Stories by Associated Press
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Canadian tourist drives Jeep off cliff

HONOLULU — A tourist driving in the early morning dark on the southern tip of Hawai‘i Island accidentally drove his rented Jeep off a cliff, but was able to swim to shore until firefighters pulled him up with a rope and helicopter.

U.S. government may sue PacifiCorp for nearly $1B in wildfire costs

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly $1 billion in costs related to the 2020 wildfires in Southern Oregon and Northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement.
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Haley sharpening contrasts with Trump before South Carolina primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nikki Haley is using the closing days of her South Carolina Republican primary matchup with Donald Trump to hone her argument that she is the lone remaining candidate who can unite Americans, despite the former president’s electoral wins thus far and his popularity in her home state.

Capital One to buy Discover for $35 billion

NEW YORK — Capital One Financial said it will buy Discover Financial Services for $35 billion, in a deal that would bring together two of the nation’s credit card companies as well as potentially shake up the payments industry, which is largely dominated by Visa and Mastercard.
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More than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel-Hamas war

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israel’s assault in Gaza has killed more than 29,000 Palestinians since Oct. 7, the territory’s Health Ministry said Monday, marking another grim milestone in one of the deadliest and most destructive military campaigns in recent history.

Arabs put to vote a Gaza cease-fire UN resolution

UNITED NATIONS — Arab nations are putting to a vote a U.N. resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, knowing it will be vetoed by the United States but hoping to show broad global support for ending the Israel-Hamas war.
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Navalny’s widow vows to continue his fight against the Kremlin

The widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny vowed on Monday to continue his fight against the Kremlin, while authorities denied his mother access to a morgue where his body is believed to be held after his death last week in an Arctic penal colony.

California forging ahead with food recycling

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Two years after California launched an effort to keep organic waste out of landfills, the state is so far behind on getting food recycling programs up and running that it’s widely accepted next year’s ambitious waste-reduction targets won’t be met.

Coral restoration effort suffers setback

Record hot seawater killed more than three-quarters of human-cultivated coral that scientists had placed in the Florida Keys in recent years in an effort to prop up a threatened species that’s highly vulnerable to climate change, researchers discovered.