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Hawaii prepares for ‘unlikely’ North Korea missile threat

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HONOLULU –  Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile threat from North Korea. The state’s Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced a public education campaign. Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi says because it would take a missile about 15 minutes to arrive, there won’t be much time…

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances out of Senate committee

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In an 8-1 vote, a Texas state Senate committee agreed Friday to advance a measure to restrict public restroom use by transgender people, despite 10 hours of testimony from opponents of the bill, the Texas Tribune reported. Senate Bill 3, a so-called “bathroom bill,” would regulate public school facilities, open-enrollment charter school facilities, and local…

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Increased thunderstorms to be double-edged sword for western US next week

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An increase in soaking thunderstorms across the western United States next week will be beneficial for firefighters, but could lead to other hazards. During the first and middle part of next week, the door will open for monsoon moisture to surge northward out of the Southwest and across the Great Basin and the northern Rockies.…

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Dallas to get first female police chief in September

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Ulysha Renee Hall will make history in Dallas in September, when she becomes the Texas city’s first female police chief. Hall, 46, currently deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, was selected from a field of seven finalists that included another woman, Deputy Chief Carmen Best of Seattle. Hall followed in her father’s footsteps by…

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Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

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NASHVILLE –  Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled. Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law. Gay rights groups said the requirement was a…

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