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August 3, 2012
The Associated Press

Lost northern fur seal leaves for Calif.

HONOLULU - A lost northern fur seal that showed up on a Hawaii beach thousands of miles from home is flying to California.

A FedEx flight to Oakland carrying the seal took off from Honolulu on Thursday afternoon.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Wendee Goo said a veterinarian and staff member are accompanying the animal to make sure it's OK.

The young female seal was emaciated, underweight and weak when people found it on Oahu's North Shore on Tuesday.

The Marine Mammal Center will pick it up from the Oakland airport and take care of it until it's ready to return to the wild.


Found snakes given to state ag officials

HONOLULU - Two dead snakes have been turned over to Hawaii Department of Agriculture officials.

The state said a dead, 6-foot-long boa constrictor was found on a central Oahu farm Tuesday by harvesting workers.

On Wednesday, a guest at a Waikiki hotel visiting from Washington state found a dead, 6-inch-long garter snake in a carry-on bag and turned the carcass over to the front desk. The state said the snake appeared to have been long dead and dried.

Snakes have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to the fragile island environment. Snakes can prey on native birds and eggs.

Illegal animals can be turned in under the state's amnesty program.


Two women can wed inmates, says judge

HONOLULU - A federal judge has ordered that two Hawaii women be allowed to marry their incarcerated fiances.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday that Judge Susan Oki Mollway granted their motion for a preliminary injunction. The order said the women are being harmed by being denied their right to marry.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women, who want to marry men incarcerated at Saguaro Correctional Facility, a privately run prison in Arizona housing Hawaii inmates under a contract with the state.

The Hawaii attorney general's office said in a statement the state will send a letter to the affected inmates on Friday advising them of the court order.


Marine Corps fighter jet lands at Midway

HONOLULU - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a Marine Corps fighter jet made an emergency landing at Midway Atoll en route from Honolulu to Japan.

The agency, which manages a national wildlife refuge at the remote Pacific island, said the F/A-18 jet landed Thursday as a precaution after having a mechanical problem.

The plane and its escort landed safely at the atoll's Henderson Airfield. The jets were going to Iwakuni, Japan, after participating in Rim of the Pacific military exercises in Hawaii.



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