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Puerto Rico votes to become the 51st US state

Amidst all the Obama re-election hoopla, you might have missed it: Puerto Rico voted on Tuesday in a referendum to become the 51st state, in a move that might entail some dramatic changes in elementary school geography books.

Luring Puerto Rican addicts to the Bronx

NEW YORK CITY — For much of a century, the flight routes connecting Puerto Rico and New York City have been busy with Puerto Ricans in search of a better life. But more recently, they also became a thoroughfare for drug users seeking a cure — albeit a controversial one — for their addictions.

Boat sinking Dominican Rep's "worst people smuggling tragedy" in years

Officials described the sinking as the Dominican Republic’s worst people smuggling tragedy in years.

Fisherman from Puerto Rico survives 20 days at sea

Jose Luis Mendez, a Puerto Rican fisherman, survived 20 days lost at sea, the Associated Press reported.

US report on Vieques says there's no cancer threat

The US blames the fish. But local scientists aren't buying that. Neither are the sick residents.
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Whether or not their campaign made people sick, the U.S. Navy was never popular in Vieques. When they left in 2003, hundreds of protestors then rushed onto the former Navy area, destroying vehicles, burning flags and attacking buildings. (Gerald Lopez-Cepero/Getty Images/Getty Images)

For 60 years, the US Navy has used the island of Vieques, a tiny spot near Puerto Rico, as a bombing range.

And for a long time, people who live there have complained about health problems. Like cancer.

The US stopped its campaign in 2003, and issued a reported that said there was no real risk to the people there.


Coquí llanero, tiny frog, should be endangered species, say U.S. officials

U.S. officials want to save coquí llanero, a frog the size of a toenail.
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A tree frog sits on a branch in Owings, Maryland, June 8, 2005. (Mark Wilson/AFP/Getty Images)

A teeny tiny frog the size of a toenail is under threat, and U.S. officials are trying to come to the rescue.

U.S. environmental officials are working to give the coquí llanero frog, a Puerto Rican tree frog, protection by listing it as an endangered species, the Associated Press reports.

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The coqui llanero frog is so tiny -- about 15 millimeters long -- and has a pitch so high, it's not being heard.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP Tuesday that it wants to designate 600 acres of wetlands in Puerto Rico as the frog's habitat. The land is currently being managed by the U.S. Department of Defense, which has tagged it for residential development, as well as the local government.

Giving the frog endangered species designation would mean the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agency must be consulted before development occurs in the area.

"The tiny coquí llanero is finally on the verge of getting the protection it so desperately needs to survive,” Jaclyn Lopez, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Critical Endangered Species Act protection can’t come too soon, with threats to the coquí’s limited habitat mounting quickly."

The agency has photos of the tiny frog on their website.

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