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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A far-reaching, three-year FBI investigation brought operatives of a drug-peddling Mexican cartel into New England to talk business with undercover agents in Boston, St. Thomas and New Hampshire. There is video of the secretly-recorded meetings, showing new insight into the international investigation that led to the indictment

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SAO PAULO – Tim Sheldon, President of Caribbean and Latin America operations at Marriott International announced Tuesday an expected 75 percent increase in Marriott’s Caribbean and Latin American distribution between 2015 and 2018 including a tripling of the company’s presence in Brazil with the addition of 11 new hotels in

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Historian George Tyson CHRISTIANSTED – A collection of slavery records available over the Internet could help thousands of people trace their families back to Africa through St. Croix, which is a former slave-trading hub in the Caribbean. The records, which went online at ancestry.com, already have helped Susan Samuel of

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SAN ANTONIO – The main event of Premier Boxing Champions from Cowboys Dancehall Jose Uzcategui stop Julius Jackson 45 seconds into the second round. Mexico-based Venezuelan Uzcategui got off to a blistering start, dropping Jackson three times in the first round. “Our plan was to go round by round, but

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SAN JUAN – Seven men and two women have been indicted for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, access devices fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Secret Service is in charge of the investigation,

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SAN JUAN – Dr. Aníbal Pagán-Romero, a general practitioner with a clinic in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, was found guilty Monday on all counts of an 82 count indictment charging 21 conspiracies and 61 individual counts of mail fraud from a scheme to defraud the American Life Assurance Company of Columbus,

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SAN JUAN – U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos López authorized a criminal complaint charging Joseph Neil Bronson, Jr. with one count of Attempted Sex Trafficking of Children, said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) is in charge of the investigation. According to the information

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        U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three Bank of America units can fend off negligence claims over bad tax advice the bank and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC allegedly gave on a $219 million Virgin Islands bond offering, but two BOA affiliates must face related claims, a

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MINNEAPOLIS – General Mills has recalled nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios after announcing the breakfast cereal might have been contaminated with wheat. The recall includes 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cherrios affected by “an isolated incident” at the company’s facility in Lodi, Calif., “that resulted in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A man who said he was shot Monday evening near Frydenhoj ballpark was given a police escort to the hospital, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Police received notification about 6:13 p.m. Monday that a man had been shot in the area of Estate Frydenhoj, the

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