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Puerto Rico: Unincorporated territory of the United States
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

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Puerto Rico gets near-failing grade on infrastructure report card

Puerto Rico's roads, ports, energy grid and other infrastructure scored an overall D-minus in the first report card issued for the U.S. commonwealth on Tuesday by an engineering group, which put a..
Reuters - Published

AP probe: Aging US dams pose risk to thousands

An Associated Press investigation has found that thousands of people in the U.S. may be at risk from aging dams that are in poor condition. The two-year investigation identified 1,688 'high hazard'..
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New US Bill May Provide Path To Statehood For Puerto Rico [Video]New US Bill May Provide Path To Statehood For Puerto Rico

New legislation was introduced in Congress that may change the status of Puerto Rico. The question of voters will be left to voters for a third time since 2012. According to Reuters, the legislation..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Puerto Rico Presents New Plan To Revamp Power Network [Video]Puerto Rico Presents New Plan To Revamp Power Network

Puerto Rican government officials announced a new $20. 3 billion, 10-year plan. The plan would modernize and decentralize the island’s power network. According to Reuters, the “GridMod plan” was..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Rivers rise in Puerto Rico ahead of Tropical Storm Karen [Video]Rivers rise in Puerto Rico ahead of Tropical Storm Karen

Tropical Storm Karen gained strength on Tuesday (September 24) as it barreled towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands nearby, with powerful winds picking up speed and torrential rainfall threatening..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:34Published

Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands At Risk Of Tropical Storms [Video]Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands At Risk Of Tropical Storms

Three separate storms were spinning across the Atlantic Basin Monday. According to CNN, two of the storms are now threatening islands. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

 

The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico

Cockfighting will soon be outlawed, an overdue ban in the eyes of animal welfare advocates. But some Puerto Ricans maintain it is part of their culture.
NYTimes.com - Published

FBI arrests Puerto Rico senator, 7 more in corruption probe

FBI agents arrested Puerto Rico Senator Abel Nazario and seven other people early Wednesday as part of an investigation into corruption in the U.S. territory
CBS News - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com

Sen. Schumer says the relief effort in Puerto Rico has been slow and inadequate

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, joins Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson to discuss the relief effort in Puerto Rico and the Republican tax plan.
CBS News - Published

Sen. Rubio says the Puerto Rican government itself is a victim of Hurricane Maria

Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, joins Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson to discuss the federal response to the destruction in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
CBS News - Published

Open: This is Face the Nation, October 1st

This week on "Face the Nation," host John Dickerson interviews Senator Marco Rubio, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senator Chuck Schumer to discuss relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Republican tax..
CBS News - Published

Puerto Ricans are in desperate need of food and water

CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud provides an update from San Juan, Puerto Rico where emergency responders are coordinating relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
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Why is the relief effort in Puerto Rico so difficult?

Amy Walter, Ben Domenech, and Ezra Klein join Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson to discuss the federal response following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Republican tax plan.
CBS News - Published

Bankrupt Puerto Rico eyes new debt policy, will pay holiday bonus

Puerto Rico would place restrictions on its future debt sales under proposed legislation that won praise on Tuesday from the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth's federally created financial oversight board.
Reuters - Published

FEMA's Brock Long defends Trump's Puerto Rico death dispute, says studies are "all over the place"

FEMA Administrator Brock Long joins John Dickerson from FEMA headquarters to give an update on the agency's response to tropical storm Florence and what to expect from the storm in the coming days.
CBS News - Published

CVS Apologizes After Rejecting ID From Puerto Rico

A college student in Indiana was unable to buy cold medicine because employees would not accept his identification. His mother’s Facebook post about the episode drew attention.
NYTimes.com - Published

Walter Mercado, famed Puerto Rican astrologer, dies at 87

His catch phrase to his audience: "Above all, lots and lots of love"
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Nestlé Toll House cookie dough recalled nationwide due to rubber pieces found in dough

The products included in the recall are the brand's cookie dough bars, tubs, and tubes. They were sold in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico.
USATODAY.com - Published

Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Almost Like Praying"

In this web exclusive, "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talks with correspondent David Begnaud about writing and recording the song "Almost Like Praying" during the "terrible silence" after Puerto..
CBS News - Published

Lin-Manuel Miranda and fan sing "In the Heights"

While visiting the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico, Lin-Manuel Miranda met a fan at Jose Andres' relief kitchen in Isla Verde, a neighborhood of San Juan, who joined him in singing a selection..
CBS News - Published

Lin-Manuel Miranda's next act: Helping rebuild Puerto Rico

Correspondent David Begnaud joins Lin-Manuel Miranda on a trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The creator and star of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" has been leading relief efforts (including..
CBS News - Published

Lin-Manuel Miranda on making other people's dreams come true

In this web extra, Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about bringing his Broadway hit "Hamilton" to Puerto Rico, and of casting Puerto Rican native Rick Negron as King George III.
CBS News - Published

Lin-Manuel Miranda on bringing "Hamilton" to Puerto Rico

The revolutionary musical "Hamilton" is on the road to the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria. David Begnaud interviews the acclaimed show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, about his efforts to aid the..
CBS News - Published

Feeding Puerto Rico

José Andrés has some 30 popular restaurants across the United States, but he barely stepped foot in them after Hurricane Maria. He and an army of chefs and volunteers were serving the people in..
CBS News - Published

FEMA official in Puerto Rico discusses water bottles left on tarmac

Earlier this month, new photos revealed what appeared to be millions of water bottles meant for victims still sitting on a runway in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, more than one year after Hurricane Maria. Justo..
CBS News - Published

ALS patient discusses fleeing Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

While covering Hurricane Maria in 2017, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud met Carmelo Diaz and his wife Bere Padilla. Diaz had been battling ALS for nearly three decades, and was forced to evacuate..
CBS News - Published

Chef who cooked millions of meals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria says he failed

Chef José Andrés, the founder of World Central Kitchen, told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud that he "failed" in Puerto Rico, despite providing nearly 3.7 million meals to victims of Hurricane..
CBS News - Published

U.S. bill would provide Puerto Rico a path to statehood

The question of statehood for Puerto Rico would be put to voters of the U.S. commonwealth for a third time since 2012 under legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Grandfather Charged in Toddler’s Fatal Fall From Cruise Ship

Salvatore Anello, who dropped his granddaughter from a cruise ship window in July, was charged with negligent homicide in Puerto Rico.
NYTimes.com - Published

Charging grandfather in girl's cruise ship death "pouring salt" on wounds

The family of 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand blames the cruise line for the tragedy this summer in Puerto Rico
CBS News - Published

Puerto Rico to spend $20 billion to modernize battered power grid

The 10-year plan aims to bury power lines, increase natural gas use and create a system that can withstand winds of at least 160 mph
CBS News - Published

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo RossellĂł steps down

Crowds have gathered outside the governor's mansion in Puerto Rico, where Ricardo RossellĂł has stepped down. He leaves after weeks of protests over mismanagement and a series of leaked chats.
CBS News - Published

Puerto Rico unveils $20 billion plan to revamp island's power grid

Puerto Rico's undependable power network would be modernized and decentralized under a $20.3 billion, 10-year plan announced on Thursday by government officials of the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth.
Reuters - Published

Rosario Dawson, Lin-Manuel Miranda help travelers rediscover Puerto Rico as tourism bounces back

Two years after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island is still recovering. In 2019, post-hurricane tourism has begun to boom.
USATODAY.com - Published

Woman harassed over Puerto Rican flag shirt speaks out

Mia Irizarry says an officer "blatantly ignored" her pleas for help as she was harassed by an irate man in a Chicago park last month
CBS News - Published

Man gets probation for confronting woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt

Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines told a judge Monday that he feels "extremely embarrassed" by his actions in 2018
CBS News - Published

"This campaign is about fundamental change": Bernie Sanders' campaign co-chair addresses 2020 run

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returned to the campaign trail Saturday. Campaign co-chair and San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz joined CBSN following Sanders' Queens rally..
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ShowBiz Minute: Kingsley, Anuel AA, Barbie

Country radio DJ Bob Kingsley, 80, dies at home in Texas; Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA wins big at the Latin American Music Awards; more. (Oct. 18)  
USATODAY.com - Published

U.S. Supreme Court turns away Puerto Rico pension fund dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a dispute over the assets of Puerto Rico's largest public sector pension fund even as the U.S. Caribbean island territory's bankruptcy enters a..
Reuters - Published

Road map for Puerto Rico's exit from bankruptcy filed in U.S. court

Puerto Rico would reduce a major portion of its debt by more than 60% under a long-awaited restructuring proposal the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth's federally created financial oversight board filed in..
Reuters - Published

The Plan for Puerto Rico’s $129 Billion Collapse: Cut 33% of Its Debt

An oversight board proposed a way to deal with the island’s debt crisis, which took an act of Congress and lots of wrangling.
NYTimes.com - Published

Could Tropical Storm Karen's 'loopy track' hit the U.S. just like Hurricane Jeanne in 2004?

After soaking Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Tropical Storm Karen could take a 'loopy track' like Jeanne, one of the biggest hurricanes of 2004.
USATODAY.com - Published

Puerto Rico escapes Tropical Storm Karen relatively unscathed

Some landslides, flooding and power outages hit the U.S. territory hours after a 6.0 earthquake off its northwest coast
CBS News - Published

AP Top Stories September 25 A

Here's the latest for Wednesday September 25th: White House says Ukraine phone call transcript to be released; Boris Johnson largely avoids Brexit in UN address; Tropical Storm Karen moves past Puerto..
USATODAY.com - Published

Puerto Rico hit by Tropical Storm Karen not long after 6.0 magnitude earthquake

Tropical Storm Karen drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday as it bore down on an earthquake-shaken Puerto Rico still scarred by a hurricane two years ago. Heavy squalls were expected to hit some..
CBS News - Published

Tropical Storm Karen triggers mudslides and power outages in Puerto Rico

Karen has drenched the U.S. Virgin Islands and walloped Puerto Rico still scarred by Hurricane Maria two years ago
CBS News - Published

Tropical Storm Karen threatens Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Karen continues to move slowly across the southeastern Caribbean Sea.
USATODAY.com - Published

Puerto Rico rocked by 6.0 earthquake overnight

Crews are inspecting buildings in Puerto Rico to make sure they're safe after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit near the island last night. The quake was felt across the U.S. territory, waking people as..
CBS News - Published

6.0 earthquake rattles Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Karen strengthens

A 6.0-magnitude quake rattled Puerto Rico hours before Tropical Storm Karen was forecast to pound an island still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
USATODAY.com - Published

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace for Tropical Storm Karen

Newly-strengthened system could hit the islands with heavy rain and strong, gusty winds, with flooding and landslides thrown in
CBS News - Published

Boris Johnson, United Nations, Puerto Rico: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here's what you need to know
NYTimes.com - Published

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