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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 …


Investigators search for cause of deadly cargo plane crash

Military investigators began the arduous task Thursday of answering why a C-130 Hercules cargo plane being flown into retirement by an experienced crew plunged onto a Georgia highway. Families and …


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 …


MLB Capsules: Francisco Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico as Indians top Twins 6-1

Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6


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.


‘People are still suffering’: MLB back in storm-hit San Juan

Hiram Bithorn’s statue is no longer standing. The stadium bearing his name is ready to bustle again.


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., March 1, 2018, 10:48 a.m.

Blackout hits Puerto Rico after 2 power plants shut down

A blackout hit Puerto Rico’s capital and surrounding areas on Thursday after two of the U.S. territory’s main power plants shut down as officials warn the power company is struggling …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company

A federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico’s power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

Puerto Rico to reduce power generation amid cash shortfall

Puerto Rico’s electricity utility said Friday it will dial down the power generation starting this weekend as


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 …