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Grandpa Who Dropped Toddler From Cruise Ship Breaks Silence

Salvatore Anello says he thought there was glass in front of granddaughter

(Newser) - For the first time, an Indiana man accused of negligent homicide after his 18-month-old granddaughter fell to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is speaking publicly. In an interview with CBS News , Salvatore Anello recalls to David Begnaud what happened on that July day in Puerto Rico, when,... More »

Lawyer: Cruise Ship Video of Toddler's Fall Exonerates Grandpa

Surveillance video is being used as evidence in Indiana man's Puerto Rico trial

(Newser) - The lawyer for Salvatore Anello says his client thought he was holding his 18-month-old granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, up to a closed window on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship before she fell to her death in July—and surveillance video of the tragic incident will prove that to be the case.... More »

Grandfather Charged in Toddler's Cruise Ship Death

Salvatore Anello faces manslaughter charge in girl's fall through open window

(Newser) - The grandfather who'd been holding a toddler before she fell to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in July is facing a new heartbreak: charges of negligent manslaughter. Prosecutors in Puerto Rico say Salvatore Anello "negligently exposed" 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand, who fell through an open window... More »

Emergency Meeting Called After Puerto Rico Mass Shooting

6 killed Monday, following the killing of 2 others Sunday

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's governor called an emergency meeting Tuesday after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island's north, the AP reports. Automatic weapon fire and screams could be heard in... More »

Puerto Rico Hit by Strongest Quake in Years

No reports of injuries after 6.0 quake

(Newser) - A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the US territory. The US Geological Survey says the quake struck 49 miles off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles. Two aftershocks, of 4.7- and... More »

Dorian to America: Here I Come

The hurricane eyes Florida while building toward Category 3

(Newser) - For the Caribbean, it was bad but not crushing. For Florida, it's time to worry. That's the gist of Hurricane Dorian news Wednesday after the Category 1 storm caused flooding and power outages across Caribbean islands—including Puerto Rico—and grew closer to a Category 3 while churning... More »

As Puerto Rico Braces for Dorian, 2 Jabs From Trump

Tropical storm expected to pass over or near the island

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Dorian is threatening Puerto Rico with a direct hit at near-hurricane force on Wednesday and forecasters say it could strengthen further as it approaches the US mainland. The storm is expected to pass over or near Puerto Rico, with landslides, widespread flooding, and power outages possible in what... More »

Puerto Rico's New Governor Is Out, 5 Days After Swearing In

High court overturns Pedro Pierluisi as governor

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago , clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take up the post after weeks of turmoil. The unanimous ruling said Pierluisi must step aside... More »

Puerto Rico Has a New Governor, but There Are Already Problems

Some question legitimacy of Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in to replace Ricardo Rossello

(Newser) - Puerto Rico has a new governor, and his "unbreakable commitment" to the island is "stronger than ever." Those were the words of Pedro Pierluisi, 60, sworn in Friday to the US territory's top spot after a tumultuous month , a rep for the governor's office says,... More »

Puerto Rico Governor Names His Possible Successor

Whether Pedro Pierluisi will be approved by legislators remains to be seen

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's governor says he's chosen former Congress representative Pedro Pierluisi as the US territory's secretary of state. That post would put Pierluisi in line to take over as governor when Ricardo Rosselló steps down this week—but he's unlikely to be approved by legislators, reports... More »

Next in Line for Puerto Rico Governor: Not Gonna Happen

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez says she's not interested

(Newser) - The woman who is supposed to replace Puerto Rico's embattled governor announced Sunday that she doesn't want the job as the US territory reels from political crisis, the AP reports. Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez says in a Twitter post that she hopes Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will appoint... More »

Puerto Rico's Next Governor Has Her Own Challenges

Wanda Vázquez could see her term complicated by criticism

(Newser) - The woman set to become Puerto Rico's next governor—and just its second female governor—has been criticized for her reluctance to confront problems in Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's administration during her nearly two years as the territory's top law enforcement official. That criticism is likely to... More »

Puerto Rico Governor Resigning Over Chat-Message Scandal

Ricardo Rossello will leave office Aug. 2

(Newser) - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said late Wednesday that he will resign Aug. 2 after nearly two weeks of furious protests and political upheaval touched off by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of demonstrators outside the governor's mansion... More »

Parents of Toddler Who Died in Fall: We Blame Cruise Line

Chloe Wiegand's family speaks out on 'unfathomable' loss

(Newser) - The parents who lost their 18-month-old daughter in a tragic accident aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship are speaking out publicly for the first time since their "unfathomable" loss. Chloe Wiegand was with her grandfather in a children's play area on the 11th story of the ship, which... More »

This Might Be Biggest Protest Ever in Puerto Rico

They want Gov. Ricardo Rossello to step down now

(Newser) - Thousands of Puerto Rican flags fluttered in the morning breeze as demonstrators arrived from across the island Monday for what many expected to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the US territory, with irate islanders pledging to drive Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from office. Hundreds of thousands of... More »

Puerto Rico Gov. Responds to the Furor

Ricardo Rosselló will no longer lead his party

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's embattled governor says he will not seek re-election but will not resign as the island's leader, though he will step down as head of his pro-statehood party, the AP reports. Ricardo Rosselló made the announcement Sunday via a brief Facebook video as hundreds of viewers posted... More »

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 »

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