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Hawaii ferry dreams face cost, public opinion hurdles

HONOLULU (AP) — When a 30-foot-tall ferry loomed outside a Kauai harbor in 2007, surfers and kayakers — looking like tiny ducks in comparison — blocked its path, preventing it from unloading hundreds of passengers and sending the giant catamaran back to Oahu. The emotional standoff where surfers bobbed in …

Revolutionary Guard faces new foe in Iran’s opening economy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard faces a new enemy: the gradual opening of the country’s economy after the nuclear deal with world powers. Though better known for its hard-line fervor as an elite force created to defend Iran’s cleric-led system, the Guard holds vast business interests …

Obama abolishes last major restrictions on US travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message to Americans on Tuesday ahead of his historic trip to Havana: Cuba is open for business. Punching fresh holes in the generations-old U.S. embargo, Obama’s administration removed the last meaningful restrictions on travel, putting a Cuba vacation within reach for …

Heavy snow in Turkey’s Istanbul grounds hundreds of flights

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy snowfall has swept northwestern Turkey, grounding hundreds of flights, disrupting ground transport and closing schools in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines announced the cancellation of 250 international and domestic flights to and from Istanbul’s Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports on Monday. The airline also canceled at least 149 …