Trump to meet with 5 Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers are building a new facility at their spring training complex in Arizona that will include housing for as many as 180 players and staff.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican singer Farruko has pleaded guilty to not declaring nearly $52,000 in cash discovered in his luggage and shoes when he arrived in the U.S. territory from...
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A man from the Dominican Republic has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in a case that authorities say involved a 10-hour boat chase through the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will likely miss the first month of the regular season, following another procedure to repair a severe cut above the heel on his...
Romo will tee off at home in Nelson for 2nd PGA Tour chance
DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will get to play at home when he gets another shot on the PGA Tour.
Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS, has accepted a sponsor's...
2 French pilots who fled Dominican Republic go on trial
PARIS (AP) — Two French pilots who made a mysterious escape from the Dominican Republic in 2015 are going on trial in southern France accused of international cocaine trafficking.
Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos are among nine defendants in a trial beginning Monday in Aix-en-Provence.
Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Dominican Republic’s coast
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck off the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, rattling nearby Puerto Rico but with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 9:33 a.m. local time (1433 GMT) and was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) south-southeast of Boca de Yuma at a depth of 42 miles (68 kilometers).
Royals thankful for uneventful offseason
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sometimes uneventful is a good thing.
"This has been a great winter for me," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Friday at the Royals' FanFest. "It all started with the progress we made at the end of last year. I felt good about where we ended. It was just a great winter."
Two years ago at FanFest, team members and staff had just returned from pitcher Yordano Ventura's funeral after he was killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.
North Carolina lottery winner to use money to feed homeless
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A chef who cooked for President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama says he will use his winnings in a North Carolina lottery game to feed the hungry in the Dominican Republic.
A news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery on Wednesday said Roberto Mendoza of Charlotte said he followed his mother's intuition and bought a Hit $500 ticket at a local convenience store.
Alvaro Ortiz wins Latin America Amateur, heads to Masters
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Right when it looked as though Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico would endure more heartache at the Latin American Amateur Championship, he delivered his best shots and finally earned a trip to the Masters.
A runner-up each of the last two years, Ortiz hammered a 3-wood into the wind to set up a 20-foot eagle and a share of the lead, and he finished with two birdies for a 6-under 66 and a two-shot victory Sunday.
"It feels good to finally lift the trophy," Ortiz said.
Ortiz leads by 1 and gets another shot at Latin Amateur
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico made birdie on the par-5 18th on Saturday for a 2-under 70, giving him a one-shot lead and a third opportunity to capture the Latin American Amateur Championship.
Ortiz lost in a three-man playoff in 2017 and was runner-up last year to Joaquin Niemann.
A victory would earn the 23-year-old Mexican a spot in the Masters, along with an exemption into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.
Ortiz opens with 66 for 3-shot lead in Latin American Am
CASA DE CAMPO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico had an ideal start Thursday in hopes of turning his fortunes in the Latin American Amateur Championship, opening with a 6-under 66 to build a three-shot lead after the opening round.
Ortiz has been runner-up in the Latin American Amateur the last two years. He finished five shots behind Joaquin Niemann of Chile last year, and he lost in a three-man playoff to Toto Gana the previous year.
Switzerland: Father, 2 children die in house fire
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say a father and his two young children have died in a house fire and they are investigating if the man set the fire deliberately.
The fire broke out Sunday morning in a six-story building in the southeastern city of Chur. Rescuers found three bodies in one apartment.
Police in Graubuenden canton (state) said the victims are believed to be a 33-year-old man from the Dominican Republic, his 8-year-old daughter and his 3-year-old son.
Garnett goes from small Missouri college to PGA Tour winner
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Missouri Western State is not exactly a pipeline to the PGA Tour.
Neither is Gallatin, Missouri, a farming community of 1,800 where Brice Garnett honed his game on a nine-hole course. Thirteen years ago, Garnett was finishing up his degree in business finance with every intention of working for a bank.
"Never thought we'd be here, at Kapalua, playing the Tournament of Champions," Garnett said.
Health officials caution about elective surgery overseas
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State health officials say local hospitals have seen an increase in the number of people who've traveled to other countries for medical procedures and returned home with serious infections.
That prompted the Rhode Island Department of Health to caution residents Thursday about the risks of traveling abroad for medical care, including varied standards for care and for the sterility of medical equipment.
UN Security Council gets new members, and 1 gets presidency
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has five new members, and one of them — the Dominican Republic — is starting out as the group's president.
Belgium, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa also are starting their two-year terms. All five new members are being recognized with a ceremony Wednesday marking the installation of their flags outside the council chamber.
Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Sweden finished their terms as 2018 closed.
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Defective bracket found on collapsed jet bridge at airport
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Investigators found a defective metal bracket on the jet bridge that collapsed and injured six people at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, officials said Sunday.
Metal brackets will be replaced on the jet bridge that collapsed Saturday and on five other jet bridges made by the same manufacturer, the Maryland Department of Transportation said in a statement.
6 injured due to jet bridge ‘equipment failure’ at airport
BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials say six people have been injured after a "partial equipment failure" involving a jet bridge at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The airport tweeted that six people were taken to a hospital Saturday night with non-life-threatening injuries due to the incident at Gate E-10.
49 people smugglers arrested in Interpol-led operation
PARIS (AP) — Interpol says a police operation targeting migrant smugglers has led to the arrest of 49 people across the Americas.
According to the international police organization, the arrests took place during four days of "coordinated action" in 11 countries.
Interpol secretary general Jurgen Stock said in a statement: "With another 13 investigations opened across the region, what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg."
7 migrants missing as boat capsizes near Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it is searching for seven of 28 migrants who are missing after a boat capsized southeast of the Dominican Republic.
The Coast Guard said Friday that a commercial tanker spotted the overturned boat and helped rescue the remaining 21 migrants near the island of Saona, off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. The migrants are believed to be Dominicans who were headed east to the nearby U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Explosion at Dominican plastics company kills 5, injures 66
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Thursday that the death toll from an explosion at a plastics company rose to five and they continued searching for at least one missing worker.
Meanwhile, the number of injured rose to 66, with five people in critical condition following Wednesday's blast in the capital of Santo Domingo, according to a statement from the National Health Service. Among the injured are 13 children who were attending school nearby.
3 dead, 44 injured in blast at Dominican plastics company
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A big explosion tore through a plastics company in the Dominican Republic's capital Wednesday, and authorities said at least three people died and 44 were injured.
Among the injured were 13 children at a school in front of the Polyplas company where the explosion occurred, Maria Gomez, a spokeswoman for the country's National Health Service, told The Associated Press.
Venezuela man gets 3 years for money-laundering scheme in US
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Venezuelan businessman has been sentenced to three years in U.S. federal prison for his role in a billion-dollar money-laundering scheme.
Court records show that 50-year-old Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray was sentenced Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, federal court. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
6 killed following argument at Haitian-Dominican border
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Six people were killed Saturday at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic after an argument, authorities said.
Haitian police inspector Harry Deny told The Associated Press that the four custom officers and two civilians died in the town of Malpasse.
5 killed after helicopter crashes in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic say five people have died after a helicopter crashed near a popular tourist area.
The director of the Investigative Commission of Aviation Accidents says the EC20 helicopter disappeared late Thursday after the pilot picked up four people at a hotel in Rio San Juan on the country's north coast.
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Rangers’ Adrian Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hits
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had a sometimes-imposing stare and plenty of quirky habits. He also had a genuine love for the game, and a lot of fun in a Hall of Fame-caliber career.
After 21 big league seasons in which Beltre hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits, the slick-fielding third baseman for the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday at age 39.
2 Venezuelans plead guilty in US in widening corruption case
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a former Venezuelan government official and former owner of a Dominican Republic bank have pleaded guilty to money-laundering charges in a $1 billion bribery scheme.
Miami federal prosecutors said in a news release Tuesday that 54-year-old Alejandro Andrade and 50-year-old Gabriel Arturo Jimenez pleaded guilty months ago but their cases were sealed.
Andrade is a former Venezuelan national treasurer and Jimenez, a Venezuelan citizen, formerly owned Banco Peravia.
Jenrry Mejia released by Mets after 3 drug suspensions
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher Jenrry Mejia was released Tuesday by the New York Mets after serving three drug suspensions.
The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic was told in July by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred that he could return to the big leagues in 2019.
Miami ‘cocaine cowboy’ deported to Dominican Republic
MIAMI (AP) — One of Miami's former drug kingpins from the "cocaine cowboy" era has been deported to the Dominican Republic after serving prison time.
News outlets report that Guillermo "Willie" Falcon was deported Nov. 6 after completing a 20-year money laundering sentence. Falcon and partner Salvador "Sal" Magluta were two of the top cocaine traffickers for Colombian cartels in South Florida during the 1980s.
NYC marks 17th anniversary of Flight 587 crash
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says the tragedy of Flight 587 has resulted in "deep bonds" of love, friendship and respect among those left to mourn.
Democrat Bill de Blasio, speaking Monday on the crash's 17th anniversary, also said the heroism of rescuers on that day symbolizes "the good in humanity."
Flight 587 was bound for the Dominican Republic when it crashed on the Rockaway Peninsula on Nov. 12, 2001.
Reds: Minor leaguer killed, 2 injured in car accident
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pitcher Jairo Capellan was killed and two other Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers were injured in a car accident Saturday morning in the Dominican Republic, a team official said.
Dick Williams, the Reds' president of baseball operations, confirmed Capellan's death and said pitcher Raul Hernandez was in critical condition and outfielder Emilio Garcia in stable condition. The club released no details about their injuries.
Dominican Rep. opens Beijing embassy after dropping Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — The Dominican Republic opened its embassy in Beijing Saturday, months after cutting ties with Taiwan amid a Chinese diplomatic offensive that aims to politically isolate the island it claims as its own territory.
Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Caribbean island nation's decision to switch diplomatic relations to Beijing "serves the fundamental interests of the Dominican people and completely conforms to the trend of the times."
Dominican Republic leader in China after cutting Taiwan ties
BEIJING (AP) — China rolled out the red carpet Friday for the second time this week for a Latin American leader whose country recently switched its allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic met with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a formal welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
The summit came one day after a similar ceremony and meeting for Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.
China hosts El Salvador as nations cut ties with Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday, just months after the small Central American nation broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
The state visit comes one day before that of the president of the Dominican Republic, whose country also switched allegiances from Taiwan to China this year.
FIFA bans Dominican Republic official in bribery case
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics committee judges have banned the former president of Dominican Republic's soccer federation for 10 years in a bribery case.
FIFA says Osiris Guzman was also found guilty of charges of accepting gifts and conflicts of interest.
Guzman was fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($151,000), though it is unclear how the fine can be enforced.
During the investigation, he served an interim ban barring him from World Cup games and the 2026 World Cup hosting vote in Russia.
Sano starting critical offseason of conditioning for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano has begun a critical offseason in his so-far-frustrating career with the Minnesota Twins, who plan to keep close tabs on the slugging third baseman frequently waylaid by injuries.
"The plan is to have very consistent touch points," general manager Thad Levine said, "both by phone and quite frankly face to face."
Police: Twins’ Sano will not face charges for incident in DR
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Minnesota Twins player Miguel Sano will not face criminal charges in the Dominican Republic as a result of his involvement in a traffic incident that injured a police officer, authorities said Monday.
CB Breeland adds veteran presence to Packers with House out
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A ride on a golf cart during an offseason trip to the Dominican Republic changed the course of Bashaud Breeland's NFL career.
The cornerback's left foot was hanging out of the cart during that March trip when it was bumped by another cart that clipped Breeland's foot. An old wound that Breeland suffered in fourth grade reopened.
Chinese minister inaugurates embassy in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — China's foreign minister inaugurated his country's embassy in the Dominican Republic on Friday almost five months after the two nations established diplomatic relations.
Man admits bribing federal worker to help get visas approved
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has admitted paying a federal employee a cash bribe to favorably handle and review non-immigrant visas so people from the Dominican Republic could apply for entry into the United States.
Federal prosecutors say Luis Santos paid $2,381 to a U.S. Consular Adjudicator in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The 37-year-old Teaneck man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Dec. 18.
Man convicted of 1998 rape of special needs student
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A former school bus driver who fled Massachusetts after he was charged with raping a 13-year-old special needs student in 1998 has been sentenced to up to 17 years in prison.
Prosecutors say 44-year-old Henry Gonzalez was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child.
US recalls Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama diplomats
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China.
Former soldier gets 3 years for smuggling guns overseas
DENVER (AP) — A former Fort Carson soldier convicted of smuggling guns to the Dominican Republic has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Katherine O'Neal was sentenced Thursday and will be supervised for three years after she is released.
Prosecutors say the 43-year-old tried to fly to the Caribbean nation in June 2015 with 11 guns she bought in Denver and Colorado Springs. She declared the firearms to the airline but didn't get the required export license from the State Department.
MLB partners with Latin American trainers to prevent PED use
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has joined with Latin American trainers to create a program designed to prevent the use of performance-enhancing substances by amateur players.
MLB announced the Trainer Partnership Program on Thursday.
The initiative is voluntary and will start with operations in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. MLB said 46 trainers have already agreed to take part.
Venezuelans find US asylum surprisingly elusive
MIAMI (AP) — One was a Venezuelan army officer who deserted and joined the opposition. The other, a political activist who says he had to flee after pro-government forces attacked his home. They ended up in the U.S., among thousands of their countrymen seeking asylum in what seemed like an obvious place to do so.
Shooting, disturbances at Haiti-Dominican border
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Military officials in the Dominican Repubic say a shootout between troops and cement smugglers at the Haitian border has wounded three Haitians and one Dominican soldier.
Defense Minister Ruben Paulino Sem says soldiers tried to stop a contraband load of cement when they came under fire Saturday. He says three wagonloads of cement crossed the border into the Haitian border town of Belladere, while three others were halted on the Dominican side.
Woman whose disruption forced flight landing gets probation
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A woman whose drunken antics forced a New York-bound flight to make an unplanned landing at Dulles Airport has been sentenced to two years' probation.
Robin Ducore of Bayonne, New Jersey, apologized at Friday's sentencing, where prosecutors were seeking three months of home detention.
Ducore pleaded guilty in May in federal court to interfering with the crew on a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic in July 2017.