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Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force.

USGS develops pedestrian tsunami evacuation tool

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a new mapping tool, the Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst, for use by researchers and emergency managers to estimate how long it would take for someone to travel on foot out of a tsunami-hazard zone. The geographic information systems software extension, released this week, allows the user to create maps showing travel times out of hazard zones and determine the number of people who may or may not have enough time to evacuate. The maps take into account elevation changes and the different types of land cover a person would encounter along the way.

Scots reject independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

More trouble for convicted killer

A 51-year-old Honomu man on 10 years probation for stabbing his housemate to death two years ago faces numerous theft- and identity theft-related charges on Oahu, as well as probation violation proceedings in Hilo.

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Fla.’s ‘Gray Belt’ a glimpse at nation’s future

INVERNESS, Fla. — A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north. Lawyers and accountants make house calls like doctors. Elderly residents get ferried to stores by a fleet of county minivans.

Alohahas to perform at Improvaganza on Oahu

The Alohahas Improv and Sketch Comedy Company will perform at the ninth annual Improvaganza Hawaii Festival of Improv, held on Oahu, Sept. 25 to 28. The Alohahas’ unique style of improvisation melds together a short-form style with long-form narratives and story-telling using audience suggestions. The Alohahas will be featured on the festival’s lineup for Sept. 25 and will perform a totally improvised 20-minute show in front of a live audience.