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Puerto Rican beauty queen Valerie Hernandez is crowned Miss International 2014

By Annabel Fen­wick Elliott for MailOn­line and claims her win is ‘a hard responsibility’ Valerie Her­nan­dez of Puer­to Rico has been crowned Miss Inter­na­tion­al 2014. The 21-year-old stu­dent and mod­el from Car­oli­na, Puer­to Rico, won her title at last night’s finals, the beau­ty pageant’s 54th annu­al event, held at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan. Dressed in a gold-embell­ished white gown, Ms Her­nan­dez sobbed with joy as she was offi­cial­ly crowned by Miss Inter­na­tion­al 2013 win­ner Bea San­ti­a­go of the Philip­pines. Dur­ing the ques­tion-and-answer rounds in the lead-up to the finals, Ms Her­nan­dez stat­ed, accord­ing to the...

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Puerto Rico Earthquake Causes Minor Damage

  SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico (AP) — A strong earth­quake out to sea shook Puer­to Rico ear­ly Mon­day, caus­ing minor dam­age in some places.  Some peo­ple report­ed items falling in their home and dozens said they felt build­ings sway in the cap­i­tal of San Juan, about 61 miles (98 kilo­me­ters) from the quake’s epi­cen­ter. The U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey said the quake had a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 6.4 and struck just after mid­night about 35 miles (57 kilo­me­ters) north of Hatil­lo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles (28 kilo­me­ters) deep.  Puer­to Rico’s emer­gency man­age­ment agency said there was no tsuna­mi warn­ing and that no injuries...

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Puerto Rico picks NYPD’s James Tuller as next police superintendent

  The Associated Press   Puer­to Rico is turn­ing to one of New York’s Finest to lead its trou­bled police depart­ment.  James Tuller, chief of the NYPD’s Trans­porta­tion Bureau, has been select­ed to be the next super­in­ten­dent of police by Puer­to Rico Gov. Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padil­la.… Tuller was born in New York but lived in Puer­to Rico as a child. He starts Dec...

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Puerto Rico Denies Bankruptcy Rumors, Need For Federal U.S. Intervention

By DANICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico (AP) — The gov­ern­ment of Puer­to Rico denied Tues­day that it is near bank­rupt­cy or might need U.S. fed­er­al inter­ven­tion, offer­ing those assur­ances dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with investors aimed at alle­vi­at­ing con­cerns about a recent cut in planned bond sales and the island’s con­tin­u­ing finan­cial cri­sis. Gov. Ale­jan­dro Gar­cia Padil­la said that the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry would not default on its debts as it heads into its eighth year of reces­sion. “We will do every­thing, and I repeat, every­thing that is nec­es­sary for Puer­to Rico to hon­or...

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Protecting the Caribbean Coral Reefs Is the Fed’s Affair

Tues­day, Octo­ber 15, 2013 :: Staff infoZine A fed­er­al dis­trict court has ruled that the Nation­al Marine Fish­eries Ser­vice vio­lat­ed the law by allow­ing fish­ing for deplet­ed par­rot­fish and oth­er algae-eat­ing reef fish species with­out prop­er­ly mon­i­tor­ing the fishery’s impacts on rare corals that depend on healthy fish pop­u­la­tions. San Juan, Puer­to Rico — The deci­sion came in response to an Endan­gered Species Act suit filed in Jan­u­ary 2012 by Earth­jus­tice on behalf of two con­ser­va­tion groups (CORALa­tions and the Cen­ter for Bio­log­i­cal Diver­si­ty), and Mary Adele Don­nel­ly. Local coun­sel for Earth­jus­tice on this case was Miguel Sar­ri­era, who...

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