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Rebuilding a hurricane-ravaged house in Puerto Rico. Photo: Ramon Espinosa / AP

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló hopes to make sure 95% of the island has power by December 15. His goal is to restore power to 30% of Puerto Rico by the end of October and to 50% by November 15, Rosselló said at a press conference. Currently, only 15% of Puerto Rico has electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed power lines across the entire island.

Rosselló's quote: "This is an aggressive agenda but we cannot be sort of passive in the face of Puerto Rico's challenges. We are going to need all hands on deck."

The state of recovery:

  • Authorities initially estimated it would take 6 months to a year to get Puerto Rico's power grid, which was already in disrepair, up and running.
  • FEMA says 19,000 military and civilian rescue workers are in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, per NBC.
  • The death toll in Puerto Rico has risen to 48, with residents killed both directly by the storm and by exposure to contaminated water in the weeks since, per AP.
  • As of Saturday, 64% of the island has access to clean water, NBC reports.

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The big picture: The next big hardware platform after the smartphone will likely involve devices for your eyes, your ears and your wrists.

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Tokyo Olympics to allow up to 10,000 fans at each event

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto (L) and IOC President Thomas Bach on Monday. Photo: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics said Monday that venues can be filled up to 50% capacity when the Games kick off on July 23, with a maximum of 10,000 Japanese spectators at each event, AP reports.

Why it matters: Medical experts advising the Japanese government had recommended against allowing fans, citing the low vaccination rates in Japan and the potential for new variants to drive up infections.

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The psychology behind COVID-19 vaccine lotteries

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NBA season tickets. Scholarships. A chance at $5 million. The list of lotteries and raffles states are launching to drive up COVID-19 vaccination rates is growing, and some local officials are already reporting "encouraging" results.

Driving the news: The reason why, some psychologists and public health experts say, is that the allure of lotteries for many people is simply that the prospect of winning a great prize seems better than passing up the chance, regardless of the odds.

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