WASHINGTON (AP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump's meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united...
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...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in North Dakota are seeking a prison sentence for a Rhode Island woman who funneled lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica that's more than...
Police investigate fatal stabbing of Jamaican legislator
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities in Jamaica are investigating the killing of a member of Parliament whose body was found at his home in the northeast district of Portland.
Police said Monday that they don't know the motive for the fatal stabbing of 59-year-old Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield. His body was found on Saturday, and no arrests have been made.
Bloomfield was a member of the People's National Party and first won his seat in 2011. He was re-elected in 2016.
Iowa town set to pick new mayor after previous one’s arrest
JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) — The central Iowa town of Jamaica is set to appoint a new mayor after its previous mayor was arrested earlier this month on charges related to marijuana found growing in her basement.
Acting mayor Tim McDermott tells the Des Moines Register that city leaders are expected to appoint a new mayor Monday. McDermott says former mayor LaDonna Kennedy submitted her resignation last week.
Boy dies weeks after 2-car crash
JAMAICA, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a 4-year-old boy from Massachusetts who was injured in a December crash has died.
State police say they were informed Sunday that Max McCormick died from his injuries at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
Max was one of four people inside a truck driven by Michael McCormick, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, that struck another vehicle Dec. 28 after hitting a patch of ice in the town of Jamaica.
Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office.
In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended with a booming national anthem, Trump celebrated the five new Americans from Iraq, Britain, South Korea, Jamaica and Bolivia.
Iowa mayor, husband arrested in marijuana growing case
JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa mayor and her husband have been arrested after sheriff's deputies say they found a marijuana growing operation in the couple's basement.
Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on Oasis of the Seas
MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.
Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press "we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health."
Cruise ship rescues fishermen who had been adrift for weeks
MIAMI (AP) — A cruise ship has rescued two Costa Rican fishermen who had been stranded at sea for about three weeks.
Royal Caribbean Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet tweeted that the sailors were saved Friday night between Grand Cayman and Jamaica by the Empress of the Seas cruise ship.
Fleet says the cruise ship was not scheduled to be there but had taken an alternate route because of bad weather.
Porsha Olayiwola named Boston’s poet laureate
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's new poet laureate is a Jamaica Plain resident who co-founded a poetry slam venue in Roxbury.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that Porsha Olayiwola will formally begin her role on Jan. 1.
Olayiwola is the artistic director of MassLEAP, a nonprofit organization that serves young artists. She also co-founded The House Slam, which offers poetry slams and open mic events.
Woman convicted in Jamaican lottery scam to remain jailed
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Monday ordered a Rhode Island woman convicted of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica to remain jailed pending a February sentencing hearing where she could face a stiffer sentence than the alleged mastermind.
US citizen says he was illegally arrested for ICE
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is suing a local sheriff whose deputies detained him on behalf of federal agents who wanted him deported to Jamaica, even though he is a U.S. citizen.
Peter Brown filed the federal lawsuit on Monday, accusing the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in the Florida Keys of violating his constitutional rights.
Brown wasn't deported after a friend provided the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency with proof of his citizenship.
Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list
PARIS (AP) — Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural agency.
UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican music is unique because it represents "a vehicle of social commentary" and "continues to provide a voice for all" since it was first created by marginalized groups, mainly in the western part of Jamaica's capital of Kingston.
Kohl, Central Connecticut St. beat Florida A&M 89-75
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Tyler Kohl had 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Central Connecticut State never trailed in its 89-75 win over Florida A&M on Sunday night in the Jamaica Classic.
Kohl made a career-high 10 free throws on 11 attempts and Jamir Coleman had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers. Deion Bute scored 14 and Ian Krishnan added 13 for CCSU (3-2).
Batemon scores 16, Loyola Marymount beats Ohio 65-56
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — James Batemon scored 16, Jeffery McClendon added 15, making all three of his 3-point attempts, and Loyola Marymount never trailed in a 65-56 win over Ohio in the Jamaica Classic on Sunday night.
The Lions (5-0) pulled away in the middle of the second half, going on a 17-4 run to turn a 32-all tie into a 13-point lead with 8:12 left. Loyola Marymount had its largest lead at 56-42 with 2:37 left.
Clemons, Gensler combine for 59 points in Campbell win
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Chris Clemons scored 34 points on 12-of-23 shooting, Cory Gensler was 10 of 13 with 25 points and Campbell beat Austin Peay 78-72 Sunday at the Jamaica Classic.
Both teams shot 51 percent, but the Fighting Camels (3-2) made 12 of 24 3-pointers, led by Gensler's five, to the Governors' 6 of 21.
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Govan, Akinjo leads Georgetown to 76-73 OT win over USF
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Jessie Govan scored 27 points, James Akinjo added 14 and Georgetown rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half before beating South Florida 76-73 in overtime Sunday in the Jamaica Classic.
Loyola Marymount knocks off Georgetown in Jamaica, 65-52
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — James Batemon scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Loyola Marymount used a strong second half to beat Georgetown, 65-52 in a battle of unbeaten teams in an opening round game of the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay on Friday night.
The teams met for the first time since 1979, when they met at the Nike Cage Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
First-half run propels South Florida to 73-46 win over Ohio
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Justin Brown, T.J. Lang and Alexis Yetna scored 11 points apiece and South Florida closed the first half with a 26-3 run to help the Bulls beat Ohio 73-46 on Friday in the Jamaica Classic.
Yetna was 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Michael Durr added 10 points and Laquincy Rideau had six points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for USF (3-0).
Taylor has 21 points, 17 rebounds; Austin Peay beats CCSU
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Terry Taylor had 21 points and career-high tying 17 rebounds and Jarrett Givens scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help Austin Peay hold on for an 80-78 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday in the Jamaica Classic.
Zach Glotta added 13 points and Steve Harris had 10 points and five assists for Austin Peay (2-2).
Campbell rallies past Florida A&M 66-59 in Jamaica Classic
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Chris Clemons, the nation's second-leading scorer, had 27 points and Campbell rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Florida A&M 66-59 on Friday to start the Jamaica Classic.
Clemons, who came in averaging 32.3 points, started a 19-0 second-half run with a 3-pointer, Trey Spencer capped it with a 3 for a 48-46 lead and Campbell didn't trail the rest of the way.
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Jet overshoots runway in Guyana, several injured
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main international airport early Friday, injuring several people.
Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said the plane, which was on its way to Toronto, reported a hydraulic failure emergency shortly after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and returned after less than 20 minutes.
Jamaica earns World Cup trip on penalties after draw
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jamaica earned a spot in next year's Women's World Cup on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Panama on Wednesday in the third-place at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
Both teams were vying for a first-ever trip to soccer's premier tournament. Panama still has a chance to qualify for the World Cup in a two-legged playoff with Argentina.
Man said to be Jamaican lottery scam kingpin gets 6 years
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 Americans out of more than $5.8 million was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison.
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US headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over Jamaica
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. women's national team breezed through CONCACAF qualifying to secure a spot in the World Cup next year in France.
The Americans still have to face Canada.
"Just because we qualified for the World Cup doesn't mean we're going to take our foot off the gas," Alex Morgan said. "We want to win this tournament and we always think of playing Canada as an important game for us."
Canada downs Costa Rica 3-1 in World Cup qualifying tourney
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince scored in the first half and Canada went on to beat Costa Rica 3-1 on Thursday night in the final game of the group stage at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair scored her 175th career goal in the 57th minute. Sinclair, who plays for the Portland Thorns, is closing in on Abby Wambach's record of 184 international goals.
Jamaica routs Cuba 9-0 in Women’s World Cup qualifying
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Jody Brown scored three goals and Jamaica routed Cuba 9-0 on Thursday night in their final group stage match at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Sashana Campbell added a pair of goals, and Khadija Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood and Marlo Sweatman also scored for the Reggae Girlz. The late Group B match between Costa Rica and Canada would determine which teams advance to the semifinals. Cuba was eliminated with the loss.
Jamaica upsets Costa Rica 1-0 in World Cup qualifying
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Khadija Shaw scored just after the halftime and Jamaica went on to upset Costa Rica 1-0 on Monday in the group stage of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Costa Rica, ranked No. 34 in the world, was playing backup goalkeeper Daniela Solera because Maria Bermudez fractured her arm in the opening group game. Shaw's goal for the 64th-ranked Reggae Girlz came in the 46th minute.
Tough and universal: Remembering journey from Cuba
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Carlos Hernandez Ocampo's path to where he is today — a husband and father of two, Navy veteran and law school graduate — started out a long way away. He was born in Cuba.
"My father was a diplomat and a lawyer in Cuba, and he got disappointed with the system, the government in Cuba," Carlos said. "And he eventually left to Jamaica."
From there, Carlos' family stayed in Jamaica for several years. But eventually, it became clear that wasn't a long-term solution.
Canada beats Jamaica 2-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Nichelle Prince scored twice to help Canada beat Jamaica 2-0 on Friday night in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.
Prince connected in the 33rd and 80th minutes in the Group B opener for both teams.
Officers: Cocaine found stuffed inside liquor bottles
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. customs agents say a man travelling from Jamaica attempted to smuggle in $115,000 worth of cocaine stuffed inside liquor bottles.
Jamaican workers at Montana ski club file lawsuit over tips
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A group of Jamaican citizens is suing a private ski and golf resort in Montana and a staffing agency, claiming they were "robbed of tips and service charges" while working there over the last year.
Last defendant in large Jamaican lottery scam convicted
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal jury in North Dakota on Friday convicted a Rhode Island woman of helping scam elderly Americans out of millions of dollars, capping a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case that authorities have been investigating and prosecuting for six years.
Jurors found Melinda Bulgin, 28, guilty of 15 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, after 3 1/2 hours of deliberations over two days. Defense attorney Kevin Chapman said he likely will appeal.
Fate of last defendant in Jamaican lottery scam goes to jury
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal jury in North Dakota has begun deliberating the fate of a Rhode Island woman accused in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million.
Twenty-eight-year-old Melinda Bulgin of Providence, Rhode Island, faces conspiracy, fraud and money laundering charges. The case went to the jury Thursday in the fourth day of her trial.
Last defendant in Jamaican lottery scam case going to trial
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week. She is the last of 27 defendants in the case that began seven years ago this month. Here's a look at the case and the upcoming trial of Melinda Bulgin, which is expected to last up to 10 days.
2nd human trafficking lawsuit filed against Oklahoma couple
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A second federal lawsuit accusing a pair of Oklahoma business owners of luring immigrants to the U.S. on work visas then paying substandard wages highlights what some attorneys say is a prevalent human trafficking issue in the United States that seldom calls violators to task.
LONDON (AP) — Tom Bosworth avoided a race-ending third caution and improved his own walking world record at the London Stadium on Saturday when he clocked 10 minutes, 43.09 seconds in the 3,000 meters.
The 28-year-old British walker was yellow-carded twice at the Anniversary Games.
Bosworth won silver in the men's 20-kilometer race walk at the Commonwealth Games in April, having been disqualified at the World Championships last summer.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cash and jewelry seized from a Jamaican man accused of masterminding a large lottery scam in the U.S. will be liquidated and the proceeds doled out to victims under a federal judge's order, a step toward getting at least some restitution for victims.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Legislature has approved a measure that would allow the state to issue special Jamaican Bobsled Team license plates.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed the measure Thursday, a day after the Republican-led Senate approved the bill.
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Town resident Theda Wray is, as the menu of her new restaurant says, working to "bring a little bit of Jamaica to share with you."
Wray recently opened the JA Bar & Grill on Dixwell Avenue with hopes of sharing the joys of her native Jamaican cuisine and creating her own thriving business.
She said Thursday she grew up cooking — her mother and brother had restaurants — and it's something young people in Jamaica commonly do.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Usain Bolt won't be getting back his ninth Olympic gold medal.
A Court of Arbitration for Sport judging panel on Thursday dismissed Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter's appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Olympics for a positive doping test discovered eight years later.
Carter ran the opening leg in the 4x100-meter relay when Bolt took the baton third and helped Jamaica win in a world record of 37.10 seconds.
JAMAICA, Vt. (AP) — Officials say a pair of wild turkeys caused a tractor-trailer to swerve off a Vermont roadway and crash.
NEW YORK (AP) — You can hear the playful banter long before Sting and Shaggy enter the room.
There's a genuine chemistry between the two men that defies difference in age and musical styles, one that translates seamlessly into their collaborative effort, the new CD "44/876."
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A fugitive who was arrested walking across a remote part of the U.S.-Canada border will face charges dating back to 1989 that he was a member of a trafficking ring that smuggled more than 120 tons of drugs into the country from around the globe.
Jacob Moritz appeared in U.S. District Court in New York City on Monday, three weeks after two people driving in northwestern Montana spotted Moritz and another person emerge from woods near the border.
Night shooting leaves 2 men dead
BOSTON (AP) — Police in Boston are investigating a shooting that has left two people dead.
Officers responded to sounds of gunfire in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood around 10 p.m. Friday.
Police say two men were found suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was in critical condition but died later at a local hospital.
Caribbean Currents: Team Jamaica Bickle heads into 24th year of helping athletes
Wow! Time certainly flies. It’s hard to believe that Team Jamaica Bickle has been in existence for 24 years. Twenty-four years of assisting the Jamaican athletes who dare to dream of competing in the annual Penn Relays that has taken place at the University of Pennsylvania for over 100 years.