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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 »

Puerto Rico to Receive Economic Advisers from Washington

Puerto Rico to Receive Economic Advisers from Washington

The White House will send a team of experts to Puerto Rico in December to help the local government manage the U.S. commonwealth's years-long budget and economic crisis. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Delegate Leads Pro-statehood Rally at U.S. Capitol

Puerto Rico Delegate Leads Pro-statehood Rally at U.S. Capitol

The same day that Puerto Rico was celebrating the 520th year since its discovery by Cristopher Columbus, San Juan's non-voting representative in Congress demanded Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol that the island become the 51st state. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Company Launches First App That Collects Business Cards

Puerto Rican Company Launches First App That Collects Business Cards

So-Go Inc. is providing the first-ever app that allows users to create and modify business cards on the run, executives of the Puerto Rico-based company told Efe. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Pro-State Rally Head at U.S. Capital

Puerto Rico Pro-State Rally Head at U.S. Capital

The same day that Puerto Rico was celebrating the 520th year since its discovery by Christopher Columbus, San Juan's non-voting representative in Congress demanded Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol that the island become the 51st state. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Cattlemen Applaud Suspension of Price Cut on Milk

Puerto Rican Cattlemen Applaud Suspension of Price Cut on Milk

Puerto Rican cattlemen hailed the suspension, ordered by a federal judge, of the accord reached between the local government and milk processors that these companies could pay producers less for their milk and thus increase their own profit margins. continue reading »

Ricky Martin Foundation Opens Pavilion on Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin Foundation Opens Pavilion on Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico

The Ricky Martin Foundation opened Friday a pavilion in San Juan on human trafficking - the second most lucrative crime in the world - to raise awareness among the island's population as to the hideous consequences of this scourge. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Organization Seeks Support From Hispanics for Statehood

Puerto Rico Organization Seeks Support From Hispanics for Statehood

Supporters of the idea of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st U.S. state on Wednesday launched a campaign to mobilize Puerto Ricans and the Hispanic population in general. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Government Earmarks $38 Million for Airport Development

Puerto Rican Government Earmarks $38 Million for Airport Development

Puerto Rico's government plans to invest $38 million to develop the island's airports as part of an effort to create jobs, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said. continue reading »