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June 2, 2022, 7:51 PM

Lack of water in Puerto Rico town sparks federal lawsuit

Puerto Rico’s water and sewer company has been hit by a federal lawsuit demanding that it provide services to thousands of residents who lack potable water on a daily basis
June 2, 2022, 7:51 PM
Lack of water in Puerto Rico town sparks federal lawsuit
1 month ago
At least 11 dead after suspected migrant boat capsizes near Puerto Rico
1 month ago

38 rescued, 11 dead as US searches waters near Puerto Rico

At least 38 people have been rescued and 11 bodies found as the U.S. Coast Guard scours the open waters northwest of Puerto Rico via boat, plane and helicopter in a bid to find more survivors after a boat carrying suspected migrants capsized
1 month ago
38 rescued, 11 dead as US searches waters near Puerto Rico
1 month ago

11 dead after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

The vessel, which was "suspected of taking part in an illegal voyage," overturned shortly before noon local time Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement.
1 month ago
11 dead after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico
2 months ago

Cyberattack cripples Puerto Rico toll collection system

Authorities in Puerto Rico say an electronic toll collection system was the target of a cyberattack over the weekend, the latest such incident in recent years
2 months ago
Cyberattack cripples Puerto Rico toll collection system
3 months ago

Power restored to over 1.3 million customers in Puerto Rico amid massive outage

A fire at a major power plant on Puerto Rico left 1.5 million without electricity.
3 months ago
Power restored to over 1.3 million customers in Puerto Rico amid massive outage
3 months ago

Puerto Rico struggles to emerge from outage as anger builds

Hundreds of thousands of people across Puerto Rico remain without power nearly two days after a fire at a main power plant sparked an island-wide outage
3 months ago
Puerto Rico struggles to emerge from outage as anger builds
3 months ago

Thousands without power after outage in Puerto Rico

A fire at one of the island’s four main power plants on Wednesday caused the disruption.
3 months ago
Thousands without power after outage in Puerto Rico
3 months ago

Major outage forces Puerto Rico to shutter schools, offices

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remain without electricity after a fire at a main power plant caused an island-wide blackout that forced the U.S. territory to cancel classes and shutter government offices in the biggest outage yet this year
3 months ago
Major outage forces Puerto Rico to shutter schools, offices
3 months ago

Puerto Rico exits bankruptcy after grueling debt negotiation

Puerto Rico’s government is formally exiting bankruptcy after completing the largest public debt restructuring in U.S. history after announcing nearly seven years ago that it was unable to pay its more than $70 billion debt
3 months ago
Puerto Rico exits bankruptcy after grueling debt negotiation
4 months ago

Protests grow in Puerto Rico amid demands for higher wages

Protests in Puerto Rico are multiplying as government employees demand higher pay and improved pensions
4 months ago
5 months ago

Public employees in Puerto Rico protest over wages as frustration with governor grows

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has promised a pay raise for teachers.
5 months ago
Public employees in Puerto Rico protest over wages, pensions
5 months ago

Puerto Rico to increase teachers' salaries by $1K a month

The temporary $1,000 monthly salary increase starts in July.
5 months ago
5 months ago

Widespread flooding forces Puerto Rico to close schools

Dozens of schools in Puerto Rico have temporarily closed following torrential rains that have caused widespread flooding and several landslides across the U.S. Caribbean territory over the weekend
5 months ago
Widespread flooding forces Puerto Rico to close schools
5 months ago

Puerto Rico may be nearing the end of bankruptcy. What does this mean?

A program is in place to restructure a huge chunk of its debt.
5 months ago
Puerto Rico may be nearing the end of bankruptcy. What does this mean?
5 months ago

Official says Puerto Rico's Senate targeted by cyberattack

Puerto Rico’s Senate says it was the target of a cyberattack that disabled its internet provider, phone system and official online page
5 months ago
8 months ago

How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in the US

Puerto Rico is the most vaccinated place in America. Their strategy consisted of mass messaging, vaccination site accessibility and combatting misinformation.
8 months ago
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in the US
8 months ago

Puerto Rico police go on strike, demand better pensions

Some 1,900 police officers across Puerto Rico have gone on strike to demand a better public pension plan
8 months ago
Puerto Rico police go on strike, demand better pensions
8 months ago

Mass protests break out in Puerto Rico over energy crisis

Protests against energy provider LUMA Energy occurred in Puerto Rico as energy costs continue to rise despite poor service and an unstable aging power grid.
8 months ago
Mass protests break out in Puerto Rico over energy crisis
8 months ago

Puerto Rico battles state of darkness

ABC News’ Victor Oquendo reports on the Puerto Rico electricity crisis, as residents protest ongoing blackouts that have occurred since Hurricane Maria hit four years ago.
8 months ago
Puerto Rico battles state of darkness
8 months ago

How did Puerto Rico’s electric system become so chaotic? Experts weigh in

Puerto Rico’s electric system is worst in the US, experts say. How did it turn so chaotic?
8 months ago
Why is Puerto Rico’s electric grid unstable?
8 months ago

Puerto Rico ponders race amid surprising census results

The number of people in Puerto Rico who identified as “white” in the most recent census plummeted almost 80%, sparking a conversation of identity on an island breaking away from a past where race was not tracked and seldom debated in public
8 months ago
9 months ago

Puerto Ricans fume as outages threaten health, work, school

People feel like they’re living in the aftermath of a major storm.
9 months ago
9 months ago

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

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a bill to increase the U.S. territory’s minimum wage for the first time in more than 12 years
9 months ago
10 months ago

Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico

Rob Marciano has the latest developments on a new tropical storm that formed overnight near Puerto Rico and is expected to move toward the Florida Keys in the coming days.
10 months ago
Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage if Congress doesn't act on Medicaid

Roughly 1.5 million Puerto Ricans rely on Medicaid for health care.
1 year ago
If Congress doesn't act on Medicaid half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage
1 year ago

Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?

Residents have reported an increase in the number of power outages after LUMA, a power company, took over the island's electric grid in June.
1 year ago
Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?
1 year ago

Puerto Ricans fear blackouts during hurricane season

Amid power failures and hurricane season, Puerto Ricans are concerned about the stability of the electric grid run by LUMA Energy.
1 year ago
Puerto Ricans say they’re terrified amid power failures, hurricane season
1 year ago

Power outage hits 337K in Puerto Rico amid growing outrage

A sudden power failure left more than 337,000 customers in the dark across Puerto Rico, enraging many who were recovering from a massive outage that hit the U.S. territory just days ago
1 year ago
1 year ago

Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico

The energy company that powers Puerto Rico's grid said it expects all customers to have their power restored by Friday evening.
1 year ago
Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

New company, same woes: Puerto Rico suffers power outages

A private company that took over power transmission and distribution in Puerto Rico this month has struggled with widespread outages and growing anger
1 year ago
1 year ago

Private company takes over Puerto Rico power company service

A private company has taken over the transmission and distribution operations of Puerto Rico’s power authority, which has been struggling with blackouts and bankruptcy and a history of corruption and mismanagement
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rican families devastated by gender-based killings remain concerned about government's approach to crisis

As gender-based killings continue to grab headlines in Puerto Rico, victims' families are concerned about the government's commitment to handling the ongoing crisis.
1 year ago
Puerto Rican family devastated by gender-based killings upset by government response
1 year ago

Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence

Protests have broken out after the alleged murder of pregnant 27-year-old Keishla Rodriguez
1 year ago
Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence
1 year ago

Man arrested in Puerto Rico after killing dog on golf course

Puerto Rico police say they arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a dog that had stolen his ball on a golf course at a well-known resort
1 year ago
1 year ago

Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico

Authorities say Keishla Rodríguez died at the hands of her boyfriend, Félix Verdejo.
1 year ago
Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico finally approves $7 million to combat gender-based violence

Organizations in Puerto Rico have been demanding the government take action to end gender violence.
1 year ago
Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender violence
1 year ago

Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico boxer in lover's death

A grand jury has indicted Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo in the killing of his pregnant lover in a case that is eligible for the death penalty
1 year ago
1 year ago

Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico

The arrest of a professional boxer for murder has renewed efforts to combat gender-based violence in Puerto Rico.
1 year ago
Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Puerto Rican boxer held without bail after lover found dead

Boxer Félix Verdejo has been questioned by police and his car was seized.
1 year ago
Boxer faces charges after lover found dead
1 year ago

What to know about Puerto Rico's divide over its territorial status

Puerto Rico's future has been a question in the U.S. territory for many years. Here's what to know.
1 year ago
Puerto Ricans believe the island's relationship with the US needs to change
1 year ago

Puerto Rico pushes for change in territorial status

As Puerto Ricans strive to change the island’s territorial status with the U.S., opinions vary as to what that change should be.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico pushes for change in territorial status
1 year ago

Maritime transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico

Transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria, and amid COVID-19.
1 year ago
Maritime transportation issues cause outrage in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Report: Military cleanup in Puerto Rico islands slow-going

The reopening of hiking trails and various white-sand beaches on two tiny Puerto Rican islands long used as Navy bombing ranges will be delayed more than a decade
1 year ago
Military cleanup in Puerto Rico islands slow-going: Report
1 year ago

Puerto Rico cracks down on tourists flouting pandemic rules

Authorities in Puerto Rico say too many tourists are flouting pandemic health measures, including the mask mandate, the nightly curfew and a requirement to stay in isolation pending coronavirus tests
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico governor talks statehood, COVID vaccinations and more

Newly elected Pedro Pierluisi discusses the need for equality in funding to tackle COVID and Puerto Rico declaring a state of emergency over violence against women.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico governor talks statehood, COVID vaccinations and more
1 year ago

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over gender violence crisis

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi issued an executive order Sunday declaring a state of emergency to allocate resources to deal with gender violence in the island.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over gender violence crisis
1 year ago

New governor sworn in as a wary Puerto Rico demands changes

The new governor is vowing to achieve statehood for the U.S. territory.
1 year ago
2 years ago

One of world’s largest radio telescopes collapses in Puerto Rico

The telescope at the famous Arecibo Observatory, built in the 1960s, had already been badly damaged. It was featured in the movies ‘Golden Eye’ and ‘Contact.’
2 years ago
One of world’s largest radio telescopes collapses in Puerto Rico
2 years ago

Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish

Many scientists, students and Puerto Ricans are mourning the collapse of the iconic radio telescope in Arecibo.
2 years ago
Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico collapses before plans to demolish