Puerto Rico utility to scrap $300M Whitefish contract

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, Whitefish Energy Holdings workers restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Maria in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Oct. 27, it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.
FEMA said in a statement that any language in the controversial contract saying the agency approved of the deal with Whitefish Energy Holdings is inaccurate. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The head of Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company’s role in restoring the island’s power system.

Manafort, Gates told to surrender in Russia probe

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, left, leaves his home in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Washington. Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, have been told to surrender to federal authorities Monday, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, surrendered to federal authorities Monday in the first charges stemming from the special investigation into possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

Day of Dead parade honors Mexican quake victims, rescuers

Performers participate in the Day of the Dead parade on Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Mexico's capital is holding its Day of the Dead parade, an idea actually born out of the imagination of a scriptwriter for the James Bond movie "Spectre." (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A raised fist made of helmets, pick axes and broken rubble rolled ahead of hundreds of walking skeletons, costumed dancers and flowery floats Saturday in Mexico City’s Day of the Dead parade, which this year honored the 228 capital residents killed by a Sept. 19 earthquake.

DeVos may only partly forgive some student loans

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017 file photo, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a dinner hosted by the Washington Policy Center in Bellevue, Wash. The Associated Press has learned the Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit-colleges. That would mean abandoning the Obama administration’s policy of fully erasing that debt. Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by now-defunct for-profit schools had over $550 million in such loans canceled completely. The possible change could leave many students scrambling after expecting full forgiveness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to department officials, abandoning the Obama administration’s policy of erasing that debt.

Science Says: Jack Frost nipping at your nose ever later

FILE - This Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo show fall colors beginning to show along Route 209 in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Across the United States, 2017’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. (David McKeown/Republican-Herald via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter is coming … later. And it’s leaving ever earlier.

Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

A Santa Rosa fireman rings a bell 42 times during a Day of Remembrance memorial for victims of California wildfires on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday.

Death toll from 1st Minn. snowstorm of season rises to 4

Carol Minger walks on the Stone Arch Bridge as it snows in Minneapolis, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. The snowfall was the first of the season. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A least four people died in accidents on roads left slippery by the first significant snowstorm of the season to strike Minnesota.

Poll: Most have little fear of robots taking jobs

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, file photo, people wait for their lunch orders to be ready at Eatsa in San Francisco. A new survey suggests that Americans vastly prefer dealing with people when they order food at a restaurant, rather than robots, but in most other settings they don’t particularly care. That may partly explain why the small, automated restaurant chain Eatsa, which sells food without cashiers or waiters, had to close five of its seven restaurants in October 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans believe their jobs, and the jobs of those they live with, are safe from automation — at least for the next decade, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

Somalia police end night-long siege of hotel, 23 dead

Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of vehicles in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sunday, Oct 29, 2017, after a car bomb detonated Saturday night. A Somali police officer said security forces ended a night-long siege at a Mogadishu hotel by attackers who stormed the building after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance gate. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali security forces have ended a night-long siege by at a Mogadishu hotel by five extremist attackers who stormed the building after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance gate on Saturday afternoon. The attack killed 23 people.

Their caliphate in ruins, IS militants melt into desert

FILE - This file photo provided on Monday, Aug 28, 2017 by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows buses gathering before a planned evacuation of Islamic State group militants, in the mountainous region of Qalamoun, Syria. Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation.(Syrian Central Military Media via AP, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation.

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