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Alleged killer wants change of venue

A defendant in a Hilo double homicide case reiterated his desire for a new lawyer Monday and told the judge he wants a change of venue, saying his slain girlfriend is related to Hawaii County’s mayor.

BISAC to celebrate 50th anniversary with event July 26

Come celebrate Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s 50th anniversary at Summer Jam 2014. Join the fun from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Waiakea High School. The free event will feature a strongman contest, ono food, crafts, silent auction, free keiki activities including the Zoo Choo, and an entertainment lineup featuring New Zealand pop sensations J-Geeks. Visit summerjamhawaii.com for more information.

Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.

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Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria’s military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the northeastern state capital of Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said Saturday.

‘Funnel of fire’ destroys homes in Wash.

PATEROS, Wash. — A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley.