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Grant to fund Xavier disaster related contracts initiative

Dec. 15, 2018 10:18 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana says it has received a $465,894 grant to help minority businesses better prepare for disasters and their aftermath. The historically black, Catholic university in New Orleans says in a news release that the grant was awarded by the Minority Business...

Judge: No Puerto Rico trip for convicted ex-county official

Dec. 14, 2018 2:09 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina official guilty of conspiring to defraud the federal government cannot go on vacation to Puerto Rico this month. The Asheville Citizen Times reports a federal judge on Tuesday denied the request by former Buncombe County assistant manager Jon Creighton, who is...

Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories

Dec. 12, 2018 6:21 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Congress on Wednesday gave final passage to legislation that would shut down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ending an institution dating from the colonial era that generates millions of dollars each year. Opponents of the...

6 charged in '11 killing of US bank executive in Puerto Rico

Dec. 12, 2018 1:08 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities announced Wednesday that they have solved the high-profile killing of a New Jersey banking executive slain more than seven years ago in a drive-by shooting on one of Puerto Rico's busiest highways. Suspected drug traffickers targeted Maurice Spagnoletti in...

Puerto Rico to hire crews, fix 106K streetlights post-Maria

Dec. 10, 2018 6:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's power company said Monday that it plans to hire private firms to repair some 106,000 streetlights across the U.S. territory that remain in the dark more than a year after Hurricane Maria. Carlos Alvarado, technical operations chief for the island's Electric Power...

Puerto Rico overhauls tax laws to help workers, businesses

Dec. 10, 2018 2:54 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor signed a bill on Monday to overhaul the U.S. territory's tax laws in a bid to attract foreign investment and help workers and some business owners amid a 12-year recession. The bill creates an earned income tax credit, reduces a sales tax on prepared food...

48 arrested at Yale protest over fossil fuel investments

Dec. 8, 2018 1:39 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University police have arrested 48 people who were protesting the Ivy League school's investments in fossil fuel companies and its Puerto Rico debt holdings. The arrests came during a sit-in demonstration Friday inside Yale's investment office as more than 300 students and...

2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers

Dec. 7, 2018 2:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have "credible allegations" of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s. Jesuits West, which covers 10 western...

The Latest: Jesuits list 153 with credible abuse claims

Dec. 7, 2018 1:53 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the release of names of accused Jesuits by two provinces (all times local): 1 p.m. Two Catholic Jesuit provinces covering nearly half the U.S. have released the names of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were the subjects of "credible allegations" of sexual...

Explosion at Dominican plastics company kills 5, injures 66

Dec. 6, 2018 3:06 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Thursday that the death toll from an explosion at a plastics company rose to five and they continued searching for at least one missing worker. Meanwhile, the number of injured rose to 66, with five people in critical condition...