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                                In this May 11, 2016 photo, people swim in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay.

Dr. Beach names Hanauma Bay best beach in America

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                                In this May 11, 2016 photo, people swim in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay.

Updated on  May 26, 2016 at 4:49 am
When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as “Toilet Bowl” and “Witch’s Brew,” you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish. Read More
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                                In this May 24 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M.

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch GOP nomination

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                                In this May 24 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M.
Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Read More
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                                A composite satellite image taken this morning shows scattered clouds over the islands. Unstable atmospheric conditions, which brought heavy rain to Oahu and Maui County Wednesday, are moving east of the islands.

Drier weather expected today

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                                A composite satellite image taken this morning shows scattered clouds over the islands. Unstable atmospheric conditions, which brought heavy rain to Oahu and Maui County Wednesday, are moving east of the islands.

Updated on  May 26, 2016 at 6:31 am
There could be a few more scattered showers today, especially over interior and mauka areas this afternoon. But forecasters expect drier weather after heavy rains overnight on Oahu that caused flash flooding and closed the Pali Highway until about 1 a.m. Read More
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                                Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, a geologist uses a rock hammer to collect a sample of lava from a new flow.

New video, photos show Kilauea lava flows widening

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                                Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, a geologist uses a rock hammer to collect a sample of lava from a new flow.

Updated on  May 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm
New lava flows at Kilauea volcano have slowed, geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported today. Read More
The Solar Impulse 2 lands at Lehigh Valley International Airport, in Allentown, Pa., with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, on Wednesday, after taking off from Dayton International Airport, Ohio. (Christophe Chammartin/Solar Impulse via AP)

Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania

The Solar Impulse 2 lands at Lehigh Valley International Airport, in Allentown, Pa., with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, on Wednesday, after taking off from Dayton International Airport, Ohio. (Christophe Chammartin/Solar Impulse via AP)

Updated on  May 26, 2016 at 6:13 am
A solar-powered airplane has landed in Pennsylvania, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Read More
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                                A plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport from behind fencing at the Millbrae Gate, in San Francisco. An Associated Press investigation has documented perimeter breaches at many of the busiest airports in the U.S.

AP: Intruders breach U.S. airport fences about every 10 days

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                                A plane takes off from San Francisco International Airport from behind fencing at the Millbrae Gate, in San Francisco. An Associated Press investigation has documented perimeter breaches at many of the busiest airports in the U.S.

Updated on  May 26, 2016 at 4:51 am
Under pressure to prevent people from sneaking onto runways and planes at major U.S. airports, authorities are cracking down — not on the intruders who slip through perimeter gates or jump over fences, but on the release of information about the breaches. Read More
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                                Then front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second news conference after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines.

Philippines’ Duterte apologizes to Trudeau over beheading

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                                Then front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second news conference after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines.
The Philippines’ presumptive president-elect said Thursday he apologized to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the beheading by Muslim militants of a Canadian hostage in the southern province of Sulu. Read More
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                                President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have reportedly decided to lease this nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington’s poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obamas may lease mansion in posh Washington neighborhood

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                                President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have reportedly decided to lease this nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington’s poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Updated on  May 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm
Real estate circles buzzed today over reports that President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided to lease a nine-bedroom mansion in one of Washington’s poshest neighborhoods when he leaves office in January. Read More
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                                Two union activists in fluorescent vests walk toward the Normandie Bridge outside of Le Havre, western France, during a blockade action, Thursday, May 26, 2016. The cloud of black smoke is from burning tires. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is open to improvements and modifications in a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests, but will not abandon it.

France: Strikes, protests, fuel blockades over labor reform

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                                Two union activists in fluorescent vests walk toward the Normandie Bridge outside of Le Havre, western France, during a blockade action, Thursday, May 26, 2016. The cloud of black smoke is from burning tires. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says he is open to improvements and modifications in a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests, but will not abandon it.

Updated on  May 26, 2016 at 1:38 am
With union activists disrupting fuel supplies, trains and nuclear plants, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the door Thursday to possible changes in a labor bill that has sparked intensifying strikes and protests — but insisted the government will not abandon it. Read More
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                                Authorities stand outside Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square, in New York after a shooting tonight.

Police: 1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at NYC concert venue

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                                Authorities stand outside Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square, in New York after a shooting tonight.

Updated on  May 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm
Police say one person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / SEPT. 9, 2013
                                Jadine Urasaki, then a deputy director at the Department of Transportation, spoke at a news conference announcing the start of the H-1 freeway rehabilitation project,

Former DOT deputy fined for ethics violations

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                                Jadine Urasaki, then a deputy director at the Department of Transportation, spoke at a news conference announcing the start of the H-1 freeway rehabilitation project,

Updated on  May 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm
A former deputy director of the state Department of Transportation has paid a $13,000 administrative fine to resolve allegations that she violated the state ethics code when she apparently took action on a dozen state contracts with a consulting firm where her husband worked. Read More
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                                Ninth graders Tehya Vining, left, and Christian Jarboe talk after walking for the first time into a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school on May 17 in Seattle. President Obama’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

LGBT divide grows as 11 states sue feds over transgender bathroom rule

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                                Ninth graders Tehya Vining, left, and Christian Jarboe talk after walking for the first time into a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school on May 17 in Seattle. President Obama’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive that schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. Read More

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