Supreme Court accepts conflict between religion and gay rights

Supreme Court accepts conflict between religion and gay rights

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday hears the case of a Christian graphic designer who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples, a dispute that is the latest clash between religion and gay rights to land at the highest court. That’s what the designer and her followers say that a ruling against … Read more

Report: Woman attacks 6 deputies at New Orleans airport

Report: Woman attacks 6 deputies at New Orleans airport

Officials say a woman bit, kicked and spat on six sheriff’s deputies while refusing to leave a plane at a Louisiana airport early on Thanksgiving Day, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported Saturday. Authorities said the 25-year-old woman attacked Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, according to local news reports. … Read more

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, to reflect

For many Hawaiians, lava flows are a time to honor, to reflect

HONOLULU (AP) – As Willette Kalaokahaku Akima-Akau looks out at the lava flowing from the Mauna Loa volcano and offering gin, tobacco and coins, she will partake in a tradition passed down from her grandfather and other native Hawaiians as a way to honor both the natural and spiritual worlds. Akima-Akau said she plans to … Read more

Hawaii outbreak brings tourism boon during slow season

Hawaii outbreak brings tourism boon during slow season

HILO, Hawaii (AP) – The spectacle of glowing lava spew from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa has drawn thousands of visitors and is becoming a tourism boon for this Big Island town near the world’s largest volcano. Some hotels in and around Hilo are about to be fully booked at what is usually a slower time of … Read more

Viewers flock to watch glowing lava ooze from the Hawaii volcano

Viewers flock to watch glowing lava ooze from the Hawaii volcano

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The world’s largest volcano oozed rivers of glowing lava Wednesday, drawing thousands of stunned onlookers who blocked a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber on Sunday, spewing volcanic ash and debris to drift down from the sky. A major highway … Read more

Hawaii volcanic eruption has some on alert, attracts onlookers

Hawaii volcanic eruption has some on alert, attracts onlookers

HILO, Hawaii (AP) – The first eruption in 38 years of the world’s largest active volcano is drawing onlookers to a national park for “spectacular” views of the event, and it’s also deepening bad memories among some Hawaii residents who have lived through harrowing volcanic experiences In the past. It was just four years ago … Read more

Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket

Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family’s tradition of lunching, shopping and watching a Christmas tree light up in downtown Nantucket on Friday was mostly about keeping the president’s 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown. There was President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley, who danced and clapped with nephew Beau to “Jingle Bell Rock” to keep … Read more

Woman dies on hike in Utah’s Zion Park, man hospitalized

Woman dies on hike in Utah’s Zion Park, man hospitalized

SPRINGDALE, Utah (AP) — A woman died and a man was rescued and treated for hypothermia after they were caught in extremely cold weather while hiking in Utah’s Zion National Park, officials said. The couple were on a permitted 15-mile (25-kilometer) hike through the park area known as the Narrows, the National Park Service said … Read more

Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders

Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday delivered at least half a dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters during a Thanksgiving Day show of appreciation, and his toddler grandson walked away with a red fire hat atop his blonde curls. “Oh wow,” Biden was heard saying as he saw Beau Biden, who is … Read more

Consumers can pay the price if railroads, unions can’t agree

Consumers can pay the price if railroads, unions can’t agree

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Consumers could see higher gas prices and shortages of some of their favorite groceries during the winter holiday season if railroads and all of their unions can’t agree on new contracts by an early December deadline that had already been pushed back. The likelihood of a strike that would paralyze the … Read more