Latest Puerto Rico News

Caribbean storm likely to gain force, hit Central America

Jun. 30, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A storm that has hurled rain on the southern Caribbean and the northern shoulder of South America was expected to hit Central America as a tropical storm over the weekend and eventually develop into a hurricane over the Pacific, forecasters said Thursday. ...

Disturbance in Caribbean likely to become tropical storm

Jun. 29, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Forecasters issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border as a tropical disturbance sped over the southern Caribbean on a path toward Central America. The disturbance was expected to become a tropical storm soon and was likely...

Puerto Rico sets 7th electric rate increase in just a year

Jun. 29, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in Puerto Rico announced another electric rate increase Wednesday, the seventh in a year amid continuing power outages and the U.S. territory's economic crisis. For a client that consumes 800 kilowatt hours, the new rate will be 33 cents per...

Puerto Rico police uncover island's biggest pot greenhouse

Jun. 28, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico police said they raided the island's largest hydroponic marijuana greenhouse on Tuesday, with nearly 2,000 plants being grown in a former addiction treatment center. Police Commissioner Antonio López Figueroa said officers discovered the...

Police: Carbon monoxide killed 3 tourists at Bahamas resort

Jun. 28, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Carbon monoxide poisoning killed three U.S. tourists found dead at a resort in the Bahamas in May, police announced Tuesday. Authorities did not provide further details, saying the deaths were still under investigation. The victims had...

Schools close as tropical disturbance nears Caribbean

Jun. 28, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Trinidad & Tobago closed schools on Tuesday as forecasters warned that a tropical disturbance would bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the southeastern Caribbean. The approaching storm also prompted Trinidad-based Caribbean...

Court finds France negligent in Caribbean pesticide case

Jun. 27, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday. ...

US Coast Guard rescues 3 US sailors in Atlantic Ocean

Jun. 27, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that it rescued three U.S. sailors whose vessel began taking on water during a trip from the British Virgin Islands to Bermuda. The rescue involved a three-day tow to Puerto Rico that covered some 300 nautical miles (555...

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarizes activists

Jun. 24, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The end of constitutional protections for abortions in the United States on Friday emboldened abortion opponents around the world, while advocates for abortion rights worried it could threaten recent moves toward legalization in their countries. The U.S....

Newcomer ousts longtime prime minister in Grenada elections

Jun. 24, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A newcomer to politics has ousted Grenada’s longest serving prime minister in a tight general elections on the eastern Caribbean island. Dickon Mitchell’s National Democratic Congress party obtained 52% of votes compared with 48% for Keith...