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Laie woman faces sentence for bankruptcy fraud

HONOLULU (AP) - The wife of a former Oahu prison guard is expected to be sentenced for bankruptcy fraud.

Michelle Malufau is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Thursday.

A jury found her guilty in November of making false statements on documents and lying under oath in a 2011 bankruptcy proceeding.

Prosecutors say the Laie woman concealed assets including a North Sore Oahu home, a bank account and rental income while clearing more than $1 million of debt by filing for bankruptcy.

She faces up to five years in prison on each charge.



Google aims to provide broadband in 34 more cities

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers.

The ambitious expansion of "Google Fiber" announced Wednesday targets major U.S. cities including Atlanta; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.



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AP Exclusive: Misconduct forces more soldiers out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character.

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who left the Army due to misconduct more than tripled in the past three years. The number of enlisted soldiers forced out for drugs, alcohol, crimes and other misconduct shot up from about 5,600 in 2007, as the Iraq war peaked, to more than 11,000 last year.

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Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

DETROIT (AP) - Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants.



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Employers scrutinize latest health care concession

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It may take weeks to render a verdict on the Obama administration's latest health care concession to employers.

But that could make a difference for Democrats battling to keep control of the Senate in the fall congressional elections.

All-important details are buried in more than 200 pages of dense Treasury regulations released Monday. The biggest change is that medium-sized firms got another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that they cover their workers or face fines.

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SENATOR SEEKS RECORDS ON MILITARY SEX CRIMES
 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is coming under pressure to give Congress detailed information on the handling of sex crime cases in the armed forces following an Associated Press investigation that found a pattern of inconsistent judgments and light penalties for sexual assaults at U.S. bases in Japan.
 

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Court papers: Woman faked pregnancy, stole baby

TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister - found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.

It was more than 24 hours after Kayden Powell went missing before authorities discovered the infant, less than a week old, in a plastic storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, miraculously alive and well despite frigid temperatures.

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Social media erupt over 'Biggest Loser' winner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of "The Biggest Loser," after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn't focused on her $250,000 win - but rather the criticism surrounding her loss.

Experts cautioned that regardless of her current weight, the criticism being levied on social media about her losing too much isn't helpful. A more constructive message is needed, they say, centering on body image and healthy living.

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Waikiki man pleads guilty in welfare fraud case

HONOLULU (AP) - A Waikiki man with a Mercedes-Benz, sailboat and an inheritance is pleading guilty to stealing food stamps and other government benefits.

Kevin Halverson, who also goes by the name Vaughn Sherwood, pleaded guilty Thursday additional charges of identity theft and possessing a firearm that he wasn't allowed to have because he's a convicted felon.

Halverson says he used various identities to illegally receive benefits such as medical care and student tuition assistance.



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Sea survivor's Salvadoran family thought he died

GARITA PALMERA, El Salvador (AP) -- A Salvadoran fisherman's account of his survival after more than 13 months and about 6,500 miles in an open boat has proved a double miracle for his mother and father, who lost touch with him eight years ago and thought he was dead.

Comments by Jose Salvador Alvarenga's joyful, sometimes tearful parents about their son may help explain how he survived, but they did little to dispel continued doubts about his tale.

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