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Keaau Library marks 40 years

Keaau Public and School Library will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 5 p.m. today with a special performance featuring the Puna Taiko Group in the library’s humanities room at 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road on the Keaau Middle School campus,

Local artists recognized

The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting the 38th annual Fall Arts Festival until Saturday in downtown Hilo.

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Air bag safety delays

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is widening its crackdown on air bags at risk of exploding — potentially killing or maiming the people they are supposed to protect. This is another case in which it has taken years for the government and car companies to come to grips with the full scale of a deadly automotive defect, demonstrating again that the nation’s vehicle safety monitors aren’t doing a good enough job.

Bigger than immigration

Don’t let yourself get lost in the weeds. Don’t allow yourself to believe that opposition to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration is only about that issue, the president’s tactics, or his lack of obsequiousness to his detractors.

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Cars vandalized, gunshots heard in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Officers in armored vehicles lobbed canisters of irritants that made people’s eyes and lungs burn, dispersing crowds in Ferguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots rang in the streets.

Defense chief steps down under fire

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management.

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