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5.0 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid ongoing tremors

Jan. 25, 2020 4:43 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of eight miles...

Protesters hold an image of Gov. Wanda Vázquez during a protest organized by Puerto Rican singer Rene Perez of Calle 13 over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Protesters are demanding Vázquez's ouster. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Ricans protest in anger over unused emergency aid

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rican singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island's former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in...

FILE - This May 11, 2006 file photo shows the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship docked in Bayonne, N.J. The parents of Chloe Wiegand, an Indiana girl who fell to her death in July from the open window of the cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico contend in a court filing that it was

Girl's family: 'Impossible' to lean from cruise ship window

Jan. 23, 2020 2:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The parents of an Indiana girl who fell to her death from the open window of a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico contend it was “physically impossible” for the child’s grandfather to lean out of that 11th floor window, as the cruise line has alleged, just before the...

Local authorities join the U.S. Coast Guard on a search of a person who reportedly went overboard from a cruise ship just off Puerto Rico's north shore, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. According to Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad, the incident involved the Oasis of the Seas ship operated by Royal Caribbean International. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Coast Guard hunts for cruise ship passenger off Puerto Rico

Jan. 22, 2020 10:05 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said it was searching late Wednesday for a person who reportedly went overboard from a cruise ship just off Puerto Rico’s north shore. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad told The Associated Press that the incident involved the Oasis of the Seas...

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco. A federal judge says it's likely that Microsoft was trying to avoid or evade paying U.S. taxes and is ordering the company to hand over financial documents from more than a decade ago. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Judge orders Microsoft to release tax records in IRS dispute

Jan. 22, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge says it's likely that Microsoft was trying to avoid or evade paying U.S. taxes and is ordering the company to hand over financial documents from more than a decade ago. The Internal Revenue Service has been seeking the documents as part of a long-running investigation into...

In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Milagros Figueroa and Ruben Fantausi, sit under a tarp between vehicles parked on a private hay farm where locals affected by earthquakes have set up shelter amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico seeks more help from US after damaging quake

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez asked the U.S. government Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for 10 additional municipalities following the recent damaging earthquake. The petition came two weeks after the 6.4 magnitude tremor hit near the U.S. territory's...

Ohio Air National Guard to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Jan. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The 200th Red Horse squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard will deploy to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts after the island experienced multiple earthquakes earlier this month. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation authorizing squadron members to assist with...

A tent city set up by the US army reserve stands in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

Jan. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria. The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department...

In this Friday, Jan. 10 photo, residents from the Indios neighborhood of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Milagros Figueroa and Ruben Fantausi, sit under a tarp between vehicles parked on a private hay farm where locals affected by earthquakes have set up shelter amid aftershocks in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

Jan. 18, 2020 7:58 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — People in a southern Puerto Rico city discovered a warehouse filled with water, cots and other unused emergency supplies, then set off a social media uproar Saturday when they broke in to retrieve goods as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake. With anger...

Delaware animal shelter will receive dogs from Puerto Rico

Jan. 18, 2020 5:22 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware animal shelter is scheduled to receive several dozen dogs that have been evacuated from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico. A group of rescue organizations are partnering to fly more than 110 at-risk shelter pets from Puerto Rico to Delaware, New Jersey and Florida, the...