SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital announced Friday that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is a polarizing...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews shut down generators Wednesday that have powered an island off Puerto Rico's coast — the last customers to be reconnected to the U.S. territory's main power...
ISABELA, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a...
Puerto Rico approves sale of naloxone amid opioid crisis
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's health department says a drug meant to control opiod overdoses can now be sold without a prescription, a move meant to reduce a spike in opioid deaths...
Correction: Puerto Rico-Murder for Hire story
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In a story March 15 about a murder for hire, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a man who was wrongfully convicted in the case testified at the trial. He...
Puerto Ricans decry austerity, hurricane help at hearing
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of Puerto Ricans filled a coliseum on Friday to speak at a first of its kind public hearing organized by a group of U.S. legislators visiting the U.S....
Man who mailed cocaine from Puerto Rico to RI sentenced
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who worked with an accomplice to ship dozens of kilograms of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island has been sentenced...
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday that he hopes a new technology center can help the U.S. territory incorporate artificial intelligence and internet -connected devices...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican singer Farruko has pleaded guilty to not declaring nearly $52,000 in cash discovered in his luggage and shoes when he arrived in the U.S. territory from...
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A man from the Dominican Republic has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in a case that authorities say involved a 10-hour boat chase through the...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trucks laden with food, water and gasoline began arriving Wednesday on the tiny Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the governor activated the National...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a...
15 Yale students cited at sit-in over investments
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Fifteen Yale University students have been cited for trespassing following a demonstration in which they called for the university to divest from fossil fuel companies and...
US to publish its own economic data on Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Monday that it will begin to publish economic data on Puerto Rico amid concerns that statistics released by the U.S. territory itself are...
Puerto Rico board seeks US Supreme Court intervention
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a recent ruling that found the board's members were...
GAO: Unclear if $560M US Caribbean security plan has worked
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal report released Wednesday said the U.S. government spent more than $560 million to boost security across the Caribbean during this decade but doesn't know...
75 face federal drug trafficking charges in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico has indicted 75 people accused of running a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring and of throwing bodies of victims to...
- Star-HeraldPayless walks away from its storesFebruary 16, 2019
- The Washington TimesJohn Bolton: FBI raid on Puerto Rico bank aimed at cutting off funds to Venezuela's MaduroFebruary 8, 2019
- Black Hills PioneerHurricane helpFebruary 5, 2019
- San Antonio Express-NewsAmerica came to Hispanics, not the other way aroundJanuary 20, 2019
- Columbus Telegram‘Hamilton’ Puerto Rico - music with a missionJanuary 18, 2019
US islands ask federal govt for help in wake of disasters
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Leaders of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands asked the federal government on Tuesday for more help in their efforts to recover from a...
Martin Trainer wins Puerto Rico Open for 1st PGA Tour title
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Martin Trainer won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for a...
Aaron Baddeley shoots 66 to take Puerto Rico Open lead
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Aaron Baddeley shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club to take the third-round lead in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico...
Puerto Rico Gov: Trump refuses meeting over hurricane relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has refused to meet privately with Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the governor said Friday, as he condemned the Trump administration for not providing...
Expanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting states
The sprawling field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is on the move — to places other than the traditional early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South...
Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico
EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and...
Probe into Puerto Rico board seeks transparency from vendors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances announced on Monday that it would require more transparency from its vendors following an independent investigation into allegations of conflict of interest.
Payless ShoeSource to shutter all of its remaining US stores
NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource is shuttering all of its 2,100 remaining stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, joining a list of iconic names like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton that have closed down in the last year.
The Topeka, Kansas-based chain said Friday it will hold liquidation sales starting Sunday and wind down its e-commerce operations. All of the stores will remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May.
White House scrambles to find pots of money to use for wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems.
The administration has been eyeing several pots of money — including disaster funds, counternarcotic accounts and military construction dollars — to fund Trump's wall, according to congressional aides and White House officials.
- Business WireMartin Energy Group Closes Strategic Capital Partnership With Orion Energy Partners to Fund Distributed Generation InfrastructureMarch 21, 2019
- Globe NewswireShepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas Assisting Puerto Rico ERS Bondholders Collect $3 Billion in Previously Invalidated CollateralMarch 20, 2019
- ACCESSWIREPharma-Bio Serv Announces Results for the Quarter Ended January 31, 2019March 18, 2019
- Business WireAM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of INTEGRAND Assurance Company; Maintains Under Review with Negative Implications StatusMarch 15, 2019
Judge seeks documents in Puerto Rico tutoring program probe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Department of Education said Wednesday that a U.S. judge issued an arrest warrant for the agency's boss but later withdrew it after officials pledged to submit documents related to a federal investigation.
Puerto Rico implements water rationing measures amid drought
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico will face water rationing due to increasingly dry conditions in a U.S. territory still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.
Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Monday that seven municipalities in the island's northwest region could be without water for up to 24 hours at a time starting next week.
Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.
Cuba defeated Venezuela 3-0.
The Panamanians are playing in their first final since 1960, when they lost to Cuba. Panama has one Caribbean Series title, won in 1950.
Officials seize $25M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico have seized $25 million worth of cocaine in waters near the U.S. territory.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that nearly 2,400 pounds (1,100 kilograms) were found aboard a boat near the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Officials said they pursued the boat on Thursday but that its occupants fled once they reached Vieques, a popular tourist destination. No one has been arrested.
The Latest: Puerto Rico says aid en route to Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local):
Puerto Rico's government says 3,600 pounds (1,633 kilograms) worth of donated supplies are en route to Venezuela as part of a humanitarian aid mission.
Officials said earlier Thursday that they had sent the supplies to the South American country.
FBI raids Puerto Rico bank amid Venezuela sanction probe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — FBI agents raided a bank in Puerto Rico Wednesday amid allegations over violations of U.S. sanctions imposed on those who do business with Venezuela's government.
FBI spokesman Luis Rivera-Santana told The Associated Press that agents had a search warrant to identify funds that might be linked to entities or individuals on the sanction list. He said federal officials suspect someone might have used the bank to launder money from a person or entity on that list.
Man guilty in $100 million fraud against Puerto Rico bank
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man has been convicted in a $100 million scheme to defraud a Puerto Rico bank.
Court records show that 55-year-old Jack Kachkar was convicted in Miami federal court Monday of eight counts of wire fraud affecting a financial institution. His sentencing is scheduled for April 30.
Judge approves massive Puerto Rico debt restructuring deal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge approved a major debt restructuring plan for Puerto Rico on Monday in the first deal of its kind for the U.S. territory since the island's government declared nearly four years ago that it was unable to repay its public debt.
Judge’s ruling pushes Puerto Rico to pursue SSI benefits
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. judge said Monday that the federal government is violating the Constitution by prohibiting people who live in Puerto Rico from receiving Supplemental Security Income.
The opinion was issued as Judge Gustavo Gelpi dismissed a lawsuit filed by the federal government seeking to recover more than $28,000 in SSI disability benefits paid to a U.S. citizen after he moved from New York to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Dominican Republic’s coast
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, rattling nearby Puerto Rico but with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 9:33 a.m. local time (1433 GMT) and was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) south-southeast of Boca de Yuma at a depth of 42 miles (68 kilometers).
Attorneys seek time, reject dismissal of Puerto Rico debt
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Attorneys representing bondholders hit by a recent request to dismiss more than $6 billion of Puerto Rico's debt demanded more time to fight the proposal during a federal debt restructuring hearing on Wednesday.
The attorneys said all bondholders need to be alerted and that they worry some will be treated more favorably than others as they stressed the need to reach a consensus on how to proceed.
Bill Clinton pledges help for Caribbean after ’17 hurricanes
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced dozens of projects Tuesday aimed at helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season as part of a two-day conference in the U.S. territory organized by his foundation.
Agents seize $10M worth of cocaine off Puerto Rico’s coast
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized $10 million worth of cocaine from an abandoned boat off the U.S. territory's north coast.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Tuesday that the 884 pounds (401 kilograms) of cocaine were found near the town of Loiza. Officials said the boat had arrived from an unidentified foreign country given the type of food products found inside it.
Plans to privatize Puerto Rico power after Maria hit snag
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Plans to quickly privatize Puerto Rico's hurricane-damaged electrical power system have hit a snag with the U.S. territory's House and Senate at odds over a bill to award concessions for the transmission and distribution system.
University of Minnesota, Puerto Rico groups explore energy
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is working with partners in Puerto Rico to explore more resilient energy sources after Hurricane Maria left the island without electricity for months in 2017.
Manchester company hires Puerto Rican workers after storm
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Christian Arroyo dreamed of one day living in Alaska.
Living in the more tropical environment of his hometown, Ponce, one of the larger cities on the island, Arroyo envisioned basking in more frigid weather coupled with vast countryside.
Then, in September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the island, devastating Ponce and leaving Arroyo and his family without electricity for months.
"It turned us upside down," he said. "Everything was different."
Puerto Rico suspends utility bills to help federal workers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has announced several measures to help federal employees based in the U.S. territory who are not being paid because of the government shutdown.
Ricardo Rossello said Thursday that he will place a moratorium on water and power bills and any debt owed to the local government. He said federal workers can also seek unemployment benefits as well as help from a nutritional assistance program.
US to help Puerto Ricans who lost jobs after hurricanes
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans who lost their jobs after hurricanes Maria and Irma can start applying for disaster unemployment assistance after the U.S. doubled the 26 weeks of benefits, officials announced Wednesday.
The National Employment Law Project estimates that more 10,000 Puerto Ricans are eligible and that lump-sum payments could total nearly $30 million, with overall individual payments ranging from $2,000 to $3,000.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledges help to Puerto Rico
Elizabeth Warren pledges help during visit to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory stop for potential and presidential candidates.
Puerto Rico leaders meet to fight rise in brazen violence
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of government officials and community leaders met in Puerto Rico's capital on Tuesday to brainstorm ways to fight drug trafficking and other crimes as the U.S. territory faces a dwindling police force and an increase in brazen daylight violence.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on the wall, drugs, Russia, vets
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of half-truths, changed stories and outright fabrications in President Donald Trump's Washington.
Trump assailed Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for playing on the beach in Puerto Rico, though she never went. His vice president echoed Trump's declaration of victory against the Islamic State group despite a deadly suicide bombing for which the militants claimed responsibility. Trump overstated what he's done for veterans.