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Disaster aid stalls in Senate amid fight over Puerto Rico

Apr. 2, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states. The move tossed long-sought relief...

Puerto Rico education, public safety secretaries resign

Apr. 2, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two of Puerto Rico's most high-profile government officials are resigning following heavy criticism by residents of the U.S. territory over how they performed their jobs. Education Secretary Julia Keleher, who was appointed in December 2016, stepped down on Tuesday. Public...

Puerto Ricans struggle to buy food amid funding shortfall

Mar. 29, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle despite...

Trump says he's taken better care of Puerto Rico than anyone

Mar. 28, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his support of Puerto Rico in its rebuilding from hurricanes, but he doesn't think officials in the U.S. territory are spending federal assistance wisely. "Puerto Rico has been taken better care of by Donald Trump than by any living human...

Puerto Rico mayor, Trump critic announces run for governor

Mar. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital announced Friday that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is a polarizing figure who became an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017 as a...

Puerto Rico looks to rebuild with AI, 'internet of things'

Mar. 11, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor said Monday that he hopes a new technology center can help the U.S. territory incorporate artificial intelligence and internet -connected devices as it rebuilds from Hurricane Maria. Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the lab located in the northern city of...

International Women's Day: Strikes, protests and holidays

Mar. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Marches and protests were held Friday across the globe to mark International Women's Day under the slogan #BalanceforBetter, with calls for a more gender-balanced world. The day, sponsored by the United Nations since 1975, celebrates women's achievements and aims to further...

Food, water, gas flows into isolated Puerto Rico islands

Mar. 6, 2019 10:19 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trucks laden with food, water and gasoline began arriving Wednesday on the tiny Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the governor activated the National Guard due to a breakdown of two ferries that carry supplies. Lt. Col. Paul Dahlen told The Associated Press that...

National Guard to supply Puerto Rico islands with food, gas

Mar. 5, 2019 9:42 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a major breakdown in transportation that critics say could have been avoided. The announcement came after cargo...

US islands ask federal govt for help in wake of disasters

Feb. 26, 2019 1:28 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Leaders of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands asked the federal government on Tuesday for more help in their efforts to recover from a deadly 2017 hurricane season, saying federal funds have been denied or released too slowly to help rebuild...