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Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

HONOLULU (AP) -- Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.
 
The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye, said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court by the environmental law firm Earthjustice on behalf of the Conservation Council for Hawaii and two other groups.
 



What to watch in Obama's immigration speech

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After years of wrangling with Congress over how to fix the country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is ready to announce his plan to take action alone.

Just how far does he go? Who's going to be covered? How do Republicans manage their anger?

A guide to what to watch for Thursday night:

WHO WINS AND LOSES?



Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature.

Obama, in a video released on Facebook, said he would make his announcement from the White House at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, then would travel to Las Vegas to promote the plan Friday.



Why airfare keeps rising despite lower oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines are saving tens of millions of dollars every week because of lower prices for jet fuel, their largest expense. So why don't they share some of the savings with passengers?

Simply put: Airlines have no compelling reason to offer any breaks. Planes are full. Investors want a payout. And new planes are on order.

In fact, fares are going higher. And those bag fees that airlines instituted in 2008 when fuel prices spiked aren't going away either.



Ex-Navy SEAL makes no apologies for going public

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill, who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, played a role in some of the most consequential combat missions of the post-9/11 era, including three depicted in Hollywood movies. And now he's telling the world about them.

By doing so, O'Neill has almost certainly increased his earning power on the speaking circuit. He also may have put himself and his family at greater risk. And he has earned the enmity of some current and former SEALs by violating their code of silence.



Pentagon says US troops' role in Iraq could expand

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon warned Congress on Thursday that the long, drawn-out military campaign against Islamic State militants is just beginning and could expand to include modest numbers of U.S. forces fighting alongside Iraqi troops.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered a cautious assessment of the progress in the three-month-old war against Islamic extremists who brutally rule large sections of Iraq and Syria.



America marks Veterans Day with parades, freebies for Vets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I.

American Samoa joined the rest of the nation to observe Veterans Day with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Center in Tafuna where U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina, delivered remarks. Details in tomorrow's issue.



Lava oozing for months quickly ignites Hawaii home

HONOLULU (AP) -- Lava has been slowly snaking its way toward rural Hawaii communities for months, but it took an oozing stream of molten rock just 45 minutes to burn down an empty house.

Firefighters standing by to tackle any spreading wildfires let the flames consume the 1,100-square-foot structure Monday afternoon as a relative of the homeowner watched and recorded video of the destruction with an iPhone.



Breakaway lava close to hitting empty Hawaii house

HONOLULU (AP) -- A small stream of lava was getting close Monday to hitting the first house in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow for months.

A breakout flow was about 5 yards from the home's garage in Pahoa on the Big Island, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said. They are bracing for the lava to burn the house, whose occupants have already left.

The leading edge of the molten rock has stalled, but lava is breaking away at several spots upslope.



2 Americans held in North Korea whisked back home

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive Communist country.

Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington, were flying back to the West Coast with James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, according to U.S. officials. Clapper was the highest-ranking American to visit Pyongyang in more than a decade.



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