BERLIN (AP) — The latest on May Day events and rallies around the world (all times local):
Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched to the rhythm of traditional music and...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Dozens of municipalities and public corporations in Puerto Rico have failed to pay or deposit a total of $340 million into a retirement system for government...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — New Census Bureau data shows Puerto Rico lost nearly 4% of its population after Hurricane Maria — the greatest population drop in the recorded history of the island,...
Puerto Rico is rebounding after Hurricane Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two of Puerto Rico's most high-profile government officials are resigning following heavy criticism by residents of the U.S. territory over how they performed their...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his support of Puerto Rico in its rebuilding from hurricanes, but he doesn't think officials in the U.S. territory are spending...
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...
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....
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...
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.
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.
Jimmy Fallon: Puerto Rican episode a ‘love letter’ to island
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Fallon said a "Tonight Show" episode taped in Puerto Rico with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a love letter to the island still in hurricane-recovery mode.
"It's a real celebration of Puerto Rico," Fallon told The Associated Press of Tuesday's episode of the NBC late-night show. "It's not a pity party, it's a party party."
Julian Castro visits Puerto Rico in bid for presidency
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro joined dozens of high-profile Latinos in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 elections and increasing Latino political representation to take on President Donald Trump.
Puerto Rico closes colonial-era forts due to US shutdown
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two popular colonial-era forts in Puerto Rico's capital have been closed as part of the federal government shutdown.
The island's government-owned Tourism Company had been temporarily financing operations at the San Felipe del Morro Castle and the San Cristobal Castle since the U.S. government's partial shutdown cut funding for the National Park Service, which oversees the monuments.
- The Washington TimesJohn Bolton: FBI raid on Puerto Rico bank aimed at cutting off funds to Venezuela's MaduroFebruary 8, 2019
- Columbus Telegram‘Hamilton’ Puerto Rico - music with a missionJanuary 18, 2019
- Houston Chronicle‘Better than before’: Puerto Rico’s recovery is nearly completeDecember 14, 2018
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump: 'Absolute no' on statehood for Puerto RicoSeptember 24, 2018
- The Washington TimesDonald Trump: FEMA did 'an unappreciated great job' in Puerto RicoSeptember 12, 2018
Report: Maria had $43B impact on Puerto Rico’s economy
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A report from Puerto Rico's government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory's economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.
The Puerto Rico Planning Board's report says its calculations took into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.
5 killed after helicopter crashes in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic say five people have died after a helicopter crashed near a popular tourist area.
The director of the Investigative Commission of Aviation Accidents says the EC20 helicopter disappeared late Thursday after the pilot picked up four people at a hotel in Rio San Juan on the country's north coast.
FBI raids government office in Puerto Rico amid probe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI has raided a government office in Puerto Rico's capital to seize documents and other items as part of an investigation into alleged fraud.
Special agent in charge Douglas Leff told reporters on Tuesday that authorities are trying to determine whether someone is obstructing the ongoing investigation.
Leff said agents are acting on allegations that an unidentified person might have moved and forged documents.
Congress approves massive water-projects bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects.
If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide, including one to stem coastal erosion in Galveston, Texas, and restore wetlands damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year.
1 dead, 4 injured after Puerto Rico nightclub shooting
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in Puerto Rico say one person has died and four others were injured following a shooting at a nightclub in the U.S. territory.
Authorities said in a statement that the shooting occurred early Monday at a club called Like in the capital of San Juan. The club was hosting a special event because Monday is a Columbus Day holiday in Puerto Rico.
No one has been arrested. Police said they are investigating what prompted the shooting.
Puerto Rican woman convicted in murder-for-hire of Canadian
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her wealthy Canadian husband more than a decade ago was found guilty on Wednesday.
TS Kirk causes power outages, heavy flooding in Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Kirk caused power outages and heavy flooding across the eastern Caribbean and forced flight cancellations, officials said Friday.
Authorities in Barbados said they helped rescue several people from a flooded home, while school was cancelled in the nearby islands of St. Lucia, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself an "absolute no" on statehood for Puerto Rico as long as critics such as San Juan's mayor remain in office, the latest broadside in his feud with members of the U.S. territory's leadership.
Trump lobbed fresh broadsides at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a critic of his administration's response to hurricanes on the island last year, during a radio interview with Fox News' Geraldo Rivera that aired Monday.
Maria’s death toll climbed long after rain stopped
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from dialysis centers that lacked generator fuel and fresh water, despite pleas for federal and local officials to treat them as a higher priority, according to patient advocates.
- Globe NewswireEntertainment and pop culture will once again take over Puerto RicoMay 15, 2019
- Business WireIGC Announces Continued Educational Initiatives in Support of HyalolexApril 22, 2019
- Globe NewswireGSRX Industries Inc’s Newest Green Spirit RX Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary in Puerto Rico Passes Final Inspection; Will Commence Operations Following Receipt of Operating PermitApril 5, 2019
- Business WireIGC Provides Corporate UpdatesMarch 27, 2019
Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — 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 who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year after the Category 4 storm hit.
The Latest: WH: ‘Liberal media,’ mayor spread misinformation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's claim that 3,000 people did not die because of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year (all times local):
The White House says President Donald Trump was responding to the "liberal media" and the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, when he tweeted that "3,000 people did not die" after Hurricane Maria hit the island last year.
Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Donald Trump's assertion that the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria was "an incredible, unsung success" fell flat in Puerto Rico, where islanders are still struggling to recover from the devastating storm a year later.
The Latest: Trump says Puerto storm response ‘unappreciated’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's view of the government's response to hurricanes (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the U.S. government is ready for Hurricane Florence and he's rejecting criticism of the response to last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where thousands of people died.
Trump says response to Puerto Rico storm ‘underappreciated’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an "underappreciated great job."
In a series of morning tweets as Florence bore down on the Southeast U.S. coast, Trump bristled over criticism of the response to Hurricane Maria, in which 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico.
Trial starts of Puerto Rico woman accused of murder for hire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The long-awaited federal trial of a Puerto Rico woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her rich Canadian husband began on Thursday, and the judge warned the jury "it would get hot."
A decade has gone by since Aurea Vazquez Rijos was charged with offering a man $3 million to kill real estate developer Adam Anhang. Vazquez at that point was no longer in Puerto Rico, and she was extradited three years ago from Spain with her 1-month-old baby after a lengthy manhunt.
Puerto Rico Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid lawsuit
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Archdiocese of San Juan filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after officials embargoed $4.7 million from its accounts following a lawsuit filed by retired Catholic school teachers seeking their pensions.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Atlantic season's first hurricane, Beryl, formed Friday and headed for a weekend push into the eastern Caribbean, threatening islands still struggling to recover from last year's storms.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Army says it will invest some $62 million in Puerto Rico to renovate and expand its infrastructure in the U.S. territory.
Officials said late Monday they will invest $10 million to build an operations center in the northwest coastal town of Aguadilla starting early next year.
1 dead after helicopter crashes on Puerto Rico beach
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One person has died after a private helicopter crashed on a beach along Puerto Rico's north coast.
Police said the accident occurred Saturday afternoon in the town of Rio Grande just east of the capital of San Juan. Authorities identified the victim as 53-year-old Carlos Virelles Jimenez.
They said three other people who were aboard the JetRanger helicopter are being treated for injuries.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico say a major heroin supplier has been put out of business after a grand jury indicted 97 people on drug trafficking charges.
U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Friday that the suspects ran an alleged $25 million trafficking ring that distributed heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills near a playground in San Juan.
Hurricane Katrina survivor gives back to Puerto Rico
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Jazzmine McKee landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in May, all she could see for miles and miles was blue tarps.
She immediately began to cry.
McKee lost her father, Edmund, in Hurricane Katrina. She was 15 years old when the deadly storm took her father and their New Orleans home. Almost 13 years later, the sight of roof tarps was almost too much to bear.
"Anybody from any kind of hurricane knows what that means," she said. "That's the universal sign of damage."
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado's home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control.
Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. The boy, now 8, started having twice-monthly attacks and needing nearly four times the amount of medicine he used to take.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire initiative has raised $65,000 to support victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
The funds from the initiative, called "Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Carribean," will be split evenly between the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Some of the funds will be used to rebuild facilities in the impacted dioceses.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest.
Doctors near his small town sent him to Puerto Rico's main hospital for emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. But when the ambulance pulled into the parking lot in the capital, San Juan, after a more than two-hour drive, a doctor ran out to stop it.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Associated Press photographer Ramon Espinosa spent weeks roaming Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September.
He documented the lives of Puerto Ricans who lost roofs and possessions in the storm. Others saw their houses torn completely from their foundations, leaving only concrete bases.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Drug maker Abbvie says it will donate $100 million to improve access to health care and housing in a Puerto Rico struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.
The biopharmaceutical company said Tuesday that half the amount will go to Direct Relief and the other to Habitat for Humanity International.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said Thursday that the island remains in desperate need of help eight months after Hurricane Maria and isn't ready for the hurricane season that begins in June.
Carmen Yulin Cruz was in Connecticut Thursday to receive the "Latina Champion" award at the annual Latinas & Power Symposium, which promotes Hispanic professional women.
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says two Argentine riders tested positive for doping at the second-tier Tour of San Juan stage race.
Race winner Gonzalo Najar tested positive for CERA, an advanced version of the endurance-boosting hormone EPO. Najar was Argentina's road-race champion in 2017.
The UCI says Najar's teammate Gaston Javier tested positive for anabolic steroids at the same weeklong race in January.