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UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests

In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello is under siege


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign

A feeling of outrage is rippling across Puerto Rico as people say they’re fed up with neglect from Washington and the U.S. territory’s own government.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

‘Chatgate’ scandal throws Puerto Rico’s governor into crisis

Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Maria exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rossello’s watch. Last week, two of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Trump signs long-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill

President Donald Trump has signed a long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Disaster aid bill again blocked in House by GOP conservative

A second conservative Republican in as many House sessions blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill Tuesday that’s a top priority for some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

League of her own: woman in Puerto Rico baseball tournament

For the first time in Puerto Rico, a woman is set to play for a team in a popular semi-pro baseball league on the island. Diamilette Quiles will play first …


House passes $19B disaster aid bill over Trump opposition

The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats …


Board extends power to cover Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities

A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances voted on Thursday to extend its power and bring all of the U.S. territory’s 78 municipalities under its supervision for the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a …


Trump opposes further disaster aid for battered Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump’s opposition to further disaster aid for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico hardened on Tuesday as he told GOP allies at a Capitol Hill meeting that the U.S. island territory …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Hamilton’s star reprising role in Puerto Rico to raise funds

Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical “Hamilton” on Friday night to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists …


Scientists wrap up deep-water probes in Caribbean waters

A rarely seen shark embryo. Corals up to 7 feet high. Sponges with sharp edges.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane …


Activists demand closure of Puerto Rico zoo after deaths

Animal rights activists demanded Friday that Puerto Rico permanently close its only zoo and relocate all animals to sanctuaries following reports of deaths and improper care.


Whitefish Energy gets U.S. contracts after Puerto Rico ouster

A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico’s hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts.


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 …


Trump falsely says Democrats inflated Puerto Rico death toll

President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong …


‘We did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico’: Trump defends response despite spike in deaths after Hurricane Maria

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his administration’s response to a devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico last year, despite a study released this week that said there was a spike …


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 …


Tesla, others help Puerto Ricans go solar amid power turmoil

A scattering of hardware stores, barbershops and corner stores across Puerto Rico are embracing solar energy, trying to wean themselves off a state-owned power company that remains heavily dependent on …


UPDATED: Sun., July 22, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

‘Hamilton’ creator announces arts fund for Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped up to a podium shortly after landing in Puerto Rico on Sunday to announce he has helped create a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in the …


Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s power grid

Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Man charged with hate crime, police officer resigns over Puerto Rican shirt incident

A man who can be seen in a video chastising a woman at a Chicago forest preserve for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag on it has been …


Hurricane Beryl heads for late weekend entry into Caribbean

A compact Hurricane Beryl, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, was on a path early Saturday that would carry it over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the …


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 …