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SAN JUAN — The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is studying ways to help Caribbean and Latin American countries in their fight against drug trafficking and organized crime by increasing training flights in the region, the service’s senior civilian official said recently. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who recently returned

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE  –  A federal jury found two men — one from Puerto Rico and one from the Dominican Republic — guilty of charges related to drug and gun-related charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. After a four-day trial, a federal jury found 39-year-old Alexandro Gerandino-Aracena of the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Local and federal authorities moved swiftly on Thursday to address reports spreading throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands about a possible terrorist threat in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands, said V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) director Mona Barnes. U.S. Coast Guard officials reported to VITEMA that

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SAN JUAN — As the Zika virus bears down on the United States, federal health officials are divided over a politically and ethically charged question: Should they advise American women to delay pregnancy in areas where the virus is circulating? Some infectious disease experts are arguing that avoiding conception is

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FREDERIKSTED — The Defense Department will monitor installations in the Virgin Islands, 27 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico for mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus, according to a Pentagon memo released in March. Hoping to ward off spread of the potentially dangerous virus among troops

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NASSAU — Up to $1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions in six Caribbean nations, a new report reveals, launched during the Inter-American Development Bank‘s (IDB) annual meeting, held this year in the Bahamas. The State of Housing in Six Caribbean Countries, analysed between 2000 and 2015

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MIAMI — Claudio Hidalgo joins Sprint as president of the Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Region. Based in Miami, he will be responsible for sales strategy, network oversight, customer service, marketing communications and general operations supporting the full portfolio of Sprint products and services from enterprise to consumer

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CINCINNATI — After an investigation that began in 2014, four people have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from the sale of stolen Puerto Rican identities in Cincinnati and Fairfield. Oris Mercedes Baez Ramirez, 50, of Hamilton, Ramon E. Fuentes Morillo, 50, of Puerto Rico, and Cipriano Diaz,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp expressed strong concerns to congressional leaders about proposed changes in the language in the Puerto Rico debt restructuring bill released last week by the House Natural Resources Committee. The legislation, if enacted, is likely to adversely affect the ability of the Virgin Islands to access

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 36-year-old Puerto Rican native pleaded guilty in federal court on St. Thomas to attempting to sell cocaine, federal authorities said on Tuesday. Jose Luis Ponce-Pagan made the guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez after admitting to trying to possess cocaine with the intent

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