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Residents urged to protect ohana from whooping cough

The Hawaii Department of Health is asking Hawaii Island residents to familiarize themselves with the dangers of whooping cough and how they can protect themselves and their family from the highly contagious disease.

Fighting intensifies near crash site

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

BOONE, N.C. — A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group official said Sunday.

Online communications poses law enforcement hurdles

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities say they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant-messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted.

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Obama seeks limits on US mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard.

Auditions held for ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ musical

Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer performers for its next mainstage production, the Gothic musical thriller “Jekyll and Hyde” at the Aloha Theatre at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10. If necessary, an invitational callback audition will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 12.