Post-Irma Florida: Scenes of wreckage mix with signs of hope
LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. (AP) Parts of Florida inched back toward normalcy on Wednesday with workers restoring power, clearing roads and replenishing gas supplies, even as scenes of destruction emerged from southernmost islands and new dangers emerged for residents without electricity. Residents drifted back from shelters and out-of-state hotels to see Hurricane Irma's scattershot destruction. Positive signs included some curfews being lifted, flights resuming and grocery stores reopening. But flooded streets remained, and the count of damaged and totaled homes ticked upward. "Everything's gone," said Jen Gilreath, a 33-year-old bartender whose Jacksonville home filled with knee-high floodwaters. While people around the state waited for power to be restored, a new hazard developed: carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
French president vows help for Irma's damage in Caribbean
MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) Nearing the end of a sweeping visit to assess the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma, French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild the wrecked island of St. Martin and diversify its economy from a sole reliance on tourism. Macron stayed overnight on St. Martin, reportedly sleeping on a camp cot. He was heading to the heavily damaged island of St. Barts Wednesday with the French health minister, who has warned about diseases spreading on the islands after water supplies, electricity and communication were knocked out for days. In further responses to complaints that his government didn't do enough to handle Irma's wrath, Macron also pledged to evacuate residents of his country's Caribbean territories and provide services and shelter for those who choose to stay.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'WORK TO DO' AFTER IRMA Parts of Florida creep back to normal with workers slowly restoring power, clearing roads and replenishing gas supplies, even as teams scour the Keys and authorities warn of mass devastation. 2. WHAT FRENCH PRESIDENT VOWS TO DO After touring the destroyed island of St. Martin, Emmanuel Macron outlines a plan to distribute drinking water, food and medical help. 3. SANDERS, GOP PUSH BANNER HEALTH CARE BILLS The Vermont senator is ready to unveil his bill for creating a "Medicare for all" system, while Republican senators renew efforts to repeal and replace "Obamacare." 4.
Sanders bill expands Medicare for all, lacks details on cost
WASHINGTON (AP) Americans would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card and would no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles, according to legislation Sen. Bernie Sanders released Wednesday. But the Vermont independent's description of the legislation omitted specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he would pay for it. Sanders was releasing his bill on the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. In an interview, Sanders said Tuesday that his measure would likely be paid for in a "progressive way." Aides said it would likely be financed by income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from no premiums for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations.
Top Dems say Flynn left Mideast trip off security clearance
WASHINGTON (AP) Former business associates of Michael Flynn have told lawmakers that he traveled to the Middle East in 2015 as part of a private proposal to build nuclear power plants across the region, a trip that the former Trump administration national security adviser never disclosed during his security clearance process. In a letter released Wednesday, two top House Democrats reveal that companies involved in the proposal provided details of Flynn's trip in June 2015 that suggest he also failed to report contacts with Israeli and Egyptian government officials. The lawmakers Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York are now asking the companies and Flynn to provide the names and nationalities of any officials he met with during the trip abroad.
As Rohingya flee violence, Myanmar's Suu Kyi skips UN meet
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) With Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the government said Wednesday its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month's U.N. General Assembly. Suu Kyi will miss the assembly, which opened Tuesday and runs through Sept. 25, in order to address domestic security issues, according to presidential office spokesman Zaw Htay. Her appearance at last year's General Assembly was a landmark: her first since her party won elections in 2015 and replaced a military-dominated government. Even then, however, she faced criticism over Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya, whose name she did not utter.
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
NEW YORK (AP) A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a doctor's group, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to warn them the study is coming out and help them prepare for a potential wave of worry from expectant moms, CDC officials said.
Self-driving boats: The next tech transportation race
BOSTON (AP) Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years - but autonomous boats could be just around the pier. Spurred in part by the car industry's race to build driverless vehicles, marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific. The first such autonomous ships could be in operation within three years. One experimental workboat spent this summer dodging tall ships and tankers in Boston Harbor, outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and emblazoned with the words "UNMANNED VESSEL" across its aluminum hull.
Florida nun dons habit, grabs chain saw to help after Irma
MIAMI (AP) A Florida nun is pitching in on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma by taking a chain saw to downed trees while dressed in her full habit. Miami-Dade police posted video of Sister Margaret Ann at work on social media taken by an off-duty officer who came across her. Police say the nun was cutting trees to clear the roadways around Archbishop Coleman Carrol High School near Miami. Sister Margaret Ann is the school's principal, according to its website. Police say "acts of kindness" like Sister Margaret Ann's remind residents that they're all part of the same community.
Roaring 20: Indians tie AL record with 20th straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor skipped through the doorway and into the Indians' clubhouse, where the pulsating music was at an ear-splitting level. As many of his teammates dressed quickly with another game just 14 hours away, Cleveland's star shortstop worked the room, exchanging high-fives with anyone he could find. It's almost unthinkable for a team to win 20 straight games. Usually, that only happens in the movies. "Moneyball" has its sequel. Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night.