Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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Thousands rally for Puerto Rico relief

Thousands of demonstrators packed Washington's National Mall on Sunday in support of disaster relief for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican flags flapped in the wind as speakers gave impassioned pleas for funding and support for Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The hurricane made landfall in September and devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people. Among the demonstrators was "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who demonstrated along with the nonprofit Hispanic Federation.

Trump to decide this week on elephant trophies * President Donald Trump called elephant hunting a "horror show" and strongly suggested Sunday that he would permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration's approval last week of the practice. His administration's decision to allow imports of trophy carcasses for the first time since the practice was halted under President Barack Obama drew strong bipartisan criticism. Trump said on Twitter that he would announce a final decision this week.

Border Patrol agent fatally injured in Texas * Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend region along the border with Mexico for potential suspects and witnesses after a Border Patrol agent was fatally injured responding to activity there. Border Patrol spokesman Douglas Mosier said agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were taken to a hospital, where Martinez died. Martinez's partner was in serious condition; his name wasn't released.

Girl, 9, was used to get drugs to prisoner, police say * A 9-year-old girl was used to smuggle drugs into a prison, Vermont State Police said. They said one of three people charged showed the girl how to slip drugs to an inmate during visitation on Sept. 10 at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. …

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