Battered Caribbean prepares for hurricanes amid pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricanes. Earthquakes. COVID-19. Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still reco...

Puerto Rico court orders new murder trial for judge's son

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The son of a federal judge convicted in 2014 of killing his wife in one of Puerto Rico’s most high-profile cases will get a new trial, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. ...

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances prepared to vote Wednesday on a revised fiscal plan as it warned the island’s surplus could plunge by 65% and ...

Board: Puerto Rico to see 65% surplus drop amid debt crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday that the island could be hit with a deficit earlier than expected and see its surplus plunge by 6...

Puerto Rico to reopen businesses, beaches with new rules

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, malls and hair salons next week under strict new rules as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lo...

ACLU files lawsuit against Puerto Rico's 'fake news' laws

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Wednesday it is representing two journalists in challenging Puerto Rico laws that makes it a crime to share information abo...

Caribbean telecom provider Digicel files for bankruptcy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Digicel, a Caribbean-based telecommunications and entertainment provider that services more than 20 islands in the region as well as Central America and Oceania, has filed...

Unemployed Puerto Ricans fume as claims pile up in pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's government opened a drive-up service on Monday to handle applications from thousands of people seeing pandemic unemployment assistance after weeks of delays ...

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced on Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes...

Concerns grow as Puerto Rico to spend $2B to fight COVID-19

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Thursday revealed how the U.S. territory will spend more than $2.2 billion in federal aid to fight the new coronavirus amid concerns that the mon...

Puerto Rico closes public school cafeterias amid food crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials announced Wednesday that they are closing more than 30 public school cafeterias and several food warehouses after dozens of workers tested positive f...

Quake hits near Puerto Rico, some reports of damage

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near southern Puerto Rico on Saturday, jolting many from their beds on an island where some people still remain in shelters from previous qu...

Food crisis deepens as Puerto Rico school cafeterias shutter

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government is refusing to open school cafeterias amid coronavirus health concerns and has not tapped into millions of federal dollars set aside for the islan...

Puerto Rico's non-unanimous verdicts in peril after ruling

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Defense attorneys in Puerto Rico are rushing to court to argue their clients are being held illegally after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that jury verdicts must be ...

Puerto Rico under scrutiny as youngest COVID-19 patient dies

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans are becoming increasingly disgruntled with how the government is handling the COVID-19 crisis as details emerge, including the death a 29-year-old man who be...