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SAN DIEGO — Two California-based Coast Guard petty officers were honored as the 2017 active-duty and reserve enlisted person of the year for the service’s Pacific Southwest region during a ceremony Thursday in Alameda. Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holland, an active-duty maritime enforcement specialist assigned to the Coast Guard Pacific

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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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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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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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ON TARGET: Brig. Gen Dustin A. Shultz, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve 1st Mission Support Command, speaks at the Rio Piedras Rotary Club, during the club’s weekly meeting. Shultz’ speech at the Rotary Club is part of the U.S. Army Reserve 1st Mission Support Command community engagement initiative,

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POINTE BLANCHE — One inmate is being treated for several cuts after he was “seriously ill-treated” during a fight with another inmate at the Pointe Blanche prison in Sint Maarten on Thursday afternoon. Police detectives were called in to investigate after receiving the report from the prison management. Two Ambulance

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s government submitted a required fiscal plan on Thursday that excludes pension cuts and layoffs sought by a federal oversight board as legislators in the U.S. commonwealth angered by its demands debate a bill that would withhold payments for board member salaries, among other things. Gov.

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BRIDGETOWN — Barbados is in a state of chaos with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart refusing to set a date for the upcoming election. Now a group of sex workers are planning to set up their own political party. Sex worker Natalie Harewood was the first to throw her hat into the ring

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SAN JUAN — A Puerto Rico teachers union filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the island’s education department seeking to stop the U.S. territory from creating charter schools and offering private school vouchers as part of an overhaul of the education system. The lawsuit filed by the Association of Puerto Rican

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday fiercely defended his administration’s right to help steer the insolvent, storm-ravaged island out of bankruptcy after a U.S. congressman said the process should be led by the island’s creditors and federally appointed oversight board. In a scorching, 6,000-word letter delivered on Monday

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