2 Jesuit provinces releases 153 names of accused abusers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two Roman Catholic Jesuit provinces that cover nearly half the U.S. released the names Friday of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were found to have "credible allegations" of sexual abuse made against them dating to the 1950s.
The Latest: Jesuits list 153 with credible abuse claims
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the release of names of accused Jesuits by two provinces (all times local):
Two Catholic Jesuit provinces covering nearly half the U.S. have released the names of more than 150 priests and other ministry leaders who were the subjects of "credible allegations" of sexual abuse dating back to the 1950s.
3 charged with murder of Missouri woman in Belize
PUNTA GORDA, Belize (AP) — Three people have been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a 68-year-old Missouri woman who retired to the coast of Belize, authorities in the Central American nation said Monday.
The body of Sherris Stringham was found late Friday near a river in Pomona, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from where she lived in the Caribbean village of Hopkins, police spokeswoman Hortence Hernandez said in a statement.
Taiwan’s Tsai travels in face of China diplomatic onslaught
BEIJING (AP) — When Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departs Sunday for Latin America, she'll be traveling to a region she's already visited three times in two years.
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Military training for the newest class of cadets at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut has begun on one of the hottest days of the year.
Almost 300 students were expected to be sworn in Monday for the start of training. They hail from 48 states and also include international students from Belize, Cambodia, Iceland, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Palau, Panama, Rwanda and Ukraine.
The incoming class includes 14 cadets from Connecticut.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of passengers on a Carnival Cruise ship were supposed to be enjoying sun and fun, but instead they were kept in port in Tampa for two days.
Passengers and the company say the Carnival Miracle was originally scheduled to depart Sunday and visit Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman and Mexico. But because of "necessary maintenance work" it required two extra days in port, the company said in a statement released Tuesday.
Coronado in Panama once had pristine beaches and not much else. Today the resort town is a haven for U.S. and Canadian retirees, with strip malls, fast-food joints and a lot of people speaking English.
"For all the world, it's like you're in a U.S. beach town," says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a site and newsletter for people who want to work, invest or retire abroad.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalans have moved a step closer to resolving a longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize, voting to send the issue to the International Court of Justice.
Vote counts show that a plebiscite on the question passed overwhelmingly on Sunday, winning about 95 percent of the vote, though abstention was high.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalans voted Sunday in a referendum that could take the country a step closer to resolving a longstanding territorial dispute with neighboring Belize.
The ballot asked whether voters agree to send the issue to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, for a binding ruling.
However, Belize has yet to hold its own referendum as stipulated under a 2008 agreement with Guatemala, under which both countries would ask the court to take up the matter.
MSC Southeast bringing in sustainable agriculture experts from Belize for February events
This week, Minnesota State College Southeast will be hosting a regional speaking tour for Christopher and Celini Nesbitt, experts in sustainable agriculture and founders of the Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize.
Their schedule will include several private and public speaking events. They will give a presentation at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Conference in La Crosse and are scheduled for an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.
FORT MOHAVE —Mohave Valley United Methodist Church was able to fill its parking lot Saturday with an array of classic cars to help raise money for the church’s upcoming mission to Belize in December.
Darryl Franklin, head of the True Impressions car club as well as a member of the church in Fort Mohave, showed his 1993 Lincoln Town Car with blue glitter paint and a white lace design on the roof.
“There has been a good turnout for some great cars,” he said.
Acting PM of Belize plane crash caused by passing car
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of the tiny Central American country of Belize said its acting prime minister is safe after the small prop plane he was riding in crashed into the sea after takeoff on Friday.
A Tropic Air flight carrying Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber and the country's agriculture minister was taking off from the tiny airstrip in the town of Placencia Friday when one of the wheels on its landing gear clipped a passing car.
Dear Dr. Roach: Two months after our daughter and son-in-law came back from their honeymoon in Belize, they have sores that still will not heal. She has two sores on her hand; he has three on the right side of his body. After a biopsy, they have been diagnosed with Leishmaniasis. Their dermatologist is referring them to an infectious disease specialist. What can you tell us about this disease and its treatment?
3 found hiding in vehicle’s trunk arrested at Arizona border
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol officials say they've arrested a woman at an immigration checkpoint north of Tombstone after finding a Mexican man and two Belize residents in the truck of her car.
Agents had referred the driver of the vehicle for further inspection after a drug-sniffing dog alerted them to a suspicious odor.
They opened the trunk and discovered two men and a woman inside.
Cruise ship heads into unknown after detour because of Irma
MIAMI (AP) — When they first boarded the Norwegian Escape a week ago, passengers knew exactly where they were going. Now they have no idea.
The cruise ship, with about 4,000 guests on board, departed from Miami on Saturday, Sept. 2, and was scheduled to return a week later, after making stops in Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
When Cheyney University senior Shaneka Briggs and junior Veronica Baccera get back in the classroom next week, they will have much to share with their professors and classmates.
Both women spent time over the summer break in Belize as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Honors Study Abroad program, which provided full scholarships to them and other students from PASSHE schools.
BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — Police in Belize say a U.S. man and Canadian woman found dead this week had been strangled.
A police statement says the bodies of 52-year-old Francesca Matus of Toronto and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney of Georgia were found Monday in a sugarcane field near Chan Chen. DeVoursney's body was atop Matus' and both were in an advanced state of decomposition. Both had tape on their wrists.
The couple had last been seen at a restaurant in Corozal on the night of April 25.
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BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — Authorities in Belize say the bodies of an American man and a Canadian woman have been found nearly a week after the couple went missing.
A senior police officer who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case says the bodies of 52-year-old Francesca Matus of Toronto and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney of Georgia were found Monday.
The couple had been staying in Corozal near the country's northern border with Mexico. They were reported missing April 26.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas ship will leave on its maiden voyage to Cuba from the Port of Tampa to Havana.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man has died while awaiting trial in the slayings of two British tourists on his boat during a sailing trip from Belize nearly four decades ago, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Silas Duane Boston, 76, died Monday night while he was being treated at an outside hospital for what the Sacramento County sheriff's department said were significant health problems.
Ex-treasure hunter faces more charges over missing coins
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is warning an ex-treasure hunter that he could face another contempt-of-court charge if he doesn't reveal the location of 500 missing gold coins.
Ohio Judge Algenon Marbley on Friday ordered Tommy Thompson to cooperate by granting power of attorney to allow the government to figure out if a trust in Belize knows the coins' whereabouts.
Do you have a bucket list?
The keynote speaker at last fall’s Umpqua Community College's Conference on Extraordinary Living urged us to get on with our bucket lists. Afterwards, I reminded my wife, “We’re not getting any younger.”
The Blue Hole, a diving adventure off the coast of Belize, stood atop Carol’s list. Exploring a Central American rain forest filled a spot on mine, so I proposed, “How about Belize for Valentine’s Day: Blue Hole, tropical rain forest?”
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A University of New Hampshire associate professor of anthropology has been awarded a fellowship to establish a public history museum in Belize.
Eleanor Harrison-Buck will use the $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to create the museum focusing on the Kriol community. More than a third of the Belize population is part of the Kriol community, which is descended from enslaved Africans brought to the country by Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Judge gives ex-treasure hunter way to provide coin details
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge is giving a former deep-sea treasure hunter another chance to reveal information about the location of 500 missing gold coins.
Federal Judge Algenon Marbley on Wednesday directed government prosecutors to draft an order related to the coins involving a Belize-based trust.
The order would permit ex-treasure hunter Tommy Thompson to give written consent for the government to probe the contents of the trust.
Sacramento man accused of killing tourists 38 years ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento man has been accused of killing two British tourists on a boating excursion from Belize 38 years ago.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2icV6S5 ) that 75-year-old Silas Duane Boston is awaiting trial for two counts of first-degree maritime murder in the 1978 killings of Christopher Farmer and Peta Frampton, both in their mid-20s. He was arrested Dec. 2 and has pleaded not guilty.
OAS probe absolves Belize in shooting of Guatemalan teen
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Experts from the Organization for American States released a report Friday that indicates a Guatemalan teen killed in April near the two countries' border was shot by members of a conservation group.
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Belize supreme court says anti-gay law unconstitutional
BELIZE CITY, Belize (AP) — Belize's Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a portion of the small Central American country's criminal code that outlawed gay sex.
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin announced the decision Wednesday. The criminal code provision stricken down called for a sentence of 10 years in prison for anyone convicted of homosexual intercourse.
Gay rights activist Caleb Orozco of the United Belize Advocacy Movement challenged the provision's...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Earl made landfall on the coast of Mexico's Veracruz state late Friday night after gaining strength as it passed over the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said torrential rains brought by Earl could produce flash floods and mudslide on Mexico's Gulf Coast.
Earl is expected to produce total rainfall of eight to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 18 inches, over portions of the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo,...
TS Earl drenches southern Mexico after hitting Belize
BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — Tropical Storm Earl pushed over Mexico's southern Gulf coast early Friday after drenching Belize and northern Guatemala.
Earlier forecasts had Earl weakening into a tropical depression overnight but new predictions late Thursday night had it maintaining its strength as a weak tropical storm through most of Friday.
Mexico's government issued a tropical storm warning for its southern Gulf coast from Ciudad del Carmen westward to Laguna...
Earl downgraded to tropical storm after drenching Belize
BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — Hurricane Earl deteriorated into a weak tropical storm Thursday as it passed over northern Guatemala en route to southern Mexico.
Overnight, Earl slammed into the coast of the Caribbean nation of Belize with winds of 80 mph (130 kph), leaving the country battered, with some flooding reported.
Earl made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Belize City and was moving roughly westward, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. As it crossed...
Raw: Flooding in Belize from Tropical Storm Earl
Raw: Earl Hits Belize, Weakens to Tropical Storm
The Latest: Earl weakens to a tropical storm
BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Earl. (all times local):
Earl has weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall in Belize early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Earl's maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (105 kph) with additional weakening expected as the storm moves farther inland. Earl is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday night or Friday...
BELMOPAN, Belize (AP) — Earl strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday as it roared toward a nighttime landfall in the Caribbean nation of Belize, brushing by Honduras' northern coast and leaving felled trees and power lines in its wake.
The storm dumped rain on nearly all of Honduras, where officials reported a lobster fishing boat was hit by a large wave in the Caribbean and capsized. Most of the 83 people on board were rescued, but the navy was looking for two...
Tropical Storm Earl, the fifth of 2016, strengthened slightly in the waters south of Jamaica and could make its way to the oil-rich Bay of Campeche by Thursday.
Earl’s top winds rose to 60 miles per hour, up from 45 mph earlier, about 395 miles east of Belize City, Belize. It was moving west at 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Hurricane watches have been issued for Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan coast, while tropical storm warnings are in place in...
MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Earl is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before it makes landfall.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that Earl was threatening to bring heavy rains, flooding and high winds to Mexico, Belize and Honduras. All three of those countries issued tropical storm warnings for some areas, and a hurricane warning was issued for parts of Mexico and Belize.
DIXON – Longtime Dixon attorney Andrew Bollman, also chairman of the Sauk Valley Community College Board of Trustees, died Saturday morning while scuba diving off the coast of San Pedro, Belize.
“It’s a loss for his family, first and foremost, a loss for the community, and a loss for our family here at Sauk,” Sauk President Dave Hellmich said this morning.
Bollman, 39, a lifelong Lee County resident, had also just completed a 1-year term as president of the...