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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, officials announced that 49 pregnant women tested positive for the Zika virus in New York City since April. A baby was born with microcephaly. Most of the people tested were infected when they travelled to Zika-affected areas and very few were infected due to sexual

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The ferry on fire this morning in San Juan SAN JUAN — At least 500 passengers were being evacuated this morning from a ship that caught fire about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast. The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry vessel, as

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              AUTHOR: Melanie Myers By MELANIE MYERS/Special to the V.I. Free Press NEW YORK — When music artist Kehlani posted photos of herself after her suicide attempt on Instagram, she was bombarded with backlash on the post itself as well as on Twitter and

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 MISSING TEEN: Kiara Fahie CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police on St. Thomas are asking for the public’s help to find a missing minor from the British Virgin Islands. Police said that 16-year-old Kiara Fahie was last seen on Monday, August 1 near Estate Frydenhoj wearing a long black and white animal

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DEAD: MATHIEU CARTY MARIGOT — Mathieu Carty of French St. Martin was beaten to death in his Baie Mahault prison cell in Guadeloupe last week, according to France Antilles. Seven co-detainees, reportedly in the same cell with Carty, are the prime suspects in his murder, authorities in Guadeloupe said. Carty,

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SANTO DOMINGO — At least 1,400 Americans contracted Zika while traveling outside the U.S. this year and a Caribbean island nation is one of the top destinations where they caught the virus, according to statistics released by three U.S. states. Visitors to the Dominican Republic account for more than a

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CLEVELAND — The Republican Platform Committee finished drafting a platform Tuesday that claims to propose ways to return decision making to the people, protect constitutional rights, and provide a manual for economic growth, but which does not include reference to LGBT rights. The complete text of the platform — an

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TRAPPED IN STT: Jerry Esteves MODESTO, Calif. — All Cady Esteves can do is wait for her father Jerry to come back to their California home. “I was crushed. It’s really hard knowing that he’s there and can’t do nothing about it,” Esteves told a Modesto-area TV station. The 62-year-old

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Health and Human Services’ Sylvia Burwell WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday that it would provide $742,000 to health centers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa to help address the Zika virus. The announcement comes after the House advanced a conference report to the

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By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The Caribbean island nation of Haiti is once more in a first-class political mess. Its previous elected president, Michel Martelly, a former entertainer, stepped down in February with no successor in place. On June 14, the 120-day mandate of the provisional president, Jocelerme Privert, expired, with

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