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It is the strongest measure yet taken on American soil in light of the coronavirus
Residents are irate when two warehouses are found to be filled with thousands of abandoned supplies
Some 5,000 people are hoping that their president, Donald Trump, will heed the island's plea to be designated a disaster zone and free up much-needed aid
(4th UPDATE) The earthquake's first reported victim, a 73-year-old resident of the southern city of Ponce, died after a wall fell in his home
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Ricardo Rossello nominates Pedro Pierluisi, a member of his New Progressive Party, as secretary of state, lining him up to take his place until the next elections in November 2020
The announcement – which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello put into writing – caps two weeks of popular anger against the 40-year old leader
'I announce that I will be resigning from the governor's post effective Friday, August 2 at 5 pm,' Rossello says in a video statement posted on the government's Facebook page
Puerto Rico Justice Department issues a search warrant against the US territory's governor and 11 others
'I admit that apologizing is not enough. In this case, I announce that I will not seek reelection as governor next year,' Ricardo Rossello says, adding he will also leave the presidency of the New Progressive Party.
To the chant of 'Ricky, renuncia!' (Ricky, resign!) large crowds gather in the capital San Juan for the fifth day clamoring for Governor Ricardo Rossello to leave office – which he is refusing to do
The protests occur after the Center for Investigative Journalism released 889 pages of text chats on Telegram in which Rossello and 12 other male members of his administration slander officials, politicians and journalists
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The official review will look at all deaths on the island since the storm, no matter what the death certificate in each case says, Governor Ricardo Rossello says
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'It is,' says Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto when asked if the bout is his last. 'I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.'
Since Hurricane Maria struck, at least 212,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida – mainly central Florida
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York estimates in a report released last month that about 114,000 to 213,000 Puerto Rican residents will leave the island annually 'as a result of Hurricane Maria'
Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power make long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions
The governor also reports that Florida schools have registered more than 3,500 students displaced from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, also affected by the hurricane
Eighty-one percent of Puerto Rico remains blacked out one month after Hurricane Maria. Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is scarce, too.
The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party
Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population. Its governor this week appealed to Trump for additional federal aid.
With over 5,700 people living in shelters and most of the island still without electricity and running water, the risk posed by contagious diseases is amplified
The US Federal Communications Commission allows Project Loon to fly 30 helium balloons in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for 6 months to deliver emergency LTE cellular reception in the areas
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Puerto Ricans, traditionally Democrats, will be arriving en masse to a state that gave the presidency to the Republican Trump
The Trump administration sends several top officials onto Sunday talk shows with the message that the relief effort is going well, despite complaints that the federal effort in Puerto Rico has fallen short
(3rd UPDATE) Trump, in his tweets, sought to lay blame for the island's continuing woes on Democrats, the media, and local officials
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'This is not a good news story,' San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tells CNN following oddly upbeat comments made the previous day by a top Trump administration official. 'This is a people-are-dying story.'
A week after the Category 4 storm struck, the White House says Trump has made it easier for fuel and water supplies to arrive to the ravaged island of 3.4 million US citizens
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says Trump waived the Jones Act in response to a request from the Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello
Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a 'massive relief effort is underway'
(UPDATED) With federal aid only trickling in, many Puerto Ricans have already started their own cleanup operations
(UPDATED) With the storm death toll standing at 33 across the Caribbean, Puerto Rico's National Weather Service issues a flash flood warning for people living along the Guajataca River in the northwest of the island, saying an earthen dam there was in danger of collapsing
Governor Ricardo Rossello calls Maria the most devastating storm in a century and says the island suffered a total breakdown of its electricity and telecommunications infrastructure
After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico's southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million
Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe
(UPDATED) The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says