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DUDE, WHERE’S THE GNARLY WAVES? Who wins when surfer dudes take on big tourism and a hotel chain? AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico  — The sun had just risen along Puerto Rico’s northwest coast when Paul Schmidt hopped off his surfboard and emerged from the water at Wilderness Beach, ending another session

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ENTERPRISE, Trinidad  — By the time he was 17, Fahyim Sabur had memorized the Quran. At 23, he was shunning calypso parties and giving private Arabic lessons in his neighborhood here in Enterprise, about 20 miles south of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. A year later,

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JAMMED INTO THE PRISON LIKE SARDINES: In an exclusive report, the Associated Press says that malnutrition is killing many inmates in Haiti’s main prison. PORT-AU-PRINCE — “Straight up: This is hell. Getting locked up in Haiti will drive you crazy if it doesn’t kill you first,” homicide suspect Vangeliste Bazile

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READY AND WILLING TO DIE: Trinidad and Tobago (TnT) natives are willing to risk their lives for the terrorist cause. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean island nation has become an unlikely source of fighters and funding for the Islamic State militant group, prompting an internationally backed effort to stem

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BLING BLING BAGGAGE HANDLER: Ray Harris, Jr. is stylin’ with Internet t-shirt, gold chains and gold rings prior to his arrest by federal authorities on cocaine smuggling charges. CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix native admitted to a  federal judge that he used his airport clearance privileges as a baggage handler

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NO LOVE LOST ON VALENTINE’S DAY: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Majesty of the Seas was confined to port by the U.S. Coast Guard over a concern about life vests on board the vessel. MIAMI — Over 2,000 passengers who thought they’d be sailing to the Bahamas this week were unexpectedly

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        CHTA’S Frank Comito SAN JUAN — Caribbean tourism officials say the region received a record number of visitors last year as arrivals topped 29 million. But they say they expect a slight drop this year because of the uncertainty surrounding actions that President Donald Trump might

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CITY ON FIRE: The capital Roseau was lit up with flames as natives of Dominica rioted to protest Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s government. ROSEAU, Dominica – A peaceful protest rally against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit during the day on Tuesday in Dominica began to deteriorate as night fell and businesses

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands will be featured in an upcoming episode of ABC’s The Bachelor. The Department of Tourism announced the show, which was filmed on St. Thomas and St. John, will air nationally on ABC on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST, and will air locally on cable channel 14 at 9 p.m. AST. The episode

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CHRISTIANSTED — Divers in St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John are helping monitor the diverse coral reefs offshore, giving scientists valuable data that would otherwise be expensive to collect. Healthy coral reefs help the local economy in the territory, demonstrating how important it is to tourism that they stay

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