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              Head Judge Vanessa Williams ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss South Carolina won the swimsuit competition and Miss Iowa won the talent portion of the first night of preliminaries in the Miss America pageant on Tuesday. Daja Dial of South Carolina won the swimsuit contest, while Taylor Wiebers of Iowa won

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           Rainbow Beach in St. Croix FREDERIKSTED – The fourth drowning death on St. Croix in less than 30 days was reported on Labor Day, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Rainbow Beach – located on the island’s West End – to investigate the

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SAN ANTONIO – Tiny hurricane-tracking satellites that are being assembled in a “clean room” at Southwest Research Institute and are the size of carry-on suitcases soon could help scientists better understand dangerous storms and aid forecasters in assessing their destructive threat. Unlike other weather instruments, the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite

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   Julius Jackson of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – While the Premier Boxing Champions slate of 21 cards on Fox Sports 1 kicks off on Tuesday night (9 ET) in Hollywood, California, with former junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) taking on Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KOs) in

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Carnival Liberty’s own shipboard sprinkler system extinguished a fire aboard the vessel while it was docked in the St. Thomas harbor, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. The fire was first reported at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the engine room of the ship. Carnival Cruises released a statement shortly after the

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        Gov. Andrew Cuomo with Gov. Kenneth Mapp           NEW YORK – On a warm, cloudless Labor Day morning, the fast beats of soca blended with the NYPD band playing a steel drum version of Bob Marley’s “One Love” as floats inched down Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights for the start

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                    D’mari Jahcoi Heyliger CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. D’mari Jahcoi Heyliger pleaded guilty Monday in District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and

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CHRISTIANSTED – There was a shootout between a man sitting in his vehicle outside a pizzeria and two men inside attempting to rob it at gunpoint, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 9:53 p.m. Friday of an attempted armed robbery at

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What the car looked like after the shooting MID-ISLAND, St. Croix – A 32-year-old man was found by police laying in the street with gunshot wounds after crawling out of his vehicle near Kingshill Lutheran Church after his vehicle had been struck by multiple rounds of gunfire about an hour before noon on

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         Hospital Ground in St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two men survived the multiple gunshot wounds they sustained near the Hospital Ground Fish Market early Saturday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police at 4 a.m. Saturday that two men were being

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