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Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed into law today two bills that would ban obstructing and “lodging” on Oahu sidewalks.

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More colleges allow applicants to self-report test scores

HARTFORD, Conn. >> Yale and Quinnipiac universities in Connecticut have joined a growing list of schools that have begun allowing applicants to self-report SAT and ACT test scores, rather than requiring them to submit official results from the organizations that administer the entrance exams.

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Man charged in fatal moped hit-and-run appears in court

A 47-year-old man appeared in Circuit Court today after he was charged with negligent homicide in the 2017 hit-and-run of a moped rider near the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

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Risk of streaming fatigue rises as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray

NEW YORK >> As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive.

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NYC prosecutors drop part of Harvey Weinstein case

NEW YORK >> Prosecutors in New York City abandoned part of their sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein today after evidence surfaced that a police detective coached a witness to stay silent about evidence that cast doubt on the account of one of his earliest accusers.

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Promoter of failed Fyre Festival gets 6 years in prison

NEW YORK >> The creator of the Fyre Festival, a highly publicized and famously failed music bash in the Bahamas, was ordered today to spend six years in prison by a judge who called him a “serial fraudster.”

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Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates >> In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince...

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U.S., Russian astronauts land safely after rocket failure

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan >> The problem came two minutes into the flight: The rocket carrying an American and a Russian to the International Space Station failed today, triggering an emergency that sent their capsule into a steep, harrowing fall back to Earth.

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Mudslide kills 12 people in central Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia >> Colombian disaster officials say at least 12 people have died in a mudslide that swept through their mountainside homes.

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Dave Chappelle, Colin Kaepernick to receive Harvard black culture awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. >> Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

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Ryan Coogler to return as writer-director of ‘Black Panther 2’

NEW YORK >> Ryan Coogler isn’t leaving Wakanda: The filmmaker will write and direct the sequel to “Black Panther.”

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Hurricane Michael leaves widespread catastrophic damage in Florida

MIAMI >> Tropical Storm Michael has sped off toward the Atlantic Ocean, but there will be nothing quick about Florida’s recovery from the hurricane, where rows upon rows of homes have been smashed to pieces. The storm also has brought flash flooding to hurricane-weary parts of the Carolinas and...

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Brewers, Dodgers lock in starting pitchers for NLCS Game 1

MILWAUKEE >> Gio Gonzalez will start for the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

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Nevada suspends UFC’s Khabib, McGregor for post-fight brawl

LAS VEGAS >> UFC fighters Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are being suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a brawl that erupted inside and outside the octagon after their lightweight title fight last weekend in Las Vegas, an official said.

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Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia today despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead.

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Michigan State coach says he didn’t try to cover up sex assault allegations

ROSEMONT, Ill. >> Michigan State coach Tom Izzo insists he was never part of an effort to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct within the school’s athletic department.

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All Hawaiian Islands under flash flood watch Friday, Saturday

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flash flood watch for the entire state from Friday morning through Saturday evening.

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Higher interest rates a sign of U.S. economic might — and risk to it

WASHINGTON >> This week’s dizzying sell-offs in the financial markets have been a rude reminder that the U.S. economy is no longer relying on ultra-low interest rates to fuel growth.

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Trial date set for duo in deadly Ala Moana game room robbery

A 28-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another man at an illegal game room during a robbery attempt in Ala Moana pleaded not guilty to a murder charge at Circuit Court today.

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