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The Associated Press

Lifeguards rescue 13 in winter waves

HONOLULU — Hawaii lifeguards rescued 13 people as powerful waves pounded the northern shores of the island of Oahu, kicking off what officials say is the most dangerous time of the year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that emergency services officials say the lifeguards took about 2,800 preventative actions, such as stopping unprepared people from going into the ocean, in addition to the rescues on Friday.

Authorities issued high-surf warnings for northern and western beaches, advising people of strong currents and dangerous shore breaks.

Lifeguard Jeff Okuyama says the biggest swells occur during the winter months, so swimming and snorkeling is not an option for the unexperienced.


Judge ices states’ challenges to ban

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has put on hold a challenge by Washington and several other states to the Trump administration’s latest travel ban.

U.S. District Judge James Robart, who blocked the initial ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim nations early this year, noted in his decision Friday that the latest iteration has already been blocked by federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland.

Because the issues raised there are similar to the ones raised by Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and California in the Seattle case, he said those challenges should play out before the Seattle case proceeds.