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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 »

No Casualties Reported in Puerto Rico’s Celebratory Gunfire

No Casualties Reported in Puerto Rico’s Celebratory Gunfire

Puerto Rico managed to exit 2013 without a single reported casualty resulting from the New Year's Eve custom of firing guns into the air, police said Wednesday. continue reading »

10 Native Parrots Released in Puerto Rico Forest

10 Native Parrots Released in Puerto Rico Forest

Puerto Rico's Natural and Environmental Resources Department, or DRNA, released 10 specimens of the Puerto Rican parrot into the wilds of Rio Abajo State Forest in an attempt to establish a colony of the species in the wooded limestone terrain on the northern side of the island. continue reading »

Martin, Calle 13, Draco Among Puerto Rican Celebs in News This Year

Martin, Calle 13, Draco Among Puerto Rican Celebs in News This Year

The publication of pop star Ricky Martin's first children's book, Draco Rosa's cancer relapse and hip-hop duo Calle 13's collaboration with Julian Assange were among the top stories from Puerto Rico's entertainment world in 2013. continue reading »

Member of Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 Wants to Give Up U.S. Citizenship

Member of Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 Wants to Give Up U.S. Citizenship

Puerto Rican singer Rene Perez, who is a member of Calle 13, said he would like to give up his U.S. citizenship but won't do it because of the complex legal situation it would land him in. continue reading »

Puerto Rico Teachers Considering Strike After Pension Overhaul

Puerto Rico Teachers Considering Strike After Pension Overhaul

Puerto Rican teachers are deciding whether to go on strike when classes resume next month to protest a pension overhaul signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. continue reading »

REPORT:  Violent Crime Rate Drops in Puerto Rico

REPORT:  Violent Crime Rate Drops in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Police Department said Monday that, as of 15 days before the end of the year, there has been a 6.7 percent decline compared to 2012 in serious crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, serious assaults, break-ins and car theft. continue reading »

Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

Northern Puerto Rican City Says It Is Running Out of Money

The government of the Puerto Rican city of Arecibo, site of the biggest radio telescope in the world, has just realized it has only enough money to pay its 800 employees for one more month. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Puerto Rican Official Resigns Amid Scandal

Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Luis Sanchez Betances resigned on Wednesday amid a scandal sparked when he visited a police station where a friend of his was being held in jail for driving while intoxicated. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Police Officer Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Pornography

Puerto Rican Police Officer Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Pornography

A 33-year veteran of the Puerto Rico Police Department was sentenced to 25 years in prison for crimes related to child pornography, the San Juan office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Wednesday. continue reading »