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  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. Adding to the furor: Nine people who were in a Florida nursing home died amid sweltering heat after the home...

  • *Lufthansa budget unit agrees deal with trade union Verdi. BERLIN, Sept 20- Lufthansa budget unit Eurowings has agreed a deal with the Verdi union that will allow it to hire new cabin crew at short notice from rivals such as bankrupt Air Berlin. Workers at Air Berlin, which employs more than 8,000 staff, are waiting to see how the airline will be divided up among...

  • Wednesday's advisory by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network asks banks to keep watch for Venezuelan government contracts, wire transfers from shell companies and real estate purchases in south Florida and Houston by senior Venezuelan officials, their families or associates. Last month, the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Venezuela for...

  • BERLIN, Sept 20- Air Berlin is likely halt its remaining long-haul flights from Oct. 15, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. It has been forced to scrap long-haul flights from its two bases of Duesseldorf and Berlin after a leasing company asked for its planes to be returned. From late September its only long-haul flights will be from...

  • WASHINGTON— Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, a government watchdog said Wednesday. A report by the Government Accountability Office said airline officials told GAO investigators that base air...

  • *Hurricane Harvey depresses sales in Houston. WASHINGTON, Sept 20- U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a perennial shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers. "One of the risks out there for the broader economy is that this house of cards comes tumbling down," said Chris Rupkey,...

  • Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina

    Republicans need 22 more votes from among the 24 GOP senators representing states that would get less money under the latest Obamacare repeal bill.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The U.S. government expects this year to begin payouts from a $4 billion fund for Bernard Madoff's victims, ending their nearly nine-year wait to begin recouping losses from his Ponzi scheme. In a letter made public on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said it "recently notified victims whose petitions have been approved and is poised to...

  • Local resident Vishnu Obregon in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017.

    Insurance and repair fraud are common after natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • *Hurricane Harvey depresses sales in Houston. WASHINGTON, Sept 20- U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a perennial shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers. The NAR said Harvey, which struck Texas in the last week of August, had resulted in sales in Houston declining 25 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a perennial shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers. The NAR said Harvey, which struck Texas in the last week of August had resulted in sales in Houston declining 25 percent on a year-on-year basis.

  • Sept 20- Florida utilities said on Wednesday they have restored power to 99 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses that were knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving some 84,000 customers without electricity. Outages at Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, fell below 6,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Sept. 11.

  • MIAMI— CORRECTS: Adviser to Dominica prime minster says 7 dead there from Hurricane Maria; total death toll for storm now 9..

  • Trees are toppled in a parking lot at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017, during the passage of the Hurricane Maria.

    Hurricane Maria has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but remains "extremely dangerous."

  • WASHINGTON— The GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal "Obamacare" would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear. There's only a narrow window for the Senate to act under special budget rules that expire at the end of the...

  • This month, hurricanes Irma and Maria have forced Caribbean oil terminals and refineries to shut or slow operations, locking down millions of barrels stored. The scramble for shipments has led some shippers to divert tankers away from Venezuela to feed Latin American and Caribbean countries desperate for fuel. Eustatius, Puerto Rico and parts of the Bahamas,...

  • This month, hurricanes Irma and Maria have forced Caribbean oil terminals and refineries to shut or slow operations, locking down millions of barrels stored. The scramble for shipments has led some shippers to divert tankers away from Venezuela to feed Latin American and Caribbean countries desperate for fuel. Eustatius, Puerto Rico and parts of the Bahamas,...

  • A picture shows rocks swept by strong waves onto a road in Le Carbet, on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, after it was hit by Hurricane Maria, on September 19, 2017.

    A second powerful storm in as many weeks is tearing through a string of battered Caribbean islands.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Allstate Corp's Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson on Tuesday called on U.S. lawmakers to overhaul a government subsidized flood insurance program, calling for a more streamlined system that does not overburden taxpayers. The impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit Texas and Florida in recent weeks, has added urgency to the issue.

  • As the powerful Category 5 storm Maria churned over the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on tiny islands in the Caribbean, residents in its likely path looked to evacuate ahead of the storm's expected Wednesday arrival near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, wrote to airlines' chief executives urging them to implement...