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‘Wheel’ spinning on Big Island

Contestants are spinning the wheel and solving word puzzles as “Wheel of Fortune” is currently taping episodes on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Celebrating its 32nd season, the episodes taped here will air in November and February. TIM WRIGHT/Special to West Hawaii Today

Another beheading spurs outrage against Islamic State

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

Income gap weighs on state tax revenue

HONOLULU — A new report on the nation’s growing income gap finds that stagnant wages for most Americans have dampened consumer spending, and that’s bad for states like Hawaii that depend heavily on sales taxes to keep their governments running.

Proposed cesspool rules create a stink

A draft plan by the state Department of Health is raising a stink among local real estate agents and builders who say proposed rules requiring that septic tank systems replace cesspools could add $10,000 to the price of a new home and make buying and selling existing homes less affordable.

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Obama: US to expand airstrikes on Islamic State

WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama moved Wednesday night to deepen the U.S. military role in the volatile Middle East, vowing to wage an unrelenting counterterror effort using airstrikes to target Islamic State fighters in both Iraq and Syria.

Tropical Storm Odile forms off Mexico

Tropical Storm Odile formed in the Eastern Pacific overnight Tuesday and is forecast to reach hurricane strength. The storm, with 40 mph winds, is located about 220 miles south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and is not on a track for Hawaii. The system is projected to follow a path very similar to Hurricane Norbert as it moves slowly northwest off the west coast of Baja California, with winds to 100 mph by the weekend. Dangerous high surf is expected to threaten the southern coast of Mexico by Thursday.