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Octobre 14, 2013: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley and director Bryan Singer after the school renamed its Critical Studies Division after the director

Bryan Singer, director of "The Usual Suspects" and four movies in the "X-Men"series of films, has been accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in 1999 as part of a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii Wednesday. 

The plaintiff in the lawsuit was named as Michael F.

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HONOLULU – U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands.

Director Paul Whitmore of the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska said powerful waves don't threaten the U.S. West Coast or Canada after the quake hit after noon Pacific time.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii says Hawaii isn't threatened after the earthquake's magnitude was downgraded from initial estimates.

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HONOLULU – A judge says it seems like a former Hawaii-based solider on trial for murder in his 5-year-old daughter's beating death was coached on how to testify.

Naeem Williams returned to the witness stand Wednesday to testify about beating his daughter Talia with a plastic ruler and a belt. He says he disciplined her for bathroom accidents.

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When Williams started reflecting on what would have happened if he didn't bring Talia to live with him in Hawaii, the prosecution objected and U.S.

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Four U.S. servicemen carry a coffin draped with the U.S. flag containing possible remains of a U.S. serviceman to a C-17 cargo plane during a repatriation ceremony at Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The possible remains of U.S. soldiers found in eastern Kampong Cham province were repatriated to Hawaii for testing. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)The Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A ceremony has been held in Cambodia to repatriate what are believed to be the remains of three American servicemen who went missing in action about 40 years ago during the Vietnam War.

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LOS ANGELES – Two words -- surfboards and Hobie -- were all but synonymous in the early 1960s, when teenagers who saw movies such as "Gidget" and "Beach Party" rushed to the shores of Southern California to try a mesmerizing new water sport.

The lightweight, maneuverable boards built by a surfer dude known as Hobie carried people into the pastime that for decades had remained all but invisible outside California and Hawaii.

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DARRINGTON, Wash. – The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

"All I could say was 'Oh my God' and then hit us," Youngblood told The Associated Press Thursday. "Like a wave hit our mobile home and pushed it up.

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WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to the Pacific next week to convene a meeting of defense ministers from Asia against the backdrop of the massive regional response to the loss of the Malaysian jetliner.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says Hagel will also stop by Japan and travel for the first time as defense chief to China and Mongolia.

Kirby said the expansive search for Flight 370 is an example of nations in the region coming together to deal with a disaster, adding that the U.S.

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HONOLULU – Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it's unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade.

Police haven't said how often — or even if — they use the provision.

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HONOLULU – Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it's unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade.

Police haven't said how often — or even if — they use the provision.

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HONOLULU – A Hawaii agency says it told the wrong man he was nominated to the board of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, which manages land set aside for Native Hawaiians.

Hawaii News Now (http://ow.ly/uNqC6 ) reported Thursday William "Billy" Richardson was notified he was a nominee, so he told all his friends and started preparing for the confirmation process.

But state Boards and Commission Manager Jayson Muraki says a confirmation email was "inadvertently" sent to the wrong William Richardson.

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