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WASHINGTON — President Obama has removed the restrictions on selling Cuban rum in the United States — a direct threat to the makers of the alcohol here on St. Croix. The easing of restrictions was announced today as part of a new round of executive actions designed to increase trade and

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MARRIED IN ST. KITTS: Joe Hendrickson (right) with his wife Rajkumarie. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The chief judge of the Superior Court is in the hot seat today after the Texas husband of a murdered woman lambasted him for giving a convicted murderer only a 20-year sentence. Joe Hendrickson, who married

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BEST General Manager Kerry Harrigan CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Promising increased community involvement with renewed dedication to professional customer service, Blue Executive Services & Transportation (BEST) has won the taxi concession for the West Indian Co. Ltd. cruise ship dock on St. Thomas. “We’re definitely very enthusiastic and we will be

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WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday that the lesser Virgin Islands skink and the Florida scrub lizard may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The rare reptiles are at risk of disappearing due to development, climate change and other threats, according to the Center

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A lifeboat like the one that fell during safety drill. MARSEILLE — One person has been killed and two others critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the world’s biggest cruise liner, the Harmony of the Seas, which was docked in the French port of Marseille. According to La Provence,

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SAN JUAN — A passenger on a flight from New York to Puerto Rico is in FBI custody today after allegedly setting two blankets and a control panel on fire during a flight. Idializ Gomez boarded a JetBlue flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at about 12:43

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  BREAKING: Coast Guard chopper search NASSAU — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a woman who fell from a Carnival cruise ship early Wednesday. The 32-year-old woman plunged off the 11th deck around 2:30 a.m. when the Carnival Ecstasy was about 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas. The

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MIAMI — Miguel Hernandez made a lot of money with “International Playmates,” his global escort service that prosecutors allege involved minors. Now he’ll spend 10 years in prison for it, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The Miami Beach man began his business in 2010 from a Fort Lauderdale hotel. The women

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  STORMY WEATHER: Is Haiti’s Gain CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Late August through early September is prime time for hurricanes and tropical storms in the region. Even as it dies down, Tropical Depression Fiona spurred Royal Caribbean to make adjustments to itineraries, and Tropical Storm Gaston is on the horizon. Both

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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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