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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 2:44 p.m.

Hurricane’s death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000

Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico in the desperate, sweltering months after the storm – almost double the previous government estimate – with the elderly and impoverished …


Puerto Rico: 1,400 died from hurricane but toll still at 64

Puerto Rico is estimating in a report to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, though an island official said Thursday that the confirmed toll remains frozen at …


Housing extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

A judge ordered federal emergency officials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, saying ending the program could cause irreparable harm.


Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Facing at least three lawsuits demanding more data on the death toll, Puerto Rico’s government released new information on Tuesday that added detail to the growing consensus that hundreds or …


Puerto Rican Day Parade to shine light on hurricane struggle

There will be floats, musicians and brightly colored costumes when the Puerto Rican Day Parade makes its way along Fifth Avenue this Sunday, as there always are.


Puerto Rico to release storm death data after court ruling

Puerto Rico’s government said Tuesday it will comply with a court ruling that orders officials to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory amid allegations …


Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria

At least 4,645 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its devastation across Puerto Rico last year, according to a new Harvard study released Tuesday, an estimate that …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator …


As MLB returns, mayor says San Juan ‘open for business’

Carmen Yulin Cruz has attended only a handful of Major League Baseball games in her life, and she won’t be adding to that total this week.


Large power outage affects 870K customers across Puerto Rico

Some 870,000 electricity customers across Puerto Rico were left without power on Thursday after another widespread outage, forcing the island’s main public hospital and international airport to switch to backup …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time as storm season nears

The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

6 months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico pleads for help

Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review

Puerto Rico’s governor announced Thursday that a team of experts at George Washington University will lead an independent, in-depth review to determine the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria …


Puerto Rico suspends $133M post-hurricane housing contract

Puerto Rico’s Housing Department said Wednesday it will suspend a $133 million deal with a U.S. company hired to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Maria because a review board found …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power …


Puerto Rico awaits foreclosure wave as moratoriums expire

Aylsa Torres sighed in relief when she received a letter from her bank two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans awarded …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Puerto Rico fears post-Maria murder surge: Eleven days, 32 slain

Before the sun rose on the first day of 2018, someone called 911 to report the charred, bullet-riddled body of a man with a snake-like tattoo on his left hand, …


More equipment, crews head to Puerto Rico for power boost

Federal officials said Monday that efforts to fully restore power to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria should get a boost with more work crews and more supplies …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Officials: Nearly half of Puerto Rico clients without power

The revelation that more than 660,000 power customers across Puerto Rico still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria has sparked outrage, surprise and resignation among some islanders …


Dana Milbank: Trump just told the truth. He may wish he hadn’t.

Last Wednesday, the 335th day of his presidency, Donald J. Trump did something most extraordinary and uncharacteristic: He told the truth.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Dark, desperate life without power in Puerto Rico

MOROVIS, Puerto Rico – Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people …


Internal watchdog to probe FEMA contracts to tiny firm

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog is investigating how a fledgling Florida company won more than $30 million in contracts for desperately needed disaster relief supplies in Puerto Rico …


2 top U.S. officials pledge more help for Puerto Rico

Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday and promised to speed up recovery efforts and increase federal assistance for an island struggling nearly three months after Hurricane Maria.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 12:15 p.m.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of all post-hurricane deaths

Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday ordered authorities to review all deaths reported since Hurricane Maria hit nearly three months ago amid accusations that the U.S. territory has vastly undercounted storm-related …


Anger grows as Puerto Rico misses power restoration deadline

Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised …


Lawmaker wants audit of award for Hurricane Maria tarps

A U.S. lawmaker wants the Homeland Security Department inspector general to review contracts worth $30 million awarded to a fledgling company for Hurricane Maria disaster supplies it failed to deliver …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Big contracts, no storm tarps for Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 8:37 a.m.

Whitefish halts power work in Puerto Rico over $83M owed

Whitefish Energy Holdings said late Monday that it was halting work to help restore power in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territory’s government has not paid crews as part of …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside …