Latest Puerto Rico News

Scientists race to document Puerto Rico’s coastal heritage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being...

Research ship name: Mississippi MD, civil rights activist

Nov. 30, 2019 9:15 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A new oceanographic research ship will be named for a Mississippi physician who filed one of the Deep South’s first school desegregation lawsuits and led wade-ins to integrate a federally funded public beach. The Research Vessel Gilbert R. Mason will be named for Dr. Gilbert...

1 dead in Puerto Rico highway police chase

Nov. 29, 2019 11:30 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One person died after police and suspects exchanged gunfire during a lengthy chase on a busy highway in Puerto Rico. Authorities say one suspect in a Mercedes Benz whose occupants began shooting at police died after being hit during the chase that began late Friday morning in...

Puerto Rico police arrest stepdaughter of woman killed

Nov. 27, 2019 2:10 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico have arrested the stepdaughter of a woman killed last month in a drive-by shooting while in her car with her two biological daughters. Police said Wednesday that 29-year-old Keishla Pérez was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of...

Man describes granddaughter’s fatal plunge from cruise ship

Nov. 26, 2019 1:40 PM EST

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man charged with negligent homicide in his granddaughter’s fatal plunge from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico insists he didn’t realize an 11th-floor window was open before the 18-month-old fell. Salvatore Anello told “CBS This Morning” that...

FBI: Agent in Puerto Rico robbed in attempted carjacking

Nov. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — FBI officials in Puerto Rico are offering a reward for three suspects they say robbed an agent at gunpoint and tried to steal his car. The agency said Monday that three men in a black Mercedes Benz stole the agent’s wallet, FBI credentials and official weapon. Officials...

1st in vitro Puerto Rico crested toad gives scientists hope

Nov. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad was for the first time born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction, officials announced Friday. Olaf - named in honor of the frozen semen he came from — is the first of more than 300...

Puerto Rico governor’s mansion to feature original color

Nov. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews are painting the historic governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico’s capital to match its original color from the 16th century. Officials said Friday that 130 coats of paint were extracted from the mansion’s walls during a 2015 project to identify the...

Daddy Yankee to open reggaeton museum in Puerto Rico

Nov. 21, 2019 3:16 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is opening a museum in the U.S. Caribbean territory that will be dedicated to his life and the music that made him famous. The Daddy Yankee El Jefe Museum opens Friday in Plaza de Las Americas in San Juan and will be free of charge. The...

Vera Clemente, Roberto Clemente’s widow, has died

Nov. 16, 2019 10:18 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente and a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball, has died. She was 78. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates announced her death Saturday. She died in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MLB says Vera Clemente had health issues...