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This Dec. 2008 photo courtesy of J.B. Diederich shows J.B.'s father Bernard Diederich in Martinborough, New Zealand. Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at his home in his adopted homeland of Haiti. He was 93. (J.B. Diederich via AP)

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti. He was 93. His oldest son, J.B. Diederich, said the man who covered civil wars, coups, earthquakes and hurricanes across...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. Sano and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, Jan. 10, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Twins finalize 3-year, $30M contract with Sanó

Jan. 14, 2020 8:46 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó’s tenure with Minnesota has flashed all the potential the Twins envisioned when they started scouting him as a 13-year-old in the Dominican Republic. Sanó’s progress, highlighted by those prodigious home runs, have also been offset by hefty strikeout...

Nationals prospect Fausto Segura dies at 23

Jan. 13, 2020 2:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals say pitching prospect Fausto Segura has died. He was 23. The team announced the news in a statement Monday. ESPN Deportes reported that Segura died in a traffic accident Sunday night in his hometown of Barahona, Dominican Republic. The right-hander signed a contract with...

Woman gets 30 years in arson that killed three firefighters

Dec. 13, 2019 2:20 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for an arson that left three firefighters dead has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 30, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in August to one count each of second-degree murder, arson and...

Dominican Republic to require visas for Venezuelans

Dec. 9, 2019 5:56 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic will require visas for Venezuelans, who have moved to the country by the thousands amid an economic and humanitarian crisis, officials said Monday. The measure goes into effect Dec. 16. Until then, Venezuelans will be able to travel to the...

Legendary Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz poses for a photo with a fan after making a surprise appearance at the Day of Legends baseball event at the Quisqueya Stadium, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Dominican-American retired professional baseball player was shot in the back in his native country six months ago by a hired gunman who drove up on a motorcycle and fired at close range, hitting him in the torso. They said the intended target was another man. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

Baseball star Ortiz makes first appearance since being shot

Dec. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EST

SANTO DOMINGO (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity. The Dominican-born superstar was greeted by a standing ovation and raucous cheers when he...

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...