• Matson to end Hawaii molasses operation, pay $15.4 million

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    HONOLULU (AP) — The biggest shipping company serving Hawaii will end its molasses operation in the state and pay millions of dollars as compensation for spilling 1,400 tons of the sugary substance in Honolulu Harbor. State Attorney General Doug Chin on Wednesday called the $15.4 million settlement with Hawaii-based Matson Navigation Co. one of the largest for an environmental violation in Hawaii's history. Matson is also agreeing to cease its molasses operation in Hawaii and pay for removal of its molasses tanks and any remaining molasses, Chin said. The company will pay $5.9 million to the state, and the costs related to ending the molasses operation are estimated between $5.5 million and $9.5 million, which would pu

  • Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday on his birthday after the country's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea. Memon was executed inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994. An accountant, Memon was convicted in 2007 of helping raise funds for the serial blasts that rocked the financial capital. By late Wednesday Memon finally exhausted all the legal avenues open to him in order to escape the death penalty.

  • Top officials critical of Ohio cop indicted on murder charge

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    CINCINNATI (AP) — This time, some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man came from top law enforcement and city officials. The Wednesday indictment of a University of Cincinnati police officer on a charge of murder in the traffic-stop shooting was applauded by officials in a city roiled by racial violence that erupted in 2001 after an unarmed black man was killed by Cincinnati police after a string of earlier shootings by officers. The family of Samuel DuBose, 43, urged the community to remain calm, as it has in a series of demonstrations since the July 19 shooting by officer Ray Tensing, who is white. Tensing had stopped DuBose for a missing front license plate, which is req

  • For North Korea, Iran-style nuke deal not an option

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    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them. In a flurry of public comments since the deal, the North has been blunt: Its nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip; it is already a member of the nuclear club; and if Washington wants to talk, it must recognize the North as such or put an immediate end to its hostile policies toward Pyongyang. Clearly, the differences between North Korea and Iran are vast. North Korea has already gone down the negotiations road and come out on the other end with a small but potentially thr

  • Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations. The apparent rejection of the talks comes a day after Kabul announced the death of the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, but it was not immediately clear if the two developments were connected. The Afghan intelligence service asserted Wednesday that Mullah Omar died in a Karachi hospital more than two years ago. In Washington, the U.S.

  • Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence that her husband is truly gone. Not believing could allow her to keep alive the hopes of many relatives that the airliner and her husband, a flight attendant, landed somewhere unscathed in a hijacking plot — though the discovery this week of a Boeing 777 wing component on an Indian Ocean island seemed to make that possibility more remote than ever. "One part of me, I want it to be true," Gomes said of the debris found on the French island of Reunion, "so I can put my husband Patrick to rest. It's been one

  • Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball. This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events. Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California's sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight. There, hundreds of doctors, dentists and other health care providers are working to ensure thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities don't go home until they've had head-to-toe checkups. People who need glasses, hearing aids, even root canals, are getting them immediately.

  • Details about the lion hunt that caused outrage across globe

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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota dentist has been publicly condemned for killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe, and a hired guide has been charged with a crime. Here are some details about the case that has gained global attention. THE HUNTER Walter James Palmer, 55, is a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. He's an active big-game hunter and has many kills to his name. His clinic's website, which is no longer online, said he enjoys outdoor activities and, "Anything allowing him to stay active and observe and photograph wildlife is where you will find Dr. Palmer when he not in the office.

  • California firefighters control blaze that jumped line

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    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground, keeping a blaze east of California's Napa Valley from jumping any more containment lines, fire officials said. The fire, which has burned for a week, has charred more than 11 square miles in Solano County. It jumped the containment line Tuesday in rugged, steep terrain baked by triple-digit temperatures. "We're optimistic that we are able to stop and hold it," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. At least 136 structures remain threatened, and more than 200 people were still under orders to evacuate their homes on Wednesday.

  • Boston's bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

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    BOSTON (AP) — After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians. The Red Sox are languishing. Cleveland swept the Celtics in the playoffs. The Bruins didn't even make theirs. The city forfeited a chance to showcase itself to the planet as an Olympics host. And now the NFL has upheld star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's entire four-game suspension. Forget the footballs: All of Beantown feels a little deflated right now. Watertown engineer Dan Clark sums up the foul mood, saying: "It's been disappointment after disappointment." But Cambridge-based marketing executive Bruce Mendelsohn is urging Boston to look on the bright side: At least it's easy to get a ticket for a ballgame

  • Minnesota man who killed lion keeps low profile amid outrage

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known, protected lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world. Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified Tuesday as a party to the lion's death but has said in a statement that he was unaware the lion was protected and that he relied on his guides to ensure a legal hunt. Palmer, whose practice offers general and cosmetic dentistry, is an active big-game hunter, with many kills to his name, some of them registered with huntin

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

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    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were meeting this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Protest organizers say the trade agreement would benefit a few major corporations while sacrificing protections for public health, the environment, local jobs and indigenous rights. "It's pilau, pilau, pilau," said veteran Hawaii activist Walter Ritte, using the Hawaiian word for rotten.

  • Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners

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    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons. An Information Ministry statement posted on its website said 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, will be freed from various prisons across the country "on humanitarian grounds and in view of national reconciliation." It was not clear if pro-democracy activists were among those being freed under the pardon, which is effective Thursday. The pardons by President Thein Sein are timed to coincide with a Buddhist religious holiday and come ahead of a November general election.

  • 3 UVa graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, court records show. The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit U.S. District Court in New York. They are also suing Rolling Stone's publisher, Wenner Media. A lawyer for the men said they suffered "vicious and hurtful attacks" because of inaccuracies in the November 2014 article, which was written by journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Also Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Will Dana, Rolling Stone's managing editor, will be leav

  • Judge to consider fate of convent Katy Perry wants to buy

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about whether the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles can sell a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood to pop singer Katy Perry. An order of nuns owns the multimillion dollar property and has sold it to a businesswoman who wants to develop it into a hotel and restaurant. The archbishop, however, contends the nuns didn't have authority to make the sale and Perry's $14.5 million offer for the property is a better deal. The archbishop's lawyers have asked a judge to overturn the sale. Perry is not a party to the lawsuit, but the "Roar" singer met with the nuns in May to try to convince them she would be a good owner of their beloved convent. The sisters weren't

  • Asian stocks mixed after Fed leaves rates unchanged

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    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks held steady Thursday following this week's turbulence while other Asian markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index was little changed at 3,787.49 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off by just 0.1 percent at 24,607.28. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1 percent to 20,525.80 while Seoul's Kospi shed 0.5 percent to 2,027.29. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7 percent to 5,666.40. Taiwan, Manila, Jakarta and New Zealand also gained, while Singapore and Malaysia fell. CHINA'S GYRATIONS: The Shanghai benchmark suffered its biggest one-day drop in eight years on Monday when it plunged 8.5 percent despite government i

  • Fast-spreading fire explodes to more than 4 square miles

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    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — California fire officials say a wildfire burning east of Lower Lake has grown to more than 4 ½ square miles in a few hours. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations immediately after the blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon in Lake County. Cal Fire says the fire grew from 150 acres to more than 4 ½ square miles within six hours. It is unclear how many people were evacuated and how many structures are threatened. Cal Fire says the wildfire is traveling at a rapid rate because the terrain is heavy with brush and timber. They say access is difficult. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator —have identified the component that was found on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a 777 wing, the U.S. official said.

  • Madeleine McCann ruled out as girl found dead in Australia

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    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The decomposed remains of a young girl found in a suitcase dumped in Australia do not belong to missing British girl Madeleine McCann, police say. The bones were found earlier this month in bushes near the South Australia state capital Adelaide. South Australia Police Detective Police Superintendent Des Bray said late Wednesday that 43 children had now been eliminated as the victim in the murder investigation, including McCann. "I can confirm that Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim and UK police have been advised," he said. McCann was 3 when she went missing while on vacation in Portugal with her family in 2007. The case has never been solved.

  • Lennon honored with artwork showing him in yellow submarine

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to honor her late husband Wednesday. Ono said the tapestry at Ellis Island is "so special" and that the Beatles band member would have loved it. Lennon appears on the artwork commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey to thank Ono on behalf of human rights group Amnesty International. The organization raised more than $5 million in royalties from covers of Lennon's post-Beatles music since 2004. The artwork showing Manhattan as a yellow submarine in a sea of blue is on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.