Latest Puerto Rico News

Puerto Rico scraps pandemic safe sex campaign amid criticism

Oct. 27, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Health Department unveiled a safe sex campaign Tuesday recommending masturbation as a way to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus, but scrapped the whole thing within hours under heavy criticism from the U.S. territory’s conservative society....

Puerto Rico shutters 911 call centers amid coronavirus cases

Oct. 21, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Both of Puerto Rico’s 911 call centers were shut down Wednesday night after several employees tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced. Public Safety Secretary Pedro Janer said people should call the island’s emergency management agency at...

Omar Mediavilla, who urges his brother Jerick (Florida resident) to exercise the right to vote that the island's residents do not have, drinks a cup of coffee at his balcony in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are targeting Puerto Rico in a way never seen before to gather the attention of tens of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

Oct. 18, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are rallying people in a place where U.S. citizens cannot cast ballots but have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida. The candidates are targeting...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and casinos as the U.S. territory relaxes some pandemic-related restrictions. In addition, public transportation including buses and trains will resume service...

FILE - In this Friday, July 12, 2019 photo, rapper, writer, and filmmaker Rene Perez Joglar, know professionally as Residente, poses for a portrait in New York.  Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)

Residente signs with Sony Music to create TV, films and more

Oct. 15, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He’s directed his own music videos and now he will help develop TV shows, films and other on-screen content for a global market. Residente, the most decorated winner in the history of Latin Grammys, has signed a multiyear deal with Sony Music Entertainment to launch 1868 Studios....

Grandfather pleads guilty in Puerto Rico cruise ship death

Oct. 15, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A grandfather accused in the fatal fall of his young granddaughter from an 11th-story window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico last year pleaded guilty Thursday to negligent homicide. Salvatore “Sam” Anello of Valparaiso, Indiana, said earlier this year that...

A man wearing a face mask walks past an outdoor photography exhibition of healthcare workers in Melbourne, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The photo essay created by photographer Phoebe Powell is to acknowledge the people working in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct which is home to some of the world's leading medical researchers, clinicians and academics keeping Victoria state safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Australia prioritizes air service to 3 countries

Oct. 14, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had discussed reopening air routes with the leaders of all three countries. He described Japan and...

4 killed, 2 injured in shooting in southern Puerto Rico

Oct. 10, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Four men were shot to death and two others gravely wounded near a basketball court in southern Puerto Rico, police said Saturday. The shooting occurred late Friday in the coastal city of Ponce, one of the U.S. territory’s largest municipalities. No one had been arrested....

Transgender woman beaten, stabbed in Puerto Rico

Oct. 8, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A transgender woman was hospitalized Thursday after police said she was stabbed and violently beaten in the latest case involving a member of the U.S. territory’s LGBTQ community. Authorities issued a statement saying Nicole López, 33, told police that the incident...

Postal worker Jose Montoya does his rounds in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. More than half of all homes in Puerto Rico lack a physical address, so the absence of street names and numbers also have created multiple problems ranging from ambulances unable to reach a home in time to a delay in the distribution of aid after Hurricane Maria and a string of recent earthquakes. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Navigating by mango trees, pink houses in rural Puerto Rico

Oct. 8, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Firefighters in this city near Puerto Rico’s capital cheered when they recently got updated maps that include rural neighborhoods, confessing they sometimes had to rely on taxi drivers for directions during emergencies. That's because more than 300,000 homes on the island...