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New Hawaii health official will lead virus contact tracing

Aug. 14, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Health says it has hired a new official to oversee the state's maligned coronavirus contact tracing program. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Thursday that Dr. Emily Roberson was hired on July 16 to lead the department's Disease Investigation Branch. Since she...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 14, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT UConn made right move to cancel football season The Connecticut Post Aug. 11 It wasn’t going to be easy for the University of Connecticut football team to have a season this year under any circumstances....

In this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 photo released by the U.S. Navy, the MT Wila is boarded by Iranian navy commandos in the Gulf of Oman off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (U.S. Navy via AP)

US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

Aug. 13, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., the American military said Thursday. The U.S. military's Central Command published a black-and-white video...

Rights group: Houthis, Saudis killed Ethiopian migrants

Aug. 13, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent rights group Thursday accused Yemen's Houthi rebels and rival Saudi border guards of killing several dozen Ethiopian migrants in an incident at the border earlier this year. The statement from New York-based Human Rights Watch quoted Ethiopian migrants who said Houthi fighters in...

Crane named deputy secretary in Health and Human Resources

Aug. 13, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Brig. Gen. Russell Crane was appointed a deputy secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Secretary Bill J. Crouch announced. Crane's appointment is effective Monday. He most recently served as the assistant adjutant general of the West Virginia...

Walz names Manke new leader of Minnesota National Guard

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new leader is taking over command of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced his appointment of Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke as Minnesota’s next adjutant general. Manke succeeds Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, who recently assumed his new role as director of the...

People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

Aug. 12, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council remains at odds over the way the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon operates on the ground, with the United States backing Israel’s demands for major changes. At a closed council meeting Tuesday on the mission known as UNIFIL, whose mandate...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters, in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo by Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin Senate leader Fitzgerald wins US House primary

Aug. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald took a giant step Tuesday toward seizing an open seat in Congress, easily defeating a surveying company owner in a Republican primary as the state navigated its second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in...

UN says more than 70 killed in clashes in South Sudan

Aug. 11, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70 people were killed and dozens injured during weekend clashes between South Sudan’s army and armed civilians in north-central Tonj, the United Nations reported Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan reported that...

Lawsuit challenges use of checkpoints miles from the border

Aug. 11, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by ACLU affiliates in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont challenges the use of checkpoints by the U.S. Border Patrol nearly 100 miles from the Canadian border, saying they are beyond the patrol's authority. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in New Hampshire on behalf...