With Americans feeling pinched, Biden targets ‘junk fees’

NEW YORK — With time running out before the election, President Joe Biden highlighted his administration’s push to crack down on so-called junk fees that banks and other companies charge their customers. The announcement comes after months of high inflation have eaten away at Americans’ savings and made the economy the top issue for voters.

Low-wage workers bear financial brunt of denied abortions

ATexas mother of a toddler, scraping by on her husband’s income, was desperate to return to work but struggling to afford child care. A young Florida warehouse worker had barely left behind a turbulent past of homelessness and abuse only to be mired in debt.

Los Angeles council censures members amid racism scandal

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council formally rebuked two members and its former president Wednesday for their involvement in a racism scandal that has led to days of protests, police and state investigations and shaken public faith in City Hall.

Obituaries for October 27

Dominador “Richard” Domingo, 80, of Hilo, died Sept. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ookala, he worked for CW Maintenance Company as a janitor in Hilo. Celebration of life to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Laupahoehoe Point Pavilion. Survived by children Tammy Domingo of Pepeekeo, Dominador Domingo Jr. of Mountain View, Christopher (Yvette Hall) Domingo of Waianae, and Kimberlyn (Ernest) Grace of Las Vegas; siblings Florence Andaya, James (Clara) Domingo and Rene (Michael) Hamamoto, all of Honolulu, Pedro Domingo and Herman Domingo, both of Ookala, Frances (Esabel) Domingo of Washington, Darril (Stella) Domingo of Hilo and Rosaline Gambsky of Mountain View; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Meta fined $24.7M for campaign finance disclosure violations

SEATTLE — A Washington state judge on Wednesday fined Facebook parent company Meta nearly $25 million for repeatedly and intentionally violating campaign finance disclosure law, in what is believed to be the largest campaign finance penalty in U.S. history.

Russia, NATO hold nuclear drills as Ukraine villages pounded

KYIV, Ukraine — NATO and Russia’s military alike staged planned annual nuclear exercises Wednesday as the Russian president repeated the unfounded claim that Ukraine plans to set off a radioactive “dirty bomb.” On the battlefront, Russian forces pounded more than 40 Ukrainian villages over the past day.