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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 »

Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

Mayaguez’s First Culinary Festival Underway in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican town of Mayaguez is organizing this weekend its first culinary festival in which some 80 gastronomic experts will take part, including some of the best-known chefs and restaurants on the island. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Combating Brain-Drain With Free Tech Training

Puerto Rico Combating Brain-Drain With Free Tech Training

A number of technology companies have decided to offer days of practical training to Puerto Rican youths interested in this field, in order to help them develop careers in the U.S. commonwealth, afflicted more every day by the exodus of qualified professionals. continue reading »

50 Culinary Teams Celebrate 7th Barbecue Cook-Off in Puerto Rico

50 Culinary Teams Celebrate 7th Barbecue Cook-Off in Puerto Rico

More than 50 culinary teams, professional and amateur, will take part this weekend in San Juan's barbecue cook-off that organizers say will be the biggest in the Caribbean. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Finds First Leatherback Turtle Nest of 2014

Puerto Rico Finds First Leatherback Turtle Nest of 2014

Puerto Rico's first nest this year of the leatherback, the largest sea turtle on the planet, was reported at a northern beach of the Caribbean island, officials said. continue reading »

Long-Standing NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Organizers Implicated in $1.4 Million Rip-off

Long-Standing NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Organizers Implicated in $1.4 Million Rip-off

New York City’s Attorney General has accused the long-standing organizers of the city’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade with “extreme negligence” and one of its board members with financial mismanagement. continue reading »

Price of Generic Pharmaceuticals in Puerto Rico Skyrocket

Price of Generic Pharmaceuticals in Puerto Rico Skyrocket

The prices of generic medications have increased markedly in Puerto Rico in recent months due in part to the lack of shipments from the U.S. mainland. continue reading »

New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

The U.S. Senate received Wednesday for the first time a bill to make Puerto Rico the 51st state amid an economic crisis that many here blame in part on contention over the island's political status. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Reports 35 Percent More Cruise Passengers Visited the Island

Puerto Rico Reports 35 Percent More Cruise Passengers Visited the Island

The number of tourists arriving in Puerto Rico on cruise ships during the first six months of this fiscal year (July-December) increased 35 percent over the same period the year before. continue reading »

Moody’s Downgrades Puerto Rico’s Credit Rating to Ba2

Moody’s Downgrades Puerto Rico’s Credit Rating to Ba2

Moody's Investors Service on Friday became the second ratings agency this week to downgrade Puerto Rico's credit rating to junk, citing the U.S. territory's persistent economic weakness. continue reading »

Son of Puerto Rican Judge is Sentenced to 109 Years for Wife’s Murder

Son of Puerto Rican Judge is Sentenced to 109 Years for Wife’s Murder

Pablo Casellas Toro, the son of a former Puerto Rico treasury secretary now on the U.S. federal bench, was sentenced Thursday to 109 years in prison for the murder of his wife. continue reading »

Latina Actress Aimee Garcia Shatters Stereotypes in New “RoboCop” Film

Latina Actress Aimee Garcia Shatters Stereotypes in New “RoboCop” Film

Aimee Garcia has broken free of Hollywood's stereotypes of Hispanics with her portrayal of a scientist in "RoboCop," saying she won the role through sheer determination even though it was initially intended for an Asian actress. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Bonds Downgraded to Junk Status

Puerto Rico Bonds Downgraded to Junk Status

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's reduced its rating for Puerto Rico's general-obligation bonds to speculative, or junk, status. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Committed to Balanced Budget in Spite of $70 Billion Debt Load

Puerto Rico Committed to Balanced Budget in Spite of $70 Billion Debt Load

Facing the prospect of seeing its bonds downgraded to junk status, the Puerto Rican government announced Monday that it will move up by one year its commitment to eliminate the budget deficit and that in the coming weeks it will present a balanced budget for fiscal year 2015. continue reading »