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SAN JUAN — One person has been killed and 10 others injured in a shoot-out in Puerto Rico. Police said a 17-year-old boy died early Friday after someone started shooting in front of a business where several people were gathered in the western coastal town of Mayaguez. No one has

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Government House said that Governor Kenneth Mapp left to go Puerto Rico today. Sandra Goomansingh, the official spokeswoman for Mapp, said today that the reason for the visit was “a personal trip.” In Mapp’s absence, Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter will serve as Acting Governor through Thursday, April

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MIAMI — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has released new footage aimed at disrupting drug trafficking operations in the Caribbean Sea. CBP said its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and task force partners have intercepted “a succession of drug-laden vessels packed with thousands of pounds of cocaine

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SAN JUAN — National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and several U.S. hurricane specialists are making a tour to local airports in Mexico and the Caribbean to visit with residents of vulnerable communities and discuss hurricane preparedness, resilience, and how they can become “weather-ready.” They’ll conduct tours of the Air Force Reserve

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SAN JUAN — The oversight board for Puerto Rico, created by Congress, will hold public hearings on Thursday and Friday to certify revised fiscal plans for the commonwealth, the board said today. The board is expected to approve plans for the commonwealth, as well as the island’s utility, Puerto Rico

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CRUZ BAY — A Terminix employee has been charged in relation to 2015 pesticide use at a St. John resort that left a Delaware family gravely ill. Jose Rivera, 59, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The indictment says

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SAN JUAN — The federal government significantly underestimated the potential damage to Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and relied too heavily on local officials and private-sector entities to handle the cleanup, according to a POLITICO review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s plan for the disaster. The plan, which was

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FLORIDA KEYS — The queen conch is a large marine mollusk with a beautiful shell that is prized for export. The gastropod inside the shell is featured on menus across the region. But the conch’s numbers are rapidly dwindling, and researchers say action is needed to save them. In Key

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SAN JUAN — Bankrupt Puerto Rico plans to save money by closing as many as a third of its jails and shipping its inmates to mainland private prisons. The commonwealth is considering off-loading some 3,200 prisoners, apparently to privately-run lockups across the ocean, according to the latest fiscal turnaround plan.

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SAN JUAN — Hundreds of thousands of people across Puerto Rico were left without power today after another widespread outage, forcing the island’s main public hospital and international airport to switch to backup generators as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria. The island’s Electric Power Authority said a

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