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San Juan mayor outraged after DHS chief calls Hurricane Maria relief 'a good news story'

PR mayor outraged at DHS commentThe mayor of San Juan expressed her dismay after the Homeland Security chief called the federal government's Hurricane Maria response "a really good news story."

“Dammit, this is not a good news story,” Mayor Carmen Cruz said in an interview with CNN. “This is a people are dying story.”

Cruz was responding to acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, who told reporters on Thursday, "I know it is really a good news story in terms of our ability to reach people and the limited number of deaths that have taken place in such a devastating hurricane."

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ACLU sues to block Justice Dept. warrants seeking Facebook user info

ACLU sues to block DOJThe American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to block what it says are multiple Justice Department search warrants seeking private information of three Facebook users.

In the ACLU's motion to intervene Thursday, it said the warrants violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

All three search warrants demand that Facebook provides access to information about three leaders of an anti-administration protest, which led to the arrests of over 200 people on felony rioting charges in Washington, D.C., the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.

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With Puerto Rico in crisis, Trump waives restrictions on shipping aid

Waiver lifted on shipping to PRPresident Donald Trump on Thursday waived a federal law to allow relief shipments to reach Puerto Rico, as the island continues to struggle to provide life-sustaining services after Hurricane Maria.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders announced the waiver of the Jones Act, and said it will "go into effect immediately."

Trump granted the waiver after it was requested by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who thanked the president Thursday morning.

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Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

Hugh Heffner DiesPlayboy founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91, the New York Times reports. Hefner, who spun the sexual revolution of the 1950s and 1960s into a media empire, died of natural causes at his Holmby Hills home, the Playboy Mansion.

Hefner, a native of Chicago, was only 27 when he published the first issue of Playboy in 1953, after a series of not-very-playboyish jobs that included working for Children’s Activities magazine and a stint in the human resources department at a cardboard box factory.

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Taddeo wins as Democrats pick up Florida Senate seat

Dem Taddeo beats GOP candidate in State Senate election

Florida’s Democratic Party picked up a crucial seat in the Florida Senate Tuesday in a special election triggered months ago by a Miami Republican’s alcohol-fueled tirade at a bar near the state Capitol.

Riding an election-day and early-voting surge, Annette Taddeo topped State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in the race to claim Senate District 40, a southwest Dade seat resigned in the spring by former Sen. Frank Artiles. The victory gives Democrats 16 seats in the chamber and hands Taddeo her first campaign win in a political career filled with second-place finishes.

Anthony Weiner Weeps at Sentencing: ‘I Have a Disease, But I Have No Excuse’

Anthony Weiner sentencedAnthony Weiner wept in court on Monday, as he was sentenced to 21 months in prison. “I have a disease, but I have no excuse,” he cried.

The former congressman, who sent pornography and sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl last year, will also have to register as a sex offender. “Now I focus on how to live my new, smaller life, one day at a time,”

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National anthem singer at Falcons-Lions game takes a knee on word ‘Brave’

Singer takes knee at Falcon game

The national anthem protests across the NFL on Sunday weren’t limited to the organizations competing on the field.

At the Falcons-Lions game, the man singing the national anthem chose to end by taking a knee and raising his fist on the word “Brave” to end it.

Players on both sides were seen kneeling and locking arms, a common choice by players and coaches across the league on Sunday.

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