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Alleged Dominican drug kingpin arrested in Colombia

Dec. 2, 2019 9:04 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The head of one of the Dominican Republic’s largest drug trafficking organizations was arrested on Monday in Colombia, Dominican authorities said. César Emilio Peralta, widely known by his nickname César the Abuser, is accused of running a network...

20 tourists, mainly Russians, injured in Dominican bus crash

Nov. 26, 2019 5:54 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — At least 22 Russian tourists were seriously injured on Tuesday after a bus they were in collided with a truck in the Dominican Republic’s eastern region, according to officials. The bus was en route to the airport in La Romana and was carrying 41 people,...

Man arraigned in 1995 shooting in Boston

Nov. 25, 2019 3:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who authorities allege killed a man who kicked him out of a house party in Boston in 1995 has pleaded not guilty. Police say 46-year-old William Sanchez fled to his home country of the Dominican Republic following the shooting of Jorge Medina in the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 1995....

Colombia ambassador criticizes State Department in recording

Nov. 20, 2019 8:55 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Colombia’s ambassador in Washington was embarrassed Wednesday by publication of a recording in which he trashes the State Department as a feckless institution subjugated to the whims of the White House. The Colombian newspaper Publimetro posted the recording...

Ex-Dominican Republic ambassador faces no prison in UN case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Dominican Republic ambassador who admitted his role in a United Nations bribery conspiracy was spared prison Friday by a judge who credited his substantial cooperation at the trial of a Chinese billionaire. Francis Lorenzo, 52, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick,...

Southwest jet makes emergency landing after galley fire

Nov. 6, 2019 6:18 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Norfolk, Virginia, on Wednesday after a report of a small fire in the galley of the plane. The plane was able to taxi to the gate, and there were no injuries, said Steven Sterling, deputy executive director of Norfolk International...

US officials seize $48M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico

Oct. 31, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities say they have seized an estimated $48 million worth of cocaine off Puerto Rico's south coast. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officials interdicted a boat on Thursday that was carrying more than 4,000 pounds (1,900 kilograms) of the drug. It is the...

State court asks ICE stop deporting defendants pending trial

Oct. 24, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' court system wants federal immigration officials to stop deporting criminal defendants awaiting trial unless they alert judges and prosecutors first. State Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said in a letter to U.S....

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

Oct. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania. His second campaign, far better financed and organized than his first, is pressing every potential...

FBI tests find no evidence of wrongdoing in Dominican deaths

Oct. 19, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says FBI toxicology reports on the mysterious deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic showed no evidence inconsistent with the island nation's findings of natural causes. The department says "the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing...