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SAN JUAN — An Australian man has fallen to his death from a cruise ship as it approached the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities said. The man was traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas en route to St. Thomas on Wednesday when he fell overboard. A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman

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NASSAU — Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton’s caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. Studies of ancient DNA from tropical birds have faced two formidable obstacles. Organic material quickly degrades when

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PHILIPSBURG — Three people have been arrested in Sint Maarten in connection with the fatal shooting of a Canadian man who died protecting his daughter during a robbery, authorities said. Sylvain Valade, 48, from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a town in the Laurentians region north of Montreal, was shot June 5 and died

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola — A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit about 42 miles northeast of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands on Friday morning. The earthquake, detected about 10:22 a.m. Friday, did not trigger a tsunami, however. Besides the BVI, minor shaking was also felt in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The

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HAVANA — One of the Russian navy’s most advanced warships entered Havana’s harbor Monday and docked at the port used until this month by U.S. cruise lines. Meanwhile, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham was operating roughly 50 miles north of Havana as of Tuesday morning, USNI News

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MIAMI – To build on strong investment interest from hotel developers, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism said it will participate in two “important” hospitality conferences in Florida this week. Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte will address several hundred participants at the 23rd Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment

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CHRISTIANSTED — A Puerto Rico native who prosecutors called the “manager” of a Venezuelan maritime smuggling operation trying to bring 661 pounds of cocaine to the region was handed a 25-year prison term by a federal judge on Thursday. Omy Gutierrez-Calderon, 39, of San Juan, was sentenced to 300 months

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KINGSTON — On the morning of Wednesday, June 19 this year an accident along a section of the Barbican main road in Hanover, Jamaica, claimed the lives of two people while leaving 18 others injured. According to Sandy Bay police reports, Kevaughn Sutherland, who was driving a Nissan Tiida, swerved to avoid

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico braced early today for what many people expected to be one of the biggest protests ever seen as irate islanders pledged to drive Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from office. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to take over one of the island’s busiest highways this

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ROSEAU — A gay man in Dominica has filed a legal claim challenging its laws that ban gay sex and punish same-sex relations with prison terms and psychiatric confinement,a Canada-based rights group said today. Dominica is one of nine Caribbean countries that outlaw gay sex, and taking down its ban could

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