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Police: Prostitutes Were Paid to Accuse Menendez

Police track payments to lawyer

(Newser) - Police in the Dominican Republic say they have determined that three women who said they had sex with Senator Robert Menendez for money were in fact paid to make false claims by an attorney in the Caribbean country. Officers traced the payments to attorney Melanio Figueroa, a police spokesman said... More »

Menendez Took Another Dominican Flight: Report

Anonymous sources say donor gave him at least one more ride than he's admitted

(Newser) - The hits keep coming for embattled Sen. Robert Menendez . Sources are telling Fox News that the New Jersey Democrat took at least one more trip to the Dominican Republic on a campaign donor's private plane than he has publicly admitted. The sources say Salomon Melgen flew Menendez there in... More »

Magician's Head Set on Fire on Dominican TV

No, it was not an illusion

(Newser) - An American magician was recuperating yesterday in the Dominican Republic after a local television show host lit his head on fire with a flammable cologne. California native Wayne Houchin said he is receiving treatment for burns that doctors are cautiously optimistic will not result in scars. A statement on his... More »

2 Caribbean Women: NJ Senator Paid Us for Sex

Women point finger at Democrat Bob Menendez

(Newser) - Two women from the Dominican Republic tell the Daily Caller that New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez gave them money in exchange for sex at a resort in that country this spring, in a report getting picked up by conservative blogs. In interviews given via translator, the two, who asked to... More »

Isaac Could Become Hurricane Monday

Tampa still in the 'forecast cone'

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Isaac is on its way to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it's not as strong as expected —yet. By Monday, however, it could become a hurricane "somewhere over the Gulf of Mexico," a US forecaster tells the AP . Still, Republicans don't plan... More »

Hurricane Irene Grows Stronger, Heads for US

Category 2 storm now on course for Bahamas

(Newser) - A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Irene roared off the Dominican Republic's northern coast yesterday, whipping up high waves and torrential downpours on a track that could see it reach the US Southeast as a major storm by the end of the week. Irene grew into a Category 2 hurricane late... More »

Hurricane Irene Slams Puerto Rico

Next stop: Hispaniola

(Newser) - Hurricane Irene cut power to more than a million people in Puerto Rico, downing trees and flooding streets, before heading out over warm ocean water today on a path that could take it to the US mainland by the end of the week. There were no reports of deaths or... More »

Ex-Major Leaguer Jose Lima Dead at 37

Pitcher for Dodgers, Astros, Mets suffered heart attack

(Newser) - Former major league pitcher Jose Lima died today at age 37, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced. The Aguilas Cibaenas, Lima's winter ball team in the Dominican Republic, said he died of an apparent heart attack. In 13 major league seasons, Lima was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA. He hadn't... More »

Adviser to US Missionaries on Run From Police

Jorge Puello admits he is the man being sought in El Salvador

(Newser) - Dominican police and US agents are trying to hunt down Jorge Puello, the Dominican man who was serving as legal adviser to the American missionaries jailed in Haiti. Puello, who originally had denied ever having been to El Salvador, now admits to the AP that he is wanted in El... More »

Cop: Baptists Tried to Grab Haiti Kids Earlier

Group caught with a busload of 40 kids last month

(Newser) - The Baptist missionaries jailed on kidnapping charges in Haiti tried not once, but twice, to take kids out of the country, according to a Haitian police officer. The officer stopped the group last month and ordered some 40 children off their bus as they headed from Haiti to the Dominican... More »

Baptists Charged With Kidnapping Haitian Orphans

US missionaries detained in Port-Au-Prince

(Newser) - Ten Americans detained in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country after the Jan. 12 earthquake have been charged with child kidnapping and criminal association, their Haitian lawyer said. The Baptist missionaries, most of them members of an Idaho-based church group, were whisked away from the... More »

One Island, Two Faults Adds Up to Trouble Ahead

Geologists keeping a worried eye on the Haiti-Dominican Republic hot zone

(Newser) - Haiti's devastating earthquake came as a shock to most non-geologists, but the Caribbean is one of the most seismically active areas in the world. The Caribbean plate is squeezed between two larger plates, the North American and South American, creating loaded fault lines. Haiti's quake was along the Enriquillo line—... More »

Aid Reaches More Survivors

Now, hundreds of thousands need relocation

(Newser) - Improved logistics are allowing relief teams to deliver aid to an increasing number of victims in Port-Au-Prince and other areas of Haiti affected by the deadly earthquake. Given the time that has passed since the quake, disaster teams are switching their focus from search and rescue operations to relocation for... More »

Anger Erupts at US Takeover of Haiti Airport

France, Brazil, Red Cross furious at flight diversions

(Newser) - The global relief effort in Haiti has devolved into a nasty power struggle, with countries and aid agencies furious at the US takeover of emergency operations. France, Brazil, which runs the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders, and the Red Cross all lodged complaints after their aid shipments... More »

Q&A About Haiti Quake

Questions answered, like why wasn't the Dominican Republic hit?

(Newser) - Confused about why the Haitian earthquake didn't also hit the Dominican Republic or cause a tsunami? Slate provides answers:
  • Why so much destruction? Haiti has no national building codes, and though some follow best practices, inspection is almost nonexistent.
  • Why wasn't the DR affected? It was, but most of the
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Geologists Warned of Haiti Earthquake

Calculations predicted temblor of up to 7.2 magnitude—but not timing

(Newser) - Scientists have known for years that the fault Haiti sits on was due for a large-magnitude quake—they just didn’t know when. A 2008 paper predicted a quake registering up to 7.2, but “it could have been the next day, it could have been 10 years, it... More »

Dutchmen Flying High After Dominican Upset

(Newser) - The Netherlands’ upset of a squad full of big-league Dominican talent still seems pretty far-fetched, Jeff Passan writes for Yahoo Sports the day after the stunning Dutch victory in the World Baseball Classic. “They beat a team paid more than $80 million this year by melding kids trying to... More »

Haiti School Collapse Kills At Least 30

Poor repair job, not recent rains, doomed building, mayor says

(Newser) - At least 30 people, many possibly children, died in Haiti today when a school building collapsed, AP reports. The school, in a village in the hills above Port-au-Prince, experienced a partial collapse in 2000. Before today, the building was under construction, and the town’s mayor said structural problems, not... More »

'Language Barrier', Not Tax Evasion: Rangel

Powerful congressman sorry for screw-up

(Newser) - Rep. Charles Rangel blamed his failure to pay taxes on his rental income from a Caribbean villa to “cultural and language barriers,” reports the New York Times. “Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish,” Rangel said of his attempts to... More »

Ike Spikes to Cat 4, Deadly Hanna Churns Toward US

Now Josephine's waiting in the wings

(Newser) - Two major storms are churning across the Atlantic, with their chances of striking the US still unclear. Hurricane Ike has rapidly strengthened to a raging Category 4, while Tropical Storm Hanna is now battering the Bahamas after killing 26 in Haiti. Hanna could hit the US  Saturday anywhere between Georgia... More »

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