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hawaii dad, mom, grandma accused of starving girl to death

hilo, hawaii (ap) — a hawaii father, mother and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl.police on hawaii’s big island on friday arrested 49-year-old kevin lehano (leh-hah-noh), 33-year-old tiffany stone and 59-year-old henrietta stone.hawaii county prosecuting attorney mitch roth, reading from a grand jury indictment, says they are accused of denying the girl food, water and medical treatment for about a year before she died in june 2016.police say officers and firefighters called to the hilo (hee-low) home found the severely malnourished and unconscious girl lying on the floor. she was taken to a hospital, where she died.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.it was not clear if the suspects have attorneys. they are being held at a police cellblock on $100,000 bail each. court hearings are scheduled for monday.





coroner: ‘the walking dead’ stuntman dies after on-set fall

atlanta (ap) — a stuntman for “the walking dead” has died after falling on the georgia set of the hit television show. it’s the first on-set death in the u.s. in nearly three years.john bernecker, 33, died about 6:30 p.m. wednesday at an atlanta hospital after falling on the show’s set in senoia, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of atlanta, coweta county coroner richard hawk said friday.bernecker died from blunt force trauma and his death is considered accidental, hawk said.“the walking dead,” the often-gory amc show based on a comic series about people fighting to survive a zombie apocalypse, is filming its eighth season.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.phone and email messages left for amc representatives were not immediately returned friday.the u.s. department of labor’s occupational safety and health administration has opened an investigation, agency spokesman michael d’aquino said in an email friday.bernecker’s passing is the first on-set death in the united states since an audio technician for the show “cops” was killed during a shootout in omaha, nebraska, in august 2014. cameraman bryce dion, 38, was killed at the scene of an attempted armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant by a stray bullet from an omaha police officer.earlier that year, in february 2014, sarah jones, 27, died when a freight train slammed into a film crew shooting “midnight rider,” a movie about the life of singer gregg allman. the crash happe...





teams looking to boost lineup have options on trade market

teams looking to boost their offense have plenty of options on the trade market.need a slugger? the nl east has a few.need a catcher? a two-time all-star could be on the move again.veterans, role players, pinch-hitters are all available at the right price before the july 31 non-waiver trade deadline.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the american league should have more buyers because no team is worse than 7 1/2 games behind in the wild-card standings.expect more national league teams to sell since only five clubs have a winning record.here are 11 hitters who could be switching teams before the end of the month:jay bruce, new york mets, rf: bruce is hitting .265 with 23 homers and 59 rbis and is in the final season of a seven-year, $63 million contract. the mets acquired bruce last july and tried to move him in the offseason. the three-time all-star is a high-priced rental, but he could carry an offense for long stretches when he’s hot.___curtis granderson, new york mets, of: granderson has rebounded following a poor start and has 13 homers and 37 rbis along with a .232 average. he’s also a free agent after the season. granderson has plenty of postseason experience and is an excellent clubhouse presence.___lucas duda, new york mets, 1b: like bruce and granderson, duda is a free agent after the season and the mets aren’t going anywhere. duda has 14 homers and 30 rbis. he’s a career .246 hitter.___andrew mccutchen, pittsburgh pirates, of: mccutche...





14 years after 1st wimbledon win, federer eyes 8th vs. cilic

london (ap) — much has changed for roger federer since he played in, and won, his first grand slam final at wimbledon in 2003.first of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the all england club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in history — he favored a ponytail and some scruff on his cheeks way back then. nowadays, his hair is short, his face clean shaven.another significant difference for federer, whose 36th birthday is aug. 8, making him the oldest men’s finalist at wimbledon since 1974?“i didn’t have kids running around, potentially waking me up at night,” he said. “today we’ve got to, like, close down the doors. say, ‘daddy is sleeping.'”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he’s a father of four: twin boys, 3; twin girls, 8 soon.on the court, there are ways in which the federer who faces marin cilic on sunday is not the same as the federer who beat mark philippoussis 14 years ago. the larger racket, for example, or the increased willingness to hit over the top on his backhand.in truth, though, what’s most important is this: federer is still as capable as ever of beating everyone who stands in his way.“this guy doesn’t really seem (to be) getting any older or anything like that,” said tomas berdych, who lost to federer in the semifinals, “or slowing down at all.”that’s certainly the case.federer is 30-2 and tied for the tour lead with four titles in 2017,...





leading off: bumgarner back from crash, all-stars aplenty

a look at what’s happening all around the majors today:___bum is backgiants ace madison bumgarner returns to the mound for the first time since a dirt bike accident led to a sprained ac joint in his pitching shoulder and bruised ribs. the left-hander made four starts, going 0-3 with a 3.00 era, before crashing his bike during a day off in colorado. he’ll face the padres and right-hander jhoulys chacin (8-7, 4.32) in san diego.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.star qualityon the second day back from the all-star break, eight starting pitchers selected for the midsummer classic get their initial assignments of the second half. among them are american league starter chris sale, who pitches for boston against fellow all-star luis severino and the yankees, and national league counterpart max scherzer, who starts for washington vs. cincinnati. other all-stars on the mound are michael fulmer (tigers), ervin santana (twins), jason vargas (royals), corey kluber (indians) and alex wood (dodgers).time to shop?the yankees are approaching the non-waiver trade deadline with holes opening faster than they can fill them. starter michael pineda is mulling over what would be season-ending surgery for a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow, and first baseman greg bird may require surgery for a right ankle issue. one of the top starting pitchers on the trade market, jose quintana, has already been moved from the white sox to the cubs, but hurlers like sonny gra...





lighting should have made pilots aware of potential disaster

investigators looking into the frighteningly close call involving an airliner that nearly hit planes on the ground at san francisco international airport will try to determine why the pilots made such a rookie mistake and nearly landed on a busy taxiway instead of the runway.the air canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for takeoff.runways are edged with rows of white lights, and another system of lights on the side of the runway helps guide pilots on their descent. by contrast, taxiways have blue lights on the edges and green lights down the center.“the lighting is different for good reason,” said steven wallace, a former director of accident investigations at the federal aviation administration. “some of these visual mistakes are hard to believe, but a crew gets fixated with thinking ‘that’s the runway,’ and it’s not.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.then there is the radio transmission in which one of the air canada pilots sounded puzzled about seeing what appeared to be the lights of other planes on the runway. safety experts said that should have prompted the crew to abort their approach long before they did.when investigators interview the pilots, they will focus on understanding how mistakes occurred “and why they did not realize the sequence of errors,” said john cox, a safety consultant and former airline pilot. investigators will lo...





russian-american lobbyist says he was at trump son’s meeting

washington (ap) — a prominent russian-american lobbyist and former soviet military officer said he was at a meeting between a russian lawyer and president donald trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman last year, adding a new wrinkle to the trump team’s evolving explanations about the june 2016 session.rinat akhmetshin confirmed his involvement to the associated press in a friday interview. he had not been previously identified as a participant in the meeting at trump tower in new york, which was billed as part of a russian government effort to help the republican’s white house campaign.the meeting has heightened questions about whether trump’s associates coordinated with russia to meddle in the presidential election — to help him and thwart hillary clinton — and whether they’ve been forthcoming about their foreign contacts. federal and congressional investigators are probing possible connections between the campaign and moscow.while trump jr. has confirmed that russian attorney natalia veselnitskaya was in the meeting, he has not disclosed akhmetshin’s presence.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to russian intelligence, a characterization he dismisses as a “smear campaign.” he’s a well-known washington presence, lobbying for russian interests trying to undermine the allegations of a lawyer who died in a russian prison and is the namesake of a u.s. sanctions law.akhmetshin told the ...





doj appeals judge’s travel ban ruling to supreme court

washington (ap) — the trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the united states, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the supreme court.u.s. district judge derrick watson had ordered the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the united states. his order also vastly expanded the list of u.s. family relationships that refugees and visitors from six muslim-majority countries can use to get into the country, including grandparents and grandchildren.in its appeal friday night, the justice department said watson’s interpretation of the supreme court’s ruling on what family relationships qualify refugees and visitors from the six muslim-majority countries to enter the u.s. “empties the court’s decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just ‘close’ family members, but virtually all family members. treating all of these relationships as ‘close familial relationship(s)’ reads the term ‘close’ out of the court’s decision.”only the supreme court can decide these issues surrounding the travel ban, the justice department said. “only this court can definitively settle whether the government’s reasonable implementation is consistent with this court’s stay,” it said.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the long, tangled legal fight is expected to culminate with arguments before the nation’s high court in october.watson





lobbyist at trump meeting says he’s not with russian intel

washington (ap) — the russian-american lobbyist who attended a meeting at trump tower last year is a former military officer who has attracted congressional scrutiny over his political activities and has been shadowed by allegations of connections to russian intelligence that he denies.rinat akhmetshin confirmed his participation in the meeting to the associated press on friday, providing new details of a june 2016 sit-down that included a russian lawyer and president donald trump’s oldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.his attendance at the meeting and his lobbying background created a new wrinkle to a story that has hounded the white house for days and added to questions about potential coordination between russia and the trump campaign.akhmetshin is well-known in washington for his advocacy efforts. he’s been outspoken in recent years about a u.s. law levying sanctions on russians and has worked to undermine the public narrative used to justify the bill. and his name has also surfaced in multiple american lawsuits, including one involving the hacking of a company’s computer systems.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.emails released this week by donald trump jr. show the president’s son agreed to the trump tower meeting with the idea that he would receive damaging information on hillary clinton from someone described to him as a “russian government attorney.” akhmetshin began working with that attorney, natalia veselnitskaya, in 2...





white house says budget deficit to be $99b higher this year

washington (ap) — the white house says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. that’s a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago.the report from the office of management and budget comes on the heels of a rival congressional budget office analysis that scuttled white house claims that its may budget, if implemented to the letter, would balance the federal ledger within 10 years. the omb report doesn’t repeat that claim and instead provides just two years of updated projections.the white house budget office also says the deficit for the 2018 budget year that starts on oct. 1 will increase by $149 billion to $589 billion. but lawmakers are already working on spending bills that promise to boost that number even higher by adding to trump’s pentagon proposal and ignoring many of trump’s cuts to domestic programs.last year’s deficit registered $585 billion.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the white house kept the report to a bare-bones minimum and cast blame on “the failed policies of the previous administration.”“the rising near-term deficits underscore the critical need to restore fiscal discipline to the nation’s finances,” said white house budget director mick mulvaney. “our nation must make substantial changes to the policies and spending priorities of the previous administration if our citizens are to be safe and prosperous in the future.”in late may, ...





house using appropriations bill to work on guns, churches

washington (ap) — out of the spotlight, a house panel has taken steps to help victims of gun violence, allow robust politicking from the pulpit, and prevent doctors in the district of columbia from helping terminally ill people commit suicide.the republican-led house appropriations committee passed a $20 billion spending bill thursday to fund the treasury department, the judiciary and other federal agencies.quietly tucked inside were numerous provisions that have little to do with funding the federal government. these are called riders. some are controversial while others are bipartisan. many will be discarded when republicans and democrats negotiate a final spending package this fall — though some will survive.the bill now goes to the full house. a look at some of the provisions:most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___young immigrantsthe bill would allow young immigrants enrolled in former president barack obama’s deferred actions for childhood arrival program to apply for jobs with the federal government.rep. pete aguilar, d-calif., said young people brought into the country as children “identify as americans.” for many, he said, the u.s. is the only country they have ever called home.“denying dreamers the opportunity to serve their community and country through public service stands in stark contrast to our nation’s core values,” aguilar said, using a nickname applied to people enrolled in the daca program.the daca program gives hundred...





new gop health care bill will determine winners, losers

washington (ap) — republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups.it would give consumers more responsibility for their insurance choices, a goal long held by conservatives who argue that’s key to a true health care market. younger adults and healthy people in the solid middle class may find more agreeable options. but low-income people may not be able to afford coverage, along with older and sicker adults.and there are potential unintended consequences for people with employer-provided insurance, currently about 170 million americans. allowing individuals to pay premiums from tax-sheltered accounts may create incentives for employers to stop offering coverage, say some independent analysts.the legislation would put limits on federal spending for medicaid, a partnership program with states to cover low-income people, the disabled and nursing home residents. the drawback is that state officials could eventually face no-win choices, such as having to pick between paying for coverage for low-wage working mothers and support services for elderly people trying to stay out of nursing homes.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.as senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., steers toward debate and votes next week, here is a look at some of the latest changes and major issues:___cruz’s planthe new senate bill incorporates the core of a proposal from sen. ted cruz,...





heller facing hot seat on gop health care bill decision

carson city, nev. (ap) — republican sen. dean heller of nevada is on the hot seat when it comes to the gop’s new health care bill.republicans can’t afford to lose votes if they hope to repeal former president barack obama’s health care program.so pressure is being placed on senators like heller to declare their allegiance on the bill.if heller supports the bill, he would likely be parting ways with nevada’s popular gop gov. brian sandoval in a state that did not support president donald trump in the 2016 presidential election.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but if he opposes the bill, conservative groups will likely come after them like they did earlier this year after he opposed the gop’s initial health care bill.and democrats plan to target his seat either way in next year’s mid-term elections.





3 dead in fire in honolulu high-rise apartment building

honolulu (ap) — at least three people died and at least 12 were injured in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a honolulu high-rise friday, and hundreds fled from the giant apartment complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors, authorities said.the blaze at the marco polo apartments spread from at least up to the 28th floor and hit several units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins.the three dead were found on the 26th floor, said fire chief manuel neves.firefighters say there were reports of people trapped in their units in the burning building and some residents were unaccounted for.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the conditions of the injured were not immediately clear. four people were taken to hospitals, honolulu emergency medical services spokeswoman shayne enright said.the wave-shaped building, built in 1971, was not equipped with fire sprinklers, honolulu mayor kirk caldwell said.“without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin,” neves said.the blaze was still burning some four hours after it broke out, but authorities said they expected to have it out soon.the high-rise, one of several of similar height near the tourist mecca waikiki, has 568 condominiums that sell for an average of about $560,000 and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people and at least four people were sent to the hospital. at least 12 people need...





before fatal shooting, police called to charleena lyles’ apartment 23 times

the seattle police department this week released a 45-page report in answer to a list of over 30 questions posed by members of the seattle city council about the june 18 fatal officer-involved shooting that killed charleena lyles.in the nearly 18 months before charleena lyles was fatally shot by two seattle police officers, police responded to her apartment at brettler family homes 23 times, a number that represents almost 30 percent of all calls for service to the building that houses formerly homeless families, according to a police memo released this week.the 45-page memo, authored by brian maxey, an attorney who serves as the seattle police department’s (spd) chief operating officer, was written in response to a list of 34 questions posed by members of the seattle city council after lyles’ death.lyles, a 30-year-old african-american mother of four with a history of mental illness, was fatally shot by officers steven mcnew and jason anderson on june 18. police say she threatened the officers with at least one knife after calling 911 to report that someone had broken into her magnuson park apartment and stolen two video-game consoles.relatedseattle police response to city council questions about the fatal shooting of charleena lylesher death sparked community outrage, with hundreds of people attending a vigil, then a demonstration and march through downtown seattle within days of the fatal officer-involved shooting, followed by a community forum a week later, where p...





james paxton, robinson cano help mariners return from all-star break with win over white sox

paxton gave up two runs over six innings, and cano hit a three-run homer as the mariners opened a series in chicago with a 4-2 win over the white sox.chicago — the equation for victory isn’t complicated for the mariners, though it has seemed like an unsolvable problem in recent weeks. but coming off the all-star break, they were able to put the numbers together friday night in a solid 4-2 victory over the white sox at guaranteed rate field. seattle got a usable outing from starter james paxton, outstanding relief pitching from the bullpen and tallied the magic number of four runs to improve to 44-47. in games where they score four runs or more, the mariners are now 41-15. “it was a really, really nice ballgame,” mariners manager scott servais said. “it was a good complete game, and we need to continue to roll with this and keep building on it.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.paxton’s outing was competent if not completely efficient. he worked six innings, giving up two runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. he retired the last eight hitters he faced, striking out four. “after the first four innings, he was sitting about at 80 pitches and you’re hoping he can get you through the sixth,” servais said. “we’ve seen it his last few outings, he really dials it up. his stuff was crisper and he got some quick outs.”it wasn’t anything mechanical. it was just execution. “i was getting my legs under me a little bit,





man fatally shot near seattle’s rainier playfield; second killing this week

the shooting took place a block from where another shooting occurred sunday night on south oregon street.a man was fatally shot just before 7 p.m. friday near 36th avenue south and south oregon street, next to rainier playfield. the victim’s identity was not immediately available, though a fire department official said he was 23 years old.the shooting took place a block from where another shooting occurred sunday night on south oregon street. a 32-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds in that shooting, which also happened around 7 p.m. a second male, also struck by gunfire, was taken to harborview medical center by an acquaintance.david sandler, who lives nearby, said about friday’s incident, “it was rapid fire. one shot after another, just like sunday. i thought it was a firecracker. no way there would be more gunfire here. it’s really disturbing.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.sandler said that friday’s night he could see the victim’s body in the street, covered.





allowed in by trump, afghan girls robotics team lands in dc

washington (ap) — twice rejected for u.s. visas, an all-girls robotics team from afghanistan arrived in washington early saturday after an extraordinary, last-minute intervention by president donald trump.the six-girl team and their chaperone completed their journey just after midnight from their hometown of herat, afghanistan, to enter their ball-sorting robot in the three-day high school competition starting sunday in the u.s. capital. awaiting them at the gate at washington dulles international airport were a u.s. special envoy and afghan ambassador hamdullah mohib, who described it as a rare moment of celebration for his beleaguered nation.“seventeen years ago, this would not have been possible at all,” mohib said in an interview. “they represent our aspirations and resilience despite having been brought up in a perpetual conflict. these girls will be proving to the world and the nation that nothing will prevent us from being an equal and active member of the international community.”in the short time since their visa dilemma drew global attention, the girls’ case has become a flashpoint in the debate about trump’s efforts to tighten entrance to the u.s., including from many majority-muslim countries. afghanistan isn’t included in trump’s temporary travel ban, but critics have said the ban is emblematic of a broader effort to put a chill on muslims entering the u.s.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the girls’ story has also rene...





roger federer, marin cilic advance to sunday’s final at wimbledon

in semifinal matches at centre court on friday, federer beat tomas berdych in straight sets and cilic rallied past american sam querrey in four sets.london – they love their history at the all england club and they love roger federer and, above all, they love watching him make history.now the swiss superstar stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth wimbledon men’s singles championship after qualifying for his 11th appearance in the final, surpassing a record he already held.about three weeks from turning 36, and a father of four, federer continued his resurgent season and unchallenged run through this tournament by conjuring up just enough brilliance to beat 2010 runner-up tomas berdych of the czech republic 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in the semifinals friday.“it’s great, but it doesn’t give me the title quite yet. that’s why i came here this year,” the third-seeded federer said. “i’m so close now, so i just got to stay focused.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.he has won every set he has played in six matches, and while he did not exactly dominate against the 11th-seeded berdych, federer was never in much trouble. on sunday, federer will face 2014 u.s. open champion marin cilic, who reached his first wimbledon final by eliminating 24th-seeded sam querrey of the united states 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 with the help of 25 aces and some terrific returning.“this is his home court,” no. 7 seed cilic said of federer, “(...





casey lawrence’s strong start goes to waste as fresno blanks rainiers

the grizzlies were scoreless until the eighth in a 4-0 win.casey lawrence kept the fresno grizzlies off the scoreboard until the eighth inning, but the tacoma rainiers didn’t give him any run support in a 4-0 loss friday night.lawrence went 71/3 innings and gave up a run on four hits. dean kiekhefer gave up the other three runs in one-third of an inning. d.j. peterson was 2 for 3 with a walk for the rainiers, who had just five hits. fresno starter david martinez threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits.henry henry gave up just two singles over seven innings as the dust devils blanked the aquasox.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.