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The ferry on fire this morning in San Juan SAN JUAN — At least 500 passengers were being evacuated this morning from a ship that caught fire about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast. The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry vessel, as

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SAN JUAN — A UPS employee is facing charges related to an alleged Puerto Rico-based cocaine distribution scheme. Jorge Carrasquillo-Ortiz, 41, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, appeared in Boston’s federal court on Monday. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, on multiple occasions, he accepted “large amounts of cash” in exchange

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When you think of rum, what’s the first thing to come to mind? Perhaps a mojito, or a Mai Tai? Maybe a Long Island Iced Tea? If you’re like us, rum is simply equated with tropical tiki drinks, and the occasional wintertime sipper (i.e. hot buttered). But this complex spirit,

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico on Friday because of the Zika virus, sending a message to the island that the virus, which has infected more than 10,000 residents, should be taken seriously. The warning came more than six months after the World

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              AUTHOR: Melanie Myers By MELANIE MYERS/Special to the V.I. Free Press NEW YORK — When music artist Kehlani posted photos of herself after her suicide attempt on Instagram, she was bombarded with backlash on the post itself as well as on Twitter and

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CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Legal Assistance Program received $368,059 on Thursday as part of a 2014 settlement with Bank of America to help prevent home foreclosures and assistant in community development, according to someone familiar with the pact. Eric D. Green, independent monitor of Bank of America’s August 20, 2014,

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Trinidadian Jihadis featured in Dabiq magazine PORT-OF-SPAIN — The government of Trinidad and Tobago has reportedly confirmed that nine of its citizens will be deported from Turkey after being detained while trying to enter Syria or Iraq to join the Islamic State group. The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian said in an

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WANTED: Rachid Rafaa PHILIPSBURG – Alleged Jihadi terrorist Rachid Rafaa remains at large and people in the Eastern Caribbean are asked to stay vigilant. According to Martinique authorities, Rafaa had been under house arrest there since May 2014 as part of a deportation order. Rafaa disappeared from the house he was

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One of two tropical waves the National Hurricane Center continues to watch has entered the Caribbean Sea as a disorganized system, but forecasters expect the system to develop as it moves west. According to this morning’s NHC update, the fast-moving system will bring showers and thunderstorms to

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WANTED: Rachid Rafaa PHILIPSBURG – Police in Sint Maarten are warning that a wanted Al-Qaeda terrorist could be traveling in the waters of the Eastern Caribbean by boat. The Korps Politie Sint Maarten (KPSM) or Sint Maarten Police Force said people living in the Eastern Caribbean such as the U.S. Virgin

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