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WASHINGTON — The Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group, has asked the Federal Election Commission to probe Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to a Virgin Islands fundraiser, Politico reports, and is also urging the department’s inspector general to investigate a “pattern of violations” of ethics regulations. “In his short time in office, Secretary Zinke’s

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SAN JUAN  — Puerto Rico’s governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration’s controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria. Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a statement it was “of great interest to

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WASHINGTON — The White House announced today that President Donald Trump has authorized an extension of the disaster declaration in Puerto Rico. Under the extension, the island will receive 90 more days of federal funding for “debris removal” and 60 more days of funding for “emergency protective measures,” to help continue

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SAN JUAN — Arecibo Observatory, which is the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is under new management. A group led by the University of Central Florida will take over the operations of the telescope from the National Science Foundation, which was considering shutting down the observatory. The telescope’s fate had

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NEW YORK — The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will need to take painful actions to restore their economies amid the hurricane devastation, New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said Thursday. The island territories, especially Puerto Rico, already faced dire economic realities even before hurricanes slammed into them early

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LYNN, Mass. — A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Massachusetts man after more than three years on the run, prosecutors said. Hector Radame Diaz Emiliano, also known as Nelson J. Rodriguez Figueroa and Abismael Xxxgerena, was held without bail Tuesday after pleading not

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MIAMI — A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Bahamas on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A prominent British politician has accused Her Majesty’s overseas territories of undermining the security services by helping North Korea dodge U.S. sanctions. Margaret Hodge, a former chair of parliament’s public accounts committee, said it was “bonkers” that companies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Anguilla

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s beleaguered electric utility has received court approval to borrow $300 million to help pay expenses, well below the $1.3 billion initially sought but enough to avert power outages it had warned about. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved the loan which

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Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) poses with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) By STACEY PLASKETT, VIRGIN ISLANDS DELEGATE TO CONGRESS SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS In the early morning hours of February 9th, members of Congress approved a two-year budget package to fund the federal government.  The package also provided

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