SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Labor unions are calling for an island-wide strike and a march near the capital on Thursday to protest government layoffs in Puerto Rico, where more than 20,000 public employees have been dismissed as the island struggles to pull out of a three-year recession.
At least 100,000 protesters are expected to converge on Plaza las Americas, the Caribbean's largest shopping center, in the biggest of several demonstrations across the U.S. territory, according to organizers.
"A huge mass of people will paralyze the country," said Juan Vera, a spokesman for the coalition All of Puerto Rico for Puerto Rico.
The protests are a response to the layoffs ordered this year by Gov. Luis Fortuno to help close a $3.2 billion deficit. The government announced last month that nearly 17,000 people will be dismissed in the latest round of cuts.
The territory has a jobless rate of 15 percent – higher than any U.S. state – and analysts say it is certain to rise once the layoffs take effect in November.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Police in Puerto Rico say three teenage boys have been found shot to death on a basketball court in a northern coastal town near the U.S. territory's capital.
Spokeswoman Maria del Pilar Bon says the boys have not been identified but appear to range in age from 15 to 16.
Del Pilar says the boys were slain Wednesday afternoon in Loiza. The town lies just east of San Juan.
Police say 660 homicides have been reported this year in Puerto Rico, 56 more than in the same period last year.
Colton Harris-Moore's rap sheet already spans a good chunk of the teenager's life, including convictions for theft, burglary, malicious mischief and other crimes.
But the list may be growing longer by the week, authorities say, as the 18-year-old eludes officials on a crime spree they believe includes store break-ins, boat thefts and even joyrides in airplanes.
"He's more than a menace," said Bill Cumming, the sheriff in San Juan County, where authorities say he may be to blame for 14 thefts and burglaries on their islands. "He's an incredible liability to people's safety."
In 2004, at age 12, Harris-Moore was convicted of possessing stolen property in Snohomish County. Over the next three years came convictions for theft, burglary, malicious mischief, and assault, among other crimes.
In 2007, the boy was sentenced to three years in a juvenile lockup after pleading guilty to three burglary counts in Island County. But he fled the minimum-security facility in April 2008.