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    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    The school in Mexico City collapsed as a result of the earthquake (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    Mexico’s president says 22 people have died at a school that collapsed in the nation’s capital due to Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

    President Enrique Pena Nieto said that two of the bodies found were adults.

    It is not clear whether the deaths are already included in the overall toll of at least 149 across the country.

    Pena Nieto visited the school late on Tuesday and said in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still reported missing.

    Rescue workers were continuing to search and listening for sounds from the rubble.

    Earlier the head of Mexico’s civil defence agency said the nationwide death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake has risen to 149.

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    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Two teachers and 20 children are known to have been killed in the latest earthquake (Picture: AFP)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Rescue workers and a trained dog search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Hundreds of people turned up at the school to help rescue children (Picture: EPA)

    Luis Felipe Puente said 55 people died in Morelos state, just south of the capital, while 49 died in Mexico City and 32 died in Puebla state, the location of the earthquake’s epicentre.

    Ten people died in Mexico State, which surrounds the capital, and three in Guerrero state. The count did not include one death reported by officials in Oaxaca state.

    The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is saddened by the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake.

    Mr Guterres extended his condolences to the government and people of Mexico and wished those injured a speedy recovery, according to a statement released by his spokesman.

    The statement said the UN stands ready to assist Mexico following the quake.

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    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    An aerial view of a building that had collapsed in the quake  (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Rescue workers carry out the covered body of a child recovered from the rubble of the collapsed school (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states.

    Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high rises across the city swayed.

    Hours after the earthquake, rescue workers were still clawing through the wreckage of a primary school that partly collapsed in the city’s south looking for any children who might be trapped.

    The earthquake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 tremor on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful earthquake caused 90 deaths in the country’s south.

    Luis Felipe Puente, head of the national Civil Defence agency, tweeted on Tuesday night that the confirmed death toll had risen to 139.

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit central Mexico on Tuesday (Xinhua/Cesar Vicuna)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Rescue workers search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    The number of deaths is expected to rise significantly (Picture: Xinhua/Barcroft Images)

    He said 64 people died in Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, though local officials reported only 54.

    In addition, 36 were killed in the capital, 29 in Puebla state, nine in the State of Mexico and one in Guerrero state, he said.

    The count did not include one death that officials in the southern state of Oaxaca reported earlier as quake-related.

    The federal government declared a state of disaster in Mexico City, freeing up emergency funds. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had ordered all hospitals to open their doors to the injured.

    Mr Mancera said 50 to 60 people were rescued alive by citizens and emergency workers in the capital. Authorities said at least 70 people in the capital had been hospitalised for injuries.

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Rescue workers search for children trapped inside the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The earthquake stunned central Mexico, killing more than 100 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    A car lays crushed under the collapsed school (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    The federal interior minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, said authorities had reports of people possibly still being trapped in collapsed buildings. He said search efforts were slow because of the fragility of rubble.

    ‘It has to be done very carefully,’ he said. And ‘time is against us.’

    The quake sent people throughout the city fleeing from homes and offices, and many people remained in the streets for hours, fearful of returning to the structures.

    Electricity and mobile phone service was interrupted in many areas and traffic was snarled as signal lights went dark.

    The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 7.1 quake hit at 1:14pm (7.14pm BST) with an epicentre near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City.

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Volunteers bring pieces of wood to help prop up sections of the collapsed school (AP Photo/Carlos Cisneros)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Nurses stand next to cribs with small children after they were evacuated (Picture: Reuters/Carlos Jasso)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    A car stands crushed by rubble after a 7.1 earthquake, in Jojutla, Morelos state (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Puebla Governor Tony Gali tweeted there were damaged buildings in the city of Cholula, including collapsed church steeples.

    Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city’s normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down.

    Mexico City’s international airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for damage.

    Much of Mexico City is built on former lake bed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes with epicentres hundreds of miles away.

    The new earthquake appeared to be unrelated to the magnitude 8.1 temblor that hit Sept. 7 off Mexico’s southern coast and also was felt strongly in the capital.

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    A woman walks past a collapsed building in Jojutla, Morelos state (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble (Picture: Getty)

    USGS seismologist Paul Earle noted the epicentres of the two quakes were 400 miles apart and said most aftershocks are within 60 miles.

    There have been 19 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or larger within 150 miles of Tuesday’s quake over the past century, Mr Earle said.

    Earth usually has about 15 to 20 earthquakes this size or larger each year, Earle said.

    Initial calculations showed that more than 30 million people would have felt moderate shaking from Tuesday’s quake.

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    What appears to have been a taxi was crushed in the quake (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    A rescue worker motions for everybody to be quiet as they are searching for people (Picture: Reuters/Claudia Daut)

    At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City earthquake

    Seismologist Paul Earle noted the epicentres of the two quakes were 400 miles apart (Picture: Reuters/Carlos Jasso)


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    School children among the dead in Mexico quake

    A major earthquake has struck central Mexico, with reports that at least 149 people have been killed and thousands forced on to the streets.

    Panicked workers fled from office buildings and clouds of dust rose up from the crumbling facades of damaged buildings after the 7.1 magnitude quake struck.

    The quake came hours after preparation drills were held on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people in the city.

    Police try to clear the area around a collapsed building in Mexico City

    Image: Police try to clear the area around a collapsed building in Mexico City

    At least 49 people died in the capital; 55 in the state of Morelos just south of Mexico City; and 32 in Puebla state.

    There were at least 20 school children and two adults killed when their primary school Colegio Enrique Rebsamen collapsed in Mexico City, according to the country’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited the scene.

    Thirty of their classmates and 12 adults are still missing.

    Many children are believed trapped under the rubble of their school

    Image: Many children are believed trapped under the rubble of their school

    Among the other deaths were a quarry worker killed by a rockslide and another victim hit by a falling lamppost.

    Some buildings have completely collapsed

    Video: Drone footage of Mexico quake damage

    There were reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings and TV footage showed rescuers frantically digging into rubble with pickaxes.

    As many as 44 buildings collapsed in Mexico City, according to Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

    Speaking minutes after the earthquake struck, resident Georgina Sanchez sobbed: “I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985.”

    Gala Dluzhynska said she was taking a class with 11 other women on the second floor of a building in the fashionable Alvaro Obregon street area when window and ceiling panels fell as the building was torn apart.

    She said she fell in the stairs and people began to walk over her, before someone finally pulled her up.

    “There were no stairs anymore. There were rocks,” she said.

    Rescuers frantically try to move rubble after the 7.1 magnitude quake

    Image: Rescuers frantically try to move rubble after the 7.1 magnitude quake

    The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred near Raboso in Puebla state, 76 miles (123km) southeast of Mexico City.

    Officials asked people not to smoke in the streets of Mexico City – which has a population of 20 million – warning of possible ruptured gas pipes.

    Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017

    Image: Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble

    Mexico City International Airport suspended operations, while electricity and phone lines were down in parts of the capital.

    “We got out really fast, leaving everything as it was and just left,” said Rosaura Suarez, as she stood with a crowd on the street.

    Rescuers display a placard reading 'Silence' as they hurry to free possible victims out of the rubble of a collapsed building after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017

    Image: Rescuers call for ‘Silence’ so they can hear any survivors in the rubble

    Alfredo Aguilar, 43, said the quake was “really strong – buildings started to move”.

    The earthquake came less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude tremor in southern Mexico killed at least 98 people.


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    Cops suspect colleagues may have drugged, gang-raped Rikers guard

    A Rikers Island guard claims she was drugged, gang-raped and threatened at a Queens house party — and cops suspect the attackers are her colleagues, police sources told The Post.

    The 43-year-old correction officer told police she was at a get-together at 192nd Street and 118th Avenue in St. Albans at around 4 a.m. Aug. 27, when two men offered her a ride home, according to law-enforcement sources.

    The sources were unclear as to where the alleged assault took place, but said the men pinned down the victim and used a medical device to pry open her mouth to force-feed an unidentified drug.

    She told investigators at least two men raped her, according to the sources.

    The two then dropped the woman off at her home and warned her not to report the assault, the sources said.

    The victim did not seek medical attention until Sept. 7, the sources said.

    Police believe the attackers were also correction officers, and one source said they were the woman’s colleagues.

    The Queens Special Victims Unit is investigating, the sources said.

    Department of Correction spokesman Peter Thorne said, “We take this claim seriously and we will assist the NYPD in any way possible as they investigate.”


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    Red Bulls may be playing biggest game in franchise history

    Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final isn’t just the biggest game of the Red Bulls’ season. It may be the biggest game they have ever played in any season.

    Wednesday’s clash at Sporting KC (9 p.m., ESPN2) is a chance to erase the stigma of being the league’s only original club still without an MLS or U.S. Open Cup.

    “At first I joined this club and I said ‘Yeah, I understand the fans that have been here since the beginning and had never lifted a trophy.’ But now that I’ve been here for 2 ½ years and gotten to know some of these fans, and the people that have worked for this club and gone this long without winning, I fully understand it,’’ captain Sacha Kljestan said. “It would mean a lot to all of us.”

    No, it’s not the Curse of the Bambino. And it can’t match the Cubs’ 108-year drought. But it’s long enough to build angst in their long-suffering fans.

    “We understood New York, going back to the MetroStar days, had never won a tournament,’’ coach Jesse Marsch said. “There had been some Supporters’ Shields, but there had never been a tournament. This is a big opportunity for the club and team, and something we’ve taken seriously.”

    They wasted their only two other opportunities, a 1-0 loss to Chicago in the 2003 Open Cup, and a 3-1 loss to Columbus in the MLS Cup five years later. They’re hoping the third time is the charm.

    “Ultimately, it’s always going to come down to silverware and what you’re winning. And for the longest time this organization didn’t have that,’’ goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “It’s an opportunity for us to not only show the league but ourselves that everything we preach, and we’re working for each and every day, can come to fruition.”

    They do have two pieces of silverware, Supporters’ Shields for MLS’ best record in 2013 and ’15. But ask a Rangers fan in 1992 how much of a consolation it is to win the Presidents’ Trophy. Then duck.

    “Well, over here the Shield means nothing. … Over here you get no credit for the Shield, so I guess we need a trophy, right?” said Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has shouldered even more of the load since Daniel Royer’s Aug. 6 knee injury. They were 11-8-2 with a plus-6 goal differential when he got hurt but are 1-2-4 with a minus-1 since. He won’t start Wednesday but has resumed practicing and could be on the active roster.

    The Open Cup is the third-longest-running open tourney in the world. The winner reaches the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.


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    Stitches “The Animal” Steeled

    Hey! What’s all this laying around? What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Well it ain’t over now! Cause when the going gets tough … the tough get going. Who’s with me, let’s go! … What happened to the Stitch Nation I used to know? Where’s the spirit? The guts? This could be the greatest season of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. ‘Oh … we’re afraid to back you Stitches, we might get in trouble.’ … Not me. I’m not gonna take this. Let’s do it!!!

    Thank you Bluto, I needed that. Stitches was so stiff after Clayton Kershaw was slammed Monday that someone threw paint on us thinking we were a statue. So here we go. Climb back to believability begins with the Cards’ Luke Weaver at Cincy. He’s won his last five starts and has yielded two runs or fewer in six of seven — 20 units on St Louis.

    Banked with Chase Anderson and he came through. Shut out the Pirates for six innings and the bullpen allowed one hit thereafter. Brewers won 1-0, cutting our losses to 244 neidermeyers.


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    Wiretaps may prove Trump right — and that’s absolutely terrifying

    Michael Goodwin

    Over the years, a curious habit has taken hold at the United Nations. A body designed to strengthen the best of humanity has too often become a font of doublespeak and appeasement that protects the worst of humanity.

    That tragic comity was shattered when President Trump played the skunk at the garden party and dared to tell the truth. Many truths, in fact.

    Among them, that Islamic terrorism is a scourge that must be stopped. That Iran is controlled by a “murderous regime” bent on getting nukes.

    That North Korea’s “Rocket man is on a suicide mission” and the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy” that country if war begins. And that socialism and communism have failed everywhere, including Cuba and Venezuela.

    The delegates and heads of state got The Full Trump, including what it means to put America First. It was the president’s finest, most complete expression of his worldview and, thankfully, contained no apologies for American power or history.

    Yet even as Trump spoke, a threat to his presidency gained new steam. Reports that special counsel Robert Mueller had wiretapped former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort and plans to indict him sent Washington into a new tizzy of speculation.

    According to CNN, which first carried the wiretapping report, Manafort was surveilled under a FISA warrant, meaning the FBI suspected he was operating as a foreign agent. The network said it is possible G-men listened to the president talking to Manafort because the wiretap continued into this year and Trump and Manafort often talked in 2017.

    If so, that would mark an infamous history — an American president being overheard by secret agents of his own government.

    It would also be additional support for Trump’s charge that former President Barack Obama “had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.”

    It was in March when Trump made that explosive claim, and the Democratic media rushed to denounce him even before Obama did. Subsequent denials from then-FBI boss James Comey and other Obama aides all were rock solid in declaring that no such thing had happened. There was no wiggle room in their denials, some of which were made under oath before Congress.

    But something certainly happened. And what if it was the worst imaginable something? What if the Republican candidate for president was put under surveillance by a Democratic administration that was trying to elect another Democrat?

    There was reason to suspect that was true before the Manafort reports added fuel to the fire.

    Recall that, starting last fall, continuing throughout the transition and into the early months of the administration, much of the media was obsessed with the narrative that “Russia hacked the election and Trump colluded.”

    It was a feeding frenzy of reports naming various Trump associates who had any contacts with Russians. It was guilt by association, all based on leaks of classified secrets that originated either in law enforcement or intelligence agencies, or the Obama White House.

    As I wrote back in April, at least six people from the campaign, including Trump himself, were identified in various reports as having been picked up in intercepted communications.

    Always, the reports insisted that the Americans were not the targets of the surveillance, that they were “incidentally” picked up while talking to targets.

    Those six included Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, then-Senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Jared Kushner.

    Another was Carter Page, briefly a Trump adviser, and Manafort.

    But since then, media reports say that Page was, in fact, being surveilled under a FISA warrant. And now we learn that Manafort was, too.

    So those initial reports about the Trumpsters being “incidentally” picked up were wrong. Fake news, you might say, because Manafort and Page were FBI targets whose communications were being intercepted — and the media’s sources had to have known that.

    That the public has been lied to repeatedly is beyond doubt. Recall also that Susan Rice, Obama’s last national security adviser, initially claimed in interviews to know nothing about the “unmasking” of Americans whose names were picked up in intercepted calls.

    But before Congress, she told a different tale — about needing to know who in Trump’s circle met with a visiting official from the United Arab Republic, and so she “unmasked” their names.

    Thus, skepticism is required over her insistence that she knows nothing about how those names were then leaked to the media, which could be a felony.

    And we still don’t know why Samantha Power, Obama’s UN ambassador, frequently requested the names of Americans picked up in foreign surveillance. Such information would have no bearing on her job, yet her requests were said to be routinely granted.

    Related current reasons to doubt our government’s honesty involve the Hillary Clinton e-mail case. For example, the State Department refused to release ­e-mails to Judicial Watch showing how she arranged government favors for big donors to the Clinton Foundation until a court ordered it to last week.

    And the FBI still refuses to allow two top aides to appear before Congress, even though the aides told a Justice Department investigator that Comey had written a draft letter exonerating Clinton months before he interviewed her or 15 other witnesses.

    These and other incidents appear to be part of the effort to undermine Trump from within the government, and they give rise to a growing belief that America is infected with a “deep state,” a malevolent permanent bureaucracy that feels entitled to power and will stop at almost nothing to keep it.

    I have been reluctant to reach that conclusion, believing that “deep state” is a more fitting concept for a Third World country that has corrupted institutions and no rule of law or history of individual freedom.

    But I’m beginning to wonder. The more we learn about the last eight years and eight months, the more reason there is to believe that something is rotten in Washington.

    I don’t just mean the ordinary corruption of the swamp variety. I mean something fundamental, something that suggests major elements in our government believe they, and not the people, are sovereign.

    Which brings us back to the ultimate test: Did Obama or somebody working for him put Trump under surveillance during or after the election for the purpose of a political coup?

    It’s a frightening question, all the more so because I suspect the answer will be yes — if we can ever get to the truth.


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    Puerto Rico warns ‘evacuate or die’ as Maria approaches

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    Hurricane Maria left a trail of “widespread destruction” on the small island of Dominica on Tuesday, then took aim at the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a potentially catastrophic ­Category 5 storm.

    With 165-mph winds, the monster hurricane churned northwest, battering Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands with heavy rain and powerful gusts as residents of St. Croix braced for the storm’s eye to pass “near or over” the island overnight.

    In Puerto Rico — which was largely spared the worst of Hurricane Irma’s wrath earlier this month — officials prepared for an outright calamity, urging residents to seek shelter before the storm makes landfall Wednesday.

    “You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die,” warned Hector Pesquera, the island’s public-safety commissioner. “I don’t know how to make this any clearer.”

    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the US territory would “have to rebuild.”

    “This is going to impact all of Puerto Rico with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations,” he said.

    “We’re going to lose a lot of infrastructure.”

    Before hitting Puerto Rico, Maria was supposed to lash the US Virgin Islands, creating waves of up to 25 feet on St. Croix.

    “This is an extremely, extremely dangerous hurricane,” USVI Gov. Kenneth Mapp warned Tuesday, adding that the area would see storm surges of six to nine feet and up to 20 inches of rain.

    Calling the hurricane a “live animal,” Mapp told residents to remain on high alert because Maria’s course could quickly change.

    Maria caused at least one death on the French island of Guadeloupe, where 80,000 households were left without power on Tuesday after the storm swept through.

    The hurricane victim hadn’t heeded orders to stay inside on Tuesday, and was killed by a falling tree. Two other people went missing after their boat sank.

    Dominica Consul General Barbara Dailey said officials hadn’t been able to communicate with anyone on the island since 4 a.m. Tuesday.

    The roofs of 70 percent of the island’s homes had been torn off, according to authorities.

    “So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace,” Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit wrote in his last Facebook dispatch before falling silent as the country lost phone and Internet connections.

    “My greatest fear . . . is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”

    With Wires


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    AJ Ramos blows save in horrific homecoming as Mets fall in 10

    MIAMI — AJ Ramos’ homecoming couldn’t have gone much worse.

    In his first appearance against his former team since the July 28 trade that sent him to the Mets, the veteran reliever cratered, blowing a save in the ninth inning by allowing three runs. The Mets’ meltdown was then completed when J.T. Realmuto homered against Paul Sewald in the 10th inning for a 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

    Ramos, who recently said he had been exchanging text messages with Giancarlo Stanton in which the two jokingly trash-talked each other, was removed after walking Stanton with two outs in the ninth to load the bases. Sewald entered to strike out Christian Yelich and send the game to extra innings.

    “My stuff hasn’t been as crisp as normal, but maybe I was a little too amped up today,” Ramos said. “They just beat me, plain and simple.”

    Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI single off Jose Reyes’ glove tied the game against Ramos in the ninth, after A.J. Ellis had singled moments earlier to bring the Marlins within one. Justin Bour’s homer against Ramos started the comeback.

    Seth Lugo rebounded from an awful performance last week at Wrigley Field (he wasn’t alone among pitchers hammered by the Cubs) by allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk before he was removed at 82 pitches, as team officials remain cognizant of the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

    Lugo lasted just three innings in his start against the Cubs last week and surrendered seven earned runs.

    Travis d’Arnaud put the Mets ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth, and Josh Smoker, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins each pitched a scoreless inning before Ramos entered.

    Reyes homered in the first inning and drove in the Mets’ final run with an RBI single in the ninth.

    Amed Rosario is unlikely to play again before Friday as he battles gastroenteritis. Rosario was treated Monday night at University of Miami hospital, according to a medical update issued by the Mets, and was resting at the team hotel on Tuesday. In late July, Rosario battled gastroenteritis that kept him sidelined briefly at Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Noah Syndergaard will be reevaluated Friday, after throwing 39 pitches in a simulated game earlier this week. The right-hander is hoping to make two appearances for the Mets before the season concludes.

    Reyes’ thoughts are as much in the Dominican Republic this week as with the Mets. With powerful Hurricane Maria sweeping through the Caribbean and projected to hit his native land Thursday, the veteran infielder said he’s concerned about family members and friends.

    Jose Reyes hits a homer in the first inning of the Mets’ 5-4, 10-inning loss.Getty Images

    “I told my parents if they want to come here, just let me know,” Reyes said. “But they said they want to stay because they were just here two weeks ago.”

    Reyes said his parents came to New York two weeks ago when Hurricane Irma was threatening the Dominican. In the end, the island was largely spared.

    “Hopefully this one, too, but you have to be prepared,” Reyes said, noting that hurricane warnings were commonplace when he was growing up in the Dominican. “They are staying home. The houses they have are very safe.

    “It’s tough not to be there supporting them, so that makes it tougher, because we never know how hard it’s supposed to hit our country.”

    Nori Aoki, after a third-inning infield single, has reached base safely in all 16 games he has played since signing with the Mets on Sept. 2. The veteran outfielder had a .375 on-base percentage with the Mets.


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    Adam Moss not looking to take Graydon Carter’s job

    Keith J. Kelly

    Scratch Adam Moss from the short list to take the helm at Vanity Fair, whose current boss, Graydon Carter, is exiting in December after a 25-year run.

    Moss, the 60-year-old editor-in-chief at New York magazine, is telling friends he has no interest in leaving a job he loves for the tempestuous waters of Vanity Fair owner Condé Nast.

    Moss is a prolific winner of National Magazine Awards, which are the coin of the realm inside Condé Nast. He also has managed to pump New York’s digital presence while cutting back print, enabling it to turn a profit.

    The editor is believed to be operating under a contract that runs at least through 2019 with New York Media, now run by Chief Executive Pam Wasserstein, daughter of the late Bruce Wasserstein, who first brought Moss to the weekly in 2004.

    Carter is also said to have submitted a list of names of three candidates from inside and outside who he thinks should take over. On the inside list is Dana Brown, one of three deputy editors on the magazine.

    Another new name to surface as a potential successor is Esquire Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden. He was in London earlier this week and then flew to Milan to hook up with Hearst Magazines President David Carey and Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles — who are likely to remind him that the company enforces the multiyear contracts it gives to its editors.

    Insiders say Carter also suggested Vanity Fair’s digital director, Mike Hogan, as a potential successor.


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    Manafort wiretap revelations give Trump supporters new ammunition

    Reports that federal authorities wiretapped his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort only bolster the president’s claim that the Obama administration was listening in at Trump Tower, supporters of the commander in chief said Tuesday.

    “The overwhelming evidence is that Trump was also under surveillance, as he claimed, overlapping with the time Manafort was being monitored,” longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone told The Daily Caller.

    The veteran political operative also fumed on Twitter in all capital letters: “THE FEDS WERE EAVESDROPPING ON MY TELEPHONE CALLS WITH MANAFORT DURING THE INAUGURATION AND TRANSITION.”

    Judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano told “Fox & Friends” that CNN’s report was “absolutely consistent” with Trump’s surveillance allegations against former President Barack Obama, and the phrase “Trump vindicated” trended on Twitter.

    “So Obama WAS wiretapping @realDonaldTrump after all — once again Trump is right & the media hyenas prove to be wrong,” conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza tweeted.

    Tuesday’s top thread on Reddit’s pro-Trump “The Donald” page — with more than 12,000 “upvotes” — was titled “Paul Manafort, Floor 43 wiretapped inside Trump Tower. Trump was right about #Obamagate.”

    Manafort, through a spokesman, called on the Justice Department to “release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested party can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there.”

    The CNN report noted that Manafort wasn’t under surveillance at the time of the June 9, 2016, meeting he attended with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and several Russians.

    So critics like the left-leaning Media Matters for America said, “This is at least the fifth time in six months right-wing media has attempted to validate Trump’s lie.”