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Puerto Rico: Island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean
Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

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DEA Gets 'Black Eye' With Arrest Of Its Own Allegedly Extraordinarily Corrupt Agent

Newser reports Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday at their home near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 46-year-old agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration faces a 19-count federal..

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Cases have been reported in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York has reported the most deaths.
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The U.S. had more than 35,200 confirmed cases and 471 deaths across 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as of early Monday.
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Puerto Rico oversight board to ask for delay in debt restructuring due to coronavirus

Puerto Rico's federally created financial oversight board will ask a court to delay the U.S. commonwealth's debt restructuring hearing due to the coronavirus outbreak, it said on Saturday.
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Puerto Rico Imposes Curfew, Shuts Businesses Over Coronavirus

In one of the most serious U.S. crackdowns yet over Covid-19, the governor ordered most businesses on the island to shut down. Other U.S. cities were imposing control measures of their own.
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Rafael Cancel Miranda, Gunman in ’54 Attack on Congress, Dies at 89

He and three others opened fire on a crowded House chamber in the cause of Puerto Rican independence. Some saw him as a terrorist, others as a hero.
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Months After Puerto Rico Earthquakes, Thousands Are Still Living Outside

In the past week alone, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network registered 43 “significant” quakes, leaving many people fearful of going home. More than 8,000 houses have been damaged.
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Killing of Transgender Homeless Woman Sparks Outrage in Puerto Rico

Alexa Negrón Luciano was shot to death hours after a McDonald’s customer complained that Ms. Negrón had spied on her in the women’s room.
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$2.6 Million for Puerto Rico’s Pension Fund Went to Hackers Instead

A forged message tricked government workers into wiring money to the wrong bank account, officials said.
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Puerto Rico oversight board eyes bankruptcy exit by year-end

Puerto Rico's long-running bankruptcy could cross the finish line by the end of the year under a schedule proposed by the U.S. commonwealth's federally created financial oversight board, according to a..
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Deal reached to cut bankrupt Puerto Rico's debt by $24 billion

Puerto Rico would shed about $24 billion of debt and move closer to exiting bankruptcy under an agreement with bondholders announced on Sunday by the U.S. commonwealth's federally-created financial..
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Why Some Black Puerto Ricans Choose ‘White’ on the Census

The island has a long history of encouraging residents to identify as white, but there are growing efforts to raise awareness about racism.
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U.S. House approves $4.7 billion disaster aid, tax breaks for Puerto Rico

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, reeling from severe earthquakes last month and still struggling to recover from devastating hurricanes in 2017, would get nearly $4.7 billion in new aid under..
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After Disasters, Puerto Ricans Are Left With $1.6 Billion in Unpaid Insurance Claims

Homeowners and cities say they’re getting pennies on the dollar. Some insurers have gone out of business. Lawsuits and claims of fraud — on both sides — are flying.
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In the Afro-Caribbean heart of Puerto Rico, locals fight erosion, government indifference

Loíza, Puerto Rico, is filled with palm trees, unassuming bars, bomba music, beautiful beaches — and strong-willed locals who refuse to be forgotten.
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5.0 earthquake strikes near Puerto Rico

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near the south coast of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
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Explainer: How the path to the Democratic presidential nomination is different in 2020

The Democratic Party will officially nominate a 2020 presidential candidate at its convention in July, a process that begins on Monday with the Iowa caucuses and ends with the Puerto Rico primary in..
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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes Puerto Rico amid ongoing aftershocks

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday, following a series of quakes that have rocked the island over the last few weeks.
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Video Reveals Unused Earthquake Aid in Puerto Rico: ‘We Are Outraged’

The governor dismissed three members of her cabinet, but some Puerto Ricans still took to the streets in protest.
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Trump declares Puerto Rico quake disaster, ties strings to relief

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a major disaster in earthquake-hit Puerto Rico, boosting aid to the island a day after placing tougher restrictions on billions of dollars in delayed..
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House to Vote on Disaster Aid Package for Puerto Rico After Earthquakes

Lawmakers challenged President Trump’s reluctance to send more aid to Puerto Rico, unveiling $3.35 billion in funding.
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Trump to sign disaster declaration for quake-hit Puerto Rico - U.S. Congress representative

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a major disaster declaration for quake-hit Puerto Rico on Thursday, the island’s nonvoting representative to the U.S. Congress, Jenniffer Gonzalez, wrote in a..
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Trump Attaches Severe Restrictions to Puerto Rico’s Long-Delayed Disaster Aid

Days after the island was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, the White House released billions in aid but tacked on limits to how it can be spent.
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Quake-hit Puerto Rico to get $8.2 billion in delayed U.S. aid

Puerto Rico will be allowed access to $8.2 billion in delayed disaster-aid funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the island's non-voting member of the U.S. Congress..
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Puerto Rico to be given access to $8.2 billion in blocked disaster aid funding: Politico

Puerto Rico will be allowed access to $8.2 billion in blocked disaster aid funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Politico reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar..
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Puerto Rican bees are abandoning hives as weeks of earthquakes disrupt colonies, experts said, raising concerns that a subspecies seen as a possible solution to the global bee crisis could take another..
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Visiting Puerto Rico, Cuomo Attacks Trump’s Response to Earthquakes

“Once again, the federal government hasn’t showed up the way they should,” the New York governor said.
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Power back on, but thousands still homeless, in quake-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's public power utility said on Monday it has restored electricity to almost all the island, nearly a week after the strongest earthquake in more than a century knocked out all power and..
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New 5.9 Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico, Causing More Power Outages

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As Lights Flicker Back On in Puerto Rico, Officials Say 3 More Have Died

Three people died of heart attacks, in addition to one man killed by a falling wall during the magnitude-6.4 earthquake.
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950 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico so far this year. Why? Blame it on an 'earthquake swarm'

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake – and 950 smaller ones – have hit Puerto Rico in the first 10 days of January 2020. So why is this happening?
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After quake, Puerto Rico governor says power should be back by Monday

Puerto Rico's governor said power should be fully restored across the island by Monday after the worst earthquake in over a century knocked out its biggest generating plant and left nearly all 3..
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Some Puerto Ricans are living precariously on the edges of roads, uncertain about a post-earthquake future.
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Puerto Rico's biggest power plant could be offline for a year, executive warns

Puerto Rico's top energy executive on Thursday warned that the U.S territory's largest power plant could remain off line for up to a year because of earthquake damage, evoking memories of lengthy power..
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