Puerto Rico currently facing ‘apocalyptic’ conditions. Here’s what else you need to know

“Apocalyptic” seems to be the word of choice to describe Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island last week. The once Category 4 storm left 10 people dead and much of the island without power. In fact, much of the island has been left without power since last Wednesday, according to CNN. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Sunday that officials saw “apocalyptic” conditions following the storm. And the damage won’t be easy to repair. “We know a little more today than we did yesterday,” Rossello said. “This is going to be a long road.” Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening in Puerto Rico. Dam in danger: The… Read More

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Inside Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ Sweet – with ‘Not Too Much Pink’ – Rooms for Daughters Ada and Willa

When country star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins‘ younger daughter Ada James arrived home from the hospital in August, there was a sweet and sentimental new space ready and waiting for her. The happy new parents worked hand-in-hand with April Tomlin Interiors to design a “dreamy” nursery for their newborn – and recently gave PEOPLE an exclusive inside look. “It’s a sweet nursery. Not too much pink – I’m not a pink girl,” Lauren tells PEOPLE, noting that both the carpet and bed in the now-6-week-old’s room include the color blue. As for 22-month-old daughter Willa Gray‘s room, “ the same way – I was adamant about not… Read More

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Jackie Buttnor says training for Invictus Games was a huge motivator

TORONTO — Jackie Buttnor is passing along the fitness bug, one international sporting competition at a time. The 50-year-old former Canadian Forces medic credits her training for Toronto’s Invictus Games with renewing her life. “It just lit a fire under my butt,” she said, laughing, during a recent phone interview. Facebook updates from a friend whose husband performed at the Orlando Games in 2015 persuaded her to give the Toronto competition for wounded soldiers a shot. “When the opportunity came up, I nervously hit ‘send’ on the application,” said Buttnor, who has had to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. “I’ve done a lot of sporting competitions before, but nothing on… Read More

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An Ominous Future for Kurdistan’s Minorities

When the Islamic State was ousted from Mosul in July, it was thanks to the joint efforts of Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Many expected that their cooperation would spur a nationwide healing process, in which sectarian and ethnic divides between Sunni and Shia, Arab and Kurd, might be bridged. But such hopes were soon dashed by Massoud Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish leader. After the liberation of Mosul, Barzani, emboldened by the success of his peshmerga forces against ISIS, announced that the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq would hold an independence referendum on September 25th. Ahead of the referendum Monday, Iranian airspace was closed to flights originating and arriving… Read More

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Amazon reportedly invests $28M in India retailer Shoppers Stop, furthering its $5B India push

Amazon likes to say, “it’s still Day 1,” but it has spent the last few years working to become the dominant online retailer in India. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon has invested $28 million Shoppers Stop, a Mumbai, India retailer, as it continues its push into the world’s second most populous nation. Bloomberg reports that the deal will give Amazon a 5 percent stake in the retailer, in its first investment in a publicly traded Indian company. The cash infusion will help Shoppers Stop open 20 new stores over the next four years, bringing its footprint to 100 locations in India. Amazon will put experience centers — areas where… Read More

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Step Out for a Romantic Date Night and Kim’s ‘Fave Pasta’

No amount of calories could keep Kim Kardashian West from enjoying her favorite Italian meal on Saturday. The reality star and her husband Kanye West stopped by the celebrity hot spot Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica over the weekend for some of their homemade pasta. Kardashian showed off her plate of agnolotti ravioli filled with sweet white corn in a white truffle sauce. “My fave pasta from Giorgio Baldi!” she wrote on her Instagram story at the restaurant where Ben Affleck and Lindsey Shookus, Rihanna and Selena Gomez have all been spotted. She later followed up with a post calling the dish “so worth it.” @KimKardashian 17 pieces of pasta… Read More

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Here’s the super dark official trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’

The Maze Runner movies, based on BYU grad and Utah resident James Dashner’s prolific book series, is about to reach its thrilling conclusion. On Sunday, 20th Century Fox shared the official trailer for the upcoming “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” the third and final film in the Maze Runner series. The film, based on Dashner’s book series, depicts main character Thomas leading a group of characters on “their final and most dangerous mission yet.” The film debuts Jan. 26, 2018. Watch the trailer below. Note: The trailer includes mild language. Two previous Maze Runner films had moderate success at the box office. “The Maze Runner” scored $102 million at the… Read More

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Kris Jenner Wants to Make Sure Kylie’s Pregnancy Doesn’t Get in the Way of $420 Million Business: Source

Kylie Jenner is pregnant — and her momager Kris is doing whatever she can to make sure her 20-year-old daughter’s extremely lucrative cosmetics empire remains a top priority. “Kris is just trying to control what she can and make sure no one forgets Kylie is also a businesswoman,” an insider says of Kris’ reaction to the news that Kylie is expecting her first child — a girl! — with her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott in February, which multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE on Friday. “She wants to set Kylie Cosmetics up to sell,” adds the source of the company, which Kylie launched in 2015. According to a Women’s Wear Daily… Read More

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Amazon’s struggle to revive a Seattle neighborhood could be a worrying omen for its second headquarters

Amazon has brought economic growth to Seattle over the past 20 years, but it hasn’t figured out how to create a thriving neighborhood.Businesses are booming during lunch hours and happy hours, but dead at night.The company’s new headquarters, HQ2, could bring similar challenges to a new city. Thanks to Amazon, Seattle may very well be … …read more Source:: AOL.com

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