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Election looks less predictable

WASHINGTON — Republicans are bullish that they will win control of the Senate, make small gains in the House and retain many governor’s offices this year. But just over two weeks from Election Day, fears about Ebola and Islamic State militants, along with sudden, surprising scrambles in key states, have added new volatility to the 2014 campaign.

Invasive beetle found at Diamond Head

One live adult coconut rhinoceros beetle has been found near the Diamond Head Lookout on Oahu’s south shore, where crews were checking survey traps. This is the first time that a coconut rhinoceros beetle has been found east of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 6-mile zone where the coconut rhinoceros beetle were initially found in December 2013, according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

WHO faulted for Ebola failures

LONDON — The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America’s frenzied response to the epidemic.

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Bundled in a pretty package

A stuffed chicken breast or other meat is an elegant way to change up the dinner menu. And it need not take a great deal of time. Simply prepare a filling, pound the chicken to create more surface area, spread on the filling, roll and secure.

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with “precious” support.