Latest Puerto Rico News

Man gets probation for confronting woman over T-shirt

Oct. 21, 2019 1:14 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 sentenced to probation for a hate crime. Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines told a judge Monday that he feels "extremely embarrassed" by his actions in 2018 at Caldwell Woods, a...

Scientist celebrates love of climate, Hispanic heritage

Oct. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ahira Sanchez-Lugo loved hurricanes. There were so many excellent aspects — school was closed, she got to hang out with her friends, and even when there was some damage or power outages, she enjoyed the community spirit of neighbors pitching in to...

Shooting kills 6 in Puerto Rico, leads to emergency meeting

Oct. 15, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island's north. Automatic weapon fire and screams could be heard in videos circulating...

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

Oct. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis that was deepened by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The justices voiced skepticism on Tuesday about a constitutional challenge to the oversight...

Volunteers help clean up fire damage in Daniel Boone Forest

Oct. 14, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Daniel Boone National Forest officials say multiple fires have burned hundreds of acres there, with almost all of the fires caused by people. WTVQ-TV in Lexington reports three crews from Puerto Rico have volunteered to restore what they can in the forest. Officials want to clean up...

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...