Latest Hurricane Maria News

Florida top destination for Puerto Ricans moving last year

Sep. 26, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida was the top destination for Puerto Ricans moving to the U.S. mainland last year in the aftermath of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that a third of the 133,500 Puerto Ricans who moved to the U.S. mainland last...

Slow-moving TS Karen drops heavy rain over Puerto Rico, USVI

Sep. 24, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Karen drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday as it bore down on an earthquake-shaken Puerto Rico still scarred by a hurricane two years ago. Heavy squalls were expected to hit some areas of the U.S. territories overnight as the storm moved slowly over the...

Puerto Rico to close schools as TD Karen threatens flooding

Sep. 23, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor announced Monday that she was canceling classes and closing public agencies as Tropical Depression Karen approaches the U.S. territory and threatens to cause heavy flooding in the island's eastern region. Gov. Wanda Vázquez activated the National...

Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs. Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto Rico on Friday remembered those who died two years ago. The Category 4 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in its...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Sep. 11, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Require data on tax-credit scholarships The Citizen's Voice Sept. 11 Advocates of Pennsylvania's two backdoor voucher programs, which provide public tax credits for private contributions to private schools, say that they help...

Editorials from around New York

Sep. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: What John Bolton's Ouster Says About Donald Trump The New York Times Sept. 10 Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump's third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved?...

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...

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:...

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...

'A big deal': Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian

Aug. 29, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents picked the shelves clean of bottled water and lined up at gas stations Thursday as an increasingly menacing-looking Hurricane Dorian threatened to broadside the state over Labor Day weekend. Leaving lighter-than-expected damage in its wake in Puerto Rico and the Virgin...