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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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SANTO DOMINGO — A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter rescue crew hoisted four boaters to safety Thursday afternoon, after their 47-foot sailing catamaran started to sink in the Silver Banks fishing area, approximately 80 nautical miles north of the Dominican Republic. Rescued are four men, three citizens of the United States and

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CHRISTIANSTED – Two different service stations are tied for having the lowest price for gasoline on St. Croix, according to the latest survey of gas stations by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. Five Corners Service Station at 1-C Little Princesse and the In n’ Out Service Station at

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department is asking the public to re-examine the events that led to two people being murdered earlier this year. If anyone has any information about the two murders, one that happened earlier this year and one from 2013, please contact the VIPD or Crimestoppers.

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI – A New Zealand boat captain found guilty of the manslaughter of two passengers on a pleasure cruise in the British Virgin Islands has walked free from court. After a lengthy and often emotional trial, Stephen Fossi, 47, was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter

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SAN JUAN – Federal authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating the origin of almost a half-ton of cocaine seized last week from a shipping container at San Juan port, officials said Saturday. In a statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers found 910 pounds (413 kilograms) of cocaine

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MIAMI — A cruise ship on the weekend rescued 16 Cuban migrants trying to sail to the United States on a homemade raft, the U.S. Coast Guard told EFE Sunday. The rafters were taken on board the Carnival Sensation before being turned over to authorities in Cozumel, Mexico, the Carnival

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CRUZ BAY — The crew of the Hokule‘a arrived at St. John on Sunday morning, marking the latest stop on the Hawaiian voyaging canoe’s three-year worldwide tour. It was the canoe’s first landing in a U.S. territory since leaving Pago Pago, American Samoa, in October 2014. The 12-person crew left

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IT IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE FOR MARCO RUBIO TED ‘CALGARY’ CRUZ WAS STILL BORN IN CANADA THE COSMETIC VIEW FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS By JOHN McCARTHY/Virgin Islands Free Press It’s interesting that the nattering nabobs of negativity say that Cruz and Rubio can’t win the Republican nomination but Kasich

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SAN JUAN — Leilani Dominicci has all the typical worries of pregnant women plus a new one spreading across Puerto Rico: the fear she will become infected with the Zika virus and put her baby at risk. Her unease has escalated so much that the 38-year-old attorney barely leaves her

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CAIRO – Egypt is to extradite a Frenchman to the Dominican Republic for his alleged involvement in the escape of two pilots sentenced to prison in a drugs case, an official said Saturday. The prosecution ordered the extradition of Christophe Naudin, a criminologist and aviation security expert who was arrested

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