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High surf complicating Hawaii search for Marines

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) -- Rescuers battled winds of up to 23 mph and waves up to 30 feet Saturday as they searched for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The winds and the waves dispersed the debris and complicated the search, which was expanded Saturday to include waters off Oahu's west coast.

"It makes finding things incredibly difficult," Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Scott Carr said.



Marine helicopters collide off Oahu, search started

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) -- Two Marine Corps helicopters carrying six crew members each collided and went down off the Hawaiian island of Oahu while on a nighttime training mission, and rescuers searched choppy waters Friday where debris had been sighted, military officials said.

There was no immediate word on the fate of those aboard or what caused the accident.

The transport helicopters known as CH-53Es crashed just before midnight Thursday, officials said.

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New dietary guidelines: cut the added sugars

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as they once thought and eating lean meat is still OK. But watch the added sugars, especially the sugary drinks.

The Obama administration's new dietary guidelines, released Thursday, back off the strictest sodium rules included in the last version, while still asserting that Americans consume too much salt. The guidelines reverse previous guidance on the dangers of dietary cholesterol and add strict new advice on sugars.



A look back, and a technology wish list for 2016

NEW YORK (AP) -- This past year brought lots of new products, services and features - including a few that even managed to improve everyday life.
 
For instance, a double tap of the home button on Samsung's newest phones instantly launches the camera, so you're less likely to miss that magical moment. TiVo has a smart way to skip commercials and speed up video playback so that you can watch TV shows and movies in half the time.



Hawaii raises smoking age to 21; military supports new law

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii is raising the legal smoking to age 21 for traditional and electronic cigarettes on Jan. 1, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.

Public health officials are hoping that by making it more difficult for young people to get their hands on cigarettes, they will keep them from developing an unhealthy addiction.



Pope: Now's the time to end indifference, 'false neutrality'

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Wishing for a year better than 2015, Pope Francis on Friday called for an end to the "arrogance of the powerful" that relegates the weak to the outskirts of society, and to the "false neutrality" toward conflicts, hunger and persecution that triggers exoduses of refugees.

In his New Year's homily, Francis emphasized the need to "let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity, and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing."



Facebook to enable viewing of Apple's animated photos

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest iPhones come with the ability to turn still images into video - just like magic - but sharing options had been limited to other Apple apps.

That's changing as Facebook, one of the leading forums for photo sharing, adds Apple's Live Photos feature to Facebook's iPhone and iPad app. Facebook will start offering it Monday to a limited number of users initially, with a broader rollout planned in the coming weeks. Facebook's support follows a similar move by Yahoo's Tumblr service.



What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name?

LONDON (AP) -- In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here's a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:
 
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Pope urges Christmas prayers for Syria, Libya peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the "monstrous evil" and atrocities they have endured and praising countries that have taken in refugees.



Fed judge upholds rule allowing more Hawaii bigeye tuna fishing

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge's ruling is allowing longline fishermen in Hawaii to continue catching more bigeye tuna than the maximum set by international regulators.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi issued an order Wednesday rejecting environmental groups' claims that the extra fishing is illegal.

An international commission that regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii set a limit of about 3,500 metric tons for Hawaii longline fishermen this year. The Hawaii fishery reached that limit in August.



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