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APEX, N.C. — All the counseling, therapy and medication did little to ease 9-year-old Sobie Cummings' crippling anxiety and feelings of isolation. And so a psychiatrist suggested that a service dog might help the autistic child connect with other kids.

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NEW YORK — The lowest unemployment rate in a half century. More than 260,000 new jobs. And higher hourly wages. "I'll be running on the economy," President Donald Trump declared on Friday. And why wouldn't he?


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A U.S. Army soldier has been upgraded to stable condition after a fall onto a ledge in a volcano crater in Hawaiʻi.

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LOS ANGELES — Peter Mayhew, the towering actor who donned a huge, furry costume to give life to the rugged-and-beloved character of Chewbacca in the original "Star Wars" trilogy and two other films, has died, his family said Thursday.

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK — A man was seriously injured after crossing a safety barrier and falling onto a ledge inside a Hawaiʻi caldera, authorities said.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers have passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures lawmakers hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections.

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TOKYO -- Emperor Naruhito has vowed in his first address to fulfill his duty as a symbol of state and the people as defined under Japan's Constitution.

Naruhito announced his succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the address Wednesday, a day after his father abdicated.

He said he will keep in mind his father's devotion to peace and stay close to the people. Naruhito also said he feels solemn as thinks of the heavy weight of his responsibility.

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LOS ANGELES — An Army veteran who converted to Islam and is accused of plotting terrorist attacks in California in retaliation for killings at New Zealand mosques was demoted and discharged from the military for a serious offense, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Two dogs attacked a mother and her 1 1/2-year-old daughter last week near the Children's Discovery Center in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu.

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HONOLULU — A bill making it a misdemeanor to lie to government investigators or inspectors during building inspections won approval from both houses of the Hawaiʻi Legislature.

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He was Honolulu's Rolex-wearing police chief, an avid surfer who chatted with beat cops in Pidgin, Hawaiʻi's creole language. She was his deputy city prosecutor wife, who drove a Maserati and led an elite unit targeting career criminals while showering lunches on colleagues, friends and even the workers renovating her home.

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KAHULUI — Hybrid electric planes will be tested by a Hawaiʻi airline hoping to use them for short-haul commercial flights, officials said.

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HALIIMAILE — The number of vaccination exemptions at one Hawaii school has grown to include more than half of its students, according to a state report.

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SAN FRANCISCO  — An Iraq War veteran deliberately drove into a group of pedestrians because he thought some of the people were Muslim, California authorities said Friday.

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 WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown.

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New census figures indicate the population on Oʻahu fell by tens of thousands over the previous eight years.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A nonprofit organization that investigates sexual misconduct for the U.S. Olympic Committee has been looking into allegations that University of Hawaii men's volleyball coach Charlie Wade engaged in sexual misconduct with a former female player.

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WASHINGTON  — Declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed into the crowded 2020 presidential contest Thursday and quickly sparked a fierce debate over the direction of the modern-day Democratic Party.

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LOS ANGELES — A quarantine order has been issued for students and staff at two Los Angeles universities who may have been exposed to measles and either have not been vaccinated or can't verify that they have immunity.


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WAILUKU — The Maui county council is considering a resolution to settle a longstanding legal case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court over wastewater pumped into injection wells.

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man.

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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin have high hopes for their first one-on-one meeting Thursday in far-eastern Russia, which comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over the North Korean leader's nuclear program.

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NEW YORK — Measles in the U.S. has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.

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Hawaiʻi firefighters will receive pay increases as part of a new two-year contract agreement, officials said.

  The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and the state government agreed to 2% pay increases in each of the next two years, one-time bonuses in each year and an increase in regular raises based on years of service, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

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DETROIT — U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles equipped with bags that may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths.

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NEW YORK — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history.

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A Hawaiʻi education organization is seeking financial data on public schools but has said data made public by the state is incomplete.

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Honolulu officials have approved a bill that would lower property taxes by about $70 for most Oahu homeowners.

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Hawaiʻi's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.

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OOKALA — A Hawaiʻi dairy has discharged millions of gallons of stormwater and wastewater as part of a scheduled closure plan, officials said.