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Puerto Rico Imposes Partial Shutdown

Schools closed. Building permits were on hold. Renewing a driver’s license was impossible. Many basic functions of Puerto Rico’s government were unavailable Monday as the U.S. commonwealth ran out of money and imposed a partial public-sector shutdown — putting nearly 100,000 people — including 40,000 teachers — out of work and granting an unscheduled holiday to 500,000 public school students. The shutdown — the first in Puerto Rico’s history — happened despite last-minute attempts by members of the legislature and Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila to agree on a bailout plan. Full Story

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