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Police Arrest 7 Members of Gun-Trafficking Ring in Puerto Rico

Police Arrest 7 Members of Gun-Trafficking Ring in Puerto Rico

Seven members of a gun-trafficking band in greater San Juan were arrested Wednesday in an operation undertaken by officers with Puerto Rico's NIE investigative agency. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Top Cop Unexpectedly Resigns

Puerto Rico Top Cop Unexpectedly Resigns

The strategic post of chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department again became a problem for the government when James Tuller Cintron resigned Tuesday after just four months on the job. continue reading »

Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

Puerto Rican City Holds Whale Festival to Raise Awareness

Rincon, a city in northwestern Puerto Rico, this weekend is holding a humpback whale festival to raise awareness about the species, which is threatened with extinction and is often seen by people off the coasts of the Caribbean island. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Economy Shrinks 3.8 Percent in 1st 8 Months of Fiscal Year

Puerto Rico Economy Shrinks 3.8 Percent in 1st 8 Months of Fiscal Year

Puerto Rico's economy continued to contract in the first eight months of the current fiscal year (July 2013-February 2014), shrinking 3.8 percent relative to the same period of the previous 12-month accounting cycle, the island's Government Development Bank, or GDBPR, said. continue reading »

150 Acres in Central Puerto Rico Devastated by Fire

150 Acres in Central Puerto Rico Devastated by Fire

Close to 150 acres (60 hectares) of woodland were devastated before dawn in Puerto Rico by a fire in Adjuntas Forest in the central part of the island. The chief of the Puerto Rican Fire Department, continue reading »

U.S. Shipping Law Stifling Puerto Rico’s Economy

U.S. Shipping Law Stifling Puerto Rico’s Economy

A federal law that bans foreign vessels from engaging in coastwise shipping within U.S. territory adversely affects Puerto Rico's troubled economy, according to studies cited by the island's Senate. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Aims to be Air Transportation Center in Caribbean

Puerto Rico Aims to be Air Transportation Center in Caribbean

Puerto Rico is trying to position itself as a key air transportation center in the Caribbean, taking advantage of growth opportunities in an industry that is essential to regional economic development, officials said. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Government Concerned About Growth of “Big Box” Stores

Puerto Rican Government Concerned About Growth of “Big Box” Stores

Puerto Rican lawmakers are studying a bill aimed at curbing the expansion of "big box" retail chains, whose growth has triggered the closure of hundreds of small businesses in recent years. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Reports Second Triple Homicide of 2014

Puerto Rico Reports Second Triple Homicide of 2014

Three people were murdered in the east-central city of Caguas, the second triple slaying of the year, Puerto Rican police said on Tuesday. Two of the victims died on the scene in the CaƱabon "barrio," or neighborhood, in Caguas and the third died at the HIMA Hospital after being shot on Monday night. continue reading »

Virgin Galactic Denies Investing in Puerto Rican Launch Site

Virgin Galactic Denies Investing in Puerto Rican Launch Site

Virgin Galactic says it has made no investment in a former U.S. Navy base in eastern Puerto Rico, denying a press account that it was planning to build a spaceport on the island. continue reading »

Investment Group to Inject $200 Million into Puerto Rican Resort

Investment Group to Inject $200 Million into Puerto Rican Resort

The Encanto Group, a Puerto Rican company funded by U.S. investors, said it acquired the Punta Candelero Beach Resort Hotel and the Palmas del Mar marina in Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico's east coast, and planned to invest $200 million to renovate the properties. continue reading »

REPORT:  35 Percent of Puerto Rico’s Population Receives Food Stamps

REPORT:  35 Percent of Puerto Rico’s Population Receives Food Stamps

Thirty-five percent of the population in Puerto Rico receives food stamps, an abnormally large proportion due in part to a 31 percent increase in the number of Puerto Ricans over 60 who qualify for benefits. continue reading »

Puerto Rico to Host 7th Sangria Fest

Puerto Rico to Host 7th Sangria Fest

The San Juan Convention Center will be hosting the 7th Sangria Fest, the world's largest gathering of makers of the beverage, on March 15, with organizers planning to take the event to the United States in the near future. continue reading »

Virgin Galactic Eyes Puerto Rico as Launch Pad for Space Flights

Virgin Galactic Eyes Puerto Rico as Launch Pad for Space Flights

A former U.S. navy base in eastern Puerto Rico could be the place where Virgin Galactic chooses to build a launch pad for future commercial space flights, an option being considered that neither party denies. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Teachers Hold Protest at Island’s Largest Mall

Puerto Rican Teachers Hold Protest at Island’s Largest Mall

Dozens of teachers took part in a protest at Plaza Las Americas, Puerto Rico's largest mall, against planned pension system reforms. Saturday's protest was organized Broad Front for the Defense of the Teachers Retirement System, or FADSRM continue reading »