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Minister promotes safety of Dominican Republic after deaths

Sep. 12, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dominican Republic is a safe destination with improved security, its tourism minister said Thursday as part of a campaign to clear the image for the Caribbean nation after news of deaths of nine American tourists this year went viral. Speaking at an event in New York, Tourism Minister...

Dominican Republic flight to Florida diverted to Bahamas

Sep. 11, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a JetBlue flight traveling from the Dominican Republic to Florida had to make an emergency landing in the Bahamas. News outlets report that the plane was on its way to Orlando International Airport on Wednesday morning when it was diverted to Nassau. No injuries were...

Dominican vibes and a youthful feel at Oscar de la Renta

Sep. 11, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar de la Renta's designing duo, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, looked to the homeland of the label's late, legendary founder for their latest show: the Dominican Republic. They presented a jaunty collection with a youthful feel, while making clear that the label is still decidedly about...

The rise and fall of former Venezuelan spymaster 'El Pollo'

Sep. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The two intelligence agents scoured the sun-kissed faces of holidaymakers at Madrid's airport until they spotted the 5½-foot bald man. Traveling under a disguised identity, Hugo Chávez's long-time spy chief and one of the U.S.'s most wanted drug fugitives had just landed in Spain...

Papi's Back: David Ortiz throws out 1st pitch at Fenway

Sep. 9, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had a chance to thank his adoring fans at Fenway Park exactly three months after he was shot in the back while in his native Dominican Republic. In his first public appearance since June 9, when he was seriously injured in a Santo Domingo nightclub, Ortiz...

Marital bliss or nah: '90 Day Fiance' becomes hit for TLC

Sep. 9, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "90 Day Fiance" is becoming more popular by the spinoff for TLC. The docu-series follows different couples involving an American and a foreigner who are searching for love while trying to overcome cultural barriers in a race to marry. It's a rushed journey to the altar, particularly for...

France, Australia into World Cup quarters; US must wait

Sep. 7, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The U.S. is in the...

Czech Republic, Australia keep rolling in World Cup

Sep. 7, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

The Czech Republic defeated Brazil 93-71 on Saturday to keep itself in the hunt for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with an easy win over the previously unbeaten South Americans. Tomas Satoransky scored 20 points, added nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Czechs (3-1), who will play Greece on...

Greece beats New Zealand for final spot in 2nd round of WCup

Sep. 5, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

Greece is headed to the second round of the World Cup after beating New Zealand 103-97 on Thursday in a showdown between teams that both had a shot at advancing. Greece (2-1) was the last team to make the 16-team field for the second round. New Zealand (1-2) has to settle for the consolation bracket and will be...

Puerto Rico punches its ticket to 2nd round of World Cup

Sep. 4, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

Puerto Rico couldn't even begin qualifying for this World Cup at home two years ago, forced to move its opening game to Florida because of the damage that Hurricane Maria inflicted on the island. It was undeterred then. It is in the World Cup's second round now. Gary Browne's 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left...