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AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the “puzzling” exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group.

Onishi appointed to NACo board

National Association of Counties President Riki Hokama appointed Hawaii County Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi to the NACo Board of Directors during the 79th annual conference, which was hosted July 11-14 in New Orleans.

More trouble for convicted killer

A 51-year-old Honomu man on 10 years probation for stabbing his housemate to death two years ago faces numerous theft- and identity theft-related charges on Oahu, as well as probation violation proceedings in Hilo.

Contractor gets 7 years in military secrets case

HONOLULU (AP) — A former civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military’s Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison Wednesday for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home.

Hot, dry weather to persist

In years past, local folks knew it was time for the Hawaii County Fair by the predictable September rains — which some people joked were brought in with the fair’s rides and games.