Snow closes highway near Los Angeles for hours

(15 Jan 2019) The California Highway Patrol has reopened a section of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles that was closed for hours as a Pacific storm roared through the area. Ice and blowing snow stranded dozens of cars on Monday. (Jan. 15)

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Today in History for January 11th

(11 Jan 2019) Highlights of this day in history: U.S. government warns of smoking risks, Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across Pacific, Major League Baseball introduces designated hitter. (Jan. 11)

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Ocean Cleanup founder says problems can be fixed

(17 Dec 2018) So far the giant floating device launched three months ago to collect plastic in the Pacific garbage patch has not been successful. But Ocean Cleanup’s founder says, with changes, he’s confident it’ll still work. (Dec. 17)

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Pearl Harbor: veteran remembers Japanese attack

(8 Dec 2018) Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was a young sailor in 1941. Now 77 years later , Long remembers the Japanese attack from from across the Pacific near his home in Napa, California. The 97-year-old survivor reflects and honors those who died.( Dec 7)

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Chinese President’s visit unwelcome among Filipino activists

Hundreds protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the Philippines for his two-day visit to the country, a traditional US ally that is a key prize as Beijing and Washington jostle for supremacy in the Pacific.

Lost in translation: Papua New Guinea wins the language Olympics

If you are travelling to Papua New Guinea, you don’t need to pack a phrasebook, you need to bring an entire library. With 841 living tongues and a colourful creole lingua franca, this Pacific nation is the undisputed world champion of linguistic diversity.

Coup-plagued Fiji goes to the polls

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France’s ‘Pacific pebble’ New Caledonia rejects independence

Islanders on the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia reject independence in a referendum, but the results showed weaker-than-expected support for Paris in the resource-rich and strategic outpost.

Kanak flags out in Noumea as N. Caledonia preps for referendum

As New Caledonia counts down to referendum day, pro-independence activists are out in force in Noumea. The tiny French territory in the remote Pacific goes to the polls Sunday to decide whether to seek independence from its rulers on the other side of the world.

AP Top Stories October 26 A

(26 Oct 2018) Here’s the latest for Friday October 26th: Pipe bomb investigators at South Florida mail facility; US Troops could go to Mexico border; Two dead after fall in Yosemite National Park; US territory in Pacific dealing with typhoon damage.

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