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Bankrupt Puerto Rico Voting on U.S. Statehood

The 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the Caribbean island of Puerto Ricans will vote today, for the fifth time, on a non-binding referendum to become independent or to apply to be America’s 51st state, despite already declaring bankruptcy last month.

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen on the forearm of a health technician in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

Pandemic Risk: Zika Mosquitos in 129 California Cities

The mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus have reportedly appeared in 129 California cities. With cold winter weather the only major obstacle to the Zika virus becoming America’s first pandemic since the 1957 Asian Flu, ground zero for a potential pandemic is now the West Coast.

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Obama Appoints Puerto Rico Control Board after Bond Default

The Obama administration has picked seven people to serve on a financial control board overseeing the restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt burden and $43 billion unfunded pension liability. Under congressional legislation signed after the island

Miami Fights Zika with Aerial Insecticide as Homegrown Cases Total 15

Miami-Dade County officials have announced that they will use aerial insecticides in affected neighborhoods of Miami to combat the Zika virus, though such measures are typically only marginally effective in killing aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for carrying Zika. The number of mosquito-contracted local cases of infection has now risen to 15.

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CDC: 234 Pregnant Women in America Carrying Zika Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed that six infants have been born in U.S. states with birth defects following their mother’s infection with the Zika virus. 234 women in the continental United States have tested positive for Zika.

Obama: ‘Only Congress’ Can Fix Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

In his weekly address released Saturday morning, President Barack Obama Puerto Rico’s economic crisis by asking Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to give Puerto Rico the tools it needs to restructure its $2 billion debt. Transcript as follows: Hi, everybody.  Today, I

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House Passes Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Legislation

The U.S. House passed the “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act” (PROMESA) debt crisis legislation on Thursday by a 297-127 vote. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where there appears to be a similar level of bipartisan support for approval.

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