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MAPP’S RESPONSE: ‘I am the Walrus, Coo Coo Ca Choo’ CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The effects of emergency legislation for Puerto Rico have rippled roughly 40 miles east to St. Thomas. The Virgin Islands was downgraded deeper into junk territory by credit rating agency Fitch on Monday, while bonds backed by

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MIAMI — Two tropical disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean may become tropical depressions or storms, with one of them threatening to drench the Caribbean with heavy rain whether or not it develops further. Invest 99-L and Invest 90-L are behind what used to be Tropical Storm Fiona. It’s Invest 99-L,

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SAN JUAN — The U.S. government announced that it imposed a $210,000 fine on two pesticide distributors in Puerto Rico as part of a widespread probe into a toxic pesticide that nearly killed an American family in the neighboring St. John. The distributors, identified as Superior-Angran LLC and Superior Angran

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AFTERMATH OF A SHIP-BOARD FIRE SAN JUAN — A salvage team towed the still-smoldering Caribbean Fantasy to the main harbor in Puerto Rico after the U.S. Coast Guard had approved a towage plan early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard published a video of the vessel being towed as well as photographs of the

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WHAT, ME WORRY? PM Ralph Gonsalves KINGSTOWN — Embattled St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves denied that he is a serial rapist and said that the cyber crime bill passed on Friday was meant to crack down on criticisms leveled against his administration. Gonsalves, 61, has been

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 An AK-47 machine gun and magazines CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 24-year-old St. Thomas native admitted in federal court that a cache of machine guns and other weapons in his luggage were his. Naeem Akil Smith of Estate Thomas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas Thursday to trafficking

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SAN JUAN — Thirty people have been diagnosed with a rare paralyzing condition caused by Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico, the territory’s health department said Thursday. And Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden says he expects even more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Puerto Rico

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland –In addition to the highways and byways of mainland America, the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking its marketing message to race tracks up and down the East Coast. Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty were recently in Glenn Dale, Maryland, to formalize a

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LONDON — A Birmingham man was arrested as he tried to smuggle cocaine with a street value of $525,966 into the UK disguised as coconut milk powder. The drugs were discovered when the men left a flight from Jamaica after it had landed at Gatwick Airport last Thursday. The 37-year-old passenger, originally from

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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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