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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is unlikely to be fully restored until the end of May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday — months longer than the timeline offered by the island’s governor. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general and chief engineer for the

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SAN JUAN — Lin-Manuel Miranda wants Puerto Rico’s $74 billion of debt to be erased. The creator and star of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” about the first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, said Thursday in a Washington Post opinion piece that the island’s bondholders shouldn’t seek repayment. The commonwealth fell

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane plight has drawn attention to the Jones Act, the 1920 law that compels all maritime commerce between United States ports to be carried on ships built, owned and crewed by Americans. The law is adding to the island’s problems, and should be set aside

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TWO RIVERS, Wisc. — Two city line workers and a utility bucket truck departed Wisconsin Dec. 9 bound for St. Croix  along with line workers from municipal utilities in Marshfield, Rice Lake, Arcadia, Fennimore, Clintonville and Reedsburg. Head lineman Brian Dellemann and expert lineman Darrick Wendricks are part of a Wisconsin

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SAN JUAN — A judge in Puerto Rico says there’s enough evidence to arrest a well-known former mayor accused of sexually harassing a policewoman. Hector O’Neill faces seven charges including sexual abuse and lewd acts. He was being held Tuesday on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in

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SAN JUAN — At least half the population of Puerto Rico was at potential risk of exposure to bacterial contamination in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to government test results obtained by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Some 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which

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LIVIN’ ON THE STREET: People take advantage of the Optico Fiber companies free wi-fi zone setup for those that don’t have cell service to connect with friends or loved ones as they wait for the damaged telephone grid to be fixed after Hurricane Maria passed through the area on September

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SAN JUAN — Some 2,000 miles away from the path of devastation cut by hurricanes Irma and Maria, network engineers at the Rock Island Arsenal Integrated Network Operations Center (INOC) work around-the-clock to support the relief efforts of American aid workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Operated

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ATLANTA – La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA) anunció que más de $108 millones en préstamos por desastre a bajo interés han sido aprobados para los negocios y los residentes de las Islas Vírgenes afectados por los huracanes Irma y María. “En la actualidad, 1,450

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SAN JUAN — This fall’s hurricane season has been rough on Jesús Vázquez’s family business outside the capital of Puerto Rico. Their 35-year-old ice factory and adjacent laundromat hasn’t had power since Hurricane Irma, which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 6, thirteen days before Hurricane Maria devastated the island. And

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