Pope Francis grateful for ‘noble’ Benedict and his prayers

VATICAN CITY — Hours after the death Saturday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis praised his “noble” predecessor and expressed gratitude for his life of faith and prayers, especially those offered in the nearly 10 years since the shy churchman dramatically became the first pontiff in centuries to retire from the papacy.

Migrant shelters try to help traumatized assault survivors

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Since he began volunteering two months ago for weekend shifts at a clinic in one of this border city’s largest shelters, Dr. Brian Elmore has treated about 100 migrants for respiratory viruses and a handful of more serious emergencies.

N. Korea’s Kim orders ‘exponential’ expansion of nuke arsenal

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the “exponential” expansion of his country’s nuclear arsenal and the development of a new, more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, state media reported Sunday, after he entered 2023 with another weapons test following a record number of missile firings last year.

Rizal Day celebrated at the Kukui Grove Center

LIHU‘E — The Philippines national flag wafted from one corner of the stage on Friday, as Kukui Grove Center joined with Rose Garabillo and Filipino organizations in observing Rizal Day with a slate of entertainment that echoed into the evening hours.

Utility proposes rate hike in 2023

LIHU‘E — In a move prompted by a confluence of lagging sales and inflation, the Kauai Island Utility Corporation is proposing to raise electric rates in 2023.

Happy Camper for Friday, December 30, 2022

Liliana Estep of Shell of a Lifetime (what? Limited time, free paintings?) was decked out in lei, Thursday during the weekly Aloha Market at the National Tropical Botanical Garden South Shore Visitor Center. Liliana said it’s not her birthday; she’s going traveling for a while, leaving her accounts to be cared for by “good people.”

Biden signs $1.7 trillion bill funding government operations

KINGSHILL, U.S. Virgin Islands — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a $1.7 trillion spending bill that will keep the federal government operating through the end of the federal budget year in September 2023, and provide tens of billions of dollars in new aid to Ukraine for its fight against the Russian military.

Southwest: Normal flight operations to resume Friday

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after more than a week of widespread flight cancellations that started with a winter storm and spiraled out of control because of a breakdown with staffing technology.