Latest Puerto Rico News

Federal board files plan to reduce Puerto Rico debt by 60%

Sep. 27, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances filed in court Friday a long-awaited plan that it says would reduce the U.S. territory's debt by more than 60 percent and pull the island out of bankruptcy. The plan comes three years after the U.S. Congress created...

Karen exits Caribbean after toppling bridge, cutting power

Sep. 25, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported a downed bridge, limited power outages, flooding and landslides as Tropical Storm Karen swirled away from the northeast Caribbean on Wednesday. Schools remained closed in Puerto Rico, although government offices...

Man guilty of hate crime for confronting woman over T-shirt

Sep. 25, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been found guilty of a hate crime. Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines was convicted Wednesday for confronting Mia Irizarry over the shirt. The 25-year-old Irizarry testified Tuesday...

The Latest: Trop Storm Karen weakens north of Puerto Rico

Sep. 25, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Forecasters do not expect Tropical Storm Karen to significantly strengthen as it continues moving away from Puerto Rico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening that Karen has gotten weaker with...

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...

6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

Sep. 24, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10...

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck near Puerto Rico, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory

Sep. 23, 2019 11:50 PM EDT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck near Puerto Rico, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory.

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...

The Latest: Tropical systems menace Puerto Rico and Bermuda

Sep. 23, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The latest on tropical weather (all times local): 8 p.m. Forecasters say Karen has been downgraded from a tropical storm to a depression as it churns toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says that regardless of Karen's status or storm intensity, the...

11th named storm of hurricane season develops in Atlantic

Sep. 22, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The 11th named storm of the hurricane season has developed in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Karen formed early Sunday near the Windward Islands. Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kph). A tropical storm warning was in effect for Trinidad and Tobago,...