Latest Puerto Rico News

Staley preps for USA national team camp, FIBA tournament

Sep. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley is ready to coach the game's best, just not yet. Staley, the U.S. national women's coach and head coach at South Carolina, will leave Monday for Miami for a quick mini-cap before the Americans head to Puerto Rico for the FIBA AmeriCup. It's a 10-team, weeklong event among...

New film explores legacy of Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of Generation X may know Raúl Juliá for his energetic and playful role as Gomez Addams in the 1991 movie adaptation of "The Addams Family." Others may think of Juliá in his critically acclaimed role in the 1985 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" as revolutionary...

FEMA officials, contractor accused of hurricane relief fraud

Sep. 10, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities said Tuesday they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud in the efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the...

The Latest: Groups praise states for launching Google probe

Sep. 9, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on states' antitrust probe on Google (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Several advocacy groups are lauding state attorneys general for opening an investigation into Google's market power. The consumer group Public Citizen says the time has come for tech giants like Google to be held...

Correction: Puerto Rico-Hurricane Evacuees story

Sep. 9, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — In a story Sept. 8 about housing aid for Puerto Rican storm evacuees, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a legislator who voted against allocating money to aid organizations. He is state Sen. Rob Sampson, not Rob Thompson. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Pentagon identifies soldier killed in Kabul car bombing

Sep. 6, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has identified the U.S. soldier who was killed Thursday by a car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Defense Department says Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, 34, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, was killed in action when the explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Ortiz...

Poland, Argentina, Serbia, Spain reach World Cup quarters

Sep. 6, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

Poland had not been to the World Cup in 52 years. Welcome back, indeed. Poland — ranked 25th in the world entering this tournament — has clinched a spot in next week's quarterfinals. Poland beat Russia 79-74 in a second-round opener Friday in Foshan, China, a few hours before Argentina topped...

Puerto Rico punches its ticket to 2nd round of World Cup

Sep. 4, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

Puerto Rico couldn't even begin qualifying for this World Cup at home two years ago, forced to move its opening game to Florida because of the damage that Hurricane Maria inflicted on the island. It was undeterred then. It is in the World Cup's second round now. Gary Browne's 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's bluster on hurricanes, guns, economy

Sep. 2, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing another deadly mass shooting, President Donald Trump is deflecting on gun control. Over the weekend, he pointed to mental illness as a likely culprit behind recent shootings in Odessa, Texas, and elsewhere, even though criminologists routinely point to gun ownership as a far better...

Serbia, a US rival at World Cup, soars by Angola in opener

Aug. 31, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Serbia's push toward unseating the U.S. as World Cup champion is off and running. Bogdan Bogdanovic made his first four 3-point attempts to help his team take control early on, All-NBA center Nikola Jokic didn't even start and the Serbians still had plenty on the way to easing past Angola...