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PHONING IT IN: 25 Puerto Rico National Guard members accused of widespread corruption SAN JUAN – The scheme was as simple as the system was porous. Army National Guard soldiers signed up as assistants to help recruiters, getting paid a referral fee each time someone enlisted and another bonus if they

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MANZANILLO, Mexico — Hurricane Patricia headed toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere that forecasters said could make a “potentially catastrophic landfall” later in the day. Residents of a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast dotted with resorts and fishing villages

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SAN JUAN – Fearing her husband would die waiting for a heart transplant in Miami, Carmen Concepcion started looking for a faster way to save his life, and found the answer in her native Puerto Rico. Pablo, 59, could barely walk from the family room to the bathroom without growing

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CARNBEE, Tobago – Britain’s ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago called for swift action following the brutal murder of British national Richard Wheeler and his wife, Grace in the quiet village of Carnbee on Tuesday. Richard, a 72-year-old attorney from Sheffield, U.K. who has been living on the island for the

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MIAMI – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Tuesday signed a multi-million-dollar loan and grant agreement dedicated to building out geothermal technologies in the six countries that are part of the Eastern Caribbean bloc. The funds, which will total $71.5 million, will be administered

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Nancy Albury and Dr. David Steadman at a blue hole dive site, Sawmill Sink on Abaco Island. THE BAHAMAS — Some 100 fossil species found in a flooded cave on Abaco Island reveal a story of persistence against all odds – at least until the time humans first stepped foot on

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Venezuela signed an agreement this weekend with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to buy a 25 percent stake in the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC), Venezuela’s state petroleum company said. Petróleos de Venezuela South America (PDVSA) gave no financial details for the purchase of the stake

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  PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – A passenger on the Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship captured video of the ship’s crew rescuing seven Cubans who were on a small raft Saturday. Officials had to make two trips to the migrants’ yellow raft. While there was a Coast Guard

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Alexander Hamilton created the Coast Guard in 1790. SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard paid tribute to guardsman Heriberto Hernandez on Friday with the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez this weekend in Puerto Rico. Cutter Heriberto Hernandez became the Coast Guard’s 14th Fast Response Cutter, carrying

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MIAMI — There could be some major changes to U.S. airline traffic between the United States and the Caribbean and Latin America. With a booming middle class in Latin America and a strong dollar, U.S. airlines are opening up more hubs to service the two regions in the coming years, according

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