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Several Beached Whales Rescued in Puerto Rico

Two beaked whales that had become stranded on Puerto Rico's northwest coast were rescued and returned to sea, although authorities had to euthanize a third whale that could not be rehabilitated. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Murder Rate Plummets by 26 Percent

Puerto Rico’s Murder Rate Plummets by 26 Percent

Two months before the end of the year, Puerto Rico has managed to reduce the number of murders on the island by 26 percent compared with the same period last year, a decline that the island's police chief attributed to his anti-crime plan in an interview with Efe. Puerto Rican Police Superintendant Jose Caldero said Thursday that so far this year there have been 568 murders on the island, 200 fewer than by this time in 2013, meaning that - if the trend continues through the end of the year - 2014 will end with the lowest number of homicides in almost 15 years. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Experiences Its 2nd Most Violent Weekend, Leaving 14 Dead

Fourteen people were killed over the weekend in Puerto Rico to make it the second most violent so far this year, the Caribbean island's police told Efe on Monday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Governor Wants Puerto Ricans To Try Harder to Overcome Economic Crisis

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Sunday called on the island's citizens to "redouble" their efforts to overcome their worst economic crisis in 70 years. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Seeks to Build Columbus Statue Larger than Statue of Liberty

Puerto Rico Seeks to Build Columbus Statue Larger than Statue of Liberty

The Puerto Rican promoting the assembly of a monumental statue of Columbus, twice as tall as New York's Statue of Liberty and taller than any other in the Americas, wants Spain's king and queen to inaugurate the monument in the spring of 2016. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Braces Itself for Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Puerto Rico Braces Itself for Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Puerto Rican authorities warned citizens to take all the precautions necessary to face the landfall of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, forecast to sweep the eastern part of the island Monday night through Tuesday morning. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Puerto Rico Records 3 Die From Chikungunya Virus

Three people in Puerto Rico have died after being infected with the Chikungunya virus, Health Department chief epidemiologist Brenda Rivera Garcia said. Two of the dead were residents of greater San Juan, while the third lived in the northeastern coastal town of Fajardo. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Lack of Food Security Worries Experts

Puerto Rico’s Lack of Food Security Worries Experts

Puerto Rico is far from achieving food security because it imports between 85 percent and 87 percent of its daily food consumption, partly due to neglect of the island's farm sector as well as to increased urban development in recent decades, several experts told Efe. continue reading »

2 Puerto Rican Police Officers Fired For Sex Tape

2 Puerto Rican Police Officers Fired For Sex Tape

The chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department, Jose Caldero, announced Friday the dismissal of two officers for making a sex video at La Fortaleza, seat of the island's government. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico to Promote Itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Puerto Rico on Tuesday presented its strategy for promoting itself as a medical tourism destination, especially among the Hispanic population of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast, to whom it will offer medical care ranging from dental treatment to liposuction or weight-loss surgery at prices that can be as much as 60 percent lower than in the continental United States. continue reading »

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

Scientists in Puerto Rico Research Human Fears, How to Overcome Them

The American Gregory Quirk leads a team of scientists in Puerto Rico that is studying the neural mechanisms of fear and preparing what could be the first article from the island in more than a decade to appear in the prestigious scientific publication "Nature." continue reading »

Puerto Rican Senator Proposes Making Country’s First Language Spanish

Puerto Rican Senator Proposes Making Country’s First Language Spanish

A senator from Puerto Rico's governing party on Thursday launched a proposal to make Spanish the island's official language and relegate English to second position in the U.S. commonwealth. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

The Puerto Rican Health Department said Thursday that it is investigating whether two people who died had contracted Chikungunya, which - if true - would be the first two fatalities linked to that virus on the island. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Use Old Traffic Network to Lay Fiber-Optic Cables

Puerto Rico to Use Old Traffic Network to Lay Fiber-Optic Cables

Puerto Rico's government plans to use an old traffic-signal network in San Juan to lay fiber-optic cables in Santurce, a district being developed as the island's tech center and an engine for job creation, officials said. continue reading »

NBA Star Carmelo Anthony’s Foundation Inaugurates New Basketball Court in Puerto Rico

NBA Star Carmelo Anthony’s Foundation Inaugurates New Basketball Court in Puerto Rico

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his foundation opened a fifth basketball court over the weekend in Puerto Rico to give poor kids a place to play. continue reading »