U.S. Virgin Islands

German military kicks off heavy lift helicopter competition - source

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s top military official has approved plans to buy 45 to 60 new heavy-lift helicopters in a competition valued at nearly 4 billion euros ($4.72 billion) that will be decided between the two largest U.S. weapons makers, a source familiar with the decision said.<p>FILE PHOTO: A …

U.S. Marines

The U.S. Virgin Islands Are Recovering And Ready For You To Visit

<i>“The hills are becoming green again.”</i><p>People in the U.S. Virgin Islands repeat that refrain like an incantation these days. It’s true. Like Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean, the USVI—the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix—were thrashed by hurricanes Irma and Maria earlier this …

Virgin Islands

Caribbean Island Of Anguilla Bounces Back After Intense Hurricane Season

When Hurricane Irma swept across the Caribbean in September inflicting catastrophic damage to several islands, a 19-year-old radio reporter in Anguilla continued to broadcast during the worst of the Category 5 storm.<p>Nisha Dupuis recounted the experience to <i>Here & Now's</i> Robin Young a few days after …

World News

Mexico scores big tourism gains after hurricanes devastate Caribbean islands

When devastating hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and several Caribbean islands this summer, vacationers didn’t stay home and mope.<p>Instead, airline data show that many travelers rebooked their vacations in Mexico.<p>From October 2017 through March 2018, U.S. and international airlines have cut more …

Los Cabos

Natural disasters and the implications of missing so much school

<i>; Credit: LA Johnson/NPR</i>Haley Samsel and Elissa Nadworny | NPRIt's no secret that we've had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as …

Virgin Islands

NOAA and Coast Guard save threatened coral from submerged sailboats after hurricane maria

<b>In early October, as many emergency workers responded to hurricane damage on land, NOAA Fisheries and our partners responded to damage in the water.</b> …

Sailing

U.S. Virgin Islands sailors inspire Di Blasi at the Sanya 2017 Youth Worlds

Mateo Di Blasi (ISV) is making his first career appearance at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China, the world's premier junior …

Sailing

Don’t ignore the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Dec. 10 Travel article “Recovering nicely,” which described resort reconstruction in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was myopic at best. The article tragically contradicted the reality of 107,000 U.S. citizens who yet endure mostly unlivable conditions as a result of a woefully slow Federal Emergency …

Opinion

Visit 12 Caribbean Islands In A Year With The 'Beach Of The Month' Club

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you may still have some people to check off on your gift-giving list. But trying to find the perfect present can be hard. For the frequent traveler in your life, it can be a particular challenge. They tend to want something both cool and practical and …

Virgin Islands

How to Rebuild Puerto Rico

1. Round One<p>Fear hit Orlando Gonzalez only after the storm had already been battering his grandmother’s house for more than 12 hours. It wasn’t the …

Business

Winning Powerball Numbers, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017

Powerball's jackpot for December 13, 2017, is estimated at $229 million. Do you have the winning ticket?<p>Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot has …

Los Angeles

These Pacific Beach apartments will stay at $550 a month under new owner

A faith-based nonprofit has purchased low-income senior apartments in Pacific Beach for $10.1 million and agreed to keep rent low for the next 30 …

Real Estate

4 Things to Know Before ACA Open Enrollment Ends

Open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act exchanges ends Friday at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). If you don't get your insurance through your …

Health Care

FFA members awarded National American FFA Degrees

Courtesy photo<p>Jamie McKinley, Escondido FFA, American FFA Degree winner<p>Jamie McKinley, Escondido FFA, American FFA Degree winner (Courtesy …

California

The Ultimate Guide to Best Rate Guarantees

With an increasingly competitive travel landscape, prices are bound to fluctuate — and savvy travelers can take advantage of the fact that many …

Hospitality

HYPOCRITE: Kirsten Gillibrand Held Hands With Alleged Rapist Bill Clinton, Praised Him

Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and other Democratic lawmakers responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump that attacked …

Conservative View

House GOP leaders eye 'defense only' spending bill

As they rush to finish work on a $1 trillion-plus tax bill — and deal with a political earthquake in Alabama — GOP congressional leaders are wrestling with another huge issue: how to avoid a government shutdown.<p>House GOP leaders are considering a funding bill that covers a full year of defense …

Politics

Morning News Host Robin Meade Talks Recording Christmas Song With Sugarland's Kristian Bush

Having worked at HLN for 16 years, Robin Meade knows that reporting on tragedy is part of the news -- after all, her first day on the job was Sept. …

Are We Finally Going To Help Puerto Rico Power Up?

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are in the midst of the largest blackout in American history. But it appears that a more serious contractor has come to the islands to help resurrect their electrical and power systems.<p>The Louis Berger Group has won an Army Corps of Engineers contract, worth …

Caribbean

Hurricane evacuees to get Mass. tuition rate

Hundreds of students uprooted from their homes in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico can now get in-state tuition at Massachusetts colleges and …

Higher Education

Aid for disaster-stricken states could be punted into January

Even the No. 2 Republican in the Senate now fears it could be pushed another month.<p>Lawmakers from Texas and Florida are exceedingly anxious that hurricane recovery aid will be sidelined in next week’s government funding scramble amid internal disputes over who should get how much cash.<p>Congress was …

Politics

Massachusetts to offer in-state tuition to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

SPRINGFIELD — Marcos Figueroa had just started his third year as a criminology major when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September.Figueroa was …

Caribbean

New England news in brief

Cambridge<p>National labor board rules against Harvard<p>The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday rejected Harvard University’s attempt to block a new …

Boston

In-State Tuition Rates Offered To Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

<i>Ricardo Rosello, Governor of Puerto Rico. (RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)</i><p>WELLESLEY (AP) -- As the Governor of Puerto Rico visited Boston Tuesday, …

Caribbean

Twitter's 10 Most-Retweeted Tweets of the Year

America's tweeter in chief, President Donald Trump, doesn't land among Twitter's most-retweeted tweets or most-liked tweets of the year – though his …

Barack Obama

Senate Democrats Are Negotiating An Agreement That Would Protect Dreamers From Trump Deportation

Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that Democrats and Republicans are close to an agreement on DACA.<p>Video:<p>Schumer said on the Senate …

Liberal View

Puerto Rican governor denounces US tax bill as devastating to island’s recovery

Millions of Puerto Ricans have gone months without power. Many of the island’s roads and water systems remain destroyed. While the official death …

Boston

Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello discusses statehood, tax bill impacts

Puerto Rico would be "penalized" under tax bills passed by the U.S. House and Senate, according to the island's governor, who said the U.S. territory …

Caribbean

2017 By the Books: A Month-by-Month Reader’s Guide

<b>JANUAR</b><b>Y</b><p>In January, half a million women, most of them wearing bright pink “pussy hats,” marched for human rights on Washington, D.C. The march was partially in response to the election of Trump as president despite his open and admitted contempt and harassment of women, which he did not limit to …

Grenfell Tower

New CDC head faces questions about financial conflicts of interest

ATLANTA — After five months in office, President Trump’s new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been unable to divest financial holdings that pose potential conflicts of interest, hindering her ability to fully perform her job.<p>Brenda Fitzgerald, 71, who served as the …

Government