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Hawaii's gov ousted in stunning primary loss

HONOLULU (AP) -- A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call.



Hawaii Dems face tough battles for gov, Senate

HONOLULU (AP) -- As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii's dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands.

The storms posed considerable risk, but for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, they also represented an opportunity to cast himself as a steady leader with a strong emotional connection to people in the state.



WIND, RAIN EASES AS TROPICAL STORM PASSES HAWAII WHERE THE SURF’S UP

HONOLULU (AP) -- As the first tropical storm to hit Hawaii in 22 years passed by the islands, some coffee farmers on the Big Island navigated flooded roads to assess damage to their crops Friday while residents and tourists wandered the beaches of Oahu and surfers took to the waves as wind and rain let up.

The first storm in a one-two punch bound for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm. A second system behind it also weakened and was on track to pass well north of the islands early Sunday.



Australia may intervene in surrogate baby case

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Seven-month-old Gammy, who was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart condition, is being cared for by his young Thai surrogate mother after his Australian biological parents left him behind in Thailand, taking home only his healthy twin sister.

Now the Australian government says it is considering intervening in the case, with the country's immigration minister saying Monday that the little blond, brown-eyed boy might be entitled to Australian citizenship.



Separate lives in New York for once-conjoined Filipino twins

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- One twin uses an iPad, plays video games and dances to Michael Jackson tunes. The other has significant, possibly permanent, problems walking and talking.

The delicate separation 10 years ago of conjoined twins from the Philippines wasn't perfect, but the boys' mother says their very survival is reason enough to celebrate the anniversary.

"When they were born, the doctors at home told me, `You have to choose which one is to live,'" Arlene Aguirre said. "I said, `I cannot choose that.' The doctors here did not ask me to choose."



Funeral for teen pilot set for Thursday

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for a central Indiana teenager teen who died when the plane he was piloting crashed over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of American Samoa.

WISH-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pmJMNJ ) services for 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield have been set for Thursday at the Islamic Center of North America, also in Plainfield.

WISH says a memorial and arrival are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by prayers. Burial services will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Plainfield.



After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

(AP) — The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane.

Yet pilots and flight instructors say that while some question the ability of kids and teens to deal with unforeseen difficulties, training matters more than age.



Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) -- Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren't achieved without taking chances.

"Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream? Because that person has a drive, they have a focus, and they have a need to explore that dream," he wrote in a July 15 blog for The Huffington Post.



32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media.

A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week.

Church leaders expect to have the specially configured mobile devices in the hands of more than 32,000 missionaries by early 2015.



California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said Thursday night.



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