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Armed Anti-Violence Activist Among 4 Killed in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Police Department on Monday is investigating a quadruple murder in Piñones, a tourist locale near San Juan where just a week ago four other people were slain. continue reading »

Bond Market Turns Against Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's government is monitoring the market for its long-term debt, whose interest rates have soared above 10 percent, threatening planned bond issues. continue reading »

Health Secretary Resigns Amid Deaths at Public Hospitals in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's health secretary resigned Friday amid a controversy over the death of 10 patients at a public hospital due to a bacterial infection. continue reading »

Authorities Detain 57 Undocumented Immigrants in Puerto Rico

Federal and local autoridades detained Tuesday 56 Haitians and a Cuban who were trying to enter Puerto Rico illegally, police in the U.S. commonwealth said Tuesday. continue reading »

Fiery Car Crash Kills 4 In Puerto Rico

Four people were killed Sunday in a car crash in northwestern Puerto Rico, police said. The vehicle's driver was apparently speeding, passed another automobile and hit a cement wall on the bridge over the Culebrinas River in Aguada, investigators said, citing the preliminary accident report. continue reading »

Sandcastle Builders Hope to Set World Record in Puerto Rico

Thousands of Puerto Ricans will gather on the beach this weekend in this northeastern coastal city and try to set a new world record for most sandcastles built in an hour, the organizer of the event said. continue reading »

How is a Wall Cleaning in Puerto Rico Causing Controversy?

The cleaning of a colonial wall in Old San Juan has sparked controversy in Puerto Rico, since those who opposed it say it could destroy the structure's historical value. continue reading »

Disability Fraud Crack Down in Puerto Rico Leads to 70 Arrests

Seventy people, including several doctors and a former federal employee, were arrested Wednesday in Puerto Rico for alleged fraud to obtain disability payments under Social Security. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Court Sentences Woman to 99 Years For Baby’s Death

A San Juan court judge on Tuesday sentenced a woman to 99 years behind bars for the death of her 5-month-old baby and for hiding his body in a freezer. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Improve Public Housing with $100 Million in Federal Funds

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $100 million to improve public housing projects in Puerto Rico. The executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Juan Eugenio Hernandez Mayoral, said that the budget was determined by the U.S. government's Capital Improvement Program with the aim of building, repairing, renovating and modernizing public housing on the Caribbean island. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Governor Padilla Says to Congress: Statehood Option Didn’t Get Enough Votes

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla emphasized Thursday before a U.S. Senate panel the failure of the statehood option in last November's plebiscite on the island. continue reading »

PUERTO RICO: Biggest Threat to Statehood Coming from Within

Many Puerto Ricans were convinced the greatest opposition to statehood would come from U.S. congressmen. continue reading »

Looking to Promote Island Image Governor Signs Law Establishing Brand Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Tuesday signed into law a bill to establish Brand Puerto Rico, with the aim of projecting an image of the Caribbean island as an attractive tourist destination. continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER:  Eight Puerto Ricans Charged with Trading in Endangered Sea Turtles for Food

Puerto Rican officials have charged eight Puerto Ricans with illegally possessing and selling the endangered sea turtle for food. The group faces felony charges bases on the violation of the Endangered Species Act. continue reading »

Justice Department, Puerto Rico Sign Agreement to Reform Police

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed on Wednesday an agreement in San Juan with the Puerto Rican government to reform the island's police department, thus settling the Justice Department's suit against the PRPD for civil rights violations. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Mayor in Hot Water After Raising His Monthly Salary

People in recession-battered Puerto Rico were fuming Wednesday over the news that the mayor of a town of 40,000 near San Juan increased his monthly salary from $6,500 to $8,000. continue reading »

Gas Price Hike Upsets Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rican consumers are expressing their discontent with the increase in gasoline prices resulting from the government's near-doubling of a tax on fuel wholesalers. continue reading »

Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Confirms He has Cancer

Puerto Rican singer Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, known by his stage name of Cheo Feliciano, confirmed Wednesday in a statement that he is suffering from cancer and that he will undergo chemotherapy. continue reading »

San Jose Church in Old San Juan Named to Most Endangered Historic Places List

The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the San José Church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, to its 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Expects to Net Some $100M from Tax Amnesty

The Puerto Rican government expects to net around $100 million from a tax amnesty that expires June 30, Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta said Wednesday. continue reading »