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Thousands of People in Puerto Rico Face an Uncertain Future

Thousands of People in Puerto Rico Face an Uncertain FutureHurricane Maria has knocked out power for the entire island.



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Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black People

Muslims More Likely Than Americans Overall To See Discrimination Against Black PeopleMuslims are more likely than Americans overall to acknowledge the discrimination that black Americans face in the country, a Pew Research Center study suggests.



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More Than 140 People Arrested in St. Louis Protests

More Than 140 People Arrested in St. Louis ProtestsProtests became violent in St. Louis after a white police officer was acquitted in the 2011 shooting death of a black man, but residents say the city they know is a place where people help, not hurt each other.



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Bernie Sanders Slams Trump: 'Let Me Tell You What A Curse On The American People Is'

Bernie Sanders Slams Trump: 'Let Me Tell You What A Curse On The American People Is'Minutes after President Donald Trump tweeted an attack on Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare For All” proposal yesterday, the Vermont senator, in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress, fired back, slamming the president’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his recent decision to end protections for immigrant youth.



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A Fire at a School in Kuala Lumpur Has Killed 23 People

A Fire at a School in Kuala Lumpur Has Killed 23 PeopleA fire that blocked the only exit to an Islamic school dormitory killed 23 people, mostly teenagers, on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital early Thursday, officials said.



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Nearly 40 People Got Sick After Playing With Petland Puppies

Nearly 40 People Got Sick After Playing With Petland PuppiesThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that 39 people contracted a bacterial infection from contagious puppies at the pet store chain Petland.



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Ahead Of Hurricane Irma, Miami Detained Homeless People Against Their Will

Ahead Of Hurricane Irma, Miami Detained Homeless People Against Their WillMIAMI ― As Hurricane Irma rapidly approached Florida’s southern coast, Ron Book, the chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and the Miami-Dade Police Department made an unprecedented decision: They chose to detain homeless people ― some against their will ― to protect them from the storm.



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Irma: Florida sheriff urges people not to shoot at hurricane, saying 'you won't turn it around'

Irma: Florida sheriff urges people not to shoot at hurricane, saying 'you won't turn it around'A Florida sheriff has pleaded with citizens not to shoot at Hurricane Irma, saying they “won’t turn it around”. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office warned that shooting weapons at the most dangerous Atlantic hurricane to hit the US since records began “will have very dangerous side effects”. As many as 53,000 people said they were interested in a Facebook event called “Shoot At Hurricane Irma”, and 25,000 people said they would participate on Saturday evening.



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Councils failing to stop people giving away cash to dodge care home fees

Councils failing to stop people giving away cash to dodge care home feesF​amilies are facing a care funding lottery as new figures reveal wide variations in the lengths to which councils will go to stop people giving away assets in an attempt to make the state pay instead. Local authorities means-test residents of care homes to check if they should pay towards their costs. The cut off point is £23,250 – if you have assets above this figure you are expected to fund your own care. If your assets are worth less than £23,250 the council will help to meet the costs. Average nursing home costs reached £1,000 for “self-funders” earlier this year. The spiralling cost of care has created an incentive for families to give away property, investments and savings to bring their assets below the £23,250 limit. Councils have powers to claw back money from people it can prove to have “deliberately deprived” themselves of assets to claim state aid. Yet it has long been suspected that they find it nearly impossible to prove that someone has given assets away deliberately to dodge care costs. ‘I reclaimed £226,559 in care fees. Here's how you can too’ Giving to children and grandchildren as a way to limit inheritance tax bills has become increasingly common. High house prices and buoyant stock markets have increased families’ wealth, while the headline amount you can pass on tax free has not been increased for nearly a decade. A series of Freedom of Information requests submitted by Telegraph Money has uncovered how often councils use their powers and the amounts they have managed to claw back. Of the eight local authorities approached, North Somerset council, whose jurisdiction includes Weston-super-Mare and the outskirts of Bristol, had used its powers the most. Since 2012 it recorded 64 “deprivation” cases in relation to care funding. The total value of assets involved in the cases was £1.3m. By contrast, the London borough of Westminster had no recorded cases. This is despite the area having a similar population to North Somerset, at around 200,000, and a similar proportion of elderly residents. At a glance | Who use deprivation rules Likewise Southwark, which covers a large part of south-east London, had not used its powers at all. The north London borough of Camden had the second-highest number of cases, at 14, with a total value of £158,000 over five years. Liverpool and Hertfordshire councils refused to provide figures on the grounds of cost, while Nottingham City Council said it did not keep relevant records. Steven Cameron, a care expert at Aegon, the insurer, warned that greater scrutiny of the sector meant individuals who attempted to dodge care fees were increasingly likely to be caught by councils. “A few years ago it was highly unlikely that a council would have paid much attention to people who gave away assets to avoid paying,” he said. “But with the care crisis getting worse daily and with more public interest in getting out of paying for care by giving away assets, the attention councils will pay is certain to increase considerably.”  Councils also take action that may not be reflected by official statistics, said Tracy Ashby a specialist legacy planner at Thursfields, the law firm. In a nutshell | How care home funding works She has seen cases in the West Midlands where instead of trying to claw back funds from families, councils simply cut off funding for care. Care homes are then left to pursue families themselves and in some cases have sought to evict patients, Ms Ashby said. The "dementia tax" Telegraph Money has reported extensively on the anomalies of the care funding system.  Self-funding patients effectively subsidise those funded by councils, which set strict limits on the fees they are prepared to pay. This leaves homes in areas with few private customers battling to stay open. The Conservatives’ radical plans for reforming the care system have been blamed for the party’s disastrous showing in the general election. Under the plan, councils would have started to pick up the tab for care costs once a person’s assets fell below £100,000, as opposed to the current level of £23,250 in England. But, crucially, family homes would also have been included in the means-testing formula for “at home” care for the first time. At the same time, the plan for a lifetime cap – which would have helped those who needed long periods of care – was dropped. The Tories quickly backtracked over the latter, which Labour called the “dementia tax”. How to connect with us | Telegraph Money on social media



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Over 1 million people without power in Miami

Over 1 million people without power in MiamiAs Hurricane Irma continues to gain momentum, more and more residents are feeling its damaging effects.



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