Only 16 percent of Puerto Rico has power 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria

Only 16 percent of Puerto Rico has power 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, only 16 percent of Puerto Rico’s residents have electricity, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. But the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said the number is more like 10 percent after an outage at one nuclear plant. Power continues to be a No. 1 priority for Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pentagon said about the ongoing disaster relief efforts. “Power…

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Facebook executive meeting with Russia investigators

Facebook executive meeting with Russia investigators

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is scheduled to meet with top lawmakers investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election at the Capitol Wednesday, ABC News has learned. The meeting with Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Mike Conaway, R-Texas, comes as congressional investigators review thousands of Facebook ads linked to Russia that sought to sow division among U.S. voters ahead of the election. Facebook turned over the ads and related data to congressional…

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Boy Scouts allowing girls into Cub program, but will keep them separate

Boy Scouts allowing girls into Cub program, but will keep them separate

The Boy Scouts of America will now allow girls to join the ranks of its Cub Scouts program, as well as create a Scouting program for older girls, the organization announced today. Cub Scout “dens,” as they are referred to, will be single-gender, allowing the organization “to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families,” the Boy Scouts of America said in a press release. “The historic decision…

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Trump expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary

Trump expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Thursday, two senior sources with direct knowledge of the nomination told ABC News. Nielsen previously served as current John Kelly’s chief of staff at DHS before Kelly left the position to become White House chief of staff. Nielsen followed Kelly to the White House, where she has worked as assistant to the president and principal deputy chief of…

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Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate’s campaign video

Twitter reverses decision to block Senate candidate’s campaign video

Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman’s statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research. Blackburn, a Republican running for the seat being opened by the pending retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she “stopped the sale of baby body parts.” Twitter initially told the candidate’s vendors that the statement could…

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GAO investigation exposes security lapses at facilities housing dangerous chemicals

GAO investigation exposes security lapses at facilities housing dangerous chemicals

Federal investigators — conducting covert surveillance and other secret operations — successfully breached security at two secure U.S. government facilities in Maryland and Colorado, one containing a nuclear research reactor. “Our covert vulnerability testing identified security vulnerabilities,” warns a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which sent undercover agents to two campuses of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. The report adds, “Specifically, GAO agents…

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California couple finds wife’s diamond ring in ashes of their charred home

California couple finds wife’s diamond ring in ashes of their charred home

A couple who lost their home to the California wildfires found a glimmer of hope underneath the destruction. Michael Pond and his wife, Kris Pond, spent hours on Tuesday sifting through the hot rubble where their Santa Rosa home once stood, anxiously searching for Kris’ missing diamond ring. The couple told ABC News they found not one, but two treasured diamonds in the ashes. “I found Kris’ wedding ring along with another precious diamond ring…

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US bombers fly over Sea of Japan in show of force to North Korea

US bombers fly over Sea of Japan in show of force to North Korea

The U.S. military conducted another show of force to North Korea today as long-range B-1 bombers flew a nighttime mission over the Sea of Japan accompanied by Japanese and South Korean fighter aircraft. The two bombers flew to the Sea of Japan from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. A U.S. Pacific Air Forces statement described the mission as “the first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with JASDF and ROKAF…

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The Note: Buck stops with Trump on his tax plan

The Note: Buck stops with Trump on his tax plan

THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein It’s back to rally mode for President Trump now – and with some urgency. As he heads to Pennsylvania this afternoon, the tax reform push has not so much stalled as it has failed to launch, sidetracked in a unique yet somehow familiar succession of feuds and distraction. After all that, it’s easy to forget how much the Republican Party has riding on this one legislative push –…

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USS McCain’s top officers fired after ‘preventable’ deadly collision

USS McCain’s top officers fired after ‘preventable’ deadly collision

The US Navy has relieved the USS John S. McCain’s top two officers for a “loss of confidence” following the deadly collision in August that killed 10 sailors. While the investigation into the collision continues, a Navy statement said “it is evident the collision was preventable.” “The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties…

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