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RECORD CACHE SCORE: U.S. Coast Guard officials seized 4.2 tons of cocaine off the coast of Suriname. The coke has a street value of $125 million and was brought back to Puerto Rico and turned over to the DEA. SAN JUAN — Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of

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By NICK BROWN SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS SAN JUAN — As Puerto Rico attempts to sort out its tangled financial web, retirees may face bigger cuts than those in past U.S. municipal insolvencies, due in part to an unconventional debt structure that pits pensioners against the very lenders

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DUDE, WHERE’S THE GNARLY WAVES? Who wins when surfer dudes take on big tourism and a hotel chain? AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico  — The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico’s northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session

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FAWNING OVER THE ‘FOEHN EFFECT’: The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been unseasonably warm this February according to historical statistics and meteorologists. CHRISTIANSTED — If you think that it’s been an unseasonably hot February so far — you would be right. The first half month of February has felt

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SAN JUAN — Three men were charged Tuesday with shipping cocaine from Puerto Rico to their home in Delaware through the U.S. Postal Service, according to city police. Officers were notified that two of the men had shipped about 130 grams of cocaine on Tuesday and went to their address in

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TSA NO BUENO IN PUERTO RICO: People for fiscal responsibility in government are calling on President Donald Trump to disband the Transportation Security Administration as a waste of taxpayers hard-earned money. SAN JUAN — A dozen airport and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been arrested for their alleged involvement

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LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE: Marie Holmes of North Carolina, a 26-year-old unemployed mother of four children shared in a $546.1 million Powerball jackpot in February of 2015. SAN JUAN — In cash-strapped Puerto Rico where the exodus of people due to worsening economic conditions has been well-documented by most of the national

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        CHTA’S Frank Comito SAN JUAN — Caribbean tourism officials say the region received a record number of visitors last year as arrivals topped 29 million. But they say they expect a slight drop this year because of the uncertainty surrounding actions that President Donald Trump might

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PURE WHITE GOLD: What 71 kilograms of cocaine looks like. CHRISTIANSTED – A native of Puerto Rico will spend about 3.83 years behind bars after admitting to bringing 156 pounds of cocaine to the waters off of St. Croix. Carmelo Cruz-Velez, 52 of San Juan was sentenced to 46 months

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EXTRA-JUDICIAL MOSQUITO DEATH SQUADS: Puerto Rico is trying to kill mosquitoes the old-fashioned way — without chemicals. CAGUAS — On this hard-hit tropical island, even the dead are getting pulled into the fight against Zika. On a recent weekday, Roberto Barrera led a team of disease investigators into a graveyard in

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