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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 »

Puerto Rican Entrepreneur Launches First Online Site for Local Designers

Puerto Rican Entrepreneur Launches First Online Site for Local Designers

Puerto Rican businesswoman Melissa Jimenez is the creator of the online store Merodea.me, the first fashion Web site selling clothing from local designers and which is helping push the careers of the fashion designers on the island. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Comic Luis Raul “Piquito” Martinez Dead at 51

Puerto Rican Comic Luis Raul “Piquito” Martinez Dead at 51

Puerto Rican comedian Luis Raul Martinez died Sunday of pneumonia after spending 18 days in a hospital intensive care unit, his family confirmed via the social networks. He was 51. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Opens First Center for Developing Generic Drugs

Puerto Rico Opens First Center for Developing Generic Drugs

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla inaugurated the Center for the Development and Innovation of Pharmaceutical Products, or Cediprof, the first center for research, experimentation and development of generic pharmaceutical products on the Caribbean island. continue reading »

Doctors to Perform Second Round of Tests on Draco Rosa on Monday

Doctors to Perform Second Round of Tests on Draco Rosa on Monday

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Draco Rosa will undergo Monday a second test to enable a group of doctors to certify for the second time that he is free of cancer after being treated for the disease. continue reading »

Puerto Rico National Guard To Cleanup Vieques

Puerto Rico National Guard To Cleanup Vieques

A group of 30 experienced Puerto Rico National Guard engineers has launched a cleanup effort focused on areas of ecological and tourist interest on the island of Vieques, which the U.S. Navy used as a bombing range for more than 40 years. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Can Manufacturing Company Receives $60 Million Investment

Puerto Rican Can Manufacturing Company Receives $60 Million Investment

Some $60 million was invested in an aluminum can plant in Cidra, Puerto Rico, that will export its products to the United States, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and other countries in the region, investors said. continue reading »

Congress Approves Funds for Referendum on Puerto Rico’s Status

Congress Approves Funds for Referendum on Puerto Rico’s Status

The U.S. House of Representatives' approval of a budgetary line item to provide funding for a referendum supervised by Washington on Puerto Rico's status is considered historic by pro-statehood parties here. continue reading »

Calle 13’s Residente Joins Teachers Protestin in Puerto Rico

Calle 13’s Residente Joins Teachers Protestin in Puerto Rico

Residente, the singing half of the rap duo Calle 13, on Tuesday joined the protests thousands of Puerto Rican teachers are staging against an overhaul of their retirement pensions. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Names New Attorney General to Replace Scandal-Ridden Predecessor

Puerto Rico Names New Attorney General to Replace Scandal-Ridden Predecessor

Cesar Miranda on Monday was named Puerto Rico's new attorney general, replacing Luis Sanchez Betances, who had resigned last month after becoming involved in a scandal stemming from his intervention in the drunk-driving arrest of a former law partner. continue reading »

Homicides Down 12 Percent Last Year in Puerto Rico

Homicides Down 12 Percent Last Year in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico closed 2013 with 883 homicides, 12.1 percent fewer than in 2012 and the second straight annual decrease since 2011, when the Caribbean island experienced its bloodiest year in recent history. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Teachers Set to Strike Over Pension Benefit Cuts

Puerto Rico Teachers Set to Strike Over Pension Benefit Cuts

Puerto Rico public school teachers have called a 48-hour strike starting Jan. 14, when classes resume, to protest the overhaul of their pension system. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Rings in New Year with 13 Murders in 5 Days

Puerto Rico Rings in New Year with 13 Murders in 5 Days

Puerto Rico had a total of 13 murders in the first five days of 2014, four of them during a single night, police said. continue reading »