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Small plane crashes into sea off outlying Puerto Rican island, killing single occupant

  SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — A small plane crashed into the sea ear­ly Sun­day off an out­ly­ing Puer­to Rican island and the sin­gle occu­pant was killed, author­i­ties said.  The twin-engine plane was head­ed from the tiny island of Cule­bra to a region­al air­port on Puer­to Rico short­ly after day­break when it went down, state­ment said.  The pilot’s body was recov­ered by a police mar­itime unit that locat­ed a small debris field of fuse­lage. Police iden­ti­fied the pilot as Leo­nis Viouf, a 36-year-old res­i­dent of the cen­tral Puer­to Rican town of Caguas.  The plane belonged to Air Fla­men­co, and...

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National Shipping of America Expands San Juan Service

JOC Staff | Oct 03, 2013   Nation­al Ship­ping of Amer­i­ca has expand­ed its Isla Verde Express ser­vice with the addi­tion of a south­bound call at Port Ever­glades in Flori­da. The expan­sion pro­vides a con­nec­tion between the U.S. main­land and Puer­to Rico with a two-day tran­sit time. Pre­vi­ous­ly, the ser­vice, which was launched ear­li­er this year, offered a direct route between Hous­ton and San Juan, Puer­to Rico, on a fort­night­ly basis. The port rota­tion now is Hous­ton, Port Ever­glades, San Juan and back to Hous­ton. The addi­tion of the Port Ever­glades call does not impact south­bound tran­sit times between...

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Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes

  SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — The man whose research team dis­cov­ered the Titan­ic ship­wreck is now lead­ing a mis­sion to inves­ti­gate major faults and under­wa­ter vol­ca­noes in the north­ern and east­ern Caribbean to col­lect infor­ma­tion that could help man­age nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. Robert Bal­lard is over­see­ing 31 sci­en­tists who will set out Fri­day using remote­ly oper­at­ed vehi­cles to explore the Septen­tri­on­al and oth­er faults and under­wa­ter for­ma­tions around Puer­to Rico, the U.S. Vir­gin Islands and the east­ern Caribbean islands of Domini­ca and Montser­rat. The Septen­tri­on­al fault lies along the bor­der of the Caribbean and North Amer­i­can tec­ton­ic plates. “It’s...

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US officials crackdown on high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Fed­er­al agents will start tar­get­ing high-lev­el drug traf­fick­ers in Puer­to Rico with intel­li­gence gath­ered dur­ing a three-month blitz on crim­i­nal activ­i­ty in the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty said Thurs­day.  The cam­paign is part of a fed­er­al oper­a­tion that began in July 2012 with help from local author­i­ties that focus­es on the smug­gling of drugs, weapons, mon­ey and migrants.  The agency says agents have seized a total of 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilo­grams) of drugs, con­fis­cat­ed hun­dreds of firearms and arrest­ed more than 320 sus­pect­ed crim­i­nals who will be pros­e­cut­ed at fed­er­al and local levels.“We...

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Puerto Rico reveals record deficit from FY 2012

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — Gov­ern­ment offi­cials have revealed that Puer­to Rico’s over­all deficit stood at a record $39 bil­lion in the past fis­cal year, adding to gloom over the econ­o­my.   The fig­ure was made pub­lic late Mon­day in an annu­al audit­ed report that Puer­to Rico is required to sub­mit to fed­er­al offi­cials who over­see the munic­i­pal secu­ri­ties mar­ket. It’s a $5.4 bil­lion increase from the 2011 fis­cal year and comes as the U.S. ter­ri­to­ry strug­gles to emerge from a sev­en-year reces­sion. “The num­bers are trans­par­ent and demon­strate the crit­i­cal state of the government’s finances,” Jaime Perel­lo, pres­i­dent...

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