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

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 »

Marc Anthony Defends Himself Against Charges He Isn’t American Enough to Sing “God Bless America”

Marc Anthony Defends Himself Against Charges He Isn’t American Enough to Sing “God Bless America”

Singer Marc Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican origin, on Thursday defended himself against criticism he has received for performing the patriotic U.S. song "God Bless America" during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, stating that "you can't get more New York than me." continue reading »

Justice Department, Puerto Rico Sign Agreement to Reform Police

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 Rico Water Service to Cut Service to 6,000 Customers-a-Week to Collect Past Dues

Puerto Rico Water Service to Cut Service to 6,000 Customers-a-Week to Collect Past Dues

Water rates in Puerto Rico will rise starting Monday between $4 and $64 per month even as state-owned utility AAA gets tough on customers in arrears. continue reading »

Over 20 Undocumented Dominicans Make It to Puerto Rico on Homemade Raft

Over 20 Undocumented Dominicans Make It to Puerto Rico on Homemade Raft

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents detained 25 undocumented Dominicans in Camuy, a town on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. continue reading »

Latin Grammy Winner Sie7e’s New Song is About Being Optimistic in Life

Latin Grammy Winner Sie7e’s New Song is About Being Optimistic in Life

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Sie7e, the winner of a Latin Grammy in 2011 for best new artist, is promoting his latest single, "So what," in which he presents a positive and optimistic message about dealing with the problems of daily life. continue reading »

Prominent Puerto Rican Victim of Brutal Violence on Island

Prominent Puerto Rican Victim of Brutal Violence on Island

Crime has once again surged to the forefront in Puerto Rico with the murder of a prominent doctor after a minor traffic accident. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Mayor in Hot Water After Raising His Monthly Salary

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

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 »

Puerto Rican Murder-For-Hire Suspect Caught in Spain

Puerto Rican Murder-For-Hire Suspect Caught in Spain

A Puerto Rican woman accused of hiring a hit man to murder her husband in 2005 was arrested by Spanish police at Madrid's Barajas International Airport. The director of the FBI office in Puerto Rico, Carlos Cases, continue reading »

Child Exploitation in Puerto Rico Increases, Ricky Martin Expresses Concern

Child Exploitation in Puerto Rico Increases, Ricky Martin Expresses Concern

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin on Thursday expressed his concern over the increase in child exploitation on the Caribbean island and called for the continuation of the public debate over human trafficking. continue reading »

Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Confirms He has Cancer

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 »

84 Percent of Puerto Rican Children Live in High-Povery Areas, Majority Part of Single-Parent Homes

84 Percent of Puerto Rican Children Live in High-Povery Areas, Majority Part of Single-Parent Homes

The proportion of Puerto Rican children living in high-poverty areas stands at 84 percent, seven times the comparable figure for the continental United States, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book. continue reading »

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

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

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 »