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PHILIPSBURG — The Caribbean boasts two new shark sanctuaries as the Sint Maarten and the Cayman Islands have declared their territorial waters closed to all commercial shark fishing. The popular diving destinations on Wednesday announced protected areas for the endangered marine predators in St Maarten along with officials from Pew

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Gov. Kenneth Mapp at Canegata Ballpark GALLOWS BAY — Gov. Kenneth Mapp made opening remarks on the first unveiling of architectural drawings depicting how Cramer Park and Susana Santana Park in Altona Lagoon will look once construction is completed. Mapp made the remarks at Canegata Recreation Center before Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation

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       V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker FORT WORTH — Exxon Mobil Corp. is seeking an injunction against the Massachusetts attorney general, alleging that a wide-ranging investigation into the oil company is politically motivated and violates its constitutional rights. Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, wants to block a Massachusetts subpoena that sought

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first of the year to threaten the United States, is expected to reach the South Carolina coast on Saturday evening or early Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said after upgrading the system from a tropical depression. Bonnie, coming four days before the

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CHRISTIANSTED – One beach in St. Croix failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and is not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said Friday afternoon that Grapetree Bay on the East End of St. Croix should be avoided by

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Ahh, Memorial Day! For generations of Americans, the holiday has marked the beginning of the season of sunscreen, barbecues and chlorine. It’s when you start putting sticky notes all over the guidebooks for that exotic trip abroad. And when you start tuning out at work and daydreaming about lying on a hammock with a

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MIAMI — U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the next six months. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency officials touted progress recently on swiftly disciplining misbehaving employees, even as they endured the wrath of lawmakers who said their efforts were still falling short. Acting EPA Deputy Administrator Stanley Meiburg told a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that the agency’s new policy

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CHRISTIANSTED — Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker withdrew a subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute think tank that he was investigating as a part of a deeper look into what Exxon Mobil knew about climate change. Walker filed a notice of termination in the D.C. Superior Court for the

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CHRISTIANSTED – One beach in St. Croix failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and is not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said Friday afternoon that Stoney Ground in Frederiksted should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen because the

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