Latest Puerto Rico News

Board urges Puerto Rico to implement tax, labor reforms

Oct. 22, 2018 6:34 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The executive director of a federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances said Monday that the island is likely to receive $20 billion more than initially estimated in federal relief as it rebuilds from Hurricane Maria. Overall, Puerto Rico is slated to receive $82...

Study: Puerto Ricans in Florida after storm below 50,000

Oct. 22, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The number of Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida after Hurricane Maria may have been overestimated in previous studies and media accounts, according to new research. A new study released this month by the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research suggests that...

Former Puerto Rico policeman sentenced for bank robbery

Oct. 19, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former police officer in Puerto Rico found guilty of masterminding a bank robbery in the U.S. territory has been sentenced to 19 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that Jose Padilla Galarza received five additional years of supervised release. Police said...

Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Oct. 19, 2018 2:35 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. Next stop...

Cora guides Red Sox, inspires team back home in Puerto Rico

Oct. 18, 2018 3:24 AM EDT

Alex Cora spent this season rewarding the support of Jackie Bradley Jr., David Price and the rest of the Boston Red Sox organization with a record-breaking year and a run deep into the playoffs. The rookie manager's accomplishments go further than the baseball diamond, too. Having seen his homeland of Puerto Rico...

GOP's Lance, Democrat Malinowski trade attacks in debate

Oct. 17, 2018 10:25 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Rep. Leonard Lance touted his record as bipartisan and jabbed his Democratic challenger as a "carpetbagger" and potential Nancy Pelosi supporter, while Tom Malinowski called the five-term incumbent is ineffective and a failed check on President Donald Trump in an hourlong and...

Puerto Ricans can get documents at new Florida office

Oct. 17, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Puerto Rican officials have opened an office in central Florida where newly-arrived residents from the island can obtain official records. The Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration opened the office Wednesday in Orlando. Newly-arrived residents can go to the office to obtain...

FIFA undertakes global initiative to grow the women's game

Oct. 10, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

FIFA is rolling out a global strategy to grow the women's game in advance of next year's World Cup in France. Soccer's governing body has been ramping up its attention to the women's side of the sport for the past several years, partly in response to calls for more equity. The result is a five-pronged proposal...

Congress approves massive water-projects bill

Oct. 10, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a sprawling bill to improve the nation's ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects. If signed by President Donald Trump, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 would authorize more than $6 billion...

Whitefish Energy gets US contracts after Puerto Rico ouster

Oct. 9, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after losing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid, Whitefish Energy Holdings has quietly been seeking and winning U.S. government contracts. Founded in 2015 in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tiny Montana hometown, Whitefish had...