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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A two-alarm fire kept firefighters busy most of the day near the downtown area when a three-story building caught fire in the south of St. Thomas. At 4:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, each unit from the Lima Company Fire Station responded to a 911 emergency

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MIAMI — The Atlantic Basin remains pretty quiet.  A weak tropical wave is moving into the far Southeast Caribbean, but its low latitude is resulting in some land interaction with South America so no development is expected. Meanwhile… a pretty active tropical wave has moved off the coast of Africa

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PANAMA CITY — The balmy waters of the Caribbean could turn into a deadly heat trap for countless tiny creatures. The authors of a new study conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama discovered that microscopic sea urchin eggs and larvae may suffer stunting or death when

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ATLANTA  – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing list of the Zika virus travel alert. The Atlanta, Georgia-based CDC added the Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and the Turks and Caicos Islands to its interim travel guidance related to Zika

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Health (DOH) reports 14 new cases of Zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 79 — 20 cases on St. Croix, 58 cases on St. Thomas, and one on

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MIAMI — A tropical wave is expected to move into the eastern Caribbean Sea this weekend, bringing rain and gusty wind, the National Hurricane Center said today (July 29). Meanwhile, a second tropical wave in the Atlantic has become better organized. According to forecasters, the first wave is about 1,200 miles east of

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CRUZ BAY — Terminix has offered to pay $87 million to the Delaware family seriously sickened by a pesticide at a St. John resort last year, the company said in an earnings report on Thursday. About $3 million related to the family’s claims have already been paid, and a “tentative

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     WAPA’s facility on St. Thomas NEW YORK — The Virgin Islands is moving ever so much closer towards junk bond status, according to Bloomberg News. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), the territory’s only utility option, had the credit rating on its most secure debt cut

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CHRISTIANSTED — Five beaches in St. Croix failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and are not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said this weekend that Stoney Ground, the Frederiksted public beach, Columbus Landing Site, Pelican Cove (Cormorant) and Cane Bay should

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