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Saving Coral Reefs Could Involve a Little Sound Trickery

Coral larvae settle more often in damaged areas when sounds of healthy reef are played: study

(Newser) - Young people don't want to grow up in degraded neighborhoods devoid of the life and color that mark a healthy ecosystem. And surprise, surprise, the same goes for young coral. That's a problem because, without new life coming in, established but ailing coral reefs risk "becoming ocean...

Nevada Caucuses Go Exactly as Expected

Trump won them, as well as the US Virgin Islands

(Newser) - As expected, Donald Trump won Nevada's Republican presidential caucuses Thursday after he was the only major candidate to compete, the AP reports. Nikki Haley skipped the caucuses, the only contest in Nevada that counts toward the GOP nomination. Haley cited what she considered an unfair process favoring Trump and...

JPMorgan Settles Epstein Case With $75M Payment

Virgin Islands accused the bank of turning a blind eye to his sex trafficking of girls

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase will pay $75 million to close an ugly chapter in the banking giant's history. The payment settles a lawsuit brought by the US Virgin Islands that accused the bank of turning a blind eye to the sex trafficking of girls by Jeffrey Epstein, reports the New York ...

Former US Swimmer's Cause of Death in Virgin Islands Revealed

Jamie Cail died of accidental fentanyl poisoning, announce Virgin Islands police

(Newser) - A former US swimming star found dead in the US Virgin Islands in February died of accidental fentanyl poisoning, according to police. Jamie Cail, 42, died of "fentanyl intoxication with aspiration of gastric content," police said in a Saturday release, per NBC News . An autopsy was performed on...

Elon Musk to Be Subpoenaed Regarding Jeffrey Epstein

US Virgin Islands wants documents from billionaire

(Newser) - There have long been rumors that Jeffrey Epstein once advised Elon Musk , and now the US Virgin Islands is looking to subpoena the Tesla CEO as part of a lawsuit related to the alleged billionaire sex trafficker. The Virgin Islands is suing JPMorgan Chase over the bank's ties to...

Biden Heads to US Virgin Islands
Biden Heads to
US Virgin Islands

Biden Heads to US Virgin Islands

'We've missed him the last couple of years'

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday was headed to a place very familiar to him—the US Virgin Islands—to enjoy some downtime and warmer weather and to ring in a new year with family. The White House announced late Monday that the president and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, would...

Virgin Islands Gets Hefty Payday From Epstein's Estate

$105M, plus half the proceeds from sale of one of his private islands

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's estate will pay more than $105 million to settle the lawsuit the Virgin Islands brought against Epstein nearly three years ago. The attorney general of the US territory accused the billionaire financier of using the islands as the base of his sex trafficking activities, for which he...

Epstein Islands Hit the Market
Epstein's Islands Are for Sale

Epstein's Islands Are for Sale

Retreats where prosecutors say financier abused girls and women are listed at $125M

(Newser) - Two islands where Jeffrey Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting women and girls are for sale. Known as Great St James and Little St. James, the Caribbean islands are listed at $125 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. An attorney for the estate of Epstein, a financier whose 2019 death...

Pandora Papers Look 'Really Bad' for Jordan's King
Pandora Papers
Look 'Really Bad'
for Jordan's King

Pandora Papers Look 'Really Bad' for Jordan's King

King Abdullah reportedly used front companies to buy $106M in real estate while citizens struggled

(Newser) - We're learning more about the tax avoidance schemes of the uber-rich courtesy of the Pandora Papers , published Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which are putting Jordan's King Abdullah II in a particularly bad light. The longest-serving monarch in the Arab world, who's ruled Jordan...

Epstein Lawyers: Help, the Lights Are Going Out

They ask the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands to strike down liens

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein once bought Caribbean islands and private jets with the flick of a pen. Now lawyers for his $600 million estate say checks are starting to bounce, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, they told the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands that liens placed by a local attorney...

They Found Her Car, Backpack. The Search Continues for Her

Kentucky woman Lucy Schuhmann vanished in Virgin Islands last week

(Newser) - After a one-day break due to Tropical Storm Karen, the search is back on for a med-school grad from Kentucky who vanished in the Virgin Islands last week. NBC News notes 48-year-old Lucy Schuhmann was reported missing on Sept. 19 after her bags were found at a Coral Bay vacation...

Dorian Hits Caribbean, Builds Toward Category 3
Dorian to America: Here I Come

Dorian to America: Here I Come

The hurricane eyes Florida while building toward Category 3

(Newser) - For the Caribbean, it was bad but not crushing. For Florida, it's time to worry. That's the gist of Hurricane Dorian news Wednesday after the Category 1 storm caused flooding and power outages across Caribbean islands—including Puerto Rico—and grew closer to a Category 3 while churning...

Captain Charged in Sailor's Sad, Strange Death

Rick Smith is under arrest in the US Virgin Islands

(Newser) - A Maine seaman is facing up to 10 years in prison for the death of a sailor on his boat—who committed suicide. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Rick Smith tells the Press Herald . According to reports, interviews, and court documents, Smith was piloting his...

What New York Is Doing for College-Age Maria Victims

Tuition help being offered to displaced students at 64 state universities

(Newser) - Mainland US universities are offering a helping hand to students in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria. Some schools are granting students discounted tuition at the rate for in-state residents; others are waiving tuition altogether for a semester, NPR reports. Tuition help is being offered...

Trump Talks Meeting President of Virgin Islands, Which Is ... Himself

Trump likely meant the governor of the Virgin Islands, which is a US territory

(Newser) - "I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the president of the Virgin Islands," CNN quotes President Trump as saying Friday during the Value Voter Summit. He later added: "The Virgin Islands and the President of the Virgin Islands, these are people that are incredible...

Real-Life Jason Bourne Disappears. Again

Teacher with rare form of amnesia goes missing amid hurricane destruction

(Newser) - "It's definitely made me reconsider everything. Who was I before? Who was I then—is that part of me? Who am I now?" The New York Times reports Hannah Upp, a 32-year-old teacher in St. Thomas, disappeared Sept. 14, a week after Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands....

Cruise Lines Come to the Rescue After Irma

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian are bringing in supplies and carrying out evacuees

(Newser) - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, several of the most badly damaged areas in the Caribbean are getting help from the luxury cruise ships that have long brought tourists to their shores. On Sunday, Royal Caribbean sent Adventure of the Seas to the storm-ravaged island of St. Martin with much-needed...

Branson Shares Pics From 'Unforgiving' Irma

And asks for help in rebuilding British Virgin Islands after hurricane devastation

(Newser) - Richard Branson and his staff are OK after Hurricane Irma, but much of the Caribbean is not. Fortune reports on Branson's most recent blog post , titled "Recovering From Hurricane Irma," which he notes he penned from Puerto Rico, not from the private island where he rode out...

Billionaire's Wine Cellar Keeps Him Safe Amid Irma

'Very, very fortunately it held firm,' writes Richard Branson from Caribbean

(Newser) - He promised to ride out Hurricane Irma on his private island in the Caribbean, and billionaire Richard Branson did just that. In a blog post , Branson said he and his crew made it through the night safely on Necker Island, his 74-acre retreat in the British Virgin Islands. "We...

Hurricane Irma Leaves Path of Destruction in Caribbean

At least 1 death reported

(Newser) - More than 600,000 people are without power and nearly 50,000 without water on Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma and its 185mph winds begin to batter the island, the AP reports. Fourteen hospitals are using generators after losing power, and trees and lights posts are strewn across some roads....

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