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SPECIAL REPORT ON PUERTO RICO PLEBISCITE By NICK BROWN and TRACY RUCINSKI Reuters News Service SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday said the island’s vote in favor of becoming a U.S. state, despite low voter turnout and widespread boycotts, was “a fair and open” process that U.S. Congress

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MOMENTS MADE FOR HAND SANITIZERS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp gives U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a hearty handshake just before he asks him if his signature can appear on U.S. dollar bills alongside Mnuchin’s own. CHARLOTTE AMALIE —  Gov. Kenneth Mapp met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin earlier this week

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51ST STATE IS PUERTO RICO? Not if President Donald Trump and the 115th U.S. Congress have any say in the matter. People across the mainland view today’s vote as a desperate appeal to have the United States financially bail out the fiscally-hurting American commonwealth that the U.S. acquired during the

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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN THE REGION: Nearly half of them go to waste, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). SANTIAGO, Chile – Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean announced their interest in promoting an international code of conduct to serve as a global guideline to

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MEETING OF THE MINDS: Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that he was able to secure $704,000 from the federal government to improve the infrastructure of the territory. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula and other officials met with Gov. Kenneth Mapp to discuss issues facing

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GIFT OF GAB: Gov. Kenneth Mapp was careful not to mention violent crime spiraling out of control in the territory nor the number of people fleeing the Virgin Islands due to a lack of meaningful employment and entertainment options. SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Political status, the minimum wage, economic opportunities and St.

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RESCUE AND RECOVERY MISSION: Puerto Rican authorities used scuba divers to search for the missing and dead after a plane from a commuter airline crashed near a crowded beach in Piñones. SAN JUAN — Puerto Rican authorities have identified a girl who died in a small plane crash as 15-year-old Molly

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PINONES PLANE CRASH – The choppy beach at Piñones on the north coast of Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean. Beach goers swam out to the crash site to rescue the injured and bring the dead teen-ager to shore. SAN JUAN — A teenage girl from the United States mainland who

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WHAT DID THEY KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT? A source familiar with the COFINA creditors’ thinking said the group wants to depose Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, one of his key advisers Elias Sanchez, and AAFAF’s director, Gerardo Portela. By NICK BROWN/Reuters News Service SAN JUAN — Senior creditors

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       SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS: Rhasheel Charles CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was ordered by a federal judge to serve five years in prison for trying to take eight pounds of cocaine from here to Florida and being part of a larger drug smuggling conspiracy, according to

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