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Suspect in theater rampage had history of mental illness

shootingLAFAYETTE, Louisiana--A 59-year-old man who had been committed to a hospital for psychiatric care was identified by authorities on Friday as the gunman who fatally shot two people in a rampage at a crowded movie theater in central Louisiana before turning the gun on himself as police closed in.

The suspected gunman, John R. Houser, who had a history of mental illness and railed against the...

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills three, injures seven

SHOOTINGLOUISIANA - A 58-year-old gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday...

Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning "fantasy"

irancongressWASHINGTON--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the...

Ted Cruz tangles with peace activists outside White House

tedcruzWASHINGTON--Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz engaged antiwar activists on Thursday in a spirited debate...

Republicans, pro-Israel groups step up campaign against Iran deal

nonukesWASHINGTON--Top Republicans vowed on Wednesday to do their utmost to scrap President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with...

New York moves to raise minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers

minimumwageNEW YORK--New York moved on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour by the end of...

Charleston shooting suspect charged with US hate crimes

lynchWASHINGTON--The white man suspected of murdering nine black people during bible study at a South Carolina church was...

Obama says Veterans Affairs agency still needs improving

veteransPITTSBURGH--A little more than a year after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' secretary stepped down over...

Black woman who died in jail should not have been in custody

texasdeathSAN ANTONIO--A Texas lawmaker who met with the family of a black woman found dead in her jail cell after her arrest...

Cuba opens Washington embassy, calls for end to economic embargo

embassyWASHINGTON--The Cuban flag was raised over Havana's embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as...

From Israel perch, US vows to help counter Iran proxy threat

usaisraelHUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel--As U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter walked along an Israeli lookout near the border with...

Defiant Trump refuses to apologize for McCain remarks

trumpWASHINGTON--Presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to apologize on Sunday for his remarks about the war record...

US Congress to examine FBI handling of Tennessee shooter

tennesseeWASHINGTON--U.S. lawmakers will examine possible shortcomings in law enforcement or intelligence in the case of a...

Obama sends Iran deal to wary Congress, Israel urges rejection

TEHRAN/WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's administration sent a nuclear agreement with Tehran to Congress on Sunday...

Suspect in slaying of Marines made 2014 trip to Middle East

tennesseeCHATTANOOGA, Tennessee--The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other...

US, Cuba foreign ministers to meet in Washington Monday

WASHINGTON--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on...

Investigators seek motive behind Tennessee shooting rampage

tennesseeCHATTANOOGA, Tennessee--Investigators on Thursday sought to determine what led a 24-year-old gunman to open fire at...

US president goes behind bars in push for criminal justice reform

obamaEL RENO, Oklahoma--President Barack Obama, who wrote in his memoir about using marijuana and cocaine as a youth...

Obama: Iran deal is only alternative to more war

obamaWASHINGTON--President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous...

African-Americans still favour gun control, but views are shifting

gunsNEW YORK--Horace Augustine was raised in Oklahoma City by a mother with strong convictions about guns: She didn't...

Pluto spacecraft survives encounter, phones home

plutoLAUREL, Maryland--A U.S. spacecraft sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system on...

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St. Maarten midday Weather Forecast for Saturday
Saturday, 17 October 2015
DATE ISSUED: Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 12:00 LST (16:00 UTC) VALID UNTIL: Sunday midday (12:00... Read more...
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SHTA poll: Businesses want anti-ship-jumping legislation
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Click here for SHTA graph pdf PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association... Read more...
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Dominica’s tourism sector ready to welcome visitors after TS Erika
Friday, 16 October 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica--“Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”... Read more...
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Reparations Committee: Withdraw Queens’ names from Suriname’s highest mountains
Thursday, 15 October 2015
PARAMARIBO--Suriname’s National Reparations Committee NRCS has filed a request with President... Read more...
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Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHICAGO--Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case... Read more...
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Hillary Clinton to 'look hard' at Julian Castro as possible VP pick
Friday, 16 October 2015
WASHINGTON--Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton won the backing of Housing and Urban... Read more...
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Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition
Friday, 16 October 2015
GENEVA--More than half a million children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition as a risk of... Read more...
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Modi to open 70-year-old files in challenge to Gandhi dynasty
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he will seek to unravel one of India's most enduring... Read more...
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Cuba in cash crunch due to low commodity prices, Venezuela woes
Friday, 16 October 2015
HAVANA--Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash... Read more...
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Apple's newest courtroom foe is patent-savvy university
Friday, 16 October 2015
NEW YORK--As a veteran of the global smart phone wars, Apple is used to courtroom battles with... Read more...
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Focus needs to be on fighting crime & helping unemployed
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Editor, With all of the political situation on the island, we can't lose focus on some of the... Read more...
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Had enough
Friday, 16 October 2015
Dear Queenie, My brother died years ago but his widow stayed close to our family. Eventually she... Read more...
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RBC St. Maarten Little League School Tournament
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Sister Marie Laurence defeated Leonald Conner in the RBC St. Maarten Little League School... Read more...
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Nadal trounces Wawrinka, Djokovic tames Tomic
Friday, 16 October 2015
CHINA-- Former world number one Rafa Nadal displayed more signs of a return to top form with a... Read more...
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Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image
Friday, 16 October 2015
DENVER--For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother... Read more...
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Few signs of improvement for NBA star Odom after collapse
Friday, 16 October 2015
LAS VEGAS--Pro basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom spent a third day hospitalized on... Read more...
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Bruney cruises into retirement
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ After three decade in cruise industry ~   By Alita Singh   Frank Bruney has seen tiny... Read more...
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ALL HANDS ON DECK, WE MADE IT!
Friday, 16 October 2015
~ Fair Transport Sailing Vessel Nordlys is launched ~   St. Maarten has been graced by the... Read more...
Editorial - Anybody’s guess
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Governor Eugene Holiday has decided to seek legal clarity on the current constitutional impasse.... Read more...
Editorial - Time is up
Friday, 16 October 2015
With so much ongoing constitutional turmoil, the fact that more than 100 people attended the... Read more...
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Notices October 16
Friday, 16 October 2015
General Meeting St. Maarten Professional Softball Association (SMPSA) general meeting for the... Read more...
Notices October 15
Thursday, 15 October 2015
General Meeting S.M.P.S.A. general meeting for the softball season 2016 will be held at Sundial... Read more...