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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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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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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico will receive $18.5 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help rebuild its battered housing stock and infrastructure after September’s Hurricane Maria, the island’s governor and HUD officials said on Tuesday. The funding for the U.S. commonwealth was the largest grant in the history of

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck about 53 miles (85 kilometers) North of the British Virgin Islands this morning. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake happened at 11:13 a.m. today and took place about six miles underground. The 85 kilometers distance equals 52.81 miles.

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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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CAPTURED: Nathaniel Thomas Jr. in Ponce, Puerto Rico PONCE — Two wanted St. Croix fugitives were arrested in Puerto Rico in back-to-back raids by the U.S. Marshals Service on Saturday. Ivan James, wanted for a double homicide by the Virgin Islands Police Department and Nathaniel Thomas Jr., wanted for escape

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