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Men's basketball aids in on-going relief efforts for Puerto Rico

Buffalo State men's basketball senior team manager Marco Sola, a native of Puerto Rico who now has permanent residence in New York City, approached …

Bond insurer argues Puerto Rico keeping creditors in dark on tax info

Puerto Rico is hiding details from creditors in its debt restructuring about tax revenue that backs its so-called COFINA bonds, bond insurer Ambac Assurance Corp argued in court papers filed on Tuesday.<p>Ambac, which insures about $1.35 billion of COFINA bonds, is seeking a Bankruptcy Rule 2004 exam …

Lin-Manuel Miranda Calls for Federal Aid to Puerto Rico in New Column for The Washington Post

In a new column for the Washington Post, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda sheds light on the continued devastation on the island of Puerto Rico following …

10 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean in 2017

We asked our readers who are diehard cruisers to vote for their favorite cruise ports in the Caribbean in the 5th Annual Cruise Fever Fan Awards. We …

Puerto Rico’s Mass Migration Is Reshaping Florida

After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Luis Cruz got a generator connection from the bakery next door to run lights and fans in his Humacao …

Republican Tax Bill Will Devastate Puerto Rico's Economy And Eliminate Thousands Of Jobs

There is no question: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as currently written, will bring enormous devastation to Puerto Rico’s economy.<p>Following a decade of …

Hurricane sets off fierce debate about leaving Puerto Rico

The disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria has set off an anguished debate across Puerto Rico, where friends, family and co-workers are arguing fiercely over the morality of leaving the blacked-out island for the U.S. mainland versus fulfilling a patriotic duty to rebuild.<p>More than 140,000 Puerto …

Hurricanes could bring another disaster: Foreclosures

As life slowly returns to normal in hurricane-ravaged parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, housing experts and consumer advocates worry another crisis is on the horizon: Foreclosures.<p>Already, legal aid groups are working with people who arestruggling to make mortgage payments on homes made …

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Puerto Rico just got hit with another big blackout

Another outage stemming from a line repaired by Whitefish plunged the island back into darkness.<p>Millions of Puerto Ricans are again without power after a high-voltage transmission line that had been repaired by Whitefish Energy, a Montana contractor now facing an FBI investigation, failed again …

Pedro's charity gala helps Puerto Rico relief

BOSTON -- Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez gathered some of his best friends in baseball Friday night to raise money for the many people in Puerto Rico …

Anthony Bourdain Visits Puerto Rico on ‘Parts Unknown’ This Week

Several months before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Anthony Bourdain filmed an episode of his CNN show, <i>Parts Unknown</i>, in the U.S. territory. The episode airs this week.<p>In the wake of the natural disaster, Zero Point Zero Production has added a new cold opening, showing footage of storm …

An App to Find Your City's Best Bike Routes

A new iPhone app wants to let cyclists help each other choose the best possible routes for riding.<p>Described as “Waze for cycling,” LaneSpotter uses crowdsourced data to map out preferred bike routes in real time. Users can rate roads according to their safety, marking them based on a color key that …

Houston Astros' Boricua Players Make Puerto Rico Proud Over World Series Win

When the Houston Astros became World Series champions Wednesday night for the first time in history, the team’s Puerto Rican players made sure to use the spotlight to show their love for their beleaguered island.<p>There’s no doubt that the team's boricuas, as Puerto Ricans are also known — which …

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These Alex and Ani Bracelets Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

It's been over a month since Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, causing widespread destruction and leaving resident without electricity. Although many individuals and celebrities were willing to lend a helping hand, there is still much to be done to help the stricken island. That's why …

Richard Branson Vowed to Rebuild the Caribbean After Hurricanes Destroyed It

After surviving two Category 5 hurricanes this fall, the Caribbean resembled something of a war zone, according to Virgin Group founder Richard …

8 of the best tech gifts for cyclists

Are you looking to buy something special for the cyclist in your life? Do they love gadgets and gizmos? Read on for the best bike-based tech to buy …

Puerto Rico Rescue Dog Survives Two Hurricanes, Only to Die in Philly Fire

Philadelphia’s Saved Me no-kill shelter lost a fighter last week.<p>On Oct. 25, a restaurant located next to a pet store called Doggie Style was …

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US to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid and other infrastructure …

Makeshift hospital provides relief for many Puerto Ricans

Disaster Medical Assistance Team helps sick Puerto Ricans get medical help after Hurricane Maria.

TJX Continues Paying Workers In Puerto Rico, Even As Hurricane Damage Keeps Stores Closed

FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – Massachusetts-based TJX is getting a lot of praise for supporting its employees in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated …

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Democrats Try to Keep Puerto Rico’s Disaster on the Radar in Washington

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was in Washington this week, though you’d hardly know it. Cruz was scheduled Wednesday to testify alongside FEMA …

Puerto Ricans Still Desperately Need Help: Teamsters Return From Disaster Relief Trip

Teamsters listen to Liz Schuler ahead of their trip to Puerto Rico in October. (Photo: Alex Moore)<p><i>We’re now several months into the Trump</i> …

Officials disagree on Puerto Rico power restoration timeline

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials in the U.S. and Puerto Rico gave differing views Thursday on when power will be fully restored to the U.S. …

Just as dumb as his boss, Rick Perry thinks it's hard to help Puerto Rico because 'it's an island'

Here we go—again. Every time Donald Trump’s administration is pressed to explain why it is that the majority of Puerto Ricans are still without power …

Bringing Aid to ‘Puerto Rico’s Haiti’

Under the motto “We give from what we have, not from what is left over,” a group of residents led by three teachers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has …

In 1979, This Economist Predicted Puerto Rico’s Modern-Day Financial Crisis

Puerto Rico’s residents own only a small portion of the island’s assets, while business people on the U.S. mainland use economic colonialism to line …

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Anthony Bourdain Shines Light on Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis on 'Parts Unknown'

Filmed before Hurricane Maria, Bourdain finds Puerto Rico fighting an economic disaster.<p>Only a few months before Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico …

Puerto Rico's Health Care Lessons

Volunteer teams of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other health care providers from the Mount Sinai Health System and other hospitals around the country are in Puerto Rico, attending to the island’s severe medical needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In tents functioning as makeshift health …

Puerto Rico Needs 250,000 Gallons of Diesel a Day to Pump Water

Puerto Rico’s water system is being run almost entirely off diesel-fueled generators. And once the Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority brings even …

Amid Its Own Hurricane Recovery, Bacardi Looks To Aid Puerto Rico's

With so many gruesome tragedies taking place on U.S. soil lately, it’s embarrassingly easy to develop philanthropy fatigue or become overwhelmed by guilt or indecision about supporting one disaster relief campaign over another. Because my maternal family spent approximately 65 Christmas seasons in …