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Puerto Rican town rebuilds its own power grid after they grow tired of begging US government for help

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Residents of the Puerto Rican town of Caomo had collectively rebuilt their own power grid after they got tired of waiting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help them out.

NBC News reports that citizens in the town have been “pulling power lines from undergrowth and digging holes for wooden posts in a do-it-yourself effort to solve a small part of the United States’ longest-running power outage,” which first occurred starting last October when Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Vazquez tells NBC News that his town had to take this drastic measure because it was unlikely that power would be restored until next summer otherwise.

60-year-old resident Carmita Rivera tells NBC News that she started organizing people to help rebuild the grid after dealing for months with delays in repairs and living in the dark.

“Desperation set in,” she said. “We all felt like: ‘What about us? We’re human beings. Enough is enough.'”

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Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association, tells NBC News that Caomo’s story is inspiring — but also troubling, as efforts that aren’t coordinated by professional electricians can often result in serious injuries.

“The biggest issue is safety,” she said. “We are making good progress… but uncoordinated efforts can result in death.”

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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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Male Fox News personality rewarded by the network after being caught sending lewd texts to female colleague

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Less than, two weeks after the Huffington Post published shocking text messages a Fox News contributor reportedly sent to his female Fox Nation co-host, the network rewarded the male employee.

“Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s digital channel, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents,” the Huffington Post reported.

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