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Officials: Suspect in 3 Puerto Rico policemen killings dead

Jan. 13, 2021 8:20 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The man being sought in the killing of three police officers is the person recently found shot to death with a cardboard sign on his chest declaring him guilty, Puerto Rican authorities announced Wednesday. Officials said they did not yet know who fatally shot the suspect,...

3 police officers killed in Puerto Rico after carjacking

Jan. 11, 2021 8:31 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three police officers were killed and a fourth was injured Monday near Puerto Rico’s capital following a carjacking, authorities said. Two of the dead officers were shot and the third was run over, Agent José Catalano told The Associated Press. The incident occurred...

A man reads a newspaper reacting to the news of the assault on U.S Congress, on a street in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday Jan. 7, 2021.  News reports show police with gun drawn as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Washington, USA.(AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

World watches US chaos with shock, dismay and some mockery

Jan. 7, 2021 3:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — As the world watched American institutions shaken to the core by an angry mob, officials and ordinary citizens wondered: How fragile is democracy, and how much stress could their own political systems withstand? “If it can happen in the U.S., it can happen anywhere,” said Gunjan...

President Donald Trump arrives in the early morning hours, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the White House in Washington, after returning from a rally in Dalton, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump administration announces $3.7 billion for Puerto Rico

Jan. 5, 2021 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will award a $3.7 billion grant to help Puerto Rico rebuild water and wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and reservoirs damaged by Hurricane Maria more than three years ago. The administration has been slow to release $44...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, Pedro Pierluisi, gubernatorial candidate with the New Progressive Party, PNP, arrives at Vivo Beach Club to celebrate a slim lead of the pro-statehood party in the Puerto Rican general elections, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s new governor Pierluisi announced Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, that he will reopen beaches, marinas and pools, eliminate a Sunday lockdown and shorten a curfew that has been in place since the pandemic began to control the number of COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

Puerto Rico to reopen beaches, relax coronavirus curfew

Jan. 5, 2021 4:36 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s new governor announced Tuesday that he will reopen beaches, marinas and pools, eliminate a Sunday lockdown and shorten a curfew that has been in place since the pandemic began to control the number of COVID-19 cases. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi stressed alcohol...

Caribbean hotelier Gordon "Butch" Stewart dies at 79

Jan. 5, 2021 1:58 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gordon “Butch” Stewart, a Jamaican hotelier who founded Sandals Resorts International, has died. He was 79. The Kingston-born businessman who enjoyed playing dominoes and began selling freshly caught fish at age 12 owned at least two dozen companies and was...

Pedro Pierluisi, gubernatorial candidate with the New Progressive Party (PNP), arrives at Vivo Beach Club to celebrate a slim lead of the pro-statehood party in the Puerto Rican general elections, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Pierluisi briefly served as governor following last year's massive protests that led to the resignation of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

New governor sworn in as a wary Puerto Rico demands changes

Jan. 2, 2021 4:31 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pedro Pierluisi vowed to achieve statehood for Puerto Rico and fight against poverty, corruption and COVID-19 after he was sworn in Saturday as the U.S. territory’s new governor. Pierluisi, a Democrat who previously served as Puerto Rico’s representative in...

Eastern Caribbean issues rare alerts for rumbling volcanoes

Dec. 30, 2020 11:44 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say hasn’t been observed in years. The most recent...

A mature Vietnamese pot-bellied pig roams the streets of the Cantera community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 11, 2020. The former pets — or descendants of former pets — have reproduced at such an alarming rate that the U.S. territory declared a health emergency last year so federal officials could start eradicating them. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Feral pigs flummox Puerto Rico, infiltrate communities

Dec. 24, 2020 10:07 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs are snorting and squealing their way across Puerto Rico in what many fear has become an unstoppable quest to eat and reproduce on an island struggling to stop them. They forage through gardens and farms, knock over trash cans and leave...

Reputed head of eastern Connecticut drug operation sentenced

Dec. 21, 2020 2:18 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A 51-year-old man who prosecutors say ran a major drug trafficking operation in eastern Connecticut was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Carlos Delgado, of Mansfield, was convicted in January of federal drug trafficking and firearms possession charges following an...