Briefing: Hurricane Maria knocks out power, Mexico's rescuers in frantic search, Winter Olympics to help unite Koreas

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  • Puerto Rico is without power and several are dead after Hurricane Maria wrought destruction in the Caribbean. Abner Gómez, head of Puerto Rico’s disaster management agency, said none the country’s 3.5m residents had power. The US National Hurricane Center said “catastrophic” flooding was also sweeping parts of the island. The storm has been downgraded but not after killing at least 7 people on the island of Dominica.
  • Rescuers are working to free a young girl from the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City.  The effort comes more than than a day after a devastating earthquake killed at least 224 people. Full story here. 
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told CNN that he hopes the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang can help bring North and South Korea closer together. The president called it his “audacious plan” despite no North Korean athlete having qualified yet for the games. “I hope that North Korea will also participate, which will provide a very good opportunity for inter-Korean peace and reconciliation,” he said.

What we are reading and watching

  • USA Today has launched a project investigating the expanse of the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. Reporters travelled the entire border, speaking to those that live along it and mapping whether or not it is even possible. ‘The Wall’, is a truly expansive piece of multimedia reporting.
  • In the most detailed study ever of fatalities and litigation involving police use of stun guns, Reuters finds more than 150 autopsy reports citing Tasers as a cause or contributor to deaths across America.
  • On the dawn of Sept. 19, 1985, immediately after a devastating earthquake that brought Mexico City to the brink of collapse, Mexicans took to the streets and led a worldwide aid effort to rescue neighbors. This report from Dallas Morning News correspondent Alfredo Corchado recalls those moments in gripping detail.

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