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  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 19- Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month, crept toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after it ripped through the small island nation of Dominica, causing widespread devastation. Croix in the Virgin Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said...

  • TIJUANA, Mexico— Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. The Mexican government has welcomed them with visas that help them fill the need for labor in Tijuana's growing economy.

  • PONCE, Puerto Rico, Sept 19- Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month, crept toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday after it ripped through the small island nation of Dominica, causing widespread devastation. Croix, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The storm plowed through Dominica, an island nation...

  • BOSTON— An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak urged jurors Tuesday not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors argued the man's actions demonstrated a "shocking disregard" for human life. Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is on trial for...

  • *More firms cautious about China outlook than U.S outlook. TOKYO, Sept 19- A vast majority of Japanese firms are upbeat about the outlook for the U.S. economy, a Reuters poll found, a reassuring sign after some market concern earlier this year that the pace of U.S. growth could be slowing. Most also had a generally positive outlook for China's economy even if the number...

  • *Maria's approach threatens Caribbean terminals. Sept 18- Shippers are sending oil cargoes originally bound for Venezuela to other spots in Latin America and the Caribbean, in advance of coming hurricanes that threaten to further disrupt oil flows in the region, according to traders and Reuters data. Hurricane-related supply interruptions may limit...

  • Sept 18- Florida utilities said on Monday they restored power to over 95 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving some 371,000 customers still without electricity. Outages at Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, fell to about 115,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Sept. 11.

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S....

  • They also heard about a $20,000 private jet flight and an $875 limo ride paid for by the donor, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. Those allegations took a backseat Monday to a tour through the Dominican Republic's jet-set enclaves of Casa de Campo, where Melgen owns a villa, and Punta Cana, a Caribbean resort. Casa de Campo features a golf course named "Teeth...

  • Here's why a lot of Florida homes survived Hurricane Irma

    Hurricane Irma's steamroll over the Lower Keys left billions of dollars in damage, Miami Herald Reports.

  • Sept 18- Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state's insurance regulator said on Monday. The storm killed at least 33 in Florida. Shares of Florida- based insurers Heritage Insurance and Universal Insurance fell 3.4 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- A string of eastern Caribbean islands faced their second major storm of the month on Monday as Hurricane Maria barreled toward them with 120 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surges. Officials on islands from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm,...

  • FLORIDA INSURED LOSS ESTIMATE BASED ON 335,347 CLAIMS FILED WITH INSURERS AS OF 4 PM ON SEPT 17- REGULATOR.

  • FLORIDA INSURANCE REGULATOR SAYS NEARLY $2 BILLION IN HURRICANE IRMA INSURED LOSSES AS OF SEPT. 17.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 18- German carmaker Audi is taking a lead in bringing more automated driving to roads, but rivals seem in no rush to follow while legal and regulatory uncertainties still cloud the technology. At the Frankfurt car show, Audi paraded the A8 which can drive itself under certain conditions, help the driver to change lanes and does not require drivers...

  • The IRS has extended filing deadlines for taxpayers including businesses located in areas hit hard by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The tax relief is available in federally declared disaster areas in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The IRS will not assess late filing or payment penalties on these taxpayers.

  • BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 18- Hurricane Maria picked up strength and roared towards the Leeward Islands on Monday on a track that could whip several eastern Caribbean islands with their second major storm this month. It was located about 60 miles east of Martinique, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. ET. It was headed west-northwest at about 10 mph...

  • Maria, a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, had maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and was located about 85 miles east of Martinique, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an 8 a.m. ET advisory. Hurricane warnings were in place for Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat, St. Lucia and the French overseas departments of Guadeloupe...

  • U.S. homebuilders are feeling less optimistic about their sales prospects, reflecting concerns that rebuilding efforts following hurricanes Harvey and Irma will drive up costs for construction labor and materials. Even so, builders' overall view of the new-home market remains positive. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder...

  • Sept 18- Florida utilities said on Monday they restored power to about 95 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving some 391,000 customers still without electricity. Outages at Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, fell to about 100,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Sept. 11.