Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria

Factbox: How U.S. multinationals in Puerto Rico are responding to Hurricane Maria(Reuters) - Hurricane Maria has devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, another blow to its already precarious economic situation. Puerto Rico's government owes $72 billion to bondholders, and an additional $50 billion in pension obligations to teachers and almost all other government employees. The following are responses from multinational companies on how they are dealing with the aftermath of Maria: WAL-MART STORES INC Phillip Keene, Wal-Mart's director of corporate communications, said, "Like many businesses, we are working to assess any damage to our facilities as we are safely able to access them and working to connect with our associates to assess what their needs are so we can support as appropriate.



Kentucky psychologist gets 25 years in prison for $550 million disability fraud

Kentucky psychologist gets 25 years in prison for $550 million disability fraudAlfred Adkins, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves in Lexington, Kentucky, after a federal jury in June found him guilty of charges including conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud, the U.S. Justice Department said. Adkins, of Pikeville, Kentucky, was also ordered to pay over $93 million in restitution, the Justice Department said.



St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittal

St. Louis sued for misconduct toward protesters of white officer's acquittalThe civil rights lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in St. Louis by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. It names Maleeha Ahmad, Alison Dreith and "a class of similarly situated individuals" as plaintiffs.



Indiana student trapped in cave 60 hours: college newspaper

Indiana student trapped in cave 60 hours: college newspaperDuring his 60 hours locked in the cavern, the teenager licked water droplets off its walls and tried to coax out crumbs from a couple of empty energy bar wrappers, according to a report in the Indiana Daily Student university newspaper. Lukas Cavar was on a beginner's field trip to a cave south of the university's main campus in Bloomington, Indiana. According to the student paper, leaders of the university's Caving Club would not comment on how he became separated from the group.



Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'

Storm Maria pitches Puerto Rico barrio into sunken 'Venice'By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut CATANO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Wading through highways swamped by turbid waters that sloshed over scattered, sunken belongings, residents of this Puerto Rican barrio flooded by Hurricane Maria have begun emerging from their shattered homes. Lying southwest of the capital San Juan, the Juana Matos neighborhood in Catano municipality took a huge hit from Maria after the storm slammed winds of up to 155 mph (249 kmh) into Puerto Rico early on Wednesday, destroying or damaging an estimated 80 percent of housing in the working-class barrio. The storm, the second Category 5 hurricane to batter the Caribbean this month, claimed at least 32 lives across the region, including 15 in Puerto Rico, and shut down power and communications across the island of 3.4 million people.





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