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St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to reco...

 

Sun, sand, shots: Caribbean seeks vaccines to revive economy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Caribbean is hunting for visitors and vaccines to jump-start the stalled economy in one of the world's most tourism-dependent regions. Clear waters and warm sand attracted a record 31.5 million tourists to the...

 

Cable failures endanger renowned Puerto Rico radio telescope

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Giant, aging cables that support one of the world's largest single-dish radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. territory, pushing an observatory renowned for its key role in astronomical discoveries to the...

 

2 tropical storms heading for double blow to US Gulf Coast

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean on Saturday night as potentially historic threats to the U.S. Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands while the other was pushing through the...

 

Google digitizes artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st time

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional...

 

Amid perceived power vacuum, dozens vie to be Haiti's leader

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — As the public appearances of President Jovenel Moïse fade with Haiti's deepening political turmoil, dozens of people from political parties old and new are vying to become the country's next leader as they seize on...

 

Survivors on Bahamas island mark time as officials lay plans

GRAND ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — A handful of men hover around Gayle Wallace as she hands out four fish sandwiches with a dab of ketchup on each at the cramped home she rents in Murphy Town. Some are friends, others family. All are part of a new...

 

Bahamas tackles massive clean-up after Dorian, 1,300 missing

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — Pastor Jeremiah Saunders stood in the golden afternoon sun and barely blinked as he debated what to pick out from the ruins of the church he built 22 years ago in the seaside village of High Rock on the eastern end of...

 

Hurricane death toll climbs to 20 in devastated Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The ground crunched under Greg Alem's feet on Wednesday as he walked over the ruins of his home, laid waste by Hurricane Dorian. He touched a splintered beam of wood and pointed to the fallen trees, overcome by memories....

 

'Total devastation': Hurricane slams parts of the Bahamas

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Relief officials reported scenes of utter ruin Tuesday in parts of the Bahamas and rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful storm on record ever to hit the isla...

 

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attic...

 

Hurricane heads for Florida after brushing Caribbean islands

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian moved out over open waters early Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warned it was gaining strength and probably would grow into a dangerous...

 

Storm Dorian heads for Puerto Rico amid fears of flooding

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Dorian threatened Puerto Rico with a direct hit at near-hurricane force on Wednesday and forecasters said it could strengthen further as it approaches the U.S. mainland. The storm was expected to pass...

 

Puerto Rico, with 3 governors in a week, considers a 4th

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A day after Puerto Rico got its third governor in less than a week following angry street protests, top officials from new leader Wanda Vázquez's own party talked openly Thursday about their desire to see a fourth...

 

Puerto Ricans get their 3rd governor in 6 days

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico's new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island's Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluis...

 

Lawsuit targets alleged Puerto Rico power company corruption

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances filed a lawsuit on Sunday to recover what it called massive fraudulent payments made by the island's power company to fuel suppliers for more than a decade. The...

 

Scientists wind up deep-water probes in Caribbean waters

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A rarely seen shark embryo. Corals up to 7 feet (2 meters) high. Sponges with sharp edges. These were among the hundreds of findings reported by U.S. scientists who have wrapped up a 22-day mission exploring waters...

 

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico...

 

Trump comments sting in Puerto Rico amid slow storm recovery

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Donald Trump's assertion that the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria was "an incredible, unsung success" fell flat in Puerto Rico, where islanders are still struggling to recover from the...

 

Hurricane's death toll in Puerto Rico put at nearly 3,000

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor raised the U.S. territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 on Tuesday after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the desperate,...

 

Pelosi visits Puerto Rico, pledges to speed up recovery

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pledged on Friday to help speed up the hurricane recovery process in Puerto Rico after a two-day visit to the U.S. territory with 15 other federal and local legislators. The...

 

US demands quick privatization of Puerto Rico power agency

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal lawmakers demanded Wednesday that Puerto Rico quickly privatize its bankrupt power company in a bid to end its turmoil and allow others to provide stable electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria....

 

Puerto Rico's power company sees 3rd CEO in 2 weeks

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor named a new CEO on Wednesday to lead the U.S. territory's power company, which has now seen three top executives in two weeks as it struggles with a lack of leadership, bankruptcy and the...

 

CEO of Puerto Rico's bankrupt power company abruptly resigns

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The CEO of Puerto Rico's bankrupt power company resigned on Wednesday just months after he was chosen to oversee its privatization as the U.S. territory struggles to restore electricity to the last of those who remain i...

 

Study estimates higher death toll in Puerto Rico post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A new study contends that many more deaths than normal occurred in Puerto Rico in the three months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, mostly because of problems getting medicines or medical care. Researchers...

 

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