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Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery

San Juan - Bees fly around, disoriented, searching for flowers to pollinate. The trees have no leaves and once-lush mountains are a mass of dry branches.

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

Guaynabo - President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico and told them to be "proud" the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration's response to the disaster.

Trump in Puerto Rico to champion storm response

San Juan - President Donald Trump flew into hurricane-wracked Puerto Rico Tuesday, hoping to underscore government recovery efforts and repair damage done by his contentious early response to the crisis.

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

Aibonito - Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico looks likely to trigger a major wave of migration to Florida, which could push the politically important US state to the Democratic side, analysts said Sunday.

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

San Juan - President Donald Trump on Sunday defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well.

Machete, origami and reading: life in San Juan a week after Maria

Guaynabo - Alejandro Araujo whiles away the day doing jigsaw puzzles. At night, he sleeps on a hammock on the patio, machete at his side.

Trump calls Puerto Rican officials after lashing out at pleading mayor

San Juan - President Donald Trump spoke by phone with senior officials in hurricane- devastated Puerto Rico late Saturday, hours after lashing out at the mayor of San Juan who had pleaded for help and criticized the slow federal response.

Water from a rock: Puerto Ricans cope with hurricane aftermath

- The white pipes carved into the foot of the rain-soaked mountain stick out like needles, and from them flows water.Talk about a cool trick. This is one of the ways desperate and resilient Puerto Ricans are coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

San Juan - US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico on Friday amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island.

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

San Juan - Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service.

Puerto Rico wants US aid after quake but not second-class treatment

San Juan - The calamity of Hurricane Maria could not have come at a worse time for Puerto Rico.The US island territory buckled under the weight of $70 billion in debt and filed for bankruptcy protection in May.

Puerto Rico devastated and powerless after Hurricane Maria

San Juan - On a good day it's a Caribbean paradise but Puerto Rico looked Thursday like it had been to hell and back after suffering the fury of Hurricane Maria.Roads were turned to mucky brown rivers that people ply with kayaks and small boats.

Puerto Rico faces floods, misery after Maria 'obliteration'

San Juan - Flash floods brought fresh misery to Puerto Rico on Thursday after its infrastructure was shattered by Hurricane Maria as President Donald Trump declared the US territory a disaster zone.

Puerto Ricans brace for 'worst storm in last century'

San Juan - Puerto Ricans scrambled Monday to board up windows and get last minute supplies as a potential catastrophic Hurricane Maria headed toward the US commonwealth two weeks after it was raked by Hurricane Irma,"I'm not denying I'm scared.

Eastern Caribbean braces for powerful Hurricane Irma

San Juan - Hurricane Irma, a powerful storm, will soon threaten much of the eastern Caribbean, the US National Hurricane Center said Monday, with several islands under hurricane warnings.

Tourists seeking 'Despacito' discover Puerto Rico's La Perla

San Juan - Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan and the sea where the video for the pop hit "Despacito" was filmed."The gringos are coming!

'Despacito' singers slam Venezuela's Maduro for 'illegal' use of song

San Juan - The Puerto Rican duo behind the worldwide sexy smash Latin pop hit "Despacito" on Monday slammed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for "illegally" using their song to promote a controversial vote he is organizing.

Puerto Rico votes overwhelmingly for statehood but turnout dismal

San Juan - In a vote with historically low participation almost all those Puerto Ricans who voted today voted in favor of statehood. The other choices were independence or the present commonwealth status.

Puerto Ricans back full US statehood but vote marred by abstentions

San Juan - Puerto Rico's referendum on statehood delivered a lackluster turnout Sunday, with almost four fifths of voters deciding not to cast a ballot, though those who did unanimously backed the territory becoming a US state.

Op-Ed: Why Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito trilogy would still sell

Puerto Rican ring star Miguel Cotto was unbeaten in 32 professional fights when he lost to Antonio Margarito in 2008 by way TKO. Cotto accepted his loss as Margarito was ahead on judges' scorecards even before the eleventh round knockout.
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