Pope brings World Youth Day to Panama’s detained youth

America 01/25/19, 00:03

Pope Francis is bringing World Youth Day to Panama's juvenile delinquents who can't participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of faith.Francis on Friday will celebrate a special penitential Mass inside the Las Garzas de Pacora detention center, which is Panama's main youth lockup. In a twist, he will also ...

Venezuela crisis looms over pope’s Central America visit

World 01/24/19, 00:09

Pope Francis has arrived in Panama amid a political crisis in nearby Venezuela, a migration standoff over the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and tens of thousands of wildly excited young Central Americans welcoming him.As Francis opens his first full day Thursday, all eyes will be on whether he refers to ...

Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope

America 01/22/19, 00:04

More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits this week for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away there are 144 more who can't make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — ...

Power fully restored to Florida residents hit by Michael

U.S. 11/07/18, 15:27

Utilities are reporting that all power has been restored in the Florida counties devastated by Hurricane Michael.The utility companies and cooperatives reported Tuesday to the Public Service Commission that they had zero outages for the first time since the Category 4 hurricane made landfall almost a month ago.Michael slammed into ...

Party held for homeless baby born in wake of hurricane

U.S. 10/30/18, 13:33

The family of a baby who spent his first night out of the hospital in a Walmart parking lot after Hurricane Michael just got a surprise baby shower. The happy event happened at a Walmart near the store where the family hunkered down in those dark days following the Category 4 ...

Lawmakers ask FEMA for more housing for storm survivors

U.S. 10/29/18, 17:12

Two U.S. senators and three congressmen are asking federal officials to bring recreational vehicles and mobile homes to the Florida Panhandle to help residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Michael.Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday said in a letter to FEMA's director ...

Folks in rural part of Panhandle ask: Where’s the help?

U.S. 10/26/18, 01:12

More than two weeks after the powerful eyewall of Hurricane Michael passed over Bay County, Mark Ward wonders when the power will work again. And the sewer. And the water."We've been living out of coolers. We've been grilling out." He points to a red cooler and two grills in front ...

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

Sports 10/21/18, 12:04

Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the stress of living in a city that was splintered by Hurricane Michael. She's fearful after hearing gunshots at night, and she's confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she's spent her entire 45 years."I just know I don't feel real, ...

10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape

U.S. 10/20/18, 13:31

Castor Gay knew his life had changed the moment he watched his back fence disappear into the howling wind and water started pouring from his ceiling. Mike Maddox sensed the same thing when he packed into a tiny pantry closet with his mom, brother and five dogs while his house ...

Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida’s hurricane zone

U.S. 10/20/18, 04:35

NNMore than 100,000 Florida customers are still without power due to Hurricane Michael, which tore into the Florida Panhandle more than a week ago.The majority of the outages are in Bay County, where the storm made landfall, but northern rural counties have a greater percentage of people who are without ...

Victims IDed as Hurricane Michael recovery effort drags on

U.S. 10/19/18, 22:56

A family can begin to grieve after officials confirmed Friday the death of a 79-year-old Florida woman who had been missing since Hurricane Michael left her Mexico Beach home in rubble.Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie Vicari.FILE - ...

Panhandle medical services are on life support after Michael

U.S. 10/19/18, 13:50

Medical services in the Florida Panhandle are still on life support more than a week after Hurricane Michael.A man who did not want his name used receives medical treatment inside the Florida 5 Disaster Medical Assistance Team tent, outside the Bay Medical Sacred Heart hospital, in the aftermath of Hurricane ...

Series of photos depicts wrath of Hurricane Michael

U.S. 10/19/18, 00:37

The tropical weather that turned into monster Hurricane Michael began as a relatively humble storm before rapidly blossoming into the most powerful cyclone ever to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing wrenching scenes of widespread destruction.FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018 file photo, a storm chaser climbs into his vehicle ...

Life is rough at hurricane-ravaged motel of last resort

U.S. 10/17/18, 09:34

A rough life is getting even rougher for dozens of people living at a Florida motel ripped apart by Hurricane Michael a week ago.Tasha Hughes, bathes her daughter, Madison, 4, in a storage bin outside their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power ...

Update: Looters target homes ravaged by hurricane

U.S. 10/17/18, 07:15

The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):7 a.m.A resident walks past a shattered window of a room at a damaged motel, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where guests continue to stay in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Authorities say they're arresting about 10 suspected ...

Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

Florida 10/17/18, 00:15

The scope of the Hurricane Michael's fury has become clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches of the Florida Panhandle neighborhoods devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.Shawn Gehlert is reflected in a message displayed on a window ...

Update: Can you hear me now? Cellphone service back up

Florida 10/16/18, 13:44

The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):1:30 p.m.Damage from Hurricane Michael is evident on the buildings at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Carlos Munoz/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)Life in some of the hardest-hit areas of the Florida Panhandle improved drastically as widespread cellphone service returned ...

In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

Florida 10/16/18, 00:14

Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times.Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael's devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her ...

Update: Utilities slowly come back in storm-hit Florida

Florida 10/13/18, 11:43

The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local):11 a.m.Members from South Florida Task Force search a flattened home destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, after Hurricane Michael went through the area on Wednesday. Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town, was nearly obliterated ...

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