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SAN JUAN — A small mountain town in central Puerto Rico whose economy depended heavily on manufacturing announced today it will dismiss 200 employees in the largest layoff of its kind in the U.S. commonwealth in more than a decade. Cidra spokeswoman Eunice Castro said that it is necessary to

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WASHINGTON — In a joint press conference with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Governor Kenneth Mapp said today that the territory will receive $1.6 billion in additional Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to repair and rebuild private and public housing, and for

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SAN JUAN — Federal agents in Puerto Rico have arrested reggaeton singer Kendo Kaponi on charges of armed burglary and assault in Florida. Police said Kaponi, whose legal name is Jose Morales Rivera, was arrested before dawn Monday in the southern town of Coamo. The 33-year-old is accused of attacking a

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma accusing the drugmaker of causing an opioid crisis in the U.S. commonwealth. Officials said Wednesday that they are seeking to hold the company responsible for all government costs incurred as a result of the damage opioids

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ATLANTA — The Braves traded pitcher Akeel Morris of St. Thomas to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for cash considerations. The trade came three days after the Braves designated Morris for assignment to open a spot on their 40-man roster when they brought up reliever Josh Ravin, who has

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday fiercely defended his administration’s right to help steer the insolvent, storm-ravaged island out of bankruptcy after a U.S. congressman said the process should be led by the island’s creditors and federally appointed oversight board. In a scorching, 6,000-word letter delivered on Monday

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SAN JUAN — The older folks in the Caribbean have a very popular saying “If it ain’t the sugar it’s the sugar pan,” meaning “if it ain’t one thing it’s another. And if you have lived long enough you will know that in life this goes without saying. The shattered

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SAN JUAN — An appeals court on Tuesday temporarily halted a judge’s ruling that ordered authorities to embargo the accounts of Puerto Rico’s Roman Catholic Church to ensure the payment of $4.7 million in teacher pensions. The ruling was celebrated by the Archdiocese of San Juan, which announced two years

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s benchmark bond surged to a 25-week high on Monday, its busiest trading day since October, after the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth nearly doubled its projected five-year surplus to $6 billion as it recovers from Hurricane Maria. While the price rise is being taken as a sign

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico government officials said Friday they will not bow to demands from a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances that they implement cuts to a struggling public pension system as part of an upcoming fiscal plan to help pull the U.S. commonwealth out of an

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