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Homelessness in Hawaii grows, defying image of paradise

Homeless in HawaiiHomelessness in Hawaii has grown in recent years, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people, the nation's highest rate per capita, ahead of New York and Nevada, according to federal statistics.

Since 2010, the rise has come even as the national rate has fallen during the economic recovery. The increase, driven by years of rising costs in the island chain, low wages and limited land, thrust the image of people sleeping on beaches alongside the state's famed one of a relaxing tropical paradise.


Missouri football players to boycott until president Tim Wolfe resigns

Missouri students pressure racial problemsMore than 30 football players at the University of Missouri will not participate in any practices or games until Missouri System president Tim Wolfe resigns or is terminated. Several black team members announced their decision to strike on social media Saturday night and Missouri's Legion of Black Collegians posted a statement on behalf of the team with a picture of players unified in support of the boycott.

Wolfe's response to a series of racist incidents has been considered inadequate by many students who believe racism has poisoned the campus. A graduate student, Jonathan Butler, announced earlier in the week he was going on a hunger strike until Wolfe was removed. The most recent racist incident came Oct. 24 when a swastika was drawn with human feces on a college dorm's white wall.


Secret military operations at LAX to divert flights overnight, cause more noise

LAX military operationsSecret overnight military operations at Los Angeles International Airport will force flights to fly over homes for the next seven noisy nights, airport officials said Friday.

Thousands of residents who live near the busy California airport will need to brace for the expected blare from passing planes this week as the military occupies the airspace over the ocean to the west.

The route over the Pacific is where flights usually arrive and depart to minimize noise for nearby sleeping homeowners.


Louisiana Cops Arrested For Killing 6-Year-Old Boy

La. officers arrested in death of six year oldLouisiana investigators are combing through evidence in the shooting death earlier this week of a 6-year-old autistic boy after authorities charged two law enforcement officers in the shooting.

Col. Mike Edmonson, in a late night press conference Friday, said the two officers were being booked on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the Tuesday shooting death of Jeremy Mardis and the wounding of his father, Chris Few, in the central Louisiana town of Marksville.


Mormon Church won't baptize children of same-sex couples

Mormon Church will not baptize children of same sex marriageThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as the Mormon Church, has declared same-sex couples are apostates and children living with them cannot be part of church activities, including baptisms.

The new polices are part of revisions to the Church Handbook 1, a guide for leaders of local Mormon congregations -- called stakes. The revisions were implemented Thursday and were previously approved by the church's Council of the First Presidency and its Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.


Maryland judge orders Serial subject Adnan Syed’s case reopened

Case reopenedAdnan Syed will have the chance to argue his case in court, a Maryland judge has ruled, in a victory for the man in prison for murder whose story was told by the record-breaking podcast.

Judge Martin P Welch ordered Syed’s case reopened on Friday, after considering his petition to include the testimony and evidence left out of his original trials. Syed was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, while the pair were in high school in Baltimore. The investigation into her murder in 1999 and Syed’s subsequent trial gained national attention in the popular podcast Serial last year.


Comment Kim Davis Loses Latest Gay Marriage Appeal

Kim DavisKentucky County Clerk Kim Davis has lost another bid to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday denied her latest request for a reprieve.

Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June.


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