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Elections officer explains troubled primary

HONOLULU — Hawaii Chief Election Officer Scott Nago tried to explain a host of problems that occurred during the recent primary election held in the wake of a tropical storm — from why a makeup election was held after initially telling voters of closed Big Island precincts they would be mailed ballots to why 800 ballots went uncounted on Maui.

Stocks lower as Ukraine tensions flare

NEW YORK — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

BAGHDAD — Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq.

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators.

USGS: Kilauea lava flow northeast of Puu Oo a potential concern

The June 27th lava flow, named for the date it began erupting, continues to advance to the northeast of Puu Oo on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone. While the lava flow is not an immediate concern to residential areas, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Jim Kauahikaua, it could become one in weeks to months if the lava continues to advance.

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Chocolate cheesecake bars a tasty way to feed a crowd

If you need a dessert to feed a crowd, here’s one to try. These Chocolate Cheesecake Bars require mainly pantry ingredients and are simple to put together. When making them, be sure to plan on the chilling time. They need to chill at least four hours in the refrigerator, but overnight is best.

Four at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

PETALUMA, Calif. — A federal grand jury has indicted four officials at a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall, alleging they slaughtered cows with cancer while inspectors were on their lunch breaks and distributed the diseased cattle, prosecutors announced Monday.

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill.