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Talking bird helped break school abduction case

6 hours 3 min ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.

JUTC distributing Smarter Cards to students on weekend

6 hours 35 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica --The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will operate a students’ Smarter Card distribution centre in the Half Way Tree Transport Centre this Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, to further facilitate Smarter Cards distribution specifically for students.

UPDATE: 1,000-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

6 hours 38 min ago
CAMDEN, USA (AP) — A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record.

Union calls for quarterly reports on JUTC performance

6 hours 41 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) is calling on government for a quarterly report on the performance of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) in light of the recent increases in the fares of the state-owned bus company.

Forex: J$112.73 to one US dollar

7 hours 10 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US dollar on Friday, August 29 ended trading at J$112.73 down five cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

‘Lady Jamaica’ faces five-year sentence in US kidnapping case

7 hours 34 min ago
South Carolina, USA (AP) -- A South Carolina woman who authorities say is a gang member known as ‘Lady Jamaica’ has admitted lying to federal agents during their investigation of the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father.

Tax office out of driver’s licence pouches

7 hours 44 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says that people currently seeking driver’s licence may encounter inconveniences and delays at Revenue Service Centres islandwide.

West Kingston enquiry Commissioners sworn in 

7 hours 50 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The three Commissioners who will preside over the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry were sworn in on Friday, August 29 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

8 hours 11 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A Jamaican gay rights activist who brought a legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law says he has withdrawn the case after growing fearful about safety.

IMF Board reiterates support for Lagarde

8 hours 22 min ago
WASHINGTON, (AFP) -- The board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reiterated its support for Managing Director Christine Lagarde Friday, after a French court placed her under formal investigation in a graft scandal.

Windies name 13-man Test squad to face Bangladesh

8 hours 35 min ago
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies selectors on Friday named a 13-man to face Bangladesh in the opening Test starting at Arnos Vale in a week’s time.

Spain appoints new ambassador to Jamaica

8 hours 41 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reporting that the Government of Spain has appointed His Excellency Aníbal Jiménez Abascal as the new Ambassador to Jamaica replacing Her Excellency María Celsa Nuño García.

Churches tell Government to roll back bus fare increases

8 hours 54 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC) says the fundamental issue of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) fare increases lies with the way public transportation is treated and is calling on the Government to roll back the increases and address issues affecting the service provided to commuters.

'Ice Bucket Challenge' passes US$100m mark

9 hours 30 min ago
WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - The "Ice Bucket Challenge" viral craze has raised more than $100 million after sweeping the globe since its launch last month, organizers said Friday.

US military mission in Iraq costs US$7.5 million a day

9 hours 35 min ago
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - The US military's bombing raids and other operations in Iraq cost about $7.5 million a day, the Pentagon said Friday.

Second gold for Alia Atkinson at Doha World Cup

10 hours 13 min ago
Jamaica’s swimming sensation Alia Atkinson won her second gold medal at the Doha FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.

Last minute 'gay' declaration saves Jamaican from UK deportation

10 hours 38 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica—A Jamaican man was recently spared deportation by judges in the UK after declaring he was gay, minutes before boarding a flight back to the island.

Police seize homemade firearm, ammo in St Ann

11 hours 11 min ago
ST ANN, Jamaica -- A homemade firearm and six rounds of 9mm cartridges were seized by the Ocho Rios Police in Top Milford, St Ann early Friday morning, August 29.

Caribbean records increase in tourist arrivals

11 hours 58 min ago
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, keeping pace with the world average, according to figures released by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

Brazil falls into recession as general elections loom

12 hours 20 min ago
BRASÍLIA, Brasil (AFP) -- Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, has fallen into recession, further weakening President Dilma Rousseff, just weeks before voting in what will be a tough re-election battle.