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Puerto Rico to raise minimum wage for 1st time in 12 years

Sep. 21, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor signed a bill Tuesday to increase the U.S. territory’s minimum wage for the first time in more than 12 years. The current minimum pay of $7.25 an hour will increase to $8.50 in January and to $9.50 in July 2023. A...

Opposition unseats prime minister in Bahamas elections

Sep. 17, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A new prime minister will soon lead the Bahamas as the archipelago struggles with a spike in COVID-19 cases, a crumbling economy and the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. Philip Davis of the Progressive Liberal Party beat current Prime...

UN: Tens of thousands await help 1 month after Haiti quake

Sep. 16, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tens of thousands of Haitians are still awaiting help more than a month after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southern region, a U.N. official said Thursday. Bruno Lemarquis, resident and humanitarian coordinator in Haiti,...

Puerto Rico high court: Not guilty verdict must be unanimous

Sep. 09, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that not guilty verdicts in criminal cases must be unanimous, marking a significant change in how jury trials are conducted in the U.S. territory. For nearly seven decades, Puerto Rico’s...

Ex-Puerto Rico boxer charged in domestic violence case

Sep. 08, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former boxer Juan Manuel López was charged Wednesday in a domestic violence case and released under electronic surveillance after posting a $175,000 bail. The charges, including seven counts of aggravated assault and physical and...

US draws Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico for World Cup qualifying

Aug. 31, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

USA Basketball will face Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba in the first round of qualifying for the 2023 Basketball World Cup. The Americans, who won a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo but finished only seventh at the most recent Basketball World Cup two years...

Puerto Rico to limit alcohol sales, gatherings amid pandemic

Aug. 30, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday announced new restrictions to fight a rise in COVID-19 cases, including closing certain private businesses and banning alcohol sales after midnight. Social activities such as concerts, weddings, birthdays...

Jamaican reggae legend "Lee Scratch" Perry dies at 85

Aug. 30, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican singer and record producer "Lee Scratch” Perry, considered one of reggae's founding fathers, died on Sunday. He was 85. Perry, whose real name is Rainford Hugh Perry, died at a hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to a...

Remnants of Fred enter lower Gulf, expected to restrengthen

Aug. 14, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Remnants of Fred entered the lower Gulf of Mexico late Saturday amid forecasts it would regain tropical storm strength Sunday as it moves toward the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Grace, which formed Saturday morning in...

Power outages hit Dominican Republic as TS Fred weakens

Aug. 12, 2021 05:29 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Fred swept into the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, then weakened to a tropical depression after nightfall while dumping heavy rains that forecasters warned could cause dangerous flooding and mudslides there and in neighboring Haiti. ...