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Archive - Dec 18, 2011

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, 69, has died

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69.

In a "special broadcast" Monday from the North Korean capital, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" on Dec. 17 during a "high intensity field inspection." It said an autopsy was done on Dec. 18 and "fully confirmed" the diagnosis.



Umusa le Fale: Mapusaga mo Aiga

Aiga A’afia i Mafutaga Motusia, Fa’alavelave Fa’afuase’i ma Aiga ua Fa’asauaina!
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O le aso ananafi na tatalaina ai faitoto’a o le Maota fou o le Auaunaga a le Malo i ona tagatanu’u ua fa’asauaina ma ua le saogalemu ai le soifua o Tina ma fanau, po’o nisi ua mu o latou fale ma ua leai se nofoaga e tau ina mapu i ai ae saili se fale e fa’amautu i ai, ae maise fo’i aiga ua a’afia i tete’aga matua, ma ua le saogalemu fo’i le ola o se tasi o matua ma le fanau.



Brain strain: Christmas shopping when money tight

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chennel King, a nurse from Norwalk, Conn., went Christmas shopping the other day with a new holiday companion: a budget.

Despite a tough economic situation - her husband was laid off almost a year ago - King didn't want to disappoint her five children. So she still went to a mall in suburban New Jersey, but with a limit of $200 per child.



Philippine storm toll exceeds 650; 900 missing

ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) -- As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.

Limbago, 21, rushed home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear: Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in that hut just days earlier.



Faleomavaega commends local biz group

Congressman Faleomavaega has commended the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to organize the local business community and work with the local government to prop up our economy in American Samoa.



Key witness in Apia land fraud trial breaks down

A key witness in the trial of a former Member of Parliament accused of fraud broke down twice in the Supreme Court last week, under questions from lawyer, Tole’afoa Solomona Toa’iloa.

Vaselisa Nikolao Niupulusu, the woman who posed as Theresa Stowers, was being cross-examined by Tole’afoa when he asked her if she is a person “who is prone to lying.” On the fourth day of the trial, Tole’afoa posed the question to Ms Niupulusu, after a day of denials and contradiction.



PREL’s E Ho‘omau!™ film series comes to TV

Honolulu, Hawai‘i—Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) has produced the animated short film series E Ho‘omau!, an innovative approach to teaching 4th graders science and literacy, specifically developed for Native Hawaiian students.

E Ho‘omau!(to preserve; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education.



NC soldier, 23, was last US troop killed in Iraq

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq on Sunday, friends and family of the first and last American fighters killed in combat were cherishing their memories rather than dwelling on whether the war and their sacrifice was worth it.

Nearly 4,500 American fighters died before the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait. David Hickman, 23, of Greensboro was the last of those war casualties, killed in November by the kind of improvised bomb that was a signature weapon of this war.



Samoa jazercise groups 'Dance to the Music'

More than 180 jazzercise groups from different villages and organisations are vying for the top prize in the Jazz Competition 2011-2012 organised by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The challenge was initiated by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, four years ago.

Deuel Meredith, of MOH says the initiative encourages people to continue with physical activities for a healthier lifestyle. The competition has grown from 41 organisations and villages to 181 groups and organizations. There are 91 groups from Savai’i and the rest from Upolu.



Hawaiian increasing LA-Honolulu service with third daily flight

HONOLULU, Hawaii —Hawaiian Airlines will boost its service to Hawaii from the heart of the state's single-largest visitor market with the addition of a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu on a year-round basis, starting in June 2012. Hawaiian had previously offered this flight on a seasonal basis to accommodate peak summer travel demand.