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Firefighters subdue deadly blaze at key oil facility in Cuba

Aug. 10, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that consumed at least half of a large oil storage facility in western Cuba and threatened to bring more power failures to the island’s already fragile electricity system was largely controlled Wednesday after nearly five days, authorities said. Flames...

Trump-backed Levy wins GOP Senate primary in Connecticut

Aug. 10, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leora Levy, a first-time political candidate who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump, won the Connecticut Republican primary for U.S. Senate in an upset Tuesday that could signal a shift for the state GOP after years of backing moderates. ...

US Virgin Islands creates park system, adds 30 properties

Aug. 09, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday created a new territorial parks system that protects more than 30 areas from commercial development and reserves them for activities including hiking and beaching. Properties that total hundreds of acres were...

Raging fire consumes 4th tank at Cuba oil storage facility

Aug. 09, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Flames engulfed a fourth tank at an oil storage facility in western Cuba on Tuesday as the raging fire consumes critical fuel supplies on an island grappling with a growing energy crisis. Firefighters and specialists from Mexico and Venezuela helped fight the blaze in...

Ex FBI agent turns self in to face Puerto Rico criminal case

Aug. 09, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Former FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was indicted in a corruption case against a former Puerto Rico governor, turned himself into federal authorities Tuesday in the U.S. territory and declared himself not guilty, according to officials. The U.S....

1 dead after US Coast Guard, boat collide in Puerto Rico

Aug. 08, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a Puerto Rico fishing boat collided Monday in an incident that killed one person and injured another, officials said. The accident occurred in the early afternoon near the north coastal town of Dorado, according to a U.S....

Oil facility fire jeopardizes Cuba's frail electric system

Aug. 08, 2022 19:24 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread on Monday, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Flames around dawn enveloped a third tank that...

Pope encourages Cuban search crews after Matanzas blaze

Aug. 08, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is offering support to firefighters and search crews in Cuba following the fire and explosions at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. In a telegram Monday to Cuban bishops, Francis said he was closely following news of the...

Firefighters battle big blaze at Cuba tank farm for 2nd day

Aug. 07, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban firefighters were joined by special teams sent by Mexico and Venezuela on Sunday as they battled for a second day to control a fire blazing at a big oil tank farm in the western province of Matanzas. The blaze began Friday night when lightning struck a storage...

Official: Gang kills, burns former Haitian senator, nephew

Aug. 07, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti's capital and his body set on fire along with his nephew, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday. ...