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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset led the tributes to Jonah Lomu at a public memorial Monday, saying the former All Blacks winger was a giant whose contribution to the sport "cannot be overstated."

Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu's No. 11 jersey, crowded Eden Park for the final public memorial for the rugby great who died Nov. 18 aged 40. A private family burial service will be held in Auckland on Tuesday.

Trying to save Earth — a wilder, warmer place

PARIS (AP) -- This time, it's a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save.

The last time that the nations of the world struck a binding agreement to fight global warming was 1997, in Kyoto, Japan. As leaders gather for a conference in Paris on Monday to try to do more, it's clear things have changed dramatically over the past 18 years.

Pope says 'catastrophic' if interests derail climate talks

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.

AP FACT CHECK: When truth is a casualty of terrorist fears

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If truth is the first casualty of war, it can also take a beating in a time of terrorism. A week of raging debate over Syrian refugees and Islamic State violence has scattered misinformation everywhere.

In the Republican presidential contest, Donald Trump found himself with a potential new rival, the Constitution, in calling for a registry of Muslim citizens. Jeb Bush described a religious test for refugees that does not represent the actual law.

Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa superdelegates support Clinton

HONOLULU (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has secured the support of many Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii and U.S. Pacific island territories as she pursues her party's nomination for president.

An Associated Press survey shows Clinton has the support of half of the superdelegates to next year's Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa. Other superdelegates said they were not ready to declare their support for any candidate and some did not respond.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse.

Triggered by global warming and the El Nino, record hot ocean water is causing fragile coral to go white and often die, threatening picturesque reefs that are hotspots of marine life, experts say.

Environmentalists ask court to stop Hawaii tuna quota shift

HONOLULU (AP) -- Environmentalists on Friday asked a federal judge to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from allowing Hawaii-based fishermen to attribute some of the bigeye tuna they catch to U.S. territories.

They argue the agency is enabling the fishermen to circumvent international agreements aimed at controlling the overfishing of a popular tuna species known as ahi.

'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Get ready for a rare double feature this weekend, starring our very own moon.

A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday night or early Monday, depending where you are. That combination hasn't been seen since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033.

Samoa team to play Springboks announced

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Samoa picked inexperienced Mike Stanley at flyhalf as one of three changes to the side for the key Rugby World Cup Pool B match against South Africa on Saturday.

The New Zealand-born Stanley, who came off the bench in last Sunday's 25-16 win against the United States, takes the place of Tusi Pisi, the regular standoff and goalkicker.

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