The time jump means that Samoa's 186,000 citizens will now be the first in the world to ring in the new year, rather than the last.
As China’s influence in the Pacific rises, Samoa is planning to cancel Friday, going directly from Thursday to Saturday, to synchronize trade with China.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada meets with the media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7. Mr. Reid was raised agnostic and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student.
Fat stigma goes global: The Western desire for slimness has been spreading to cultures that previously celebrated larger bodies causing a fat stigma that never existed before.
Heavy handed economic reforms like raising the minimum wage keep entrepreneurs from pursuing projects that would lift the economy.
President Obama stepped outside the Oval Office this afternoon to urge citizens to listen to local officials in light of today's tsunami warning.
Hawaii is under a tsunami warning following an earthquake in Chile Saturday morning.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told a pool reporter that they are "closely monitoring the situation" following the Chile earthquake.
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile Saturday morning triggering a tsunami warning for Hawaii.
A macro view of hard coral in Malaysia is seen here. Corals are marine organisms that often live in colonies of many identical individuals. Coral is formed from a myriad of polyps, which can be a few millimeters in diameter. They are genetically identical and reproduce asexually, but can also breed by spawning. Corals are major contributors to the structure of reefs that grow in tropical and subtropical water. Many species need sunlight to grow and are found in shallow water, though other species can live in the deeper, colder waters.