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

May. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

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. Puerto Rico’s appeals court issued the ruling based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month...

A Puerto Rican flag flies on an empty beach at Ocean Park, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Puerto Rico is cautiously reopening beaches, restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons under strict conditions as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown despite dozens of new coronavirus cases reported daily. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) PUERTO RICO OUT-NO PUBLICAR EN PUERTO RICO

Board suspends budget cuts for struggling Puerto Rico

May. 27, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances approved a revised fiscal plan on Wednesday that temporarily suspends all budget cuts and anticipates the island’s projected surplus could plunge by 65% as it warned the government is unable to pay...

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

May. 26, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

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 65% in upcoming years, warning the government cannot afford to pay current debt obligations. The...

Sandra Algarin and Efrain Ortiz, employees at a health clinic, peek out the door while wearing masks as a precaution against COVID-19, in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Puerto Rico is cautiously reopening beaches, restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons under strict conditions as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown despite dozens of new coronavirus cases reported daily. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) PUERTO RICO OUT-NO PUBLICAR EN PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico to reopen businesses, beaches with new rules

May. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, hair salons and retail stores next week under strict new rules as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes. Gov. Wanda...

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

May. 20, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is representing two journalists in challenging Puerto Rico laws that make it a crime to share information about emergencies on the island that the U.S. territory’s government considers “fake news.” The...

Caribbean telecom provider Digicel files for bankruptcy

May. 19, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

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 for bankruptcy court reorganization. A spokesman for Digicel said Tuesday that the Chapter 15 filing in...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the official residence La Fortaleza, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vazquez announced on Saturday, May 16, 2020, that she will hold a non-binding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, File)

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

May. 16, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

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 amid growing disillusion with the island’s U.S. territorial status. For the first time in the...

FILE - In this April 29, 2020 file photo, social worker Michelle Valentín, a former teacher, brings food to Angel Ruiz and Ivelisse Rios, a couple who are having a hard time feeding their two children while schools are closed to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico officials announced Wednesday, May13 that they are closing more than 30 public school cafeterias and several food warehouses after dozens of workers tested positive for the new coronavirus — a blow for students who activists say are often going hungry during the pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

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

May. 14, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

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 money will not reach those in need soon enough. The bulk of the money, $300 million, will be used in...

US ruling means former Puerto Rico teacher gets new trial

May. 8, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former elementary school teacher found guilty of lewd acts by a divided jury is the first person in Puerto Rico to be awarded a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that criminal trials require unanimous verdicts. Friday’s ruling by Puerto...

The coordinator of Comedores Sociales (Social Canteens), Giovanni Roberto, a non-profit entity dedicated to offering hot meals in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, carries supplies before handing out an order in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Puerto Rico's government is refusing to open school cafeterias amid a coronavirus pandemic as a growing number of unemployed parents struggle to feed their children. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Judge to hear lawsuit on Puerto Rico school food crisis

May. 7, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Thursday agreed to consider a lawsuit filed by a group of mothers and nonprofits who accuse the U.S. territory’s government of dodging its responsibility to feed public school children amid a coronavirus lockdown. The judge’s refusal to dismiss the...