Latest Dominican Republic News

Software glitches force Dominican Republic to suspend vote

Feb. 16, 2020 1:51 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Problems with electronic voting systems forced the Dominican Republic to suspend municipal elections across the country on Sunday. The president of the Central Electoral Board, Julio Cesar Castaños Guzmán, said the voting was halted after about three hours...

North Dakota non-oil exports total $2.2 billion in 2019

Feb. 12, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Commercial Service says that excluding oil, North Dakota exported more than $2.2 billion worth of products last year, which is nearly an 11% decrease from 2018. The state's export decline was led by soybeans and machinery, including farm implements. Soybean exports decreased...

Jiménez returns to Rockies, where he had greatest success

Feb. 12, 2020 1:56 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez had the best three-season pitching run in Colorado history. A decade later, he is working on a reprise. Jiménez, who won 46 games with Colorado from 2008 to 2010, is back in the Rockies’ camp on a minor league contract and hopes to...

Man who fled the country arraigned in barbershop shooting

Feb. 10, 2020 6:09 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man has been returned to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic to face charges in a fatal shooting at a Worcester barbershop in 2013, prosecutors said Monday. Eduardo Montero, 42, was arraigned Monday in Worcester Superior Court in connection with the death of Eliezer Rivera, 30,...

Giants C Garcia to miss up to eight months after hip surgery

Feb. 8, 2020 9:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Aramis Garcia had surgery on his right hip after getting injured during winter ball in the Dominican Republic in December. He will miss up to eight months. The Giants said Saturday that Garcia underwent surgery Thursday to repair the labrum in his hip. He...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. looks on from the dugout during the fifth inning of A baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in San Diego. Tatis Jr. has become one of major league baseball's most exciting young players, showing an instinct and aggressiveness that make it hard to believe he's only 20. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Padres look to welcome back Tatis from season-ending injury

Feb. 7, 2020 5:24 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres head into spring training fresh off the disappointment of not landing Mookie Betts but eager to get on with the ever-evolving rebuilding they hope will make them competitive sooner rather than later. Betts, the 2018 AL MVP with Boston, ended up with the division rival...

Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot, helps load equipment at Comerica Park in Detroit, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in preparation for the move to Lakeland, Fla., for the opening of spring training. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Twins, Tigers to play in Dominican Republic on March 7

Feb. 5, 2020 3:15 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is returning to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years, with the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers playing a spring training game in Santo Domingo on March 7. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic. The last...

Woman pleads guilty to using stolen ID to get benefits

Feb. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A woman from the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty Wednesday to remaining in the U.S. after her visa expired and using a stolen identity and Social Security number to illegally obtain a Rhode Island driver's license and government welfare benefits, federal prosecutors said Sonia...

Man to be arraigned in connection with 1990 murder in Lowell

Feb. 1, 2020 11:52 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man wanted for murder in Massachusetts for nearly 30 years who fled to the Dominican Republic will be arraigned Monday, according to the FBI. The FBI Boston Division said Jose Armanda Betances has been turned over to the agency. Special agents were scheduled to meet Betances at Boston's...

Cuban man gets 4+ years for migrant smuggling operation

Jan. 30, 2020 2:34 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban man has been sentenced to four years and nine months in U.S. federal prison for running a human smuggling operation from Cuba to Mexico to the United States. Tomas Vale Valdivia, 45, was sentenced Tuesday in Miami federal court, according to court records. He pleaded guilty last year...