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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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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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