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Pandemic budget crunch leaves Hawaii with unpleasant options

The Associated Press HONOLULU — The coronavirus pandemic has pushed Hawaii’s unemployment rate up to 22.3 percent, generated miles-long food bank lines and led hotel operators to close their doors and board up their windows. Tax revenues are plunging and policy makers must plug gaping ...

Guard charged with smuggling meth into jail to be released on bond

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii prison guard charged with smuggling meth and other contraband into Oahu Community Correctional Center will be released on bond, a federal judge said Wednesday. Prosecutors wanted Jon Estabilio Jr. held without bail. Estabilio, 45, participated in ...

Rose, Varner share lead as PGA Tour gets back to business amid silence

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — The start was even more quiet than usual for a Thursday morning on the PGA Tour, only the silence never left over the next 12 hours as golf was back to business at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Sung Kang made a hole-in-one on the 13th hole and ...

NFL to spend $250 million on social justice initiatives

The Associated Press The NFL is committing $250 million over 10 years to social justice initiatives, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.” The league, which has raised $44 million ...

Carroll expresses regret for not signing Kaepernick

The Associated Press RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revisited the team’s history with Colin Kaep­ernick on Thursday and expressed regret for not signing Kaepernick when given the opportunity. Seattle brought Kaepernick in for a workout during the 2017 offseason ...

NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races, venues

The Associated Press For more than 70 years, the Confederate flag was a familiar sight at NASCAR races. Through the civil rights era right on through the season opener at Daytona in February, the flag dotted infield campsites and was waved in grandstands by fans young and old. As the nation ...

US Soccer repeals policy that banned kneeling during anthem

The Associated Press U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference ...

USC welcomes back Bush after 10-year exile

The Associated Press Reggie Bush was the centerpiece of Southern California’s last football dynasty. He inspired players to become Trojans and continued to be adored by USC fans while spending a decade in NCAA-mandated exile from the school. USC welcomed back Bush on Wednesday, 10 years ...

Judge mulls conservator for Hawaiian heiress

The Associated Press HONOLULU — A long, bitter legal battle over control of a 94-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress’ $215-million fortune raged on Tuesday, with a judge saying her conservatorship should be unlimited but not ruling on who the conservator will be. It’s not clear when ...

Honolulu police suspend vascular neck restraints

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Police Department is temporarily stopping officers from using a type of neck restraint. Prompted by intense protests across the United States and elsewhere over racial injustice and police brutality when George Floyd died after a police officer in Minnesota ...

Hawaii leader who fought travel ban picked for police panel

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor is nominating to the police commission Hawaii’s former attorney general who fought President Donald Trump’s travel ban. If confirmed by the Honolulu City Council, Doug Chin will replace one of the two commissioners who recently resigned. Chin was ...

‘Fight Island’ revealed in Abu Dhabi, will host four UFC shows

The Associated Press The UFC’s mysterious “Fight Island” is actually Yas Island, a popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi where the mixed martial arts promotion will hold four shows in July. The UFC revealed the location Tuesday and announced a series of fan-free shows at Fight ...

Wallace calls for NASCAR to ban Confederate flag

The Associated Press The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing’s good ol’ boy roots. Bubba Wallace — the lone black driver in the sport — wants the stock car series with deep ties to the South to ban the flag at its ...

AP sources: MLB players cut to 89 games, want prorated money

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players have moved toward teams but remained far apart economically in their latest proposal for starting the pandemic-delayed season, adamant they receive full prorated salaries while offering to cut the regular season to 89. The proposal by the players’ ...

Some activists doubt disbanding police will work

The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd’s death was the breaking point for some Minneapolis civic leaders, who now say the only way to fix the city’s embattled police department is to take it apart. But it’s not clear how they would do that, and groups that have spent years ...

As business trickles back, hotels compete on cleanliness

The Associated Press Marriott, Hilton and other big hotel companies are used to competing on price or perks. Now they are competing on cleanliness. From masked clerks at the front desk to shuttered buffets, hotels are making visible changes in the wake of the pandemic. Signage will tout ...

Spurs’ Aldridge out for season after surgery

The Associated Press Seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder, a major blow to the Spurs’ postseason chances, assuming the season continues as planned. The Spurs announced Monday that ...

MLB offers 76-game season, playoffs rise up to 16 teams

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has made another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July, proposing a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75 percent of their prorated ...