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Ibaka’s 3-pointer helps Raptors survive Wizards in double OT

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Toronto Raptors began with a rush. They scored the first nine points against the Washington Wizards, built a 19-point lead in the first quarter and went ahead by 23 in the second quarter. Near the end of the third quarter, Toronto still led by 17 ...

Can the president alone build a border wall?

When Donald Trump was looking for a catchy phrase during his 2016 presidential campaign to address the issue of immigrants entering the United States unlawfully — a line that would resonate with his supporters — he came up with the phrase “build the wall.” The reference, of course, is ...

Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate ...

Aviation showing strains of shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job. Miami International Airport is providing the most visible evidence yet that the ...

Man arrested in teen’s abduction, parents’ deaths

BARRON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she narrowly managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. Jayme Closs, 13, was ...

Rams, Cowboys looking for postseason breakthroughs

LOS ANGELES — As if the pressure of playing for the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff victory in 14 years wasn’t enough, Todd Gurley carries an extra imperative into the Coliseum today. “Basically, everybody I know hates the Cowboys,” the Rams’ All-Pro running back said. ...

Auditor: Premature contracts inflated rail costs

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Officials prematurely awarded contracts for Honolulu’s commuter rail line a decade ago to minimize public criticism and show the project was moving along. But this practice dramatically swelled costs as plans changed, a new audit of the vastly over-budget ...

At the border, Trump mulls an emergency declaration

The Associated Press MCALLEN, Texas — Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape ...

Svensson fires first-round 61

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Ocean views along the golf course seem to suit Adam Svensson. A year after his victory in the Bahamas that paved his way to the PGA Tour, Svensson capped off a rookie round to remember Thursday with a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole at Waialae Country ...

Aldridge drops 56, leads Spurs past Thunder in double overtime

The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs started hotter than ever from 3-point range Thursday night. When that wasn’t enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 ...

Warrant issued for Ronaldo’s DNA in Las Vegas rape investigation

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Cristiano Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of a Nevada woman’s allegation that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet, the soccer star’s lawyer and Las Vegas police said ...

Trump stalks out of shutdown talks with Dems

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump walked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday — “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted— as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of ...

Oahu Catholic school to drop upper grades after school year

HONOLULU (AP) — A Catholic school on Oahu is planning to close its middle and high schools at the end of the school year, citing financial difficulties. The board of St. Francis School in Manoa said the entire school could close if enrollment goals are not met. The school chose to ...

State high court rejects Ewa Democrat’s request for recount of ballots

The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Hawaii Supreme Court said Wednesday that Republican Kurt Fevella won the state Senate seat representing Ewa Beach, as it rejected a request by his Democratic opponent Matt LoPresti for a recount of ballots cast on Nov. 6. The unanimous ruling means the ...

Family wants answers after boy dies scuba diving

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old boy who died while scuba diving off Oahu is searching for answers. Temuulin Tsogt was diving Saturday with his family near Hawaii Kai as part of a tour with Island Divers Hawaii. He was visiting the U.S. from Mongolia. Honolulu Ocean Safety ...

Big Island jail, courts make changes after mistaken release

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say procedures have been changed for jails and courts after a man charged with murder was mistakenly released from a Big Island jail last summer. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Hawaii Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda told state ...

If Trump really wanted to enforce immigration, he’d open government

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still. Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It’d be unsightly. It’d be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it’d be ...

Spieth arrives at Waialae looking for fresh start, continued progress

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Jordan Spieth showed up in Hawaii three years ago hopeful that a new year would be more of a continuation than a fresh start. Back then, he was coming off two majors, five victories, the FedEx Cup and he was No. 1 in the world. He’s in a different spot at ...

Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Harden, Rockets

The Associated Press HOUSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t going to join in on the debate about whether he should be an early favorite for MVP after he led the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Houston Rockets and last year’s MVP James Harden on Wednesday. The rising young star ...