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Kristen Pankratz, center, poses with her parents David and Anne on their yacht Amazing Grace in Tahiti on April, 23, 2020. Pankratz gave up her advertising job in Dallas and set sail with her parents in January. But now, along with hundreds of other sailors, the family finds themselves stranded in paradise. They made it as far as Tahiti in remote French Polynesia, one of the last places to offer refuge as borders slammed shut. (Kristen Pankratz via AP)

Stranded in paradise: Hundreds of sailors stuck in Pacific

May. 28, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For as long as she can remember, 28-year-old Kristen Pankratz has shared in her dad’s dream to sail around the world. Life somehow always got in the way. But after giving up her advertising job in Dallas, she finally set sail with her parents in January. Now, along...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo supplied by World Vision, a house is damaged from Cyclone Harold on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. The United Nations released $2.5 million from its emergency humanitarian fund on Monday, April 13, 2020, to help thousands of people in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold and offered support to other hard-hit countries. (World Vision via AP, File)

UN releases $2.5 million to help cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu

Apr. 14, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations released $2.5 million from its emergency humanitarian fund on Monday to help thousands of people in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold and offered support to other hard-hit countries. The cyclone made landfall on the largest island...