Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans rejected an effort Wednesday to begin debate on the big infrastructure deal that a bipartisan group of senators brokered with President Joe Biden, but pressure was mounting as supporters insisted they just needed more time before another vote possibly next week.

Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan. 6 probe; GOP vows boycott

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two Republicans tapped by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to sit on a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, a decision the Republican denounced as “an egregious abuse of power.”

US, Germany seal deal on contentious Russian gas pipeline

WASHINGTON — The United States and Germany on Wednesday announced a deal to allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further U.S. sanctions. The agreement aims to stanch fears about European dependence on Russian energy, but it was immediately assailed by critics who said it doesn’t go far enough.

Mask rule delays trial for ex-Hawaii prosecutor’s brother

HONOLULU — A former high-ranking city prosecutor once took a photo with a line of cocaine on the desk of her husband, then-Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, according to court documents filed in preparation of a drug-dealing trial against her pain physician brother.

Papa A‘u takes second race of NYC Wahine Series

NAWILIWILI — Papa A‘u, the smallest boat of the nine-boat fleet, sounded the finish horn third, but capitalizing on its handicap finished first in the Nawiliwili Yacht Club Wahine Series, Race No. 2 in Nawiliwili Harbor last week.