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...
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The federal government is awarding $27 million in grants to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help expand and renovate two airports damaged by Hurricanes Irma...
US islands ask federal govt for help in wake of disasters
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Leaders of U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands asked the federal government on Tuesday for more help in their efforts to recover from a...
Using banned pesticide that sickened family nets man prison
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The ex-manager of a pest-control company in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been sentenced to a year in prison for poisoning a Delaware family with a banned pesticide.
Class-action lawsuit filed over Marriott data breach
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A group of class-action law firms has filed the largest-to-date lawsuit related to hotel chain Marriott's data breach.
Capitol Watch: Tesla’s subway advice; NY aids Virgin Islands
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is turning to Tesla for advice on how to upgrade New York City's subways.
The Democrat says the outreach was intended to ensure the latest available technology is considered before billions of dollars of subway upgrades are completed.
Meanwhile, the state will offer help to the U.S. Virgin Islands as the territory seeks to rebuild its electrical grid following devastating hurricanes in 2017.
Judge rejects motion to drop charges against boat captain
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has rejected motions to dismiss charges against a Maine sailboat captain who is charged in the death of a crew member who jumped overboard.
US Coast Guard reports Caribbean cocaine bust
Grant to fund Xavier disaster related contracts initiative
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Xavier University of Louisiana says it has received a $465,894 grant to help minority businesses better prepare for disasters and their aftermath.
The historically black, Catholic university in New Orleans says in a news release that the grant was awarded by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Congress moves to ban cockfighting in US territories
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Congress on Wednesday gave final passage to legislation that would shut down legal cockfights in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ending an institution dating from the colonial era that generates millions of dollars each year.
Scientists wind up deep-water probes in Caribbean waters
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A rarely seen shark embryo. Corals up to 7 feet (2 meters) high. Sponges with sharp edges.
The Latest: Sneed leads Kansas St. past E. Kentucky 95-68
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Paradise Jam (all times local):
Xavier Sneed scored 16 points to lead five Kansas State players in double figures, and the No. 12 Wildcats beat Eastern Kentucky 95-68 on Friday night in the Paradise Jam tournament.
Time on retreat this weekend in US with standard time return
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time marches ahead, usually. It's in retreat this weekend in the United States.
At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time is ending, and standard time returns for most people across the country. It means an extra hour of sleep, perchance to dream, for one night.
The shift means it's lighter earlier in the morning, and darkness comes sooner in the evening.
Scientists to explore new sites in Puerto Rico, USVI waters
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scientists will explore new sites in deep waters surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to learn more about coral and fish habitats as part of a 22-day mission led by the U.S. government.
Former Virgin Islands senator convicted of theft and fraud
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A jury in the U.S. Virgin Islands has convicted a former member of the territory's legislature of fraud and theft for diverting funds intended for research into a 19th century labor uprising.
Former Sen. Wayne James was accused of stealing $70,000 provided to him by the legislature to research the 1878 Fireburn rebellion.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field this June, Kenny Chesney flew in a large group of VIP guests to visit with him before performing for some 55,000 fans. They weren't music industry bigwigs.
They were school children and teachers from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Hurricane Irma made landfall last year and caused massive destruction. And they also happened to be his neighbors on the island of St. John.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — USA Basketball's quest to qualify for next year's FIBA World Cup will resume Sept. 14 in Las Vegas, where the Americans will face Uruguay.
That will be the first U.S. game in the second qualifying round for next year's world championships in China.
Like the first round, the U.S. will continue being coached by Jeff Van Gundy and will have a roster made up primarily of G League players. The Americans went 5-1 in the first round.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Federal officials say 13 workers left stranded without pay or transportation in the U.S. Virgin Islands after helping with hurricane recovery efforts have received their wages.
The U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday that Alabama contractor KW Construction Work Inc. paid the Texas-based employees a total of $14,857 owed.
HUMACAO, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit by power outages and widespread flooding Monday as remnants of the Atlantic season's first hurricane provided an initial test of how far they have recovered from last year's devastating storms.
More than 47,000 customers in Puerto Rico lost electricity at the peak of the bad weather, but that number had dropped to 13,000 late in the afternoon as crews rushed to restore power. Some 8,600 customers were left without water.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands announced Monday that it reached a $1.4 billion deal to reopen one of the world's largest oil refineries in a move expected to boost the U.S. territory's economy.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is releasing more than $8.2 million in education dollars to school districts that enrolled students who evacuated from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday the money to be released this week is the second installment of $15 million pledged by his administration to help support the costs of educating students who enrolled in Massachusetts schools after Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire initiative has raised $65,000 to support victims of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
The funds from the initiative, called "Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Carribean," will be split evenly between the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Some of the funds will be used to rebuild facilities in the impacted dioceses.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide more than $277 million to help hurricane-damaged public transportation in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A search was underway near the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday for a crew member on a cruise ship who apparently went overboard in rough seas.
Geneva-based MSC Cruises said the crew member on the MSC Seaside was reported missing before dawn while the ship was en route to Puerto Rico from St. Maarten. The ship turned around to search for the crew member with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and other ships in the area.
US Virgin Islands to rebuild all main roads for $1.2B
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands says all of the territory's main roads will be rebuilt to federal standards following the damage inflicted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Kenneth Mapp says $530 million of the $1.2 billion needed has been pledged for the project. He also said Monday that officials have already assessed the territory's 1,273-mile public road system.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former staffer of a congressional delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands has been sentenced in connection with the theft and circulation of nude videos and pictures of the delegate and her husband.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An ex-manager of a pest-control company in the U.S. Virgin Islands faces criminal charges of poisoning four members of a Delaware family who were exposed to a pesticide in their vacation rental.
A grand jury charged Jose Rivera on Thursday with improperly using the pesticide methyl bromide in the St. John condominium complex where the family stayed in 2015.
Caribbean Currents: U.S. Virgin Islands still reeling from devastating hurricane season
The older folks in the Caribbean have a very popular saying “If it ain’t the sugar it’s the sugar pan,” meaning “if it ain’t one thing it’s another. And if you have lived long enough you will know that in life this goes without saying.
MIAMI (AP) — Immigration officials say 271 people were arrested in a 5-day operation across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Wednesday statement that 99 people had criminal records and the rest had faced other offenses including immigration violations. Forty-nine of those arrested were considered ICE fugitives, and 39 had been previously deported.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey is sending a mobile hospital to help St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Murphy said in a statement Friday that the mobile hospital will serve at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center.
The assistance comes after hurricanes Irma and Maria severely damaged the hospital.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering whether to spend millions of dollars to help the thousands of families from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who've sought refuge in the state since Hurricane Maria hit last September.
Guilty plea in US recruiting center fire in Virgin Islands
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A man who had moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands from Texas has admitted setting fires that destroyed a military recruiting office and damaged two other federal properties in the territory.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Spencer Wayne Allen pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of arson and two counts of damaging federal property.
Fishery disasters declared for areas hit by hurricanes
MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have declared catastrophic fishery disasters for areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last fall.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the designations in a news release Friday.
The governors of Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico had asked the Department of Commerce to determine whether a commercial fishery failure occurred because of storms making landfall last August and September. Officials concluded that it did.
Bill Clinton launches aid effort for storm-hit Caribbean
MIAMI (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is going to the Caribbean to assess damage from last year's devastating hurricanes as his foundation launches an effort to help with reconstruction on the hardest hit islands.
Clinton will travel next week to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. Both places continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Hurricane relief effort led by ex-US presidents raises $41M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A hurricane relief effort led by five former U.S. presidents that included a Texas concert with rock star Lady Gaga has raised more than $41 million.
A statement Wednesday from One America Appeal says the money benefited hurricane recovery in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spokesman Jim McGrath says more than 110,000 donors gave $41.3 million.
Baker seeks $15M for schools educating hurricane victims
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he planned to seek $15 million in state funding for school districts that are educating students displaced by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Baker, a Republican, told the Massachusetts Municipal Association the request would be part of his annual state budget proposal he was scheduled to submit to the state Legislature on Wednesday.
Delegation: More mental health help needed for Puerto Rico
BOSTON (AP) — The state's all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
In a letter Friday to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, the 11-member delegation, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, points out hurricanes and tropical storms can trigger emotional distress.
Bowdoin to accept some hurricane-impacted students
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine's Bowdoin College says it's going to open classrooms to a small number of students whose education has been disrupted in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Bowdoin College invited students to enroll in the spring semester, and will cover their tuition, room and board, books, winter clothing costs, and transportation to campus.
A spokesman said a "handful" of students will be accepted because of limited classroom capacity.
NPU crews continue work in Virgin Islands to restore power
Norwich — Several linemen at Norwich Public Utilities are scrambling to make hectic travel plans this time of year, driving and catching flights, but while their mission is a lot different than the goal of sharing holiday cheer with family and friends, the feelings of holiday spirit is just as strong.
Connecticut officials urge evacuees to call 2-1-1 for help
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are urging families from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who've evacuated to Connecticut after the recent hurricanes to call 2-1-1 to connect with the services they need to rebuild their lives.
Littleton Electric Manager Leading Hurricane Aid Project in U.S. Virgin Islands
Weeks after the second of two Category 5 hurricanes tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands, New England crews are on the scene among those working to help restore power to the Caribbean territory.
Scott Edwards, general manager of the Littleton Electric Light Department, is leading a 41-person team providing mutual aid to the Virgin Islands, overseeing the painstaking effort to repair electricity infrastructure in an area where wind gusts up to 135 mph ripped poles out of the ground.
Wisconsin troops still working in Caribbean
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of Wisconsin National Guard troops are still in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands helping the territories recover from Hurricane Maria.
The National Guard issued a news release Friday saying soldiers from the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee and the 115th Fighter Wing are distributing rations in San Juan and four locations around Puerto Rico, helping feed members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Army, Navy, U.S. Border Patrol, the Civil Air Patrol and civilians.
The Latest: Cuomo returns from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's visit to Puerto Rico (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has returned from a second trip to Puerto Rico to assess recovery efforts and bring further supplies and personnel to assist the hurricane ravaged U.S. territory.
Thursday's one-day visit by the Democratic governor was his second following Hurricane Maria. He says the trip showed Puerto Rico will need years of assistance and billions of dollars of funding.
Hurricane evacuees find shelter with New Jersey families
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Octavio Matos Sr. spent 10 days without taking his daily insulin after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico.
Patricia Rodriguez had moved to the northern coast of Puerto Rico just months ago, looking for work.
Odalys Cordero and her 10-year old brother, Alexander Deya, fled the island after the storm, realizing it was no longer safe to stay.
Ex-presidents’ hurricane concert raises additional $2.6M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A concert attended by the five living former presidents to benefit victims of hurricanes has raised about $2.6 million in addition to $31 million collected before it took place.
The Latest: Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the hurricane relief concert attended by a five living ex-presidents (all times local):
The five living former presidents have attended a concert to benefit victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the storms.
Texas to receive nearly $58 million in federal housing funds
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is allocating to Texas $57.8 million in additional funds for clearing housing from areas flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
Neal Rackleff is HUD's assistant secretary for community planning and development. He said in a conference call Friday that the funds could be used to help buy out homeowners living in 100-year flood zones and help others rebuild.