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Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

  • National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’
  • Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods.

Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam.

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New Zealand election: voting begins as Ardern and English fight closest battle in years

Jacinda Ardern’s revitalised Labour party is looking to upset prime minister Bill English’s plans for a fourth term for National

Voting has opened in New Zealand’s most exciting general election in years, with New Zealanders asked to decide between the status quo of National or taking a punt on new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.

Related: New Zealand’s general election: all you need to know

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Germany faces first far-right party in parliament since second world war

Alternative für Deutschland could become main opposition group if Merkel keeps her coalition together, bringing raft of entitlements to populist party

Germany is bracing itself for a watershed moment in its postwar history, with an overtly nationalist party is set to emphatically enter the country’s parliament for the first time in almost six decades.

Rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland has strengthened its upward trajectory in the last week before the vote, with two polls published on Friday showing the party on third place.

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Sen. John McCain Says He Will Vote ‘No’ On GOP Health Care Bill

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. John McCain says he won’t vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law.

His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

The Arizona Republican says he can’t back the partisan GOP measure because “we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats.”

He also says he can’t back it without knowing the proposal’s impact on insurance coverage and premiums. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said its estimates on that won’t be ready next week.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has said he’ll oppose the bill and Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she’s leaning against it.

If the new bill is passed, Sen. Bob Menendez said 900,000 New Jerseyans would lose coverage.

“The latest Republican plan still asks families to pay more for less,” Menendez said.

“My life was saved by Obamacare,” said New Jersey resident Jean Scully, who has had a series of cascading medical problems that have been covered by insurance. “My medical bills just since Jan. 1 of this year have so far been $76,000.”

Ali Chandra, of New Jersey, understands what’s at stake. When she was 25 weeks pregnant doctors told Chandra that her son had nine critical congenital heart defects, two left lungs, five spleens, and a stomach on the right side.

“Medicaid paid for Ethan’s birth, his first two surgeries,” she said.

Her son, who is now three years old, has already had five heart surgeries and Obamacare ensures her private insurance will cover the bills.

Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

All Democrats oppose the bill so three GOP “no” votes would doom it.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 

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Best Ways To Say Goodbye To Summer In NY

By Carly Petrone

Autumn is here but there are plenty of ways to savor summer. From kayaking along the Hudson to enjoying an outdoor film at the park, here are five ways to say goodbye to summer in NYC.

Urbanspace Farmstand
230 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10169
(646) 747-0808
www.farmstandnyc.com

See More: NYC’s Best Outdoor Flea Markets, Food Fests For 2017

Say goodbye to summer by opting for a low alcoholic cocktail. Stop by Farmstand, inside Urbanspace Vanderbilt, to try out their seasonal menu that showcases the freshest ingredients from farms surrounding NYC. The Sage Rosenfel will ease you into the autumn season with ingredients like low-alcohol tequila, blueberries, sage, and sparkling grapefruit. But if you just can’t seem to say goodbye to summer, try the LES Lemonade. It’s crafted with low-alcohol whiskey, muddle lemons, and housemade rosemary simple syrup. Pair one of these with a fresh salad like their Peach + Melon, Green Beans + Feta, or Apple + Cheddar.

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes: Shape Up NYC
www.nycgovparks.org

See More: New Summer Workout Routines In The City 

Shape Up NYC offers free outdoor fitness classes throughout the month of September so you can still enjoy the weather while sweating it out and burning some calories. Sign up for Yoga Low along the Hudson or bust out your best moves at Zumba in West Harlem Piers Park. You can even try out a new skill like taking Capoeira for Beginners in Queens or starting your day off with a Meditation class on the High Line. Be a part of a team and take part in Community Rowing at Pier 40 or find inner strength during Tai Chi at Fort Greene. With so many choices, there’s no excuse not to get in shape for fall! See website for dates and class times.

Free Summer Movies: NYC Parks
www.nycgovparks.org

It’s not too late to enjoy a movie in the park. Whether you’re taking the kids or planning a fun date night, NYC Parks wants to make sure some of today’s biggest blockbusters (and old favorites) hit the big screen in the city that never sleeps. Watch classics like “Back to the Future” at Hudson Park in Manhattan, “Coming To America” at Brower Park in Brooklyn, or “The Mighty Ducks” at Lyons Pool in Staten Island. Mark your calendars for September 28th because everyone’s favorite Halloween film, “Hocus Pocus,” will be playing at Hudson Park. There’s still a few weeks left to sit back, watch the sunset, and enjoy a movie outside.

Island Oyster 
Governors Island
New York, NY 11231
(917) 268-0200
www.islandoyster.com

See More: NYC’s Best Oyster Bars 

Grab a seat at the 100-foot bar at Island Oyster, the outdoor oyster bar located on Governors Island, and take in the panoramic views of New York City. The team behind Grand Banks, Pilot, and Seaworthy have opened up an incredible seafood restaurant that boasts a 36-seat white marble and mahogany oyster bar as well as a 44-seat waterfront banquette. Nosh on a variety of seafood dishes like lobster rolls and fish tacos but don’t miss out on the raw bar because that’s their sweet spot. Hurry up and take the ferry because this epic spot is only open until Halloween.

Free Kayaking: Manhattan Community Boathouse
Pier 96 at 56th St. in Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10019
www.manhattancommunityboathouse.org

See More: 9 NYC Activities That Are Fun For Groups

Get out on the water this September! Head to the Manhattan Community Boathouse at Pier 96 and rent a kayak for free. Enjoy a 20-minute excursion along the Hudson and enjoy some fresh air. Kids and adults can take part or go in tandem so you can bring the whole family out. Just make sure you wear something you don’t mind getting wet in as the boats do tend to welcome the waves. They’ll provide the life jackets, lockers and oars so all you have to do is show up. Kayaking is open Saturdays and Sundays until October 8.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.

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Macron takes a page from Trump to change France’s labour laws

French president signs set of controversial executive orders in the style of US leader during televised ceremony in Élysée Palace

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has signed a controversial set of executive orders making sweeping changes to France’s complex labour laws at a highly stage-managed ceremony in the style of the US president, Donald Trump.

The defiant signing ceremony – televised live from Macron’s desk in the Élysée Palace on Friday – appears to be part of the president’s drive to present himself as a reformer prepared to push through changes.

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Angela Merkel’s Ikea appeal makes her part of Germany’s furniture

Few doubt the chancellor’s ‘flatpack’ formula will win her another election, but can it meet the challenges of the next four years?

Throughout her 12 years in power, Angela Merkel’s political obituarists have ever been eager to spot the wobbly legs or worn-out hinges that could signal an imminent collapse – be it over her handling of Germany’s nuclear phase-out, the Greek bailout programme or her handling of the 2015 refugee crisis.

But as Germany goes to the polls this Sunday, what one former campaign leader describes as the chancellor’s “Ikea principle” of pragmatic flatpack centrism is all but certain to hold firm for a fourth election in a row. In latest polls on Friday Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) retained a double-digit lead over her nearest challengers, in spite of a late surge for the third-placed far-right.

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‘Longest saree’ wedding in Sri Lanka investigated over use of children

About 250 pupils from a state-owned school were deployed to carry the two-mile bridal train during record attempt in Kandy

A Sri Lankan couple are under investigation for deploying hundreds of schoolchildren to carry the train of the bride’s saree during a wedding ceremony.

About 250 students from a state-owned school carried the bride’s two-mile train as she and the groom walked down a main road in the central district of Kandy on Thursday, local media reported. Another 100 students served as flower girls at the wedding.

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