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November 19, 2020, 10:36 PM

Iconic Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned

The National Science Foundation announced Thursday it will begin plans to decommission the famous 305-meter telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
November 19, 2020, 10:36 PM
Iconic Arecibo telescope will be decommissioned
November 15, 2020, 9:16 PM

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

Cables in one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling.
November 15, 2020, 9:16 PM
November 8, 2020, 5:34 PM

Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?

The vote was nonbinding and some doubt it will have any affect on Congress.
November 8, 2020, 5:34 PM
Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?
November 8, 2020, 3:10 AM

Pedro Pierluisi wins gubernatorial race in Puerto Rico

Pierluisi is a member of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party.
November 8, 2020, 3:10 AM
1 month ago

Puerto Rico keeps voting due to long lines at polls

Puerto Ricans have forced voting centers to remain open past past official closing times as they stand in long lines to choose new leaders they hope can help heal a U.S. territory wracked by corruption, hurricanes, earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic
1 month ago
A weary Puerto Rico prepares for referendum
1 month ago

Puerto Rico, unable to vote, becomes crucial to US election

They have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in Florida
1 month ago
2 months ago

FEMA lost track of over a quarter-billion dollars in supplies intended for Puerto Rican hurricane relief: Report

FEMA lost track of more than a quarter-billion dollars in supplies intended for Puerto Rico during its response to 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a report.
2 months ago
FEMA mismanaged Puerto Rico hurricane response shipments: Report
2 months ago

Donald Trump, Joe Biden address Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis weeks before the elections

The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which hit exactly three years ago.
2 months ago
Trump, Biden address Puerto Rico's ongoing crisis weeks before elections
4 months ago

FBI arrests 7th person in Puerto Rico public corruption case

Federal agents have arrested an accountant as part of an ongoing investigation into a corruption case involving Puerto Rico’s former education secretary
4 months ago
4 months ago

Puerto Rico gov sues elections commission in primary debacle

Puerto Rico’s governor is adding new demands to conflicting proposals for rescuing the U.S. territory’s botched primary election
4 months ago
4 months ago

Voters weary as Puerto Rico prepares for historic primaries

Two candidates who both served as replacement governors in the wake of a Puerto Rican political crisis are competing against each other for a chance to win the job in their own right as the disaster-struck U.S. territory holds primary elections
4 months ago
4 months ago

Judge: 'Discriminatory' to deny Puerto Rico access to US aid

A federal judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. territory access to three federal welfare programs in a major decision cheered by many
4 months ago
4 months ago

CEO of Puerto Rico's power company to resign amid outages

The CEO of Puerto Rico’s state-owned power company is resigning as thousands of clients remain without electricity since last week’s tropical storm that further weakened a grid still trying to recover from previous hurricanes and earthquakes
4 months ago
4 months ago

Puerto Rico gets hit by Hurricane Isaias and COVID-19

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz talks about the storm’s impact on the island and how tourism has led to a rise in coronavirus cases.
4 months ago
Puerto Rico gets hit by Hurricane Isaias and COVID-19
4 months ago

Puerto Rico announces referendum to protect public pensions

Puerto Rico’s governor says she plans to hold a referendum on whether public pension payments should be protected by the U.S. territory’s Constitution for the first time in the island’s history
4 months ago
5 months ago

Puerto Rico residents go without water every 24 hours in drought during pandemic

Thousands of residents on the island are going without water amid the drought, and some say this makes it hard to follow safety guidelines in wake of the pandemic.
5 months ago
Puerto Rico residents go without water every 24 hours in drought during pandemic
5 months ago

Puerto Rico governor facing scrutiny after firing government minister

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez is responding to allegations that she fired a government minister after the official had called for a probe into Vazquez' administration.
5 months ago
Puerto Rico governor facing scrutiny after firing government minister
5 months ago

Crisis in Puerto Rico: Earthquakes, pandemic and water shortage

The island still recovering from Hurricane Maria faces new challenges as those who live there fight for a better future.
5 months ago
Crisis in Puerto Rico: Earthquakes, pandemic and water shortage
5 months ago

2 tremors shake Puerto Rico, latest in series of quakes

Two strong earthquakes have shaken Puerto Rico, but there have been no reports of injuries in the latest of a series of tremors that have hit the U.S. territory since late December
5 months ago
4.9-magnitude quake hits near Puerto Rico; house damaged
6 months ago

COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico

COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico; a local food bank doubles the amount of food given out.
6 months ago
COVID-19 has made food insecurity worse in Puerto Rico
6 months ago

Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion

Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether the island should become a U.S. state
6 months ago
Puerto Rico to hold statehood referendum amid disillusion
8 months ago

Coronavirus hits Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Hurricane Maria

Coronavirus hits Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Hurricane Maria, an unprecedented financial crisis, earthquakes and government scandals.
8 months ago
Puerto Rico, still in turmoil from Maria, hit by coronavirus
8 months ago

4.2 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid coronavirus curfew

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has hit Puerto Rico at a shallow depth and was felt across the U.S. territory
8 months ago
4.2 quake hits southern Puerto Rico amid coronavirus curfew
10 months ago

Puerto Rico online scam targeted more than $4M amid crisis

Police in Puerto Rico say an online scam that targeted government agencies attempted to steal more than $4 million, deepening concerns about the management of local government finances
10 months ago
Puerto Rico online scam targeted more than $4M amid crisis
10 months ago

Official: Puerto Rico govt loses $2.6M in phishing scam

A senior Puerto Rico official says the island's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam
10 months ago
Puerto Rico govt loses $2.6M in phishing scam: Official
10 months ago

House passes Puerto Rico aid in face of Trump veto threat

The Democratic-controlled House has passed a $20 billion-plus aid package for Puerto Rico, where a swarm of earthquakes last month set back the island territory's slow, troubled recovery from the hurricane devastation of 2017
10 months ago
10 months ago

Puerto Rico opens only 20% of schools amid ongoing quakes

Puerto Rico has opened only 20% of its public schools following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students
10 months ago
Puerto Rico opens only 20% of schools amid ongoing quakes
10 months ago

Bloomberg rolls out plan to make Puerto Rico the 51st state

Bloomberg coupled the release of his plan with another aimed at the economic advantages statehood would offer Puerto Rico.
10 months ago
Bloomberg rolls out plan to make Puerto Rico the 51st state
10 months ago

Cruise ship passenger dies after going overboard

A passenger on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Oasis of the Seas" has died after going overboard in Puerto Rico.
10 months ago
Cruise ship passenger dies after going overboard
10 months ago

Puerto Rico refers investigation into unused emergency supplies to DOJ

The supplies were distributed to the towns hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
10 months ago
Puerto Rico refers investigation into unused emergency supplies to DOJ
10 months ago

Puerto Rico's emergency services director fired after warehouse discovered with supplies from Hurricane Maria

An abandoned warehouse filled with supplies that dated back to Hurricane Maria was discovered.
10 months ago
Puerto Rican official fired after warehouse discovered with supplies from 2017
1 year ago

Puerto Ricans settle in quake shelters, refuse to go home

New shelter communities are popping up across southwest Puerto Rico as people refuse to return home after a series of strong earthquakes
1 year ago
Puerto Ricans settle in quake shelters, refuse to go home
1 year ago

Puerto Rico earthquake aftermath deepens as govt seeks help

More than 2,000 people in shelters
1 year ago
Puerto Rico earthquake aftermath deepens
1 year ago

Though 1M remain without, power slowly returns in Puerto Rico after back-to-back earthquakes

After two back-to-back earthquakes in Puerto Rico, almost 1 million residents are without power and over 2,000 are in shelters.
1 year ago
Power slowly returns in Puerto Rico after back-to-back earthquakes
1 year ago

6.4 earthquake hits Puerto Rico leaving 1 dead, multiple injured

Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency after multiple earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the island, including a 6.4 magnitude quake that killed one man and knocked out electricity for millions.
1 year ago
6.4 earthquake hits Puerto Rico leaving 1 dead, multiple injured
1 year ago

5.8 magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

A 5.8 magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and collapsing some homes, as well as a famed tourist attraction
1 year ago
5.7-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damage reported
1 year ago

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico

There is no tsunami threat and no reports of major damage.
1 year ago
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado dies at 88

His daily TV appearances entertained many across Latin America.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Justices seem likely to uphold Puerto Rico oversight board

The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress in response to Puerto Rico's financial crisis
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 magnitude earthquake

Already bracing for a tropical system in the next 24 hours, Puerto Rico was hit by an earthquake late Monday.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 magnitude earthquake
1 year ago

Already bracing for tropical depression, Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 earthquake

The island is preparing for a tropical depression.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 magnitude earthquake
1 year ago

FEMA official accused of bribery, fraud following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Three people were arrested in connection with a misused $1.8 billion contract.
1 year ago
FEMA official accused of bribery, fraud following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
1 year ago

Tropical Storm Dorian churns toward Puerto Rico where governor urges residents to prepare

Tropical Storm Dorian is moving west over the Caribbean as residents in Puerto Rico prepare for a possible impact.
1 year ago
Tropical Storm Dorian churns toward Puerto Rico, governor urges residents to prepare
1 year ago

Puerto Rico braces for Tropical Storm Dorian

Puerto Rico's governor has declared a national emergency ahead of a storm threatening the same area destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico braces for Tropical Storm Dorian
1 year ago

New Puerto Rico gov suspends contract to rebuild power grid

Gov. Wanda Vázquez did not explain why she was suspending the deal.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Puerto Rico swears in new governor

Puerto Rico swore in Wanda Vazquez, the third governor Puerto Rico has had in the past week after Governor Ricardo Rossello officially resigned a few weeks ago.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico swears in new governor
1 year ago

Wanda Vazquez sworn in as Puerto Rico's new governor

Vazquez, the island's justice secretary, became governor Wednesday after she was sworn in by Puerto Rico's Supreme Court.
1 year ago
Wanda Vazquez sworn in as Puerto Rico's new governor
1 year ago

Puerto Rico swears in new governor Wanda Vazquez, marking 3rd leadership change in a week

The ruling clears the way for Puerto Rico's Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez, who initially turned down the job, to become the island's governor.
1 year ago
Puerto Rico swears in new governor, marking 3rd leadership change in a week
1 year ago

Puerto Ricans get their 3rd governor in 6 days

Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez has been sworn in as the island's new governor, culminating weeks of political turmoil
1 year ago
Puerto Rico high court overturns Pedro Pierluisi as next governor
1 year ago

Puerto Ricans await court decision on potential new governor

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court agrees to rule on a lawsuit that the island's Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor
1 year ago