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Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll Over 14-Hundred Per Report

(New York, NY-AP) – The Hurricane Maria death toll in Puerto Rico is reportedly well above the official count. The New York Times released findings indicating that one-thousand-four-hundred-and-twenty-seven people died as a result of last September’s storm, twenty times above the official toll of 64.

The Puerto Rican government is requesting 139-billion-dollars in recovery funds from Congress. Some critics spoke out previously against the official death toll, insisting the number was much higher.

Study: 5,000 Deaths In Puerto Rico Tied To Hurricane Maria

(Cambridge, MA) – Deaths related to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could be higher than first thought. Officially, the death toll is at 64, but that could be closer to five-thousand if a new Harvard University study is to be believed.

A survey of more than three-thousand households indicates as many as 46-hundred-45 more deaths happened than would have under normal conditions. Researchers say a third of the deaths can be attributed to delayed or interrupted healthcare.

The survey covered from the time the storm made landfall on September 20th to December 31st. The study was published in the “New England Journal of Medicine” today.

Nelson, Soto Call On Feds To Expedite Assistance To Puerto Rico

(Washington, DC) – Two Florida lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to do more to expedite assistance to the people of Puerto Rico in their recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Darren Soto, both Democrats, sent a letter to the president yesterday, calling the federal government’s response to the situation “slow, tepid and completely inadequate.”

They wrote that bureaucratic red tape should not stop the island’s residents from having access to electricity, safe homes, or a quality education.

Nelson will be in Kissimmee  today to meet with local Puerto Rican community leaders to discuss the island’s ongoing recovery efforts and hear directly from those still displaced by the storm.

Donald Trump Attacks Struggling Puerto Rico In Their Time Of Need

(SL) –  President Trump is criticizing the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital city in a series of morning tweets. Trump wrote, “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”

He went on to attack what he called “Such poor leadership ability” adding that island officials “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” About an hour later, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz responded with her own tweets, saying “The goal is one: saving lives. She added, “This is the time to show our true colors.”

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His comments came after Mayor  Cruz criticized the government’s response to the crisis on the island after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Cruz is furious over the government’s response to Hurricane Maria. She blasted acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the recovery effort a “good news story.”

Cruz pleaded to President Trump to take charge and save lives. Duke visited San Juan Friday, saying she was “proud” of the government’s response. Duke said additional supplies and personnel are en route to the island, but admitted that clearly the effort is “not satisfactory.”

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Top Morning Headlines: Trump Praises Tax Plan, Hugh Hefner Dies, Puerto Rico Still Waiting On Help, Russians And The NFL, Whataburger Whites Only And More….

(SL) – “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner is dead. Hefner died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 91. Hefner created the men’s magazine in 1953, and since then its iconic bunny logo has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

08-022839-everything_you_need_to_know_about_hugh_hefnerHis son released a statement saying that his father “lived an exceptional and impactful life” and was a “leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”

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(Indianapolis, IN) — President Trump says the new Republican tax plan is a big win for the middle class. In Indiana yesterday, Trump said the new plan will help bring back jobs while triggering “robust” growth. Democrats are calling the GOP plan a giveaway to the wealthy that would blow-up the federal deficit. The new plan eliminates most itemized deductions, and would lower the corporate tax rate from 35-percent to 20-percent.

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(San Juan, PR) — Frustration is growing in Puerto Rico as millions of Americans wait for help to arrive. The power is still out in the U.S. territory devastated by Hurricane Maria, and the FCC said yesterday that over 91-percent of cellphone sites on the island are still out of service. Puerto Rico’s governor told CBS News that food, water and medicine are sitting at the port waiting to be delivered, but there’s no way to deliver it. Governor Ricardo Rossello said the bus drivers are either stuck at home or their buses have been destroyed.

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(San Francisco, CA) — Russian accounts are fueling a debate on Twitter about NFL players protesting the national anthem. The “New York Times” says a bipartisan public policy group has been following hundreds of Twitter accounts to track Russian efforts to create division in the U.S. It found Russian trolls working both sides of the NFL protest debate, and that the hashtags #boycottnfl and #takeaknee were both linked to Russian accounts.

160229110552-otto-warmbier-press-conference-4-super-169(Cincinnati, OH) –– A coroner’s report says they still don’t know what killed an American student who was imprisoned in North Korea. Otto Warmbier died in June after being held captive in North Korea for over a year. A coroner in Hamilton County, Ohio says a year-old injury deprived Warmbier’s brain of oxygen before his death, but doesn’t say what the injury was. The 22-year-old student was returned to the U.S. in a coma. He died several days later.Texas Restaurants Guns(SL) – The federal government is suing Whataburger restaurants in Florida over claims that managers were told to only hire workers who sounded white. According to the lawsuit, a restaurant manager in Tallahassee told area managers to hire only white applicants so the faces behind the counter would match the customer base. Whataburger denies the claims.

rs-19992-20140129-nipplegate-x1800-1391017703(SL) – After Jay Z declined and invite to perform during halftime at this year’s Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake is returning. Reports say the pop star is finalizing a deal to do the Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis on February 4th. Timberlake was part of the controversial 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, when her exposed nipple on live television was called a “wardrobe malfunction.” The incident led to the FCC mandating a five-second delay on Super Bowl halftime shows.

Top Morning Headlines: Obamacare Repeal, Rocket Attack In Kabul, Puerto Rico and More..

(SL) – The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is officially dead. Senate Republican leaders pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill after it became clear they don’t have the votes to pass it. Three Republicans and all 48 Democrats oppose the measure that would have transferred federal health insurance dollars to states.

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There’s no harm to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis or anyone else after a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two missiles hit the airport hours after Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived today for unannounced meetings with Afghan officials. The Taliban says it was trying to hit Mattis.

69507-koletafphz-1506497419A controversial former state supreme court chief justice is the winner in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff. Roy Moore defeated Senator Luther Strange by a comfortable margin last night. Moore said even though President Trump didn’t support his run, he’ll back Trump’s agenda.

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke says Puerto Rico faces a long, tough road to recovery. Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last week. Duke and FEMA chief Brock Long briefed reporters outside the White House yesterday. President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands next week.

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