Latest Puerto Rico News

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Google digitizes artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st time

Nov. 7, 2019 8:22 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy...

Fans say farewell to legendary Puerto Rico astrologer

Nov. 6, 2019 7:12 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Walter Mercado lay in his coffin Wednesday wearing a velvet suit that ranged in color from his favorite violet to dark blue as a teary woman stood nearby, transfixed by a screen that showed pictures of the legendary Puerto Rican astrologer surrounded by friends, family and his...

FBI arrests Puerto Rico senator, 7 more in corruption probe

Nov. 6, 2019 5:00 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — FBI agents arrested Puerto Rico Sen. Abel Nazario and seven other people early Wednesday as part of an investigation into corruption in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the suspects include former municipal employees who were indicted on one count of alleged...

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

Nov. 5, 2019 11:13 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — 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 his Puerto Rican driver's license and U.S. passport....

Legendary Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado dies at 88

Nov. 3, 2019 5:02 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Television astrologer Walter Mercado, whose glamorous persona made him a star in Latin media and a cherished icon for gay people in most of the Spanish-speaking world, has died. He was 88. Mercado was known throughout Latin American for the melodrama of his daily horoscopes,...

Spokeswoman: Flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, TV personality Walter Mercado dies at 88 from kidney failure

Nov. 3, 2019 12:00 PM EST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Spokeswoman: Flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, TV personality Walter Mercado dies at 88 from kidney failure.

US officials seize $48M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico

Oct. 31, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities say they have seized an estimated $48 million worth of cocaine off Puerto Rico's south coast. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officials interdicted a boat on Thursday that was carrying more than 4,000 pounds (1,900 kilograms) of the drug. It is the...

Puerto Rico government official resigns amid FBI probe

Oct. 31, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The secretary of Puerto Rico's Department of Natural Resources is stepping down just days after announcing that her office is the target of an FBI investigation. The U.S. territory's governor said Thursday that she accepted the upcoming resignation of Tania Vázquez Rivera,...

Correction: Puerto Rico-Cruise Ship Death story

Oct. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — In a story Oct. 28 about charges brought in a cruise ship death, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a child who died was 2 and the man's niece. She was 18 months old and his granddaughter. A corrected version of the story is below: Grandfather charged in Puerto Rico...