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law as Senate leaders tried to decide whether to even hold a roll call that was virtually certain to fail.
Trump didn't name any of the four GOP senators who've said they're against the doomed measure. But Vice President Mike Pence singled out one of them: Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who announced her opposition a day earlier, essentially assuring the proposal's defeat.
"We are certainly disappointed that Sen. Collins has chosen to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill," Pence told radio station WGAN-AM in Portland. The measure is sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana's Bill Cassidy.
Decrying what he sees as political correctness run amok, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the Justice Department will support students who sue universities claiming their free speech rights were violated.
But during the same speech at Georgetown University's law school, Sessions condemned the NFL players who have been exercising their freedom of expression by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games.
"They can express their political views without in effect denigrating the symbols of our nation," Sessions said.
Four assistant basketball coaches from Arizona, Auburn, the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were among those arrested on federal corruption charges Tuesday after they were caught taking thousands of dollars in bribes to steer NBA-destined college stars toward certain sports agents and financial advisers, authorities said.
The coaches were identified as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of USC and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Among the six others charged were managers, financial advisers and the director of global sports marketing at Adidas.
"The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one," said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim at a news conference.
A New Jersey man claims he found maggots in a hoagie he ordered from Wawa.
Chris Garcia tells The Trentonian that he bought a buffalo chicken cheesesteak hoagie on Saturday from the Ewing Wawa before returning home. Garcia claims after a few bites, he noticed sauce from the sandwich was moving.
Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases.
More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States last year — the most ever.
The diseases are treatable with antibiotics.
San Francisco on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Equifax, becoming the first city in the United States to sue the credit reporting agency following a massive data breach that exposed highly sensitive information belonging to 15 million Californians and 143 million people nationwide, according to City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of California residents, claims that Equifax failed to preserve adequate security protocols, warn consumers about the breach in a timely manner, and provide clear and specific details about the breach itself.
If it feels like that empty middle seat on airplanes is always full, you're not imagining things. There are fewer empty seats than ever as airlines increase their profits, NBC News reports, just one of many ways the experience of flying is changing.
Travelers stress can begin the minute they set foot in an airport, and only compound from there. Minor indignities, like being nickel and dimed for things that were once free, are piling onto mega-stressors: long delays, canceled flights, being held on the tarmac.
Nearly half of Americans, including a majority of people over 45, said in an NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll that air travel has gotten worse in the last decade.
"There is a tremendous sense of diminished expectations on behalf of passengers," says Bill McGee, an aviation adviser at Consumer Reports. "The fun went out of it a long time ago. Most of us are just looking for civility and to get through it in the most painless way possible."
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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 exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans. The shake-up announced Tuesday comes after Equifax disclosed that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn't fix to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft. Smith will also step down from the chairman post. He had been Equifax's CEO since 2005. Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. was named interim CEO, while board member Mark Feidler was appointed non-executive chairman.
President Donald Trump vowed to deliver on a major tax cut for middle-class Americans on Tuesday as the White House and congressional leaders prepared to release details on a tax overhaul proposal that would slash the corporate rate and simplify the nation's tax code.
Trump met with Republicans and Democrats from the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee at the White House, telling reporters he would be releasing a "very comprehensive, very detailed report" on Wednesday that would offer the framework for his top legislative agenda.
"We will cut taxes tremendously for the middle-class. Not just a little bit but tremendously," Trump said. He predicted jobs "will be coming back in because we have a non-competitive tax structure right now and we're going to go super competitive."
Several NFL owners locked arms with their players this weekend instead of taking a challenge from President Donald Trump to fire them for protesting during the national anthem. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty said he would get rid of anyone on his racing team who didn't stand.
Neither is surprising.
Both are legal.
Private businesses — including sports leagues — routinely punish employees for things they say or do, even if those comments or actions are otherwise legal.
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.
A photo of basketball Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell kneeling while wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom surfaced on social media Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity to the sports world's reaction to President Donald Trump's comments on protesting NFL players.
"Proud to take a knee, and to stand tall against social injustice. #takeaknee #medaloffreedom #NFL #BillRussell #MSNBC," read the caption under a photo posted on an unverified Twitter account listed under Russell's name.