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PAID TO PLAY: Local girls enjoy a youth group meeting about sexual reproductive health in their community, Batey Yaco, on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. SANTO DOMINGO — UNICEF says more than one in 10 girls in the Dominican Republic are married or living with a partner before

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EPIC FAILURES: Coki Point beach in St. Thomas has failed in DPNR water quality testing more than any other beach in the territory this year. In fact, it has failed in 20 out of 33 weeks in 2017. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One beach in the territory failed water quality testing and

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A unit from the Echo Company Fire Station responded to a residential fire in Estate Hull about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Once on the scene, fire personnel observed flames coming from the side of the residence. Upon making entry into the home, they further observed the fire

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BEACH TO AVOID: “Condo row Princess” on St. Croix from Mill Harbor Condominiums to Breezez Restaurant in Golden Rock. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Five beaches in the territory failed water quality testing and should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen, according to the latest Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Beach

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Harvey is starting to cast down rain on the Windward Islands, and may pose a threat early next week in parts of Central America’s Caribbean coast, but is not expected to adversely affect the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The good news is that Harvey hasn’t gotten any

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SAN JUAN — An extra tropical system not associated with Invest 91L was causing flash flood warnings to be issued for Puerto Rico on Thursday morning. But the area of organized showers located 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles called Invest 91L has a 90 percent chance of tropical

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MIAMI — A series of tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic Ocean may develop into the next tropical depression or tropical storm in the Virgin Islands by Friday — and Puerto Rico by Saturday. The first area being monitored has been named Invest 91L by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The term

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center said this morning that it is watching three tropical waves for possible storm development in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later this week. The weather pattern is called Invest 91L and was given a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over

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MIAMI — NOAA has raised the number of named storms it expects to develop in their latest 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, warning that “the season has the potential to be extremely active.” In their August outlook update released Wednesday, NOAA forecasters said there is a high chance – 60 percent –

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SANTO DOMINGO — A message in a bottle that was launched from an island northwest of the Virgin Islands has traveled more than 4,000 miles and washed ashore on a beach – in Barra. The note revealed it had been sent two years ago by a five-year-old boy from Germany

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