Caribbean - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Caribbean More sponsors pull out of New York's Puerto Rican Day parade NEW YORK (AP) — More sponsors are dropping out of a New York City parade that is honoring a Puerto Rican nationalist who served decades in prison for his involvement in a group that claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings. Coca-Cola, AT&T and JetBlue became the latest sponsors to skip the June 11 Puerto Rican Day parade along Manhattan's Fifth A... Tue, 23 May 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-05-23T18:58:00Z Correction: Immigration Protection-Haiti story WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 22 about US extending a humanitarian program for Haitians , The Associated Press reported erroneously that Omarosa Manigault said the president was "making his promise." This was a typo. The correct quote was "this is him keeping his promise." A corrected version of the story is below: US to extend protections for Haitians... Tue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 GMT 2017-05-23T15:00:00Z Lawsuit: Fyre music fest more 'Hunger Games' than Coachella LOS ANGELES (AP) — Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud as the music festival fell apart on an island in the Bahamas in April and fraud is the first claim in a $100 million class-action suit. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:04:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:04:00Z Puerto Rico seeks court's help to save public pension system SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory's public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year. A federal control board overseeing the island's finances said Monday that the move was taken in part to shield the government from a flurry of lawsuits. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:53:00Z Review: Fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick fights bloat The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts. A weary, battered fifth chapter — "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" — lumbers into theaters this ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:36:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:36:00Z Backlash over plans to honor Puerto Rican militant at parade NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade are sticking with their decision to honor a freed militant who once embraced armed resistance to U.S. rule of Puerto Rico, despite a promised boycott by Hispanic police officers and criticism from salsa star Willie Colon. New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday became the l... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:17:00Z The Latest: DHS to extend protections for Haitians 6 months WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's decision to extend Temporary Protected Status of Haitian immigrants (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States. But it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-05-22T18:41:00Z Colorado governor pardons felon to stave off deportation DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Friday pardoned a Cuban immigrant for an armed robbery he committed 19 years ago in an effort stave off the man's deportation after immigration authorities detained him following a judge's ruling that he should no longer be imprisoned. The pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was the latest twist in the saga... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:04:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:04:00Z Wyclef Jean urges fans to support Haitian immigrants MIAMI (AP) — Tying a bandanna printed with the red-and-blue Haitian flag around his head, Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean joked Friday that he hoped no Los Angeles police officers were watching and mistaking him again for a gang member. The former Fugees star said he had been wearing a similar bandanna when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies stoppe... Sat, 20 May 2017 02:21:00 GMT 2017-05-20T02:21:00Z The Latest: Victim of armed robbery calls pardon 'unjust' DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Cuban felon facing deportation after huge prison mix up (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Jason Kasperek, the assistant manager at a video store that Rene Lima-Marin and an accomplice robbed in 1998, said Lima-Marin should be back in prison. "I just think that it's scandalous how he used the s... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:32:00 GMT 2017-05-19T23:32:00Z Man freed from prison faces possible deportation to Cuba DENVER (AP) — The detention of a Cuban immigrant set to rejoin his family after he was mistakenly released from prison, then put back, has raised questions about whether more people from the island nation will be deported from the United States now that relations between the two countries have thawed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took custody ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:39:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:39:00Z Crawford says move to 147 is soon, but Diaz at MSG is next NEW YORK (AP) — Terence Crawford has heard the question so many times he anticipates it like an overmatched opponent's punch. So, when will he go searching for a showdown at 147 pounds? "Soon," he said. First, there's still business at 140. The undefeated champion will defend his titles Saturday against Felix Diaz, a ... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:44:00Z Colorado man to be freed early now in immigration custody DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man whose 98-year prison term was cut short by a judge has been detained by immigration officials just as he was set to be released. Rene Lima-Marin was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Denver on Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. Lima-Marin, who came... Thu, 18 May 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-05-18T03:08:00Z Puerto Rico militant leader emerges from 36 years in custody SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera emerged from house arrest Wednesday and was celebrated by supporters after decades in custody, freed in a case that made him a martyr for some but angered those who lost loved ones in a string of bombings. Wearing black jeans and a shirt decorated with a Puerto Rican flag pin, the 74-... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:07:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:07:00Z Plane with New York CEO, 3 others, missing in Bahamas MIAMI (AP) — Authorities searched in the Bahamas on Tuesday for a small overdue plane with four people from the U.S. on board, including a prominent New York businesswoman and her two children. The U.S. Coast Guard said the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en ... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:54:00Z Terrorist or hero? Puerto Rican nationalist to be freed NEW YORK (AP) — A Puerto Rican nationalist is set to be freed after decades behind bars for his role in a violent struggle for independence from the U.S. Oscar Lopez Rivera is expected to be released in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the 74-year-old is also slated to be honored as a hero at New York City's Puerto Rican Day parade next month. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T13:50:00Z Johnny Depp's 'endless fun' with 'Pirates' Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush talk about the joy of being pirates at the European premiere of 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' in Paris (May 15.) Mon, 15 May 2017 14:56:00 GMT 2017-05-15T14:56:00Z Former CIA captive wants to speak at Guantanamo despite risk MIAMI (AP) — The first CIA captive subjected to what the U.S. government called "enhanced interrogation techniques" after the Sept. 11 attacks is choosing to testify about conditions inside the Guantanamo Bay detention center even if it could create legal problems for him later. The lawyer for the Palestinian known as Zayne Abu Zubaydah says in a letter r... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:11:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:11:00Z Haitians fear wrenching end to US immigration protection MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Farah Larrieux feels like she's about to be forced out after living and working in the U.S. for more than a decade. Immigration privileges granted to her and many other Haitians after the 2010 earthquake could soon be revoked. President Donald Trump's appointees must announce by May 23 whether to continue "temporary protected status" ... Wed, 10 May 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-05-10T18:58:00Z For sale: 5 acres of paradise. And presidential goodwill? WASHINGTON (AP) — For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States? President Donald Trump's corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president's attention and creating a fresh et... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:18:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:18:00Z Sale of Trump Caribbean property revives ethics concerns WASHINGTON (AP) — For sale: Luxury waterfront escape. Comes with two villas and five acres of paradise. And perhaps a bit of goodwill from the president of the United States? President Donald Trump's corporate trust is selling a multimillion-dollar Caribbean resort, presenting an enticing new way for a wealthy interest to get the president's attention and creating a fresh et... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:20:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:20:00Z AP Exclusive: US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Trump administration weighs extending humanitarian protections for thousands of Haitian immigrants, officials are digging for unusual information: How many have been convicted of crimes. Internal emails obtained by The Associated Press show a top immigration official wanted not only crime data on Haitians who are protected from de... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:16:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:16:00Z The whole gumbo: Notes from lovers of New Orleans' Jazz Fest NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For seven days, the blare of trombones, tubas, washboards, guitars and soul-stirring vocals washes over this city as artists perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest features an assortment of well-known out-of-town artists such as Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5 as well as the zydeco, jazz and blues music Louisiana is known for. This year ... Sat, 06 May 2017 16:03:00 GMT 2017-05-06T16:03:00Z Puerto Rico to close 179 public schools amid crisis SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is closing 179 public schools in a move expected to save more than $7 million amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the U.S. mainland in the past decade, officials said Friday. More than 27,000 students will be moved elsewhere when their schools close at the end of May, said newly appointed Educ... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:29:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:29:00Z Puerto Rico faces uncertain future as debt saga unfolds SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Uncertainty is spreading across Puerto Rico and the U.S. municipal bond market now that the U.S. territory has taken an unprecedented step into federal court to restructure a portion of its $73 billion debt. Many economists anticipated the island's move Wednesday to seek a bankruptcy-like process amid a 10-year recession, but ... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:09:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:09:00Z A look at the latest twist in Puerto Rico's debt saga A look at the move by Puerto Rico's government to seek a form of bankruptcy protection as the U.S. Caribbean island territory struggles to emerge from a prolonged debt crisis and recession. DID PUERTO RICO JUST FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY? Sort of. As a U.S. territory, the island cannot follow the court process used by other... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:09:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:09:00Z Puerto Rico turns to courts for debt protection SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor turned to the courts Wednesday to protect the U.S. territory from a crushing $73 billion debt in the largest effort ever made by a U.S. government to shield itself from creditors. Gov. Ricardo Rossello made the announcement after negotiations with Puerto Rico's bondholders failed. Rossello said a federal... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:23:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:23:00Z Second weekend of Jazz Fest kicks off with a sunny forecast NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After rain deluged and muddied the infield at the Fair Grounds Race Course, sparking a partial shutdown last week of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, it returns Thursday through Sunday with acts including Darrius Rucker, Wilco, Earth Wind & Fire, Boney James, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor, Patti LaBelle and the Kings of Leon. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:21:00Z Puerto Rico hit with lawsuits after litigation freeze ends SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bondholders sued Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after the expiration of a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits amid a deep economic crisis. A group representing those who bought a portion of the $16 billion worth of bonds backed by Puerto Rico's sales tax said in ... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:55:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:55:00Z Pushing for victories, Trump shows disconnect with House GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could be on the verge of marking two significant legislative accomplishments at the start of his presidency. Yet he's displayed a curious disconnect with Republicans on Capitol Hill, raising questions about how deeply he is delving into the specifics of legislative sausage-making. In interviews and Tweets, Trump ha... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:18:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:18:00Z