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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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High court balks at last-minute voting changes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

Janice Palma-Glennie | Viewpoint

My heart sank when I read U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s comments in West Hawaii Today regarding the National Park Service’s petition to protect the Keauhou aquifer through designation — the aquifer that provides water to much of the North Kona region. I’ve been involved in local land use-protection issues for decades, including taking part in the Kona Community Development Plan, first as a founding steering committee member and then on the action committee. I can assure Rep. Gabbard and other designation naysayers that purported threats to our regional plan posed by designation pale in comparison to ignoring continued abuse of our water supply for shortsighted development.

Highway 11 in Ka‘u opens to one lane

Highway 11 at the 58 mile marker in Ka‘u opened to one lane of traffic early Saturday afternoon. Heavy rain from Hurricane Ana caused flooding to close the road at Kawa Flats early Saturday morning. Hawaii Island police said continuing intermittent heavy rain prevented them from estimating when both lanes would reopen.

Pumpkin Patch Festival returns to HPA

The 23rd annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s upper campus, sponsored by the school’s Ohana Association and Dr. Joan Greco, has been postponed because of Tropical Storm Ana. It will now be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.