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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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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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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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Global health emergencies understandably stoke fear, panic and wild claims. Exaggerations about Ebola were PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. And now rumors about Zika, a virus linked to birth defects, are taking the Internet by storm. One of the claims goes something like this: Zika is caused by genetically

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MADRID – The world’s largest miller/trader of rice is leaving the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Ebro Foods has offloaded rice businesses in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to a terse statement from the company. The Spain-based group said Feb. 2 that it had sold

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The rapidly spreading Zika virus is discouraging many Americans from traveling to the Caribbean and Latin America, with 41 percent of those aware of the disease saying they are less likely to take such a trip, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. The poll is the latest sign the virus, suspected to

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The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world. But the Zika virus outbreak is putting U.S. travelers off of visiting the Caribbean and Latin America – with 41 per cent planning to steer clear. Tour firms have yet to report dips due to the virus –

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