Oct. 12, 2017

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President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested his patience for helping fellow Americans in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico is running out and that he faults the U.S. territory's management for its current conditions. "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" Trump said.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said President Trump may quit NAFTA unless he can get a solid win that would demonstrate American workers will benefit.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave his Catalan antagonist Carles Puigdemont five days to clarify whether he has declared independence from Spain or not as the country prepared for its national holiday on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of a private weather company to head the government agency that oversees the National Weather Service, an organization the nominee has at times clashed with.

Former President Obama is set to return to the campaign trail for the first time since he left office with a rally to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

President Donald Trump announced he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, to succeed him as secretary of Homeland Security, the White House said in a statement. Nielsen had been Kelly's chief of staff when he was secretary of Homeland Security and followed him to the White House, serving as his principal deputy there.

U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they may bar victims of overseas atrocities from using a centuries-old law to sue corporations for complicity, as the court weighed a case stemming from Middle Eastern terrorism.

For many businesses in northern California, it will take years to rebuild from the wildfires that have decimated the region. For many legal cannabis growers, the destruction could be insurmountable.

Bitcoin surged to a fresh record Thursday as the enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies showed little sign of abating. The world's largest cryptocurrency rose as much as 8.4 percent and was trading 7.9 percent higher at $5,209 as of 12:34 p.m. in London, resuming gains after a one-day break. As recently as December, bitcoin was trading at less than $1,000 dollars.

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits declined last week to the lowest level since late August, before major hurricanes sent jobless claims soaring, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Jobless claims decreased by 15k to 243k.

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It was an Airbnb nightmare for a couple vacationing in Florida after they say they found their rental unit rigged with hidden cameras ― something experts tell HuffPost is happening more often, but there are ways to detect.

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight Islamic State and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group's militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army.

Hezbollah on Wednesday dismissed a multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information on two of its key operatives, describing it as an ongoing attempt to "demonize" the group.

A volcano in southwestern Japan has erupted for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Thursday to expel European ambassadors within 24 hours, accusing their governments without citing evidence of plotting to have Manila expelled from the United Nations.

Mexico's will receive a payout of $150 million from a catastrophe bond after a Sept. 7 quake met parameters for magnitude, location and depth.

While the vast majority of Puerto Rico remains without power, most of its casinos are back in business, according to the head of Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Thirteen of the island's 18 casinos are operating again.

BBC

Pakistani soldiers have freed a North American family of five who were being held hostage by the Afghan Taliban. Canadian Joshua Boyle and his US wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They had three children while in captivity.

The Boy Scouts of America have announced plans to admit girls into the century-old youth club, allowing them to achieve the same high rank as boys.

The UN has called for investigation into a prison riot in Mexico that left 17 people dead.

About 30GB of Sensitive information about Australia's defense programs has been stolen in an "extensive" cyber hack.

About a quarter of all illegal under-age marriages take place in West and Central Africa, a children's charity said. Worldwide the number of girls married illegally stands at 7.5 million.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has demoted the country's police from leading his drugs war, amid growing criticism of the bloody crackdown. Police say they have killed over 3,850 people in anti-drugs operations since Mr. Duterte took office last year.

WND

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is ramping up investigation into former President Barack Obama administration's campaign to "unmask" President Donald Trump aides who were incidentally surveilled in meetings with foreign officials.

The cybersecurity company FireEye says in a new report to private clients, obtained exclusively by NBC News, that hackers linked to North Korea recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spear phishing emails.

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