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Protesters and police face off in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Puerto Rico riot police clashed with protesters Wednesday night, as thousands rallied for a 5th consecutive day in Old San Juan to call for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Demonstrators want Rosselló to resign over leaked messages shared on encrypted messaging app Telegram with administration members. The content was reported to include misogynistic, profane and homophobic comments, prompting 2 top officials to step down.

  • Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try and disperse protesters, according to NBC producer Annie Rose Ramos. Some demonstrators reportedly threw bricks, glass and fireworks at officers, she said. Tensions eased early on Thursday, according to the producer.
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After a peaceful day of demonstrations, the situation becomes tense in Old San Juan Wednesday night. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Demonstrators protest in front of the Capitol Building in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images
Singer Ricky Martin (C), rapper Rene Perez, aka Residente, (R) and singer Bud Bunny (top) at the San Juan protest. Photo: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators in San Juan. Photo: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images
Many protesters have displayed signs calling out the misogynistic and homophobic content of the leaked messages. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images
The protests have continued well into the evening. Photo: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images

This article has been updated with more details on the protesters' clashes with police, and with more photos.

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Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Texas Republicans pass new congressional maps in their favor

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The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

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North Korea's military fires another ballistic missile into sea

A woman in Seoul, South Korea, walks past a television image if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

North Korea's military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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