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FAJARDO — As crews re-string electric lines and clear debris from Hurricane Maria, a small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists is working on rebuilding natural wonders destroyed by the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century. Environmental groups and volunteers are gathering native seeds to

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WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai today proposed directing $954 million toward restoring and expanding communications networks in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico heavily damaged during the 2017 hurricane season. In September, 95 percent of cell sites were out of service in Puerto Rico and 75

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SAN JUAN — An earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter Scale struck the ocean floor 69 miles north of Culebra, Puerto Rico this afternoon. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at 1:54 p.m. local time at a depth of 25 miles underground. Puerto Rico has had

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SAN JUAN — Waves nearly 30 feet high from a U.S. winter storm slammed into Puerto Rico today, forcing authorities to evacuate dozens of families and close roads and schools across the U.S. commonwealth. Huge waves downed palm trees, knocked over cement benches and forced curious crowds to flee as saltwater

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‘OUT THE BOX’: Forensic worker moves a body at a San Juan crime scene in January, Puerto Rico’s deadliest month in recent years. SAN JUAN — Just a half hour from the charming cobblestone streets of Old San Juan loom the boxy World War II-era public housing projects, now home to thousands of

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SAN JUAN — A blackout hit Puerto Rico’s capital and surrounding areas today after two of the U.S. commonwealth’s main power plants shut down as officials warn the power company is struggling to remain operational. The capital of San Juan was left without power, along with the neighboring municipalities of

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SAN JUAN — The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today extended through May 18 a foreclosure moratorium for certain homeowners in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which were devastated last September by Hurricane Maria. Homeowners whose mortgages are insured by the FHA will get an additional 60 days of

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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a notice extending the relief it provided last year to residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who evacuated or couldn’t return because of the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Notice 2018-19 extends the relief from last year’s Notice

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SAN JUAN — Five people have been killed and one injured in a shooting outside a bar in downtown Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican police said the incident occurred around midnight Saturday in the town of Comerio, about 19 miles southwest of San Juan. Police said that witnesses saw a group

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration’s controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria. Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a statement it was “of great interest to

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