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In Vieques, Puerto Rico cancer rates are high. Advocates say Navy bombing may be to blame

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The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, for decades had all the makings of a tropical paradise, save for one thing: The roar of bombs blasting into the picturesque landscape.

Zaida Torres still has that sound ringing in her head. She recalls buildings trembling as if there were constant earthquakes. “It felt like a war zone – and there was no war,” says Torres, 69, a lifelong resident of the island.

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