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The US Coast Guard was searching for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island toward the US territory's mainland.

Down and out in San Juan – the jobless rate in Puerto Rico is at 15 per cent, while government debts amount to $43bn

Puerto Ricans on the move as island economy goes for broke

The US territory is struggling with massive debts and residents are fleeing eight years of recession

America’s rise and fall: Occupy Wall Street protesers march through New York City in 2011

Occupy Wall Street buys $15m of Americans' personal debt in Rolling Jubilee scheme

Individual debts collectively worth millions are abolished for just $400,000

Monica Puig celebrates after defeating Sara Errani

Wimbledon 2013: Fifth seed Sara Errani first major casualty after shock win by Monica Puig

Fifth seed Sara Errani became the first major casualty of this year's Wimbledon as she was upset by teenager Monica Puig.

Ricky Burns, right, lands a right on Jose Gonzalez, left

Boxing: Ricky Burns steers clear of Jose Gonzalez rematch after surviving scare

Ricky Burns will resist demands for a rematch with Jose Gonzalez after successfully defending his WBO world lightweight title for a third time in Glasgow on Saturday night.

Hedge fund star John Paulson set to quit the US

Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson is considering quitting the US for tax reasons, it emerged yesterday.

Simon English: Is Ladbrokes chief on a loser as he makes a deal to woo internet punters?

Outlook. Plus: Don't let Paulson hedge bets on Puerto Rico; And here is the news as Buik bows out

The rules of attraction

Simon Veness guides you around Florida’s major parks and shows

Seen through Ernest's eyes

The Florida Keys were a favourite of Hemingway – and they still enchant.

The Big Six: Wine country hotels

Beltane Ranch, Sonoma, California

Set in the heart of the Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco, the Beltane Ranch is a family-run working farm producing wine, grass-fed beef and olive oil. Built in 1892, the romantic verandah-wrapped shingle house is one of the area's most charming places to stay. There are five airy guestrooms decorated with antiques and heirlooms and a cottage looking out over gardens of organic vegetables, flowers and orchards. The property, which grows chardonnay, zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grapes, produced its first vintage in 2009. It's also well placed for exploring the wineries of the 17-mile long Valley of the Moon.

Enjoy the outer limits

The US territories offer a different perspective, says Chris Leadbeater

Camacho enjoying his win against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997

Former Puerto Rican boxer Hector 'Macho' Camacho dies four days after shooting

Hector “Macho” Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead today, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.

A diabetes test: Diabetes rates are soaring in the United States

Diabetes rates soar as 18 States see diagnosed cases double

The number of people living with diabetes is soaring in the United States, as 18 states had at least a doubling in those with the illness since 1995, a government survey found.

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Has he got a fight coming up?

Featherweight Orlando Cruz, right, fights American Cornelius Lock in Las Vegas in 2009

Orlando Cruz, thefirst openly gay boxer, comes out fighting

Orlando Cruz's revelation hailed by campaigners and former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas

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