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Winter wind causes damage to observatories

HILO (AP) — Strong winds from a winter storm caused minor damage to at least two observatories on Hawaii’s tallest peak, officials said. The Big Island summit of Mauna Kea recorded wind gusts of 191 mph late Sunday, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. The winds blew open the front door ...

Congress approves border measure

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national ...

Depression may speed brain aging

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and ...

Pelicans topple Thunder despite losing Davis to shoulder injury

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis grimaced and didn’t move his left arm as he walked off the court at halftime. Whether those were Davis’ final moments in a Pelicans uniform — or whether he even plays in this weekend’s All-Star Game — remains to be seen. Julius ...

Spieth tied for lead after 12 holes at rainy Riviera

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — One of the wildest pars Phil Mickelson ever made didn’t even count. Neither did one of the worst lies Jordan Spieth ever had. Fifty minutes into the start of the Genesis Open, with only 30 players having teed off, the opening round was scrapped because ...

Verlander, Scherzer voice concerns about game

The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Two more aces are expressing concern about how major league teams are playing their cards. Washington right-hander Max Scherzer said Thursday there are too many teams trying not to win, and all the rebuilding “poisons the game.” Houston ...

US: Ex-intel official defected to Iran and revealed secrets

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, ...

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

The Associated Press Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC announced this week that romance-related scams have surged recently and generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. The number of these romance scams reported to the agency jumped from 8,500 in 2015 ...

Hawaii health officials confirm two rat lungworm disease cases

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says two new cases of rat lungworm disease have been confirmed. Health officials say an adult vacationing on the northern side of the Big Island contracted the disease in December, marking the state’s ninth case of 2018. The person was ...

AP source: Ravens agree to trade QB Flacco to Broncos

The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Joe Flacco has gone from Denver Broncos tormentor to savior. The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade the veteran quarterback to the Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, a person with knowledge of the agreement told ...

Wolves overcome Harden’s 42, beat Rockets

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — James Harden was Josh Okogie’s responsibility for much of Wednesday. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie’s teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie. “It wasn’t a good 42,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “It wasn’t a 42 that ...

Thomas makes long-awaited debut, helps Nuggets edge Kings 120-118

The Associated Press DENVER — Ejected in the first half, Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn’t get an in-person look at Isaiah Thomas’ first 3-pointer in a Denver uniform. He also didn’t watch from his usual vantage point as Nikola Jokic tipped in the winner. The raucous ...

Notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman convicted

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in ...

Ex-prosecutor and brother hit with drug charges in Hawaii

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a former Honolulu city prosecutor of dealing opioids with her physician brother and using her position to cover up their crimes. Katherine Kealoha, the wife of now-retired Honolulu police chief Louis ...

Oahu shopping mall adopts Hawaiian language name

HONOLULU (AP) — Buildings at a shopping mall on Oahu have been renamed in the Hawaiian language amid a growing trend of Hawaii businesses adopting Hawaiian names. The Pearlridge Shopping Center has adopted the name Wai Makai for its complex formerly known as Downtown after more than 20 ...

World’s oldest known wild bird hatches chick on Midway Atoll

HONOLULU (AP) — The oldest known wild bird in the world has become a mother again at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. wildlife officials said. The Laysan albatross named Wisdom hatched a chick earlier this month at the remote atoll northwest of Hawaii, the Honolulu ...

AP source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers still haven’t decided whether there’s a path for wayward wide receiver Antonio Brown to return in 2019. Not that it matters to Brown. He’s already made up his mind. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The ...

No. 2 Duke stuns No. 16 Louisville with 23-point rally

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Looking tired and beaten while trailing Louisville by 23 points, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his players they would win the game. Whether he believed it or not didn’t matter. The Blue Devils bought in and found their energy in the final 10 ...

How many Kyler Murrays are out there in specialization era?

The Associated Press Kyler Murray has chosen football over baseball, at least for now. It is anyone’s guess when the world will see another athlete with the skills and opportunity to have such a choice. The Oakland Athletics selected Murray ninth overall in the Major League Baseball draft ...

Budget deal allows far less money for wall

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the ...