Poll: Most say nation on wrong track, including Dems

WASHINGTON — An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that finds deep pessimism about the economy plaguing President Joe Biden.

1/6 hearings fuel the question: Did Trump commit a crime?

WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee has heard dramatic testimony from former White House aides and others about Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to overturn the 2020 election — and his encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol bent on achieving his goal. But the big question remains: Was any of it criminal?

Obituaries for June 30

Johanna Kwai Chun Akaka Hiliolani Kaupu, 50, died June 17 at her father’s home in Keaukaha. Born in Hilo, she was an English 10 language arts teacher at Waiakea High School, member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus in Honolulu. Memorial services pending. Online condolences: dodomortuary.com. Survived by daughter, Tiara Martino of Salt Lake City; son, Salvatore Martino of Hilo; father, Raphael (Sandy Cox) Kaupu Sr. of Keaukaha; mother, Johnnette (Eric) Higuchi of Hilo; brothers, Raphael (Meilani) Kaupu Jr. of Keaau and Kyle Higuchi of San Diego; uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Louisiana AG warns doctors against performing abortions

NEW ORLEANS — Arizona’s Republican attorney general on Wednesday said that a total ban on abortions that has been on the books since before statehood can be enforced, putting him at odds with GOP Gov. Doug Ducey, who says a 15-week abortion ban he signed in March takes precedence.

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answers

SAN ANTONIO — In the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering under the Texas sun, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors, a Mexican immigration official said Wednesday.

US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat

MADRID — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. will significantly expand its military presence in Europe, the latest example of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reshaped plans for the continent’s security and prompted a reinvestment in NATO.

A sensible gun safety compromise

The gun safety bill that President Joe Biden signed into law Saturday is a welcome if measured improvement in public safety and a vivid reminder of what Washington can accomplish when the public good prevails over partisan politics. The deal was too little for many Democrats and too much for most Republicans, but that’s what made the compromise possible, ending nearly three decades of federal inaction on gun violence.

LGBTQ+ role models are critical

When my son came out, I found myself quickly learning how to navigate a new world where he might not be given the same rights and opportunities I expected for him. I was lost in a storm of rhetoric and hate pushing back against my child’s future.

Twins sparkplug Luis Arraez rises to top of batting race

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few months into Luis Arraez’s major league career, Cleveland manager Terry Francona marveled at the hitting machine division rival Minnesota was integrating into the lineup and predicted he would one day win a batting title.