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These 3 Nations Get an Asterisk for Spring Break

US issues travel advisories for popular destinations Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas over safety threats

(Newser) - For those prepping for spring break, Uncle Sam is waving the caution flag. The United States has issued travel advisories for multiple destinations popular with spring breakers, along with advice on how to stay safe if you do make the trip:
  • Mexico: reports that the US Embassy and

US Tourists: We Were Drugged, Raped in Bahamas

2 women from Kentucky say resort employee offered them tainted drinks

(Newser) - Two women from Kentucky say they were drugged and raped after leaving a Carnival cruise ship to visit a Bahamas resort on Sunday. The two women, both 31, were lounging at the resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, when they were approached by an employee who offered them a two-for-one drink...

US Sends Out a 'Startling' Alert for This Island Nation

Security warning notes that 18 murders have taken place already this year in Nassau in the Bahamas

(Newser) - It may not actually be better in the Bahamas, at least not at the moment, according to a new security alert . The warning disseminated last week by the US Embassy in Nassau notes there've been 18 murders this year so far in the Bahamian capital alone, and that "...

Shark Attacks Boy During 'Shark Tank' Experience at Bahamas Resort

10-year-old is in stable condition

(Newser) - A Maryland boy on vacation in the Bahamas was attacked by a shark while participating in a resort's "shark tank" experience, authorities say. The 10-year-old boy was at a resort on Paradise Island when the shark bit him on his right leg Monday afternoon, but authorities have not...

Shark Kills US Tourist in Bahamas
Shark Kills US
Tourist in Bahamas

Shark Kills US Tourist in Bahamas

44-year-old bitten while paddleboarding near her resort in Nassau

(Newser) - A vacation in the Bahamas turned tragic Monday when a Boston woman was fatally attacked by a shark. The 44-year-old was paddleboarding off the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort in Nassau shortly after 11am when a shark lunged and bit the woman, causing "serious injuries to the right side of...

Shakira's Tax Fraud Case Is Over Before It Began

Colombian singer settles with Spanish prosecutors over tax evasion of alleged $16M

(Newser) - Shakira's tax fraud trial began Monday, and it lasted a whopping eight minutes before it came to a close. That's according to the AP , which reports that the Colombian pop star reached a deal with prosecutors in Barcelona, Spain, over what they'd alleged was a failure to...

Woman Arrested in Bahamas for Allegedly Plotting Hit on Husband

Lindsay and Robert Shiver were locked in a custody battle amid nasty divorce

(Newser) - Police say that a Georgia couple's divorce took a turn from the nasty to the murderous, and the wife has now been arrested for allegedly plotting a hit on her estranged husband. Lindsay and Robert Shiver of Thomasville appeared to be a golden couple, frequently pictured on social media...

Hours After Arriving in Bahamas, Teen Lost at Sea

There are claims he jumped overboard on a dare

(Newser) - An 18-year-old was lost at sea hours after arriving in the Bahamas on a high school graduation trip last week. Cameron Robbins, who was celebrating with classmates their recent graduation from University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was on a pirate-themed sunset cruise Wednesday night when he went...

Before Arrest, SBF Had Epic First Line Prepped for Congress

Bankman-Fried of collapsed FTX fund planned to use an f-bomb in his mea culpa

(Newser) - In an interview on Monday, Sam Bankman-Fried declared, "I don't think I will be arrested." Hours later, the former CEO of the collapsed crypto exchange FTX was proved wrong . Authorities in the Bahamas took the 30-year-old into custody at the request of US officials. The details:
  • Timing:

Bankman-Fried Arrested in Bahamas
FTX Founder
Arrested in

FTX Founder Arrested in Bahamas

Sam Bankman-Fried was picked up at US request after prosecutors filed an indictment

(Newser) - Sam Bankman-Fried, who is under criminal investigation in both places over the collapse of the crypto firm he founded, was arrested Monday in the Bahamas after an indictment was filed against him in the US. The announcement was made by US Attorney Damian Williams, who said the US government had...

Evacuation Orders Ahead of Hurricane Include Mar-a-Lago

Nicole could erode Florida beaches already damaged by Ian

(Newser) - A Florida-bound storm strengthened into Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday after pounding the Bahamas, as US officials ordered evacuations that included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. It's a rare November hurricane for storm-weary Florida, where only two such hurricanes have made landfall since recordkeeping began in 1853—the...

Cruise Ship Passenger Killed in Shark Attack

The US mom was snorkeling when she suffered fatal bites from bull shark

(Newser) - An American cruise ship passenger has died in a rare shark attack while snorkeling in the Bahamas. The 58-year-old mother from Pennsylvania was on a snorkeling excursion near a private island off Nassau shortly after 2pm Tuesday when a bull shark attacked, officials said, adding that relatives witnessed the encounter...

Treasure Recovered After 366 Years on Sea Floor
Jewels, Gold
After 366 Years
on Sea Floor


Jewels, Gold Recovered After 366 Years on Sea Floor

The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas had already been salvaged many times

(Newser) - The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders) sank in the Bahamas in 1656, laden with gold and jewels. The Spanish shipwreck had already been salvaged many times in the following centuries, and yet another expedition was recently launched—and turned out to be very worthwhile, the...

Cops: We Know What Killed US Tourists in Bahamas

Carbon monoxide was to blame; case remains 'under active investigation'

(Newser) - Update: It's confirmed: The three Americans in their 60s found dead in neighboring rooms at a Bahamas resort last month indeed "died as a result of asphyxiation due to carbon monoxide poisoning," according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. It adds the case "remains under active...

Bahamas Resort Victims Named
Bahamas Resort
Victims Named

Bahamas Resort Victims Named

3 found dead at resort include couple from Tennessee

(Newser) - Police have released the names of three Americans who were found dead in villas at a Bahamas resort Friday, but the cause of death is still undetermined. Police said Tennessee residents Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65, were found dead in one villa at Sandals Emerald Bay resort on...

Surviving US Tourist Recalls Being Stricken in Bahamas

Alabama woman survived, but 3 other Americans have died

(Newser) - The deaths of three American tourists at a resort in the Bahamas remained unexplained Monday as a fourth American recuperates in the hospital. Authorities in the Bahamas say they do not suspect foul play, and the State Department says it is monitoring the investigation. Details:
  • One couple: On Friday, a

3 Americans Found Dead at Bahamas Resort

One woman is hospitalized as police search for the cause

(Newser) - Detectives are investigating the deaths of three Americans whose bodies were found at a Bahamas resort with no obvious cause of death, including no signs of trauma. A fourth American, a woman, was airlifted to a hospital in Nassau, a spokesperson for the Sandals Emerald Bay resort said. Royal Bahamas...

When Creditor Comes Calling, Cruise Ship Flees to Bahamas

One passenger says they felt like they were 'abducted by luxurious pirates'

(Newser) - Passengers aboard the Crystal Symphony cruise ship were supposed to dock in Miami on Saturday. Instead, they ended up in the Bahamas after the US issued an arrest warrant for the ship, meaning it would be seized upon arrival, WSVN Miami reports. The ship, owned by Crystal Cruises, changed course...

Sidney Poitier, First Black Man to Win Best Actor Oscar, Dies
Sidney Poitier's
Cause of Death Revealed

Sidney Poitier's Cause of Death Revealed

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' star died earlier this month at 94

(Newser) - Update: Sidney Poitier's death certificate reveals that the renowned actor died of heart failure. Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer were also listed as underlying health issues, CNN reports. Our original story from Jan. 7 follows:

CDC Warns Travelers of 6 'Very High' Risk Destinations
CDC: Postpone Vacation Plans 
to These 6 Destinations
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CDC: Postpone Vacation Plans to These 6 Destinations

Bahamas, 5 other locations moved onto CDC's list of 'very high' COVID risk

(Newser) - The CDC's travel advisories list for COVID just received an update, with six nations moving up to Level 4 status, reports CNN . In other words—these are the countries you shouldn't be heading to right now. Ending up in the "Very High" risk category means that these...

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