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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 19, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 18, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 16, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic community, Latino...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic...

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, police lift the coffin that contain the remains of a fellow officer who died while trying to cross a river in his car during the passage of Hurricane Maria, in Aguada, Puerto Rico. U.S. researchers who estimated that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Maria are now investigating deaths that might have been missed and could be linked to infrastructure damaged by the Category 4 storm, officials announced Wednesday, sept. 9, 2020.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

New project to probe Hurricane Maria deaths in Puerto Rico

Sep. 9, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. researchers who estimated that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are now investigating deaths that might have been missed and could be linked to infrastructure damaged by the Category 4 storm, officials announced Wednesday. The...

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence listen during a Hurricane Laura briefing at FEMA headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Hurricane Laura further strains FEMA in disaster-filled year

Aug. 27, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it cut a destructive path through Louisiana and surrounding states, Hurricane Laura was also testing an already stretched Federal Emergency Management Agency in what is shaping up to be an unprecedentedly disastrous year. The federal disaster agency has a major role in hurricane...

A car sits in flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Laura in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Laura began flinging rain across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Saturday morning and was expected to drench the Dominican Republic, Haiti and parts of Cuba during the day on its westward course. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

2 tropical storms heading for double blow to US Gulf Coast

Aug. 22, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean on Saturday as potentially historic threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola while the other swept into the gulf through the gap between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and...

FILES - This combo of two file photos shows Pedro Pierluisi, left and Wanda Vazquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At left, Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi attends his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives on Aug. 2, 2019, and at right, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez gives an interview at La Fortaleza governor residence on Aug. 16, 2019. Both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis and are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo, Files)

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Aug. 7, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections. Gov. Wanda Vázquez of the...