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Pitbull lends his private plane to help cancer patients in Puerto Rico get treatment they need

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They don’t call him Mr. Worldwide for nothing. Pitbull is sending his private plane to Puerto Rico for cancer patients to be brought into the mainland United States for treatment. The U.S. territory is still in dire straits from Hurricane Maria, which has left the entire island without power and upwards of 60 percent of the population without access to potable water. Generators are being distributed to hospitals, but there’s no telling how long it’ll be used for.  SEE ALSO: Mark Cuban let J.J. Barea use his plane to bring supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Puerto Rico congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez […]

Watch out, AppleGoogle’s new lineup is here and it’s pretty amazing

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A resident checks her cellphone on her rooftop at dusk about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico.Image: Getty Images The FCC has given Google permission to deploy its Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico.  Previously, the helium balloons were able to provide LTE coverage to Peru after extreme flooding. But in that case, Google had already partnered with a telecom provider on the ground, which it depended on to beam the signal to the balloons, for disaster relief. In Puerto Rico, Google’s innovation lab, X, is starting from scratch. It’s unclear if Puerto Rico’s stressed telecom companies […]

Trump to Puerto Rico: Show us the money

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Image: Getty Images With Puerto Rico in a worsening humanitarian crisis, President Donald Trump continues to hold the U.S. territory’s debt over its head. It is difficult to fathom just how irresponsible and entirely beside the point Puerto Rico’s debt is when it comes to its current situation. Puerto Ricans are Americans, just like the people in parts of Texas and Florida that the government is helping after two other major hurricanes this season.  Yet on Friday, Trump doubled down on holding disaster aid hostage to the U.S. territory’s debts, which total about $70 billion.. “Ultimately, the government of Puerto […]