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HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

HONOLULU  — The recent eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has quieted to the point that federal officials are ready to allow people back to the dramatically changed summit crater, which has quadrupled in size, lost all of its lava and collapsed downward so far that the Empire State Building could now fit inside. Hawaii Volcanoes … Continue reading HONOLULU | Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls … Continue reading Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney … Continue reading VIEQUES, Puerto Rico | A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

LAWRENCE, Mass  — There’s no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday’s disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn’t appear to be “anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional.” He said … Continue reading LAWRENCE, Mass | Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 10 a.m. Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes. And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it. The … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | The Latest: Florence’s eye moves offshore toward S. Carolina

HONOLULU | The Latest: Winds die down, rain still a threat in Hawaii

HONOLULU  — The Latest on Tropical Storm Lane (all times local): 7:45 a.m. Forecasters say winds have died down but rain remains a threat on some Hawaiian Islands as tropical storm Lane churns in the central Pacific. National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said as much as 10 inches of rain could fall Saturday as … Continue reading HONOLULU | The Latest: Winds die down, rain still a threat in Hawaii

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Federal officials to Florida: No signs of Russian meddling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Federal authorities have told Florida election officials that they saw no signs of any “new or ongoing compromises” of state or local election systems, a statement seemingly at odds with recent assertions by U.S. Sen Bill Nelson of some Russian meddling. A joint letter Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Federal officials to Florida: No signs of Russian meddling

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University’s response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The school says the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether Ohio State has responded “promptly and … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc