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Ruling on health care law has put GOP in quandary

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the former President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including ...

Nations at climate talks back emissions rules

KATOWICE, Poland — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. The deal agreed upon at U.N. climate talks in Poland enables countries to put ...

Mayfield, Browns edge injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

DENVER — Whether it was “The Fumble” or “The Drive” in the playoffs in the 1980s or the 11 consecutive times Denver had dumped Cleveland, the Broncos always served as the Browns’ biggest bugaboo. With John Elway watching from his suite at Mile High Stadium, Baker Mayfield ...

Celtics win eighth straight behind Irving’s 24 points in three quarters

BOSTON — Kyrie Irving credits Boston’s defense for an offensive resurgence that has the Celtics riding the longest winning streak in the NBA. Irving scored 24 points in just three quarters, then rested in the fourth as the Celtics finished off a 129-108 rout of Atlanta on Friday for their ...

Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge ...

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on global growth fears

NEW YORK — Stocks staggered to eight-month lows Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union also darkened traders’ moods. Major U.S. indexes ...

Bug may have exposed photos from 7M Facebook users

NEW YORK — Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly 7 million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday gave hundreds of apps unauthorized access to photos that could in ...

Authorities: Wave of bomb threats floated

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude ...

Boy Scouts mull bankruptcy for financial woes

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts of America deflected questions about a report suggesting it is considering seeking bankruptcy protection, though the head of the organization said it is exploring “all options” as it tries to stay afloat while facing sexual abuse lawsuits ...

Work underway to restore road to geothermal plant

HILO (AP) — The operators of a Hawaii island geothermal power plant have started restoring road access to the property cut off by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim authorized a vegetation removal and grading permit for Puna Geothermal Venture to clear lava ...

Trial set for psychiatric patient charged in escape

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A man who spent decades in a state psychiatric hospital for killing a woman wants to go to trial on escape and identity theft charges after authorities said he fled the facility and flew to California before being captured, his defense attorney said ...

Ed Case supports Nancy Pelosi for House speaker

HONOLULU (AP) — Ed Case, who is returning to Congress next month, is supporting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be speaker of the U.S. House. The Democrat told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he voted for Pelosi during a closed-door caucus last month and he plans vote for Pelosi again during ...

Ige backs biocontrol to fight invasive species

KAIILUA-KONA (AP) — Gov. David Ige has proposed building a $35 million regional biocontrol facility to research ways to control invasive species that threaten the state’s economy and natural environment. Ige advocated for the facility while addressing the Western Governors Association at ...

Chargers rally past Chiefs

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Arrowhead Stadium was already emptying by the time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers jogged to the locker room, triumphantly waving his hand as a satisfying cascade of boos washed over him. He had finally beaten the Kansas City Chiefs. It sounded ...

Harden’s big triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers

The Associated Press HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D’Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest — something the reigning MVP never does. D’Antoni was ...

Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in three-team trade

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was in a hospital, making a trade from a bed. Cleveland counterpart Chris Antonetti was boarding a plane headed back home, trying to finalize the deal before the flight pulled away from the gate. They managed to ...

Mass-murder compensation compliments of Uncle Sam

The Department of Justice has announced it’s sending the last installment — nearly $17 million of a total $20 million — to aid survivors of the October 2017 deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev. The toll was 58 dead and some 600 physically injured after a lone gunman took up a high ...

Smokin’ Hot

Two former Maui bartenders by night and beach bums by day took their relaxed lifestyle and catapulted it into a smokin’ hot restaurant venture in 2008. Managing Partner Dave Mecklenburg and his staff are still doing so swimmingly well at Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill at Maalaea Harbor ...

Christmas Fair: See golf cart parade, eat local foods Saturday

Pukalani Community Association will put on a fundraiser that should be festive and unique for Upcountry. The night of fun benefitting both Pukalani Elementary School and King Kekaulike High School will commence from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pukalani Country Club. The cost to attend is $2 per adult and ...

No psychiatric hospital employee is responsible for patient’s escape

The Associated Press HONOLULU — No single employee was directly responsible for the escape of a man from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital, a state investigation found, but questions remain about how he was able to walk out of the facility and fly to California, officials said Wednesday. The ...