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Resort Casts Doubt on Woman's Claim of Attack

Dominican Republic hotel says Tammy Lawrence-Daley demanded $2.2M

(Newser) - Tammy Lawrence-Daley's story of being brutalized and left for dead at a Dominican Republic resort is getting a lot of attention—but now the resort is pushing back. In a lengthy statement released to CBS Philadelphia , the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Hotel says that a search was launched within... More »

US Woman Died at Same Resort as Couple, 5 Days Before

And of the same cause, per autopsies

(Newser) - Five days before the mysterious deaths of a Maryland couple in their Dominican Republican resort hotel room, a Pennsylvania woman died at the same hotel in similar circumstances. Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, had an alcoholic drink from the mini-bar in her room, took a selfie, then stood up, "started shrieking,... More »

Here's What Killed US Couple Found Dead in Hotel Room

Respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, per autopsies

(Newser) - The Maryland couple found dead last week in their Dominican Republic hotel room died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, autopsies have found. Pulmonary edema is caused by excess fluid in the lungs. Officials are still awaiting toxicology and histopathology reports on Edward Nathael Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day,... More »

American Couple Found Dead in Dominican Republic Hotel

No sign of violence in deaths of Maryland couple

(Newser) - A Maryland couple vacationing in Punta Cana was found dead in their hotel room in the exotic Dominican Republic resort town, reports NBC Washington . Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were engaged to be married and found on Thursday, the day they were due to return home; their... More »

Woman Shares Story of Being Brutalized at Resort, Left for Dead

She warns that when these things happen in other countries, often the investigation goes nowhere

(Newser) - Tammy Lawrence-Daley, her husband, and another couple traveled from Delaware to the Dominican Republic in January for what was supposed to be a week of "sunshine and beach time" at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. Instead, on the second night of their vacation, Lawrence-Daley, 51, was brutally attacked.... More »

Hunt for Long-Lost Gold Runs Into Major Snag

Dominican authorities are investigating whether it's a scam

(Newser) - Thousands of Dominicans are seeking an immense treasure they believe is rightfully theirs—but it's an ocean away under lock and key, Bloomberg reports. Enter Johnny Portorreal Reyes, a charismatic 65-year-old lawyer who represents many Guzmáns and Rosarios, two families with similar legends of ancestors sending gold to... More »

She Was Alive as They Searched for Her —but Not for Long

Portia Ravenelle believed to have died 8 days after crash killed Orlando Moore

(Newser) - A man and woman from New York reported missing in the Dominican Republic are believed to have died following a car accident on their way to catch a 2am return flight on March 27. A body believed to be that of Orlando Moore (police cite an identifying tattoo) was found... More »

2 Baseball Stars Die in Car Wrecks

Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte killed in separate accidents in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead his long-suffering team to the 2015 World Series title, died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25. With the fitting nickname of "Ace," Ventura burst onto the baseball scene... More »

Former New York Times Journalist Found Dead

Sarah Kershaw, 49, was found in her Dominican Republic apartment

(Newser) - A journalist who spent more than a decade working for the New York Times has been found dead in her Dominican Republic apartment. Sarah Kershaw, 49, moved to Sosua with husband William Norton in 2014, and while a local prosecutor says Norton is being questioned about her death, little is... More »

Why Girls in This Town Become Boys at Puberty

This rare disorder was discovered in the 1970s

(Newser) - Girls born in a particular village in the Dominican Republic may not grow up as biological females after all. A little more than 1% of them will develop a penis at age 12, making them what locals call "guevedoces"—literally, a "penis at 12," the Telegraph... More »

Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski was to be first high-ranking official tried for such crimes

(Newser) - Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP . His body was found in the room at... More »

Ladies, This Guy Is Inviting You Along on His Honeymoon

Highest bidder on jilted groom's eBay auction gets to go to Dominican Republic

(Newser) - If you're female and not doing anything special from Feb. 16 to March 3 and wouldn't mind going on vacation with a total stranger in the Dominican Republic, John Whitbread's waiting for you on eBay. After being dumped by his girlfriend a few weeks before their wedding,... More »

Baseball's 'Rising Meteor' Dead in Crash at 22

Oscar Taveras, girlfriend suffer accident in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash. The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to... More »

Woman Busted With $70K— in Her Stomach

Dominican Republic bust also yields $69K in her suitcase

(Newser) - Dominican Republic officials say they have arrested a woman who was carrying more than $70,000 in her stomach and $69,000 hidden inside her suitcase. The spokesman for the National Drug Control Agency says the money in the woman's stomach was divided up among 16 capsules and the... More »

'Idiot' Causes Ebola Plane Scare

'I've been to Africa,' coughing passenger yells

(Newser) - Airport authorities aren't willing to see the hilarious side of jokes about Ebola right now, a passenger flying from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic discovered yesterday. After the coughing and sneezing passenger declared "I've been to Africa"—early reports said he yelled "I have Ebola!... More »

Vatican Charges Ex-Archbishop With Pedophilia

Jozef Wesolowski's arrest is first ever in Vatican for child sexual abuse

(Newser) - The Vatican arrested former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski yesterday on pedophilia charges and placed him under house arrest until trial—the first official charges within the city-state's walls for child sexual abuse, Reuters reports. It's the latest step for Pope Francis, who has a "zero tolerance" philosophy for... More »

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 »

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