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PAUL IETI MAKES THE CUT — MOVES ON TO AGT SEMIFINALS

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American Samoa’s newest singing sensation Paul Ieti has made the cut, moving on to the semifinals round of the nationally televised America’s Got Talent program.
 
On his Facebook page, the 21-year-old Aoa native posted, “Thank you all so so much. I'm speechless. Without you all I wouldn’____t be here.”
 



THANKS TO OUR READERS AND ADVERTISERS FOR HELPING US HELP MULU FAMILY

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Members of a family of 13 from Gataivai whose home was destroyed two weeks ago during the flooding and landslides received a large donation yesterday especially for the kids in the family. Samoa News staff spearheaded the drive and along with our readers and advertisers, who were touched by a Samoa News story that told how the family escaped only with the clothes on their backs and now have no home to return to — put together toys, school supplies and clothing for the young ones.
 



FAMILY RALLIES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MOTHER DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER

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“While it’s not easy learning that mom has cancer, she’s a woman of faith and she will fight this — we are here to fight it with her,” said Xavier Bowles, referring to his mother, Meleke Bowles who was recently diagnosed with Pulmonary (lung) Cancer.
 



U.S. CONG. DELEGATION STOPS BRIEFLY IN TERRITORY, SECURITY BARS MEDIA

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U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (in white shirt) led a Congressional Delegation (CODEL), which made a fuel stop in Pago Pago yesterday around 12noon. The delegation was met at the Tafuna airport by local officials led by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (with back to camera) and Fai’ivae Alex Godinet, who is Congressman Faleomavaega’s chief of staff for the District Office in the territory.
 
The Natural Resources Committee has oversight on U.S. territories.
 



BABY KAI’S FAMILY GRATEFUL FOR OFFERS OF HELP FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Nykki Knight, the mother of 12-week old Kaimani - Baby Kai - hospitalized in isolation at a children’s hospital in Portland, Oregon, has expressed her family’s sincere appreciation to all those who are willing “to help our little son” and she has provided additional information on her Samoan grandfather from American Samoa.
 



WIND, RAIN EASES AS TROPICAL STORM PASSES HAWAII WHERE THE SURF’S UP

HONOLULU (AP) -- As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands, some coffee farmers on the Big Island navigated flooded roads to assess damage to their crops Friday while residents and tourists wandered the beaches of Oahu and surfers took to the waves as wind and rain let up.

The first storm in a one-two punch bound for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system behind it also weakened and was on track to pass well north of the islands early Sunday.



VIDEO: TROPICAL STORM ISELLE PASSES SOUTH OF OAHU, CONTINUES TO WEAKEN

Hawaii island slammed with winds, rains overnight

Tropical Storm Iselle, weakened by wind shear and its passage through Hawaii island's tall volcanoes, moved south of Oahu Friday afternoon and continues to drop in wind speed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the Wailuku River averaged 2 to 4 feet earlier this week but was as high as 17 feet Friday.



TROPICAL STORM ISELLE MADE LANDFALL ON BIG ISLAND ABOUT 2:30 AM

Flood warning up for Big Island; flood advisory posted for Maui

HONOLULU — Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the Pahala side of the Big Island at around 2:30 a.m.
A flash flood warning has been issued for the Big Island until 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Emergency managers reported heavy rainfall over the Ka'u district in Pahala and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates. A rain gauge in Pahala indicated rain rates at nearly 4-inches-per-hour. Radar showed moderate to heavy rainfall over the southeast half of the Big Island should continue for several more hours.



UPDATE: ISELLE STRENGTHENS SLIGHTLY AS IT MOVES TOWARD BIG ISLAND

Hurricane warning up for Big Island; tropical storm warning posted for Oahu, Maui Co., Kauai Co.

HONOLULU — A hurricane warning has been issued for the Big Island and surrounding waters, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Maui County, Oahu and Kauai County.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds.



HAWAII PREPS FOR 2 HURRICANES: ISELLE APPEARS TO BE THE MORE DIRECT THREAT

(CNN) —You'll have to pardon the people of Hawaii if they are freaking out over an approaching hurricane. It's the kind of thing that rarely happens around there.

And there are two headed that way.

There's Hurricane Iselle, which looks like it will smack into the Big Island on Thursday night, and the less threatening Hurricane Julio, due a few days later.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii County on Wednesday afternoon.



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