Latest Typhoon Maria News

Bill Clinton pledges help for Caribbean after '17 hurricanes

Jan. 30, 2019 12:29 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced dozens of projects Tuesday aimed at helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season as part of a two-day conference in the U.S. territory organized by his foundation. The announcement comes...

Manchester company hires Puerto Rican workers after storm

Jan. 27, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Christian Arroyo dreamed of one day living in Alaska. Living in the more tropical environment of his hometown, Ponce, one of the larger cities on the island, Arroyo envisioned basking in more frigid weather coupled with vast countryside. Then, in September...

US to help Puerto Ricans who lost jobs after hurricanes

Jan. 23, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans who lost their jobs after hurricanes Maria and Irma can start applying for disaster unemployment assistance after the U.S. doubled the 26 weeks of benefits, officials announced Wednesday. The National Employment Law Project estimates that more 10,000 Puerto Ricans...

Elizabeth Warren pledges help during visit to Puerto Rico

Jan. 23, 2019 4:23 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory...

Julian Castro visits Puerto Rico in bid for presidency

Jan. 14, 2019 2:30 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. presidential candidate Julian Castro joined dozens of high-profile Latinos in Puerto Rico on Monday to talk about mobilizing voters ahead of the 2020 elections and increasing Latino political representation to take on President Donald Trump. The group condemned Trump's...

To ovations, Hamilton's star reprises role in Puerto Rico

Jan. 12, 2019 2:05 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical "Hamilton" to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The audience giggled, hooted, clapped and tapped their...

The Latest: Government shutdown set to hit record length

Jan. 11, 2019 8:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump says it would be easy for him just to declare a national emergency and find federal money to build a barrier along the southern border, but he's not going to be so...

As workers miss paychecks, shutdown set to hit record length

Jan. 11, 2019 7:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown was on track Friday to become the longest closure in U.S. history as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. A solution couldn't come soon enough for federal workers who got pay statements Friday but no pay....

GOP lawmakers sure disaster funds will not be used for wall

Jan. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers expressed optimism Friday that the Trump administration would spare billions of dollars in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico as they search for money to build the president's promised border wall. Backlash Friday...

Growing opioid crisis adds to Puerto Rico's problems

Jan. 7, 2019 1:52 PM EST

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jose Carlos Laviena emptied his pockets, took off his shoes and waited to die. He had just injected himself with a new type of heroin that his dealer was promoting, but the high was so strong that Laviena thought he had overdosed. The 35-year-old was preparing his body for how...