Fatal boat trip highlights Haitians fleeing violence

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they board rickety wooden boats painted sky blue to blend with the ocean to try to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed to … Read more

Supreme Court rules Congress can deny federal disability benefits to residents of Puerto Rico

A cyclist rides in front of the US Supreme Court building in Washington, March 15, 2022. Emily Elconin | Reuters The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Congress is not required to extend a federal disability benefits program to residents of Puerto Rico. The court ruled 8-1 that because Congress treats Puerto Rico residents differently … Read more

Olympian Yarimar Mercado Martinez’s mother Mabel Martinez killed by stray bullet in Connecticut home

The mother of a Puerto Rican Olympian was killed after she was struck by a stray bullet while sewing in her Connecticut home over the weekend, police and her daughter said. Mabel Martinez, 56, was struck in the head by a shooter who opened fire on a man walking outside of her house in Waterbury … Read more