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They Flew to the Bahamas to Elope. Then Nothing

Family hasn't heard from Donna Grant or Forrest Sanco since Sept. 26

(Newser) - Family got worried when Forrest Sanco didn't come to pick up his cat. Their worry grew when they learned he hadn't shown up to work. They reported Sanco and his girlfriend, Donna Grant, missing Oct. 6—10 days after the couple had flown to the Bahamas on a... More »

Eyes Turn to Difficult-to-Predict Hurricane Jose

One model gives it a 25% chance of hitting US next week

(Newser) - Those already battered by one or two hurricanes don't want to hear that misfortune comes in threes. Following in the wake of Harvey and Irma late Monday, Hurricane Jose was a Category 1 storm near the southeast tip of the Bahamas, centered about 400 miles north-northeast of Turks and... More »

Downgraded But Deadly, Irma Leaves Trail of Destruction

Florida making final preparations

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma continued to leave a trail of destruction behind it in the Caribbean early Friday, slamming into the Turks and Caicos Islands, where communication was cut off and widespread damage feared. The storm was later downgraded from a Category 5 storm to a Category 4 storm with maximum winds... More »

'Biggest Scam of 2017': Phelps' Race Against a Great White

Fans didn't realize he'd be racing against computer-generated sharks, not real ones

(Newser) - It was supposed to be the event of the summer. Well, OK, an event of the summer—but Michael Phelps fans still had high hopes for the swimming champ's much-hyped race Sunday against a bunch of sharks. They didn't read the fine print, however, and People and the... More »

Man Sought 'Presumed Dead' Letter for New Wife, Fast

The Coast Guard dedicated 138 hours searching for her

(Newser) - In Florida, a person must be missing for five years before a "letter of presumed death" can be issued. But in a new twist, documents reveal that Lewis Bennett requested such a letter just four days after his new wife, Isabella Hellmann, went missing and the day after the... More »

NYT Gets Its Hands on Telling Recording of Fyre Fest Meeting

'NYT' cites audio of an apparently unfazed Ja Rule, partner after fiasco

(Newser) - People won't soon forget the Ja Rule "luxury" music fest in the Bahamas that ended in chaos . The performer and his business partner, Billy McFarland, apologized afterward, but the pair's company, Fyre Media, has now been slammed with more than a dozen lawsuits, and a source tells... More »

Organizers Sorry for 'Unacceptable' Luxury Festival Chaos

They're going to try again in the US

(Newser) - After delivering a "luxury" festival experience so bad some attendees likened it to The Lord of the Flies, the people behind the Fyre Festival have promised much better things next time around. In a statement to Billboard , festival co-owners Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule give their side of... More »

$12K Tickets to Luxury Music Festival Definitely Not Worth It

Fyre Festival in Bahamas postponed amid chaos, confusion

(Newser) - Thousands of people who had paid as much as $12,780 to attend a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas arrived Thursday to find what they're describing as a "scam," a "sham," and a "complete cluster." The New York ... More »

It Wasn't Booze That Killed Famed Swimming Pigs

It was sand, apparently

(Newser) - When a spate of unexplained deaths among the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas made headlines last week, one of the wilder theories was that tourists were getting them drunk on alcohol in fatal quantities. The real reason appears to be less sensational: sand. Veterinarians examining the bodies of some... More »

Bahamas' Swimming Pigs Dying, Likely Due to Tourists

Some think the friendly animals are being fed snacks and booze

(Newser) - The Washington Post calls the untimely demise of some of the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas—the friendly feral animals who live on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, aka "Pig Beach" —a "mysterious wave of death." But some say that the reason may... More »

Leak Reveals Another Tillerson-Russia Tie

He headed Exxon's Russian subsidiary

(Newser) - Documents leaked to a German newspaper have revealed that Rex Tillerson has even stronger ties to Russia than first thought, the Guardian reports. The ExxonMobil CEO spent years as a director of Exxon Neftegas, Exxon's Russian subsidiary based in the Bahamas for tax purposes, according to corporate documents leaked... More »

Search Underway for Woman Who Leapt From Cruise Ship

Carnival Ecstasy was in the Bahamas at the time

(Newser) - A 32-year-old woman "was witnessed jumping overboard" from the 11th deck of a Carnival cruise ship before dawn Wednesday, the cruise line says in a statement to CBS News . The Ecstasy was about 15 miles off the coast of the island of Grand Bahama at the time, and the... More »

Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory Over US Police Shootings

'Exercise extreme caution...in interactions with the police'

(Newser) - In a reversal of how this kind of thing normally works, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory Friday to its citizens visiting the US, NBC News reports. According to BBC , the advisory was brought on by the deadly week in the US. Or as the Bahamas' Ministry of Foreign Affairs... More »

Feds: Guy Hacked 130 Celebs' Scripts, Sex Tapes

Alonzo Knowles had a treasure trove of hacked information: prosecutors

(Newser) - A Bahamian man hacked into celebrities' email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts and private sex tapes and sought to peddle some of the scripts, boasting to an undercover agent that he had dossiers on at least 130 accounts of bigshots in entertainment, sports, and media, federal prosecutors... More »

Man Plummets Off Deck of Royal Caribbean Ship

Coast Guard searching waters near the Bahamas for 35-year-old

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man on a Royal Caribbean cruise went overboard early Friday morning, and the Coast Guard is now combing the waters near the Bahamas to find him, WESH 2 reports. Officials says staff on the Oasis of the Seas ship, now on its way back to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... More »

Oil Slick Spotted Near Where Missing Ship Hit Hurricane

Search resumes for El Faro as weather improves

(Newser) - Aircraft returned to the southeastern Bahamas early Sunday to resume the search for a US cargo ship that has not been heard from since it was caught in Hurricane Joaquin, and the Coast Guard quickly said it spotted "life jackets, life rings, containers, and an oil sheen" in the... More »

What Could Happen Even If Joaquin Doesn't Hit

Storm staying out at sea so far, but it will probably still rain hard on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 4 storm that's currently battering the Bahamas, but the East Coast may dodge one bullet this weekend if the storm keeps to its offshore path, Weather.com and CNN report. Tracking maps show Joaquin solidly out in the Atlantic and set to keep veering... More »

New Hurricane on Track for East Coast Next Week

But too early to predict specifics about Joaquin

(Newser) - The Bahamas braced Wednesday for a brush with Hurricane Joaquin, which was on a projected track that would take it near the East Coast of the US early next week. The storm is expected to belt the Bahamas hardest on Thursday, and the US National Hurricane Center long-term forecast showed... More »

Baby Rescued on Raft After Bahamas Plane Crash

Infant, 4 other survivors picked up 9 miles southeast of Nassau after Cessna crash

(Newser) - A single-engine Cessna took off at sunset yesterday evening from Crooked Island in the Bahamas, heading toward Nassau. It never made it, crashing into the water, but the five people aboard—including an 8-month-old baby—did make it, floating on a life raft for three hours before being picked up... More »

Plane Carrying Famed Preacher 'Exploded on Impact'

Myles Munroe, wife Ruth, 7 others die in Bahamas crash

(Newser) - A well-known preacher and his wife were among nine passengers killed after their plane "exploded on impact" after hitting a crane in the Bahamas, Reuters reports. The Learjet 36 was carrying Myles Munroe, wife Ruth, and Richard Pinder, the VP of Munroe's ministry, among other passengers and two... More »

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