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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers not to purchase or use two weight loss products – Jenesis and Oasis Bee Pollen. The products are promoted and sold for weight loss on www.beeextremelyamazed.com and www.beefitamy.com. They are also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

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  The Miss Universe 2015 pageant concluded Sunday in a goof-up that had the organizers wrongly crowning the contestant from Colombia. Host Steve Harvey later apologized on air for his mistake in announcing Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner of the competition instead of the real winner, Miss Philippines. Colombia’s Gutiérrez

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RECALLED: Dove Chocolate Snowflakes HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey – A recall was issued on Friday for Dove-brand chocolate snowflakes sold at Wal-Mart that might be mixed in with Snickers, Milky Way or Twix pieces. They could be dangerous for customers with peanut allergies who aren’t expecting the bag to contain nuts,

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         ARRESTED: Winston Berkley  FREDERIKSTED – Two men were arrested after olice and marshals teamed up in a joint initiative known as “Operation Curfew” to seize a large cache of weapons Saturday morning. The Virgin Islands Police Department and Superior Court Marshals Service found 114 marijuana plants

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 Linval Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Vikings’ injured defensive corps didn’t make much progress this week with two of their three top players ruled out and the other questionable for today’s game against Chicago. Nose tackle Linval Joseph (foot) was listed as questionable but could

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   ARRESTED: Daniel Carino of Whim FREDERIKSTED – Police arrested a 33-year-old St. Croix man for shooting a 52-year-old man at a garbage dump in Concordia Saturday evening, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Daniel Carino of Estate Whim was arrested and charged with first-degree assault for allegedly shooting

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          Michael “Mike” Austin CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 26-year-old St. Thomas man who was said to suffer from acute depression killed himself near Frenchman’s Bay Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 11:08 a.m. Friday to

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   Walter Murphy CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 65-year-old man drowned on a diving excursion with relatives at Water Island Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 11:08 a.m. Friday that a drowning had occurred near Water Island. Police arrived at

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By ZAID JILANI/THE INTERCEPT Caribbean nations have long served as tax havens for the world’s economic elite, with many offering so-called economic citizenship where, for large payments, one can simply buy citizenship in their countries. That can save the 1 percent a pretty penny. Overseas tax evasion costs the U.S.

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CHRISTIANSTED – Only one beach in St. Croix – near Mill Harbour Condominiums – has been deemed unfit for swimming or fishing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) in its weekly beach advisory. But DPNR admits that beaches on the other Virgin Islands were not tested at

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