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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...

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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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Puerto Rico health secretary resigns after bacteria outbreak

  By The Associated Press September 13, 2013 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s health secretary has resigned after officials revealed that a recent bacteria outbreak forced the temporary closure of a hospital’s intensive care unit. The secretary, Dr. Francisco Joglar, said in his Friday statement that people’s welfare has always been his priority. His comments come days after the epidemiology director of the island’s health department said at least 10 patients at the University of Puerto Rico Hospital in the northern city of Carolina were carrying the bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. All 10 died from May to July,...

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Many bridges in Puerto Rico considered risky

By DANICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s salty ocean air is corroding dozens of bridges across the U.S. territory, continually weakening the structures and posing a challenge for officials trying to prioritize which ones to repair first. The island has 31 bridges considered fracture critical and structurally deficient, according to a review of federal data by The Associated Press. The fracture critical designation means those bridges have no redundant protection and could collapse if just one vital component fails. Javier Ramos, director of Puerto Rico’s Road Authority, said that while officials are planning to...

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