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Many college grads feel grip on middle class loosening

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A college degree has long been a ticket to the U.S. middle class. It typically confers higher pay, stronger job security, greater home ownership and comparatively stable households. Those benefits have long been seen as worth the sacrifices often required, ...

Lawmakers OK all-mail elections, recounts

The Associated Press HONOLULU — State lawmakers passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures they hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections. The House and Senate approved the measures Tuesday. The bills now ...

McCollum leads Blazers past cold Nuggets

The Associated Press DENVER — After giving up 39 points to Damian Lillard in the opener, the Denver Nuggets were determined to make sure Portland’s role players would have to bear the burden of evening up the series. His teammates were up to the task on a night that Lillard, who came in ...

Indians ace Kluber breaks right forearm in 4-2 loss to Marlins

The Associated Press MIAMI — Corey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt. The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm when he was hit by a comebacker during a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Kluber (2-3) was struck by Brian ...

Emperor steps aside as Japan marks end of era

The Associated Press TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. “Today, I am concluding my duties as the emperor,” Akihito said as he ...

Father says son moved to Hawaii to fly tour helicopters

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 28-year-old man who moved to Hawaii two weeks ago from New Mexico was the pilot who died along with two passengers when a tour helicopter crashed on a street in a Honolulu suburb, his father said Tuesday. Joseph Berridge, who moved from Albuquerque to ...

Warriors quiet Rockets 115-109, take 2-0 lead

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors brought it on both ends, kept their mouths shut and handled business at home against James Harden and the Rockets. Now, the two-time defending champions are headed to Houston with a 2-0 lead in the Western ...

Sabathia notches 3,000th K in Yankees’ loss to Diamondbacks

The Associated Press PHOENIX — CC Sabathia struck out a former teammate for No. 3,000 of his career, celebrated with the rest of the New York Yankees on the field and tipped his cap to the appreciative Arizona crowd. As the big left-hander walked toward the batter’s box, he looked up to ...

3 dead after tour helicopter crashes in an Oahu suburb

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three people aboard, officials and witnesses said. “All you could see was fire,” witness Melissa Solomon said, explaining ...

Experts: Missing pins possibly caused Seattle crane collapse

The Associated Press SEATTLE — It appears workers who were disassembling a construction crane had prematurely removed pins securing the sections of the crane’s mast to each other, and that could explain why it toppled Saturday, killing four people, experts said. Crane accident ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press 1-year probation for Honolulu sergeant . HONOLULU — A Honolulu police sergeant says he was trying to help a childhood friend when he gave her information from a confidential database. Sgt. Daniel Sellers was sentenced to a year of probation Monday for disclosing ...

Jokic leads Nuggets past Blazers

The Associated Press DENVER — The Denver Nuggets avoided both an emotional letdown and another Damian Lillard masterpiece. Forty-eight hours after dispatching the Spurs in their first Game 7 triumph in 41 years, the Nuggets rode a 37-point performance from Nikola Jokic to a 121-113 win ...

Longoria’s three-run double rallies Giants past Dodgers

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria’s most significant hit with the Giants was more than a year in the making. Given the situation, the timing couldn’t have been much better. Longoria hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally San Francisco past Los Angeles ...

Immigrant-heavy GOP states OK with the census citizen question

The Associated Press PHOENIX — It’s not just Democratic-leaning states at risk of losing federal money and clout in Congress if the Supreme Court says the upcoming census can include a citizenship question. Fast-growing Arizona, Florida and Texas all have large groups of immigrants, ...

Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Let’s clear the air about cow farts. In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. More precisely, the fuss over an ...

Tests show high levels of coral-harming chemical

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — Officials have found high levels of a chemical commonly used in sunscreen that is believed to harm coral reefs in bay waters off Hawaii’s Big Island. The Kahaluu Bay Education Center commissioned the testing for oxybenzone at five sites in the bay on the island’s west ...

Warriors rally past Rockets in Game 1

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr saw his share of spectacular postseason performances playing alongside one of the greatest ever. “There was this guy named Michael, I can’t remember his last name,” the Golden State coach cracked in reference to former Bulls teammate ...

Celtics top Bucks 112-90 in opener

The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford’s Boston Celtics in the opener of a ...

Adams’ 11th-inning homer gives Nats win over Padres

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals need major improvement from their woeful bullpen if they want to contend in the NL East. Sunday’s performance could be the start of a turnaround. Five Washington relievers combined for eight scoreless innings, and Matt Adams homered leading off the 11th ...

Shooting kills college football player, injures Giants’ draftee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University’s joy over one of its own going to the pros quickly shifted to grief this weekend after a shooting killed a current Washburn football player and wounded the former member of the team who was drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier. Police ...