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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Fifteen children died in a fire that swept overnight through an orphanage in Haiti run by a U.S. religious group, authorities said on Friday, triggering renewed controversy over the hundreds of unlicensed orphanages in the poorest nation in the Americas. Two children were burned to death and 13

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NEW YORK — A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s estate on Tuesday blamed the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands for its inability to begin payouts to victims of the late financier’s sexual abuse. At a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, the lawyer Bennet Moskowitz said Virgin Islands Attorney

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FREDERIKSTED — Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the University of the Virgin Islands student convocation featuring the former United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus

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FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested and charged after police said he had sex with a 14-year-old girl, authorities said. Ralph Brewster, 19, of Bethlehem Village was arrested at 11:02 p.m. Saturday and charged with second-degree aggravated rape, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Brewster admitted to detectives

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police are investigating the double murder of two men fatally shot in their own vehicle outside a St. Thomas downtown east housing project late Sunday night, authorities said. On February 16 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of shots fired in

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FREDERIKSTED — The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports over the weekend of vandalism at three offices in downtown Frederiksted. When police investigated, they discovered that four buildings had been tarnished. On Saturday at 8:27 a.m., a concerned citizen reported what appeared to be motor oil was splashed on the

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NEW YORK — Department of Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez participated in an event and panel discussion hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Thursday titled: Youth Poverty in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Updates and Policy Recommendations. The purpose of the event was to bring

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands opened up a new and explosive front in the battle over Jeffery Epstein’s $600 million estate last week when it included one of the sex offender’s companies, Southern Trust, as a co-defendant in the case. With that late amendment, the attorney general’s office

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TOKYO — American passengers quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Japan where scores of people had tested positive for the novel coronavirus are to be evacuated on Sunday, according to an email sent to them by the U.S. embassy in Japan’s capital city. “The aircraft will arrive in Japan the

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s government said Friday that it suspended three employees as federal agents investigate an online scam that attempted to steal more than $4 million, an official told the Associated Press. Manuel Laboy, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Industrial Development Company, said rigorous procedures were not followed

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