Native Hawaiian neighborhood survived Maui fire. Lahaina locals praise its cultural significance

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Shaun “Buge” Saribay felt like giving up. Hours of makeshift firefighting with garden hoses and buckets of water across Lahaina didn’t stop flames from consuming his house, his rental properties and thousands of other structures in his beloved hometown. Drained, dirty and delirious, he continued anyway, pedaling a bicycle he found … Read more

New York woman, 28, sentenced to 8½ years in prison in fatal shoving of 87-year-old singing coach

A 28-year-old former event planner, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in August, has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison for the unprovoked shoving of an 87-year-old Broadway voice coach onto a Manhattan sidewalk last year.  Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Felicia Mennin on Friday added six months to the eight years already agreed upon … Read more

UN to vote on resolution to authorize one-year deployment of armed force to help Haiti fight gangs

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is scheduling a vote Monday on a resolution that would authorize a one-year deployment of an international force to help Haiti quell a surge in gang violence and restore security so the troubled Caribbean nation can hold long-delayed elections. The U.S.-drafted resolution obtained by The … Read more

Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour in talks with AMC for a concert film

Beyoncé performs onstage during the Renaissance World Tour. Kevin Mazur | Wireimage | Getty Images Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour may be coming to a theater near you. Makers of a concert film based on the smash-hit concert are reportedly in advanced talks to directly distribute the movie through AMC Theaters, according to a Variety report. Major talent … Read more

Rep. Jamaal Bowman triggered a fire alarm in a House office building amid voting on a funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman acknowledged triggering a fire alarm Saturday in one of the U.S. Capitol office buildings as lawmakers scrambled to pass a bill to fund the government before the midnight shutdown deadline. The fire alarm sounded out around noon in the Cannon House Office Building and prompted a building-wide evacuation … Read more

CENTCOM confirms successful helicopter raid on ISIS collaborator

A high-ranking ISIS collaborator was captured in northern Syria during a raid, U.S. Central Command confirmed Saturday. Mamduh Ibrahim al-haji Shaykh was captured on Thursday after a successful helicopter raid conducted in collaboration with U.S. Syrian Kurdish fighters. “USCENTCOM remains committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS,” said spokesman Lt. Col. Troy Garlock. US-BACKED SYRIAN … Read more

Season’s 1st snow expected in central Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite National Park

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The first snowfall of the season is expected this weekend in the central Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite National Park, where as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) is possible at the highest elevations. The National Weather Service in Reno issued a winter weather advisory on Saturday effective through 8 p.m. Sunday … Read more