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U.S. and American Samoa flags outside the ASG Executive Office Building
HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa’s neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and breadfruit trees shared by his extended family and overseen by a chief elected by his relatives. He worries a federal judge's recent ruling in Utah saying those born in the...
Travelers wearing face masks as
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and announced significant entry restrictions because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is coordinating the federal response, announced...
The two police officers
Honolulu, HAWAII — A gunman is being sought in Hawaii after two police officers were shot and killed near a popular tourist area. Hawaii Public Radio reports officers had responded to an assault callout in Waikiki Beach when a man opened fire. The man is also believed to have set fire to the house...
New Years fireworks at Sydney Opera House 2020
(AP) — Cities around the world brought in 2020 with elaborate fireworks displays. Watch video below — from Sydney to New York.
New Years fireworks at Sydney Opera House 2020
(AP) — Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020 so far: SAMOA In Samoa, New Year’s Eve was more somber...
A visitor lights a candle at the Church of the Nativity built
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Visitors converged on the town’s large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus’...
Pope Francis exchanges greetings with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, left
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that “rigidity” in living out the Christian faith is creating a “minefield” of hatred and misunderstanding in a world where Christianity is increasingly irrelevant. Francis called for Vatican bureaucrats to instead embrace change during his annual...
This combination of photographs shows, top row from left: Aimee Brewer, Ben Bolen, Mark McQueen, bottom row from left: Morgan O'Sullivan, Natasha Adams, Alice Cutting, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
(AP) — We interrupt the holiday spirit to bring you the impeachment of a president. In festive haunts, buzzing stores and rush-hour frenzy, Americans absorbed the moment Donald Trump became only the third president branded with the mark of impeachment, the Constitution’s gravest political...
Tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing. Details are scarce because conditions on the...
Empty street in Apia with red flag outside a yard.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa’s main streets were eerily quiet on Thursday as the government stepped up efforts to curb a measles epidemic that has killed 62 people. The government told most public and private workers to stay home on Thursday and Friday and shut down roads to nonessential...

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