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The Associated Press

Gabbard breaks for reserve training

HONOLULU — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is taking two weeks off from her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign to participate in Army National Guard training.

Gabbard announced the two-week break in a statement Monday. She will return to the campaign trail on Aug. 25.

Gabbard is a major in the Army National Guard who has served in the military for more than 16 years and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Kuwait in 2008.

She will be participating in a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military.

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Police make arrest in purse snatching

HONOLULU — Honolulu police have arrested a teenager in connection with the death of a woman who died from injuries suffered when her purse was snatched, a report said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Saturday on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of 85-year-old Dolores Corpus, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Police did not identify the teenager.

Authorities say 82-year-old John Corpus and his wife were on an early-morning walk three blocks from their Oahu home July 21 when a bicyclist snatched her purse and fled.

John Corpus told police he did not see the theft in the Kalihi neighborhood as his wife walked ahead of him, but found her lying in the crosswalk.

Her purse containing $2,000 in cash was missing, police said.

The couple walked home and called police. Emergency Medical Services responded to treat Dolores Corpus’ injuries, officials said. She was taken to a hospital where she died four days later from bleeding in the brain, police said.

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High court rules for language classes

HONOLULU — The state Supreme Court has ruled Hawaii’s constitution requires reasonable access to Hawaiian language immersion programs.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday that the justices ruled the programs are a necessary component in restoring the Hawaiian language and ultimately the culture.

The case was brought by the parent of two schoolchildren on Lanai, saying the island’s only public school did not offer a Hawaiian language immersion program.

The court ruled 3-to-2 that access to a Hawaiian language class only a few times per week was not sufficient.