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SAN JUAN — The screams echoed across Puerto Rico when Jennifer Lopez unfurled a feather cape representing the flag of the U.S. commonwealth during the Super Bowl’s halftime show, a moment that many were still replaying and sharing on Monday. The move came at a trying time for those on

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The figures come from the Observatory of Killed Journalists database, which is maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It shows that, over the last decade, 894 journalists were murdered, an average of almost 90 per year: journalist killings in 2019 dropped by almost half compared to 2018

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WASHINGTON — Just as the 2020 Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and caucuses get ready to begin, the Republican National Committee indicated it was investigating V.I. Republican Party Chairman John Canegata in a letter sent Thursday, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. Canegata, who made national news during the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Jeffrey Epstein’s estate was sued today by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice which claimed that the late convicted sex offender raped and trafficked in dozens of young women and girls on a private island he owned in the territory. Attorney General for the U.S. Virgin

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SAN JUAN — The former president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives pleaded guilty today in a 2017 corruption case in which he was ordered to pay a fine but will not face prison time. Jaime Perelló entered his plea as part of an agreement with the government following an

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CAY HILL — A man identified only by his initials “M.K.L-B.” is currently being treated at the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) after being shot by an unknown person about 1:00 am Thursday, authorities said. The central dispatch of the Sint Maarten Police Force KPSM sent detectives to SMMC shortly

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week. The move brought cautious rejoicing in the cockfighting business despite concerns

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SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge in Utah has issued a landmark ruling that the Constitution grants birthright citizenship to those born in American Samoa, and the attorney for plaintiffs in that case said Friday he’s looking to file additional lawsuits in the U.S. Virgin Islands that could expand

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WASHINGTON — Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech and Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Director Nik Pula will be in the U.S. Virgin Islands next week from November 12 – 14, the U.S. Interior Department said. Domenech and Pula will be on St. Croix and St.

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SAN JUAN — The question of statehood for Puerto Rico would be put to voters of the U.S. commonwealth for a third time since 2012 under legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday. Proponents of the bill said it would provide the island with the same path to statehood taken by

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