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SAN JUAN — Five men were indicted Wednesday for allegedly running a “vast narcotics conspiracy” where they smuggled millions of dollars worth of cocaine into New York City — using children’s lunchboxes, prosecutors said. The zip-up lunchboxes — bearing popular cartoon characters from “My Little Pony” and “Despicable Me” —

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BOGATA — Regulations governing deep-sea mining will take longer to finalize due to the global pandemic, a group of Latin American countries said, creating uncertainty for companies looking to mine the sea bed for metals, including cobalt and nickel. The delayed negotiations also pose a potential difficulty for companies seeking

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ST. JOHN’S — A strong earthquake rocked the Caribbean a short time ago; fortunately, the earthquake wasn’t large enough to generate a tsunami and there is no tsunami threat at this time. The  quake, originally classified as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake, struck at 6:47 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey

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ROME — The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism took its marketing messages to Italy in anticipation of welcoming European visitors once again this November. “Italy is one of a select group of international markets in which the territory will strategically focus its marketing activities in the coming weeks and months,”

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — U.S. officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted over the weekend by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion. The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang,

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according

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SAN JUAN — The number of people in Puerto Rico who identified as “white” in the most recent census plummeted almost 80 percent, sparking a conversation about identity on an island breaking away from a past where race was not tracked and seldom debated in public. The drastic drop surprised

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DUBLIN, Ohio Wendy’s®  and Google Cloud today announced a partnership to enhance the Wendy’s restaurant experience and unlock new customer, restaurant, and employee experiences through data-driven insights. Wendy’s intends to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and hybrid cloud tools to create new ways customers

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a federal law that bars cockfighting in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The high court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to the law. As is typical, the high court did not explain why it declined to take the

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NEW YORK — Christopher Columbus Day drew crowds on Monday with U.S. city parades marking the explorer’s voyage and Italian-American culture, as the focus increasingly turned to the heritage and plight of indigenous people subjugated by European settlers. At the White House, where President Joe Biden had declared October 11

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