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BEIJING – China’s state-run oil refiner Sinopec Corp. has purchased its first ever batch of U.S. crude oil for export, a source told Reuters on Thursday, a landmark transaction after the ending of a four-decade ban on domestic exports. The cargo, due to be loaded from a Gulf Coast port

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                        Rep. Stacey Plaskett WASHINGTON – The Virgin Islands Free Press reported on Dec. 29, 2015 that the Virgin Islands government was facing a Jan. 10, 2016 deadline for REAL ID. Soon after, the other media in the territory

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  CONVICTED: Rohan Myers of Jamaica FORT LAUNDERDALE – A Jamaican national who crammed more than 6.5 pounds of cocaine into his long-legged compression underwear in an unsuccessful drug-smuggling attempt was sentenced Wednesday to 2.5 years in federal prison. Rohan Myers, 40, was arrested in September at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International

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  FROST BIT? Linval Joseph of St. Croix EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – St. Croix’s Linval Joseph is expected to start in the Vikings playoff game against Seattle at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. Nose tackle Joseph, who missed last weekend’s victory at Green Bay because of a nagging toe injury,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Slate online magazine has singled out the U.S. Virgin Islands for its “horrifying” treatment of the mentally ill. Slate says that “25 percent of the prison population” in the territory is comprised of people who are mentally ill. An NPR report from 2007 noted that “the U.S.

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BEAST MODE: Marshawn Lynch expected to play EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The 2015-2016 NFL football season is over for Vikings starting nose tackle Linval Joseph. Not because of a nagging foot injury that has forced him to miss three out of the last four games. But because Minnesota plays the

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NEW YORK – Speculation that ABC would yank its affiliation with WSVI-TV Channel 8 has been rife since at least 2011. And confirmation that it has finally happened came in the form of the programming that is being scrolled on Innovative Cable TV – there is no ABC programming scheduled

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           Jill and Joe Biden in St. Croix CHRISTIANSTED — Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be ringing in 2016 in tropical style. The couple is heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday for a holiday vacation, the White House announced

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WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has advised consumers not to purchase or use two weight loss products – Jenesis and Oasis Bee Pollen. The products are promoted and sold for weight loss on www.beeextremelyamazed.com and www.beefitamy.com. They are also promoted on the firm’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts.

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  ATLANTA – Each week during the flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes “Flu View,” a weekly report of the flu’s impact. During week 47 (November 22-28, 2015), influenza activity increased slightly but remained low overall, according to the report. The following findings are included

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