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WASHINGTON >> The Environmental Protection Agency acted again today to ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants.

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WASHINGTON >> House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi today rejected the idea of paying for President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for helping hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation.

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A 70-year-old man has died after he was struck by a pickup truck in Kailua-Kona Wednesday night.

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A federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of two female athletes at James Campbell High School alleging gender-based bias was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union Hawaii chapter today.

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Bah, Humbug: Florida neighbors scorn woman over display

HOLLY HILL, Fla. >> A woman has been scorned by her neighbors in a high-rise Florida condo because of a holiday message she spelled out in lights across her balcony.

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Funding for defense in New York sex-trafficking case questioned

NEW YORK >> Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers.

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It’s now or never pedestrians: German town has Elvis lights

BERLIN >> Keep your blue suede shoes behind the curb: the central German town where Elvis Presley was stationed as a U.S. soldier in the 1950s has installed three pedestrian lights with images of the American rock icon.

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Arkansas town alderman candidate misses vote, ends up tied

HOXIE, Ark. >> A first-time political candidate in northeast Arkansas has learned a valuable civics lesson: vote early.

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At Connecticut cemetery, bones tossed like trash, families in pain

Since the 1990s, Cheryl Jansen had noticed junk and tree limbs piling up at the once oasis-like Park Cemetery, just north of downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut, and wondered where the money families had paid for perpetual upkeep was going. What she learned after finally taking her case to a judge...

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Michigan marks 1st day of legal, recreational pot

DETROIT >> Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.

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China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei

BEIJING >> China today demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks.

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Cardi B parties at Miami’s Art Basel after announcing split

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. >> Less than 24 hours after announcing her split from her husband, Cardi B was spotted partying at a nightclub to kick off Miami’s Art Basel.

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Lyft aims to beat Uber to U.S. stock market with IPO

SAN FRANCISCO >> Lyft still hasn’t caught up to Uber in the rapidly growing ride-hailing market, but it’s ahead in the race to sell its stock on the public market where the two companies could potentially raise billions to help finance their expansion.

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Football Bowl Subdivision targeting calls level off after 4-year rise

The NCAA says the number of enforced targeting penalties in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season was the same as in 2017, ending four straight years of increased calls.

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Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nominations

NEW YORK >> Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-season coup today, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial...

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Iditarod clears 4-time champ in dog-doping scandal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska >> Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year.

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New Democratic governors show shift on U.S. charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.

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Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States.

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