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REPORT:  Violent Crime Rate Drops in Puerto Rico

REPORT:  Violent Crime Rate Drops in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Police Department said Monday that, as of 15 days before the end of the year, there has been a 6.7 percent decline compared to 2012 in serious crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, serious assaults, break-ins and car theft. continue reading »

Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

The government of the Puerto Rican city of Arecibo, site of the biggest radio telescope in the world, has just realized it has only enough money to pay its 800 employees for one more month. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Puerto Rican Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Luis Sanchez Betances resigned on Wednesday amid a scandal sparked when he visited a police station where a friend of his was being held in jail for driving while intoxicated. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Police Officer Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Pornography

Puerto Rican Police Officer Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Pornography

A 33-year veteran of the Puerto Rico Police Department was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes related to child pornography, the San Juan office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Wednesday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Starts Construction on First Orthodox Synagogue

Puerto Rico Starts Construction on First Orthodox Synagogue

The construction of what is expected to be the first Orthodox synagogue in Puerto Rico kicked off in a tourist area on the outskirts of San Juan with a ceremony to lay the first stone attended by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. continue reading »

Carlos Beltran Signs $45 Million Deal with Yankees

Carlos Beltran Signs $45 Million Deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees came to terms with Puerto Rican outfielder Carlos Beltran and agreed to a three-season contract worth $45 million. continue reading »

Reggaeton Singer Yandel Injured in Mexico, Currently Hospitalized

Reggaeton Singer Yandel Injured in Mexico, Currently Hospitalized

Reggaeton singer Yandel, 34, was injured in an accident in Mexico on the set of “La Voz Mexico” and remains hospitalized. continue reading »

54 Percent of Puerto Rican Homes Lack Septic Systems

54 Percent of Puerto Rican Homes Lack Septic Systems

Around 54 percent of Puerto Rico's homes are not connected to public water mains and sewers, the dean of the School of Environmental Studies at the Universidad Metropolitana told Efe Friday. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Tightens Gun Laws, Bans Celebratory Gunfire

Puerto Rico Tightens Gun Laws, Bans Celebratory Gunfire

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Monday signed two amendments to the island's gun law toughening the penalties for illegal weapons possession and for firing shots into the air, a common cause of accidents especially during the Christmas season. continue reading »

Weekend Rainfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico Breaks 38-Year Old Record

Weekend Rainfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico Breaks 38-Year Old Record

San Juan on Saturday set a 38-year rainfall record for the date with double the amount of precipitation established in the old record. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Government Delays Traditional ‘Black Friday’ Xmas Bonuses

Puerto Rican Government Delays Traditional ‘Black Friday’ Xmas Bonuses

Puerto Ricans are getting ready for the year's prime shopping season but face the controversial government decision to delay the payment of public employees' Christmas bonuses until after Black Friday in a bid to shift spending away from the giant U.S. chains to small, local retailers. continue reading »

Violence, Murder Continues to Plague Puerto Rico

Violence, Murder Continues to Plague Puerto Rico

Crime continues relentlessly in Puerto Rico, where 10 were slain over the weekend amid a wave of violence that residents hope can be halted by the new chief of police, veteran New York City cop James Tuller Cintron. continue reading »

Unemployment Rate Rises to 14.7 Percent in Puerto Rico

Unemployment Rate Rises to 14.7 Percent in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's unemployment rate rose by two-tenths of a percent in October, compared to the previous month, to 14.7 percent, Secretary of Labor and Human Resources Vance Thomas said. continue reading »

Exit of Major Pharmaceutical Firm to Hit Puerto Rico’s Already Weak Economy

Exit of Major Pharmaceutical Firm to Hit Puerto Rico’s Already Weak Economy

Plans by major pharmaceutical companies to gradually reduce their operations in Puerto Rico will cause heavy job losses in the island's northern region, an elected official said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Continues Efforts to Save Its Native Parrot Species

Puerto Rico Continues Efforts to Save Its Native Parrot Species

The Maricao State Forest in western Puerto Rico has been selected as the site for a third colony in the wild of Puerto Rican parrots on the island, the aim of which is to foster their reproduction and get them off the endangered species list, officials said Thursday. continue reading »