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Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramírez CARACAS – U.S. officials have launched an investigation to find out if Venezuela’s leaders used Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), a state-owned oil and natural gas company, to embezzle billions of dollars through several schemes and kickbacks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the

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SAN JUAN – A 56-year-old cruise ship passenger from New Mexico has died after falling from a zip line in Puerto Rico, police said Tuesday, prompting calls for greater oversight of adventure tours in the U.S. commonwealth. Police said Marsha Boekeloo fell 20 feet from the line at the Hacienda

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two men were sentenced in federal court this week to less than two years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to introducing illegal migrants into the territory, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe. U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Monday sentenced

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                          Tashimo Scatliffe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 33-year-old St. Thomas man pleaded guilty in federal court this week to illegal gun possession charges, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe. Tashimo Scatliffe of Estate Bovoni pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm by

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Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville CHRISTIANSTED – On his first day on the job, Acting Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville confirmed a Tuesday report in the Virgin Islands Free Press that the department is grappling with an impetigo outbreak in St. Croix. Two members of Health went on WSVI-TV Channel 8 Tuesday

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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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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today 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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TRUNK BAY, St. John — While sunscreen is proved to have positive effects on humans, it actually has massively damaging effects on coral reefs, researchers discovered in a recent study. The study, released Tuesday, found that even a tiny amount of sunscreen — equivalent to a drop of water in

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Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum CHRISTIANSTED – An outbreak of impetigo is enough to close down a school district in the United States. And the V.I. Department of Health went on television Tuesday night to announce that it would be testing for the highly-contagious superficial skin infection this week on St.

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Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp forwarded a bill to the Legislature to provide for an appropriation of $550,000 for operating expenses from the general fund to the V.I. Taxicab Commission and for the implementation of mandatory continuing education for taxi and tour operators as a condition

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