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February 22, 2024 at 1:42 PM

The number of short-term rentals in Puerto Rico has surged. A new report says that's a problem

A new report says activists want stricter regulations of short-term rentals in Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory sees a growing number of displaced renters and a spike in housing costs
February 22, 2024 at 1:42 PM
Short-term rentals in Puerto Rico have surged. A new report says that's a problem
February 14, 2024 at 9:39 PM

Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks

A fiery debate over public health and personal rights has gripped Puerto Rico as legislators clash with medical experts
February 14, 2024 at 9:39 PM
Puerto Rico is entangled in a heated public health debate over vaccines and masks
February 12, 2024 at 11:47 PM

Former Puerto Rico mayor caught on film in bribery case faces 5 years in prison

A former Puerto Rico mayor who was caught on film in a high-profile bribery case has been sentenced to more than five years in prison as part of an ongoing federal crackdown on corruption in the U.S. territory
February 12, 2024 at 11:47 PM
Former Puerto Rico mayor caught on film in bribery case faces 5 years in prison
5 months ago

Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria

Six years after a storm left most of the island without power, and ruined the land, some Boricuas have taken recovery efforts into their own hands with special projects.
5 months ago
Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria
5 months ago

Boricuas take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos reports on Puerto Ricans still working on recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 landfall that left a majority of the island without power.
5 months ago
Boricuas take recovery into their own hands 6 years after Hurricane Maria
8 months ago

Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?

Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
8 months ago
Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?
8 months ago

Tropical Storm Bret to move through Leeward Islands later this week

Tropical Storm Bret, which is churning in the Atlantic, is forecast to strengthen and move into the Caribbean by early Friday.
8 months ago
Tropical Storm Bret to move through Leeward Islands later this week
10 months ago

2 NYU students killed in Puerto Rico

A suspect has now been detained in the deaths of Franco Medina Angulo, 29, and Sergio Palomino Ruiz, 28.
10 months ago
2 NYU students killed in Puerto Rico
10 months ago

Arbor Day: Planting new trees in Puerto Rico

ABC News' Ginger Zee takes a look at a project working to replace trees in Puerto Rico to help the community recover from past hurricanes and be more resilient for the next storm.
10 months ago
Arbor Day: Planting new trees in Puerto Rico
10 months ago

How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals

Puerto Rico is home to plants that contribute to nearly 20% of the United States' pharma exports -- a result of decades-old federal tax incentives that brought manufacturing to the island in droves.
10 months ago
How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals
10 months ago

Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?

Already a water insecure island, Puerto Rico is sharing what’s left with big business, and the effects of climate change are only exacerbating the effects. This is how water supplies have suffered.
10 months ago
Is manufacturing jeopardizing Puerto Rico’s water supply?
10 months ago

How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals

Puerto Rico is home to plants that contribute to nearly 20% of the United States' pharma exports -- a result of decades-old federal tax incentives that brought manufacturing to the island in droves.
10 months ago
How Puerto Rico became the US' No. 1 producer of pharmaceuticals
10 months ago

Puerto Rico's water supply is being depleted, contaminated by manufacturing industry on the island, experts say

The manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico is putting the island's finite water supply at risk, experts told ABC News.
10 months ago
The island of Puerto Rico is running out of water. Here's why.
10 months ago

Why some advocates say the water in Puerto Rico is not safe to drink

Puerto Ricans are worried about the safety of their drinking water.
10 months ago
Why some advocates say the water in Puerto Rico is not safe to drink
10 months ago

Booming manufacturing industry affecting qualify of life in Puerto Rico, advocates say

Hidden in plain sight in Puerto Rico are signs of a booming industry that has overtaken much of the island for decades.
10 months ago
How Puerto Ricans feel about the booming manufacturing industry on the island
1 year ago

Man dies after apparently falling off cliff in Puerto Rico: Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search for a man who fell off a 70-foot cliff in Puerto Rico after a dive team recovered his body on Monday, according officials.
1 year ago
Man dies after apparently falling off cliff in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

$9.1 million in cocaine seized from Puerto Rico ferry, border officials say

U.S. customs officers seized 877 pounds of cocaine concealed on board a Carribean ferry boat
1 year ago
$9.1 million in cocaine seized from Puerto Rico ferry, border officials say
1 year ago

Federal agent killed in shootout with suspected smuggling boat off Puerto Rico

Federal marine agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection were shot after they approached a suspected smuggling boat.
1 year ago
Federal agent killed in shootout with suspected smuggling boat off Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Biden ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona

President Joe Biden has already announced $2 billion in funds to help the island rebuild.
1 year ago
Biden ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona
1 year ago

Biden announces $60 million in aid to Puerto Rico

President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday and surveyed damage from Hurricane Fiona, which killed more than two dozen people on the island last month, officials said.
1 year ago
Biden announces $60 million in aid to Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Groups helping Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic during Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona has caused immense damage to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. These are groups offering help.
1 year ago
Groups helping Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic during 'catastrophic' hurricane
1 year ago

Puerto Rico's power grid is struggling 5 years after Hurricane Maria. Here's why.

Days after Hurricane Fiona, electricity had not been restored for most customers in Puerto Rico.
1 year ago
Why Puerto Rico's power grid is struggling 5 years after Hurricane Maria
1 year ago

Hurricane Fiona moves north after wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, after killing at least four people in Puerto Rico and leaving the entire island without power.
1 year ago
Where is Hurricane Fiona headed next?
1 year ago

Thousands without power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

After devastating Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rain, Fiona is now barreling toward Turks and Caicos.
1 year ago
Thousands without power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona
1 year ago

FEMA applying lessons learned from Maria as Puerto Rico faces another disaster

Anne Bink, associate administrator for FEMA, joins to talk about FEMA’s plan for helping Puerto Rico in the wake of the catastrophic Hurricane Fiona.
1 year ago
FEMA applying lessons learned from Maria as Puerto Rico faces another disaster
1 year ago

How to help Puerto Rico after devastation from Hurricane Fiona

Multiple organizations are already on the ground providing aid and asking for donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona.
1 year ago
How to help Puerto Rico after devastation from Hurricane Fiona
1 year ago

Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico

The governor of Puerto Rico describes the damage from Hurricane Fiona as "catastrophic" as the island gets hit with torrential rain.
1 year ago
Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Bridge swept away as Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico

Footage shows the destruction of a bridge in the mountain town of Utuado that police said was installed by the National Guard after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017.
1 year ago
Bridge swept away as Hurricane Fiona hits Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Tropical Storm Fiona barrels toward Puerto Rico, now under hurricane warning

The locals know the drill and are now bracing for blackouts. Thousands are already without power due to the incoming storm.
1 year ago
Tropical Storm Fiona barrels toward Puerto Rico, now under hurricane warning
1 year ago

Tropical storm Fiona bears down on Puerto Rico

The island is bracing for potential flooding amid concerns the storm could damage its power grid which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
1 year ago
Tropical storm Fiona bears down on Puerto Rico
2 years ago
At least 11 dead after suspected migrant boat capsizes near Puerto Rico
2 years 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.
2 years ago
11 dead after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Power restored to over 1.3 million customers in Puerto Rico amid massive outage
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Thousands without power after outage in Puerto Rico
2 years ago

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

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi has promised a pay raise for teachers.
2 years ago
Public employees in Puerto Rico protest over wages, pensions
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Puerto Rico may be nearing the end of bankruptcy. What does this mean?
2 years 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.
2 years ago
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in the US
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Mass protests break out in Puerto Rico over energy crisis
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Puerto Rico battles state of darkness
2 years 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?
2 years ago
Why is Puerto Rico’s electric grid unstable?
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Tropical Storm Fred forms near Puerto Rico
3 years 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.
3 years ago
If Congress doesn't act on Medicaid half of Puerto Rico could lose health coverage
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Is Puerto Rico ready for hurricane season?
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Puerto Ricans say they’re terrified amid power failures, hurricane season
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Thousands remain without power after fire causes widespread outages in Puerto Rico
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Puerto Rican family devastated by gender-based killings upset by government response
3 years 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
3 years ago
Why Puerto Rico is in a state of emergency over gender violence
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Young woman allegedly killed by well-known boxer in Puerto Rico
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender violence
3 years 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.
3 years ago
Gender-based violence at the forefront in Puerto Rico