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Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico.


Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century

Cars, cots and plastic chairs became temporary beds for hundreds of families who lost their homes in southwest Puerto Rico as a flurry of earthquakes struck the island, one of …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

6.4 quake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight other people and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island.


5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Parents of girl who fell to her death sue cruise company

The Indiana parents of a toddler who fell to her death out of an open cruise ship window in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Royal Caribbean Cruises, accusing …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Student: CVS workers rejected Puerto Rico ID, asked for visa

CVS apologized and said it’s investigating after a Purdue University engineering student was denied the purchase of over-the-counter cold medicine by employees who questioned his immigration status, refusing to accept …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Lawyer blasts charges in toddler’s cruise ship death

An attorney for the Indiana family of an 18-month-old girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship in July said Puerto Rican prosecutors’ decision to charge her grandfather …


Puerto Rico braces for flooding, landslides from Karen

Tropical Storm Karen drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday as it bore down on an earthquake-shaken Puerto Rico still scarred by a hurricane two years ago.


6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Whitefish Energy still wants to get paid for work in Puerto Rico

Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, which found itself mired in controversy over a $300 million contract to repair the hurricane-ravaged power grid in Puerto Rico, still wants to get paid.


US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Dorian aims for U.S., causes limited damage in Caribbean

Hurricane Dorian causes limited damage in Caribbean, aims for US as potential dangerous storm.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Puerto Rico braces for rain, power outages as Dorian nears

Tropical Storm Dorian dumped rain on the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday, gathering power on a path to brush past Puerto Rico’s southwest coast and hit the …


On deck: 2020 baseball gets early jump with March 26 openers

Major League Baseball will open its 2020 season March 26, its earliest start other than international games. The schedule also features a late April series in Puerto Rico between the …


Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th

A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vazquez’s own party were talking openly …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Puerto Ricans get their 3rd governor in 6 days

Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island’s governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor

Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island’s Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Puerto Rico braces for clashes over island’s next leader

Puerto Rico’s political crisis appeared to deepen on Wednesday as the island’s outgoing governor and legislators – including those from his own party – clashed over who should be the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Puerto Rico’s governor resigns in face of protests

Anger turned to jubilation in the streets in a flash as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation overnight, ceding power after nearly two weeks of furious protests and …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Puerto Rico governor says he is resigning Aug. 2

A bizarre standoff unfolded in Puerto Rico’s capital as Gov. Ricardo Rossello pledged to deliver a message to islanders Wednesday night, then passed hour after hour in unexplained silence as …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Cellphones sought in Puerto Rico as political crisis deepens

A Puerto Rico judge issued search warrants for the cellphones of government officials involved in a crude and offensive online chat whose leak has set off a political crisis that …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans demand governor resign

Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello in a crisis triggered …


Mother: Family will sue cruise company over toddler’s death

There are “a million things” the cruise company could have done to prevent the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from an open window on …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

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

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

‘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

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

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 …