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Deficit gridlock looms, supercommittee deadlocked

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deadline nearing, the deficit-reduction talks in Congress sank toward gridlock Friday after supercommittee Democrats rejected a late Republican offer that included next-to-nothing in new tax revenue. Each side maneuvered to blame the other for a looming stalemate.

The panel faces a deadline of next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, and lawmakers on both sides stressed they were ready to meet through the weekend in a last-ditch search for compromise.



House rejects balanced budget proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has rejected a proposal to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget, seen by many as the only way to force lawmakers to hold the fiscal line and reverse the flow of federal red ink.

The 261-165 vote was 23 short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance a constitutional amendment. Democrats, swayed by the arguments of their leaders that a balanced budget requirement would force Congress to make devastating cuts to social programs, overwhelmingly voted against it.

Four Republicans joined the Democrats in opposing the measure.



Official says Wagner not a suspect in Wood death

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Investigators reopened the case of Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning after receiving new information they deemed credible enough to warrant another look at one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries. A detective said Friday, however, that the three-time Oscar nominee's husband, actor Robert Wagner, was not a suspect.

Los Angeles Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said nothing has yet changed the official view that Wood's death in the chilly waters off Southern California's Santa Catalina Island was anything but an accident.



Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think of the Texas drought, floods in Thailand and Russia's devastating heat waves as coming attractions in a warming world. That's the warning from top international climate scientists and disaster experts after meeting in Africa.



NCAA taking up Penn State scandal

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The NCAA has told Penn State it will examine how school officials handled a child sex abuse scandal that has shocked the campus and cost the school's former president and coach Joe Paterno their jobs.

NCAA president Mark Emmert sent a letter to Penn State president Rod Erickson saying that the governing body for college sports will look at "Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs" in the case of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator accused of 40 counts of child sex abuse.



Increase in projects, workload highlights need for more engineers says head of DPW

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With an increase in the number of projects, the Department of Public Works says there is a demand for "engineers" to ensure these projects are completed in a timely manner, according to Public Works' director Taeaotui Punaofo Tilei, in his agency's fiscal year 2011 fourth quarterly performance report.

The problem is the delay in processing documents of possible hirees, said the director, echoing a complaint the government has long faced, i.e. Department of Education teachers.



Fiji chief says her people are tired of coup culture

The Paramount Chief of the province of Rewa in Fiji says the younger generation don’t know anything else but a life of coups.

Ro Teimumu Kepa, who holds the Tui Dreketi title, made those comments at a provincial council meeting this week, which led to the Government suspending any further meetings.

Fiji has experienced four coups since 1987 and Ro Teimumu Kepa says she pleaded with the military that her people are sick and tired of them and it is affecting the education of young people.



Foreign fishing company told to cease operations in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Business Trade Investment Board has ordered foreign operator, Tuanua Fishing, to cease all activity because it does not have approval to operate locally.

The Board’s chief executive, Terry Rangi, says the company and its local operations were investigated after a complaint from local fishing operators.

Some crew from the Tuanua were reportedly seen selling fish off their boat and in some cases from the back of their truck.

Mr Rangi says this impinged on the ability of some Rarotonga fishermen to sell on the domestic market.



Polynesian leaders meet in Apia

Polynesian leaders are meeting in Apia to consider setting up a group similar to the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The idea of the so-called Polynesian Union was put forward by the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

The idea is for the political grouping to reinforce the Polynesian cultural world.

Click to read or hear interview with Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, prime minister, Samoa



Tafuna JV celebrates championship title

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A look at the Tafuna High School Junior Varsity Team, who collected their 4th Undefeated Championship title this season, during their BBQ Party in celebration of a victorious season, held at Coconut Point in Nu'uuli this past Saturday. The whole team along with the coaching staff, booster club members, and families and friends were all there to celebrate.