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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rican boat captain was sentenced to a half year in prison and will lose his boat after he knowingly transporting illegal aliens for “commercial advantage or private financial gain,” authorities said. Arturo Serrano-Arizmendi, 27, of Culebra, Puerto Rico, was sentenced Thursday after being convicted of

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GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight other people and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island. The quake was followed by a series of strong aftershocks, part of a 10-day series of temblors spawned

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SAN JUAN — A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn today, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. commonwealth that has been shaking for the past week. There were no immediate reports of

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SAN JUAN — A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico on Thursday in the latest of a rare string of quakes that has frightened many in the U.S. commonwealth. The most recent quake occurred eight miles south of Guayanilla at a shallow depth of four miles and was felt in the

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SAN JUAN — Oriental Bank completed the acquisition of the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands operations of Scotiabank on December 31, 2019. Upon closing, Scotiabank’s Puerto Rico and USVI operations will further strengthen Oriental’s position as the premier retail bank in Puerto Rico. Oriental will have a well-diversified loan

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SAN JUAN — The former president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives pleaded guilty today in a 2017 corruption case in which he was ordered to pay a fine but will not face prison time. Jaime Perelló entered his plea as part of an agreement with the government following an

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SAN JUAN — An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 shook the southwest areas of Puerto Rico early this morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The seismic focus was located 6.2 miles (10 km) underground and the epicenter was recorded 1.86 miles (3 km) southwest of Indios, Puerto Rico. An

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week. The move brought cautious rejoicing in the cockfighting business despite concerns

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Puerto Rican man who mailed 4.4 pounds of cocaine to himself in Tampa by the U.S. mail was arrested at the St. Thomas airport over the weekend, authorities said. Juan Marrero, alias “Juan Marrero-Sanchez,” 24, appeared Monday before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller for an advice of

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WASHINGTON — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech and Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Director Nik Pula will be in the U.S. Virgin Islands next week from November 12 – 14, the U.S. Interior Department said. Domenech and Pula will be on St. Croix and St.

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