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Calls Intensify for Governor of Puerto Rico to Quit

Online chats shatter the leader's image

(Newser) - In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old San Juan this week, demanding Rosselló resign over a series... More »

Puerto Rico Governor Called NYC Official a 'Whore'

Ricardo Rossello apologizes

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's governor apologized Thursday for profanity-laced comments he made in a private chat to describe a former New York City government official and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances. Ricardo Rosselló said he was working 18-hour days and releasing tensions when he called former New... More »

Toddler Dies After Grandfather Dangles Her From Cruise Ship

Puerto Rico authorities say the man lost his grip on Indiana girl

(Newser) - A family cruise turned tragic Sunday afternoon when an 18-month-old girl died after her grandfather dangled her outside an 11th-story window on the ship and then lost his grip. Authorities tell the AP the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the time.... More »

Celeb Inspires Oprah to Send $2M to Puerto Rico

'The needs of Puerto Rico … are still very real'

(Newser) - Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't just raise $15 million for artists in bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico . He also inspired a friend. Oprah Winfrey has donated $2 million to relief efforts in the US territory hit hard by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, reports Entertainment Tonight . "I was so moved... More »

WH Official: Puerto Rico Gaffe Was 'Slip of the Tongue'

Spokesman twice referred to American territory as 'that country'

(Newser) - Puerto Rico is back in the headlines this week, as President Trump lashes out at its leaders, they lash back, and the Senate tries to figure out how much aid to deliver after the devastating hurricanes of 2017. "It is a mess," says an exec with the nonpartisan... More »

She'll Serve Life for the Murder of Her Millionaire Husband

Aurea Vazquez Rijos was sentenced Friday

(Newser) - Wedded bliss it was not. Adam Anhang, a 32-year-old Canadian millionaire, had moved to Puerto Rico in the early 2000s intending to try his hand at property development there. The Wharton School of Business grad, who had an estimated $24 million fortune thanks in part to an online gaming company,... More »

Hamilton Went to Puerto Rico, With Tears and Its Original Star

Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised title role in emotional special fundraising performance

(Newser) - Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical Hamilton on Friday night to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise thousands of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Miranda took the stage for the first time since his... More »

Scientist: Decline in Forest Insects Is 'Hyperalarming'

Numbers are down 60-fold in parts of Puerto Rico rainforest

(Newser) - The insects are disappearing from an American rainforest—and scientists say the implications are frightening. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that there has been a staggering decline of biomass in Puerto Rico's El Yunque rainforest over the last 35... More »

Maria Protesters Mark Anniversary With Message for Trump

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans give nod to hurricane's 1-year mark by stopping by Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Dozens of vehicles slowly approached President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday afternoon, blasting reggaeton and salsa as they drove by. They honked their horns and waved Puerto Rican flags draped from their cars on their way to a rally a few miles away to mark the one-year... More »

Trump Won't Back Down From Denial of Hurricane Death Toll

President's Friday tweetstorm praised FEMA, railed against Puerto Rico death toll from Hurricane Maria

(Newser) - President Trump spent much of Friday evening digging into a claim he'd made the previous day that spurred instant backlash. On Thursday, Trump accused Democrats of inflating the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, which a recent George Washington University report updated from 64 to 2,975.... More »

Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico

Paul Ryan, Rick Scott among those backing up the death toll of 3,000

(Newser) - President Trump thinks the latest estimate of about 3,000 dead from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is a lie made up by his political opponents . But even some Republicans—especially those in Florida—are among those disagreeing with the president's assertion about the estimate from researchers at George... More »

Trump: Democrats Made Up Death Toll in Puerto Rico

'3000 did not die,' he writes

(Newser) - President Trump isn't just disputing the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico, he's accusing his political enemies of making up a higher number. "3000 people did not die," Trump tweeted Thursday. The reference is to the latest estimate, commissioned by the territory's government, that 2,... More »

Trump Goes All In on Puerto Rico Hurricane Fight

Calls response an 'unappreciated great job'

(Newser) - President Trump's Tuesday declaration that the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria was "incredibly successful" drew complaints, especially in light of a recent federal report that found nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the 2017 storm. The criticism didn't deter him from doubling... More »

Study Raises Death Toll in Puerto Rico Yet Again

Estimate commissioned by government links nearly 3K deaths to Hurricane Maria

(Newser) - An estimated 2,975 people died in the six months after Hurricane Maria as a result of the storm, with the elderly and impoverished most affected, according to a long-awaited independent study ordered by the US territory's government that was released Tuesday. The findings contrast sharply with the official... More »

11 Months After Maria, Power Restored in Puerto Rico

But outages are still frequent

(Newser) - Power has been restored to all of Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria struck nearly 11 months ago, the AP reports. The island's electric utility announced that crews working in the southern city of Ponce reconnected the last neighborhood that had been offline since the Sept.... More »

Puerto Rico Donations Found Rotting in Trailers

National Guard, elections office swap quotes in the media

(Newser) - Several trailers' worth of donated water, food, and other supplies designated for victims of Hurricane Maria have been found rotting in a Puerto Rico parking lot, the New York Times reports. A local radio station posted a video of at least 10 rat-infested trailers outside a state elections office Friday... More »

Puerto Rico Has Big New Estimate of Maria's Death Toll

Government now says 1,427, up from 64

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's official death toll from Hurricane Maria has long stood at 64, despite independent assessments that the figure is much too low. The government now agrees, in a big way. In a report to be made public Thursday, Puerto Rico raises the total by a factor of more... More »

Man in Puerto Rico Shirt Video Charged With Hate Crimes

Timothy Trybus hit with felony charges

(Newser) - A hostile and apparently ill-informed Chicago man who ranted at a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt in the US is now facing felony hate crime charges. Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, says the office approved the charges, which were enhancements of... More »

Cop in Puerto Rico Shirt Video Resigns

He was shown in video appearing not to respond to pleas for help

(Newser) - The police officer who appeared to not respond to a woman asking for help at a Chicago park resigned Wednesday. Patrick Connor, an officer with the Cook County Forest Preserve District, was on duty at Caldwell Woods park last month when a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican... More »

Cop Removed From Beat After Puerto Rico Shirt Incident

In video, he appears not to respond to woman asking for his help

(Newser) - A park police officer in Chicago has been assigned to desk duty while officials investigate his response to a woman who said she was being harassed for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, the AP reports. Mia Irizarry complained that a man at Caldwell Woods, where she was... More »

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