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Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded Hurricane Madeline to a tropical storm as it veered past Hawaii's Big Island, but of... Full Story

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  • Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island
    Hurricane warning downgraded for Hawaii's Big Island

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Forecasters on Wednesday downgraded Hurricane Madeline to a tropical storm as it veered past Hawaii's Big Island, but officials reiterated warnings to prepare for heavy rain and strong winds.

  • The Latest: Forecasters issue hurricane warning in Florida
    The Latest: Forecasters issue hurricane warning in Florida

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather systems threatening Hawaii and the Southeast (all times Hawaii local):

  • Trump vows to remove millions living in country illegally
    Trump vows to remove millions living in country illegally

    PHOENIX (AP) — Seeking to end confusion over his aggressive but recently muddled language on immigration, Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if he becomes president, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize the "well-being of the Americanpeople.

  • AP reporter returns to Cuba on 1st commercial flight from US
    AP reporter returns to Cuba on 1st commercial flight from US

    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — It took an hour and a $330 paper check to buy the printed blue ticket for my one-way charter flight from Havana to Miami, the last I will ever take.

  • Troopers say no survivors in Alaska midair crash

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — All those on board two small planes died in a midair collision Wednesday in western Alaska, state troopers said.

  • Man freed after 1995 double-murder conviction tossed
    Man freed after 1995 double-murder conviction tossed

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was freed from jail Wednesday after a judge tossed his conviction in a double-murder case tried 21 years ago by the prosecutor who was later disbarred for lying and misconduct in the Duke University lacrosse rape case.

  • AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest
    AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of politica...

  • APNewsBreak: US set to destroy big chemical weapon stockpile
    APNewsBreak: US set to destroy big chemical weapon stockpile

    DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Army plans to start operating a $4.5 billion plant next week that will destroy the nation's largest remaining stockpile of mustard agent, complying with an international treaty that bans chemical weapons, officials said Wednesday.

  • US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

  • NYPD might not say if officer in chokehold death is punished

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City might never tell the public if the police officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death case is disciplined, the mayor and police commissioner indicated this week after reaching a new interpretation of a 40-year-old state civil rights law.

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