ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned an elected member of its ruling council from all soccer duty for three months for selling tickets to last year's World Cup.
Tahiti loses World Cup qualifier over ineligible players
SYDNEY (AP) — Tahiti's 13-9 win over Cook Islands in a Rugby World Cup qualifier has been overturned because Tahiti used two ineligible players, meaning Cook Islands will proceed to the next round of qualifying for next year's tournament in Japan.
World Rugby said in a statement Friday that following a request from the Cook Islands Rugby Union, it investigated claims that the Tahiti Rugby Union had used the ineligible players during the match in Rarotonga on Aug. 4, 2017.
Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific.
Nan Hauser said she didn't understand the actions of the 25-ton whale that she met face-to-face in the Cook Islands. Then she saw the shark.
She's heard on a video telling the massive mammal, "I love you!"
The encounter took place in October, but Hauser didn't upload the video until Monday. It quickly spread via social media.
Governor requests all flags at half-staff for late lawmaker
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is requesting that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff to honor state Rep. Craig Tieszen on the day of his funeral.
The governor's office says that Tieszen's funeral will be held Monday in Rapid City. The 68-year-old Tieszen and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, drowned in a kayaking accident last week off an island in the South Pacific.
Lawmaker, brother-in-law met rough ocean before drowning
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law encountered high tides and rough seas before they drowned in a kayaking accident last week off an island in the South Pacific.
PIERRE — State Rep. Craig Tieszen, of Rapid City, passed away on Wednesday in a drowning accident in the Cook Islands, where Tieszen, 68, was attending a family wedding.
The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific, approximately 3,000 miles south of Hawaii. Tieszen’s brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, of Rapid City, also died in the accident.
South Dakota lawmaker, brother-in-law drown in Cook Islands
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office said in a statement that state Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, a Republican from Rapid City, and his brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, died Wednesday
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Vacation bliss in the South Pacific: Visiting Aitutaki
AITUTAKI, Cook Islands (AP) — Swaying in a hammock hung from coconut trees, floating down a cyan-blue channel or swimming in a cloud of tropical fish, all I could think was, this place is too perfect to be real.
Aitutaki consists of a handful of small islands encircled by a lagoon in the middle of the South Pacific. It's the paradise you always dreamed but never quite believed could exist: uncrowded, inexpensive, safe and friendly, and stunningly gorgeous around, in and under the ocean.