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Puerto Rico's outgoing governor names successor

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:25 PM

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

Puerto Ricans celebrate after governor says he will resign

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:13 AM

The announcement – which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello put into writing – caps two weeks of popular anger against the 40-year old leader

Demonstrators wave flags as they participate in a march the day after the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello resigned from his charge in San Juan, on July 25, 2019. Puerto Rico's embattled governor announced his resignation late July 24, following two weeks of massive protests triggered by the release of a text exchange in which he and others mocked gay people, women and hurricane victims. "I announce that I will be resigning from the governor's post effective Friday, August 2 at 5 pm," Rossello said, in a video statement posted on the government's Facebook page. Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP

Embattled governor of Puerto Rico resigns after protests

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'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

RICARDO ROSSELLO. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares speaks onstage during the Pathway To The Future: Opportunities Of An Economic Transformation Forum at PlayStation Theater on February 15, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images of Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development & Commerce/AFP

Search warrant issued against Puerto Rico's embattled governor

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Puerto Rico Justice Department issues a search warrant against the US territory's governor and 11 others

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JULY 23: People carry candles during a vigil calling for Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico, to step down on July 23, 2019 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The group was calling on Gov. Rosselló to step down after a group chat was exposed that included misogynistic and homophobic comments. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP  JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek reelection amid political crisis

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:36 AM

'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.

'RICKY QUIT.' Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Bad Bunny waves a Puerto Rican flag and holds a sign reading "#Ricky quit" as he takes part of a demonstration demanding Governor Ricardo Rossello's resignation in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 17, 2019.  Photo by Eric Rojas/AFP

Thousands join fifth day of protest vs Puerto Rico governor

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:25 AM

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

New York, NY - February 3, 2018: Governor of Puerto RIco Ricardo Rossello attends at New York stands with Puerto Rico rally at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the Bronx

Thousands call for Puerto Rico governor to resign after chat leak

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:56 PM

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

RICARDO ROSSELLO. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares speaks onstage during the Pathway To The Future: Opportunities Of An Economic Transformation Forum at PlayStation Theater on February 15, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images of Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development & Commerce/AFP

Trump rejects Puerto Rico storm toll of 3,000 as Democrat plot

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) Trump says the reported death toll of 3,000 was 'done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible'

TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. This file photo taken on October 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Puerto Rico allows transgender people to fix birth certificates

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The latest victory for the LGBT community leaves just 3 US states that prohibit amending the gender marker on the official identification documents: Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee

PRIDE. File photo shows a reveller takes part in the Gay Pride 2018 parade in Madrid, one of the world's biggest. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Puerto Rico governor orders review of Hurricane Maria deaths

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:44 AM

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

HURRICANE DAMAGE. In this file photo, a man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

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Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

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Miguel Cotto retires from boxing with loss to Sadam Ali

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

'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.'

HIS LAST. Miguel Cotto reacts after losing to Sadaam Ali in their Junior Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Big changes for Florida with mass Puerto Rican immigration

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:35 AM

Since Hurricane Maria struck, at least 212,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida – mainly central Florida

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Cristina Sanchez, 43, waits to board a flight to Orlando, Florida at a Luis Munoz Marin International Airport terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 30, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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'

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' 5 weeks post-storm

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power make long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions

WEEKS AFTER. An aerial view of houses affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, October 23, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

More than 73,000 Puerto Ricans flee for Florida after Hurricane Maria

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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

FLEEING. In this file photo, people wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Eighty-one percent of Puerto Rico remains blacked out one month after Hurricane Maria. Clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing is scarce, too.

IN THE DARK. A woman affected by Hurricane bathes a child using an improvised water system for water pipes from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico, on October 17, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:07 AM

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.

A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico toll hits 44 as governor asks U.S. Congress for more aid

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:47 AM

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

A man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Project Loon gets license to help bring back Puerto Rico cell signal

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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

PUERTO RICO. A man installs a tarp over a damaged business roof in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

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Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

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SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

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Oct 05, 2017 - 9:19 AM

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Trump requests $29 billion for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump asks for a package that includes $12.77 billion in disaster relief and a $16-billion bailout for a critical flood insurance program

TRUMP IN PUERTO RICO. This file photo taken on October 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visiting residents affected by Hurricane in Guaynabo, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Oct 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Oct 04, 2017 - 12:29 PM

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Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they 'can be very proud' of their response

US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump to visit Puerto Rico to highlight storm response

Oct 03, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Trump wants to show that the federal government is on top of the daunting recovery effort, and that 3.4 million US citizens are not forgotten

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017.  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

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Puerto Rico's new migration to Florida could turn state Democratic

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Puerto Ricans, traditionally Democrats, will be arriving en masse to a state that gave the presidency to the Republican Trump

LEAVING. People wait in a line to check-in for flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017, as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:35 AM

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

GONE GOLFING. US President Donald Trump arrives at Morristown Municipal Airport on October 1, 2017 in Morristown, New Jersey, upon his return from Jersey City where he participated in the trophy presentation of the Presidents Cup golf championship. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump calls Puerto Rican officials after lashing out at pleading mayor

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Trump, in his tweets, sought to lay blame for the island's continuing woes on Democrats, the media, and local officials

AFTER THE STORM. A man installs a tarp over a damaged business roof in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

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Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

Sep 30, 2017 - 9:06 AM

'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.'

This US Navy photo released on September 29, 2017 shows Marines and Navy corpsmen assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), and Sailors assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2, conducting an assessment of Ryder Hospital’s medical and operational needs on September 27, 2017 during Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico. AFP PHOTO/US NAVY/TOJEYA MATALLY/HANDOUT

Trump lifts barriers to Puerto Rico hurricane aid

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:14 PM

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

HURRICANE MARIA. A man cuts a tree uprooted by Hurricane Maria in a street in Yabucoa, in the eastern part of storm-battered Puerto Rico, on September 28, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions

Sep 28, 2017 - 10:07 PM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says Trump waived the Jones Act in response to a request from the Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rossello

QUEUE. People queue outside a gas station one week after the passage of Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on September 27, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

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'

TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Puerto Rico governor fears 'humanitarian crisis' over slow U.S. aid

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:39 AM

(UPDATED) With federal aid only trickling in, many Puerto Ricans have already started their own cleanup operations

RAVAGED. A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(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

Puerto Rico faces more floods after Maria 'obliteration'

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:55 AM

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

FLOODED. Young people row on a kayak down a street flooded by Hurricane Maria in Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

'Storm of the century' Maria pummels Puerto Rico

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:44 AM

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

STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

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

INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:21 AM

(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

BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the Fench Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Monster Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Barbuda in Caribbean

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The eye of the rare Category Five storm passed over Barbuda around 2 am 0600 GMT packing winds gusting at up to 185 mph 295 kph the NHC says

In 'Despacito,' reggaeton rises from margins to pop triumph

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:26 AM

The genre so scorned by the elites has suddenly found a massive new market with the global success of Luis Fonsi s song Despacito

POP SUCCESS. This file photo taken on April 27, 2017 shows Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performing onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Sergi Alexander/Getty Images North America/AFP