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Puerto Rico Prison Riot Leaves 10 Guards Injured

Puerto Rico Prison Riot Leaves 10 Guards Injured

Ten guards and several inmates were injured during a large-scale riot at the Zarzal Correctional Institution in the eastern town of Rio Grande, Puerto Rican authorities said. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Ramps Up Trade with Colombia with New Trade Office

Puerto Rico Ramps Up Trade with Colombia with New Trade Office

The Puerto Rican government this week will open a trade office in Bogota with the aim of promoting the Caribbean island as an investment destination, a government official announced Sunday. continue reading »

Public Employees Protest Pay Cuts in Puerto Rico

Public Employees Protest Pay Cuts in Puerto Rico

Hundreds of employees of Puerto Rican government agencies and state-owned enterprises took to the streets of San Juan on Wednesday to protest pay and benefit cuts. continue reading »

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to Work Together to Boost Film Industry in Region

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic to Work Together to Boost Film Industry in Region

Organizers of the San Juan International Film Festival will hold in October its first forum on Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic coproductions as a step toward boosting the moviemaking potential of these two Caribbean neighbors. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Economic Woes Spur Exodus of College Grads

Puerto Rico’s Economic Woes Spur Exodus of College Grads

The economic crisis and the lack of good jobs in Puerto Rico is convincing thousands of college graduates with professional experience to leave for the U.S. mainland. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Celebrates Larger Numbers of Leatherback Turtle Nests

Puerto Rico Celebrates Larger Numbers of Leatherback Turtle Nests

More than 1,700 nests of the leatherback, the largest sea turtle in the world, have been counted on the beaches of Puerto Rico, a far higher number than in recent years - and with another two-and-a-half months of the season still to go. continue reading »

2 Out of 3 Babies in Puerto Rico Born to Single-Parent Households

2 Out of 3 Babies in Puerto Rico Born to Single-Parent Households

Sixty-eight percent of births in Puerto Rico are to couples who are neither married nor live together, an official told Efe Friday. Nancy Vega, director of the Demographic Registry, acknowledged her "concern" about the progressive increase of this percentage, since in many cases mothers must shoulder the responsibility of raising the children alone. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Puerto Rico Busts Drug Trafficking Ring, Arrests 28

Federal and local authorities arrested 28 people on Thursday around Puerto Rico for belonging to a drug trafficking organization. The FBI spokesman on the island, Moises QuiƱones, confirmed the arrests to Efe, adding that they were made after a federal grand jury issued an indictment. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Puerto Rican Governor Appoints New Official to Reform Police

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Thursday announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Col. Arnaldo Claudio as the new advisor to undertake a reform of the Puerto Rico Police Department. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico’s Economy Contracts 3.3 Percent in 10 Months

Puerto Rico's economy has contracted 3.3 percent during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, the Government Development Bank said in a report. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

Puerto Rican Hopes to Create Island’s 1st Hub of Eco-Friendly Food

What started four years ago as a meeting place for small farmers and consumers looking for local products is fast becoming the first hub of environmentally friendly eats in Puerto Rico, an island that imports more than 80 percent of its food. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

Puerto Rico Gov’t Accused of Favoritism in Public Employment

State-owned water company AAA has hired 580 members of Puerto Rico's ruling PPD party since Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla took office in January 2013, a lawmaker with the main opposition PNP said Tuesday. continue reading »

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Don Omar Brings Urban Music, Drag-Racing Festival to South Florida

Puerto Rican reggaeton singer-songwriter Don Omar is bringing his DragMania Music Fest to the South Florida city of West Palm Beach this weekend. continue reading »

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Investigation Underway in Puerto Rico Over Killing of Leatherback Sea Turtle

Puerto Rican authorities have launched an investigation to find those responsible for the killing of a leatherback sea turtle, a species in danger of extinction, on the island's southeast coast. continue reading »

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rainforest Partly Reopens After Storm

El Yunque National Rainforest in eastern Puerto Rico was partly reopened Saturday after remaining closed for a week while authorities had several areas cleaned up that were damaged by the torrential rains that fell there, cutting off highways and unleashing mudslides. continue reading »