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SAN JUAN — The Caribbean on Tuesday reported a surge in tourism for 2015 that easily surpassed the global growth rate as it set new arrival and spending records , though there are concerns the mosquito-borne Zika virus could put a dent in those numbers this year. Nearly 29 million

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HAVANA – The United States and Cuba today will sign a bilateral agreement here today that will permit U.S. airlines to operate up to 110 flights per day between the two nations. Beginning Monday, U.S. airlines will have 15 days to submit applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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MUM’S THE WORD: Juan Figueroa-Serville ATLANTA – The Virgin Islands government is the only state, territory or commonwealth in the United States not to report its flu statistics to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Nearby Puerto Rico is reporting high

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FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 93 pounds (42 kilos) of cocaine after intercepting a 25 foot-vessel about six nautical miles in Caribbean waters and arresting two men onboard. CBP estimated the street value of

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Soraya Diase Coffelt, JS, MJS By SORAYA DIASE COFFELT/SPECIAL TO THE V.I. FREE PRESS My fourth day in Cuba continued to be a wonderful learning experience for me. I have gained a greater understanding and admiration for the Cuban people. As one of the persons on the tour said: “They

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HUD Secretary Julián Castro WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced Friday that HUD is allocating more than $1.8 billion to public housing authorities in all 50 states, as well as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. From that allocation, $5,983,706 will go to the

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BAYONNE – A federal agency responsible for monitoring ocean conditions says it predicted dangerous waves and harsh winds in the mid-Atlantic Ocean last week, days before before a cruise ship headed into the path of a powerful winter storm on Sunday. The Ocean Prediction Center said it had projected “hazardous

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CHICAGO — The federal government is asking an Illinois federal judge to throw out a case challenging how voter rights are extended to the territories, saying the plaintiffs’ issue should be with the state, not the feds, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Guam resident and National Guard Staff

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              Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN — Authorities in the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico say a man drove a dead passenger to a police station and confessed to killing him. Police in the popular tourist town of Rincon said Wednesday that

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                      Gov. Kenneth Mapp SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has always gotten the most attention among the U.S. territories. It’s the most-populous, most-indebted, most-proximate to the U.S. mainland and most-vocal in pressing the case for bankruptcy. Now, officials from the

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