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August 7, 2012
The Associated Press

Joint exercises will be in Hawaii waters

HONOLULU - Japan, South Korea and the United States will hold joint exercises in waters of Hawaii this week.

The U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement Monday that the drills will include a search-and-seizure exercise, a counter-piracy event, a search-and-rescue exercise and officer exchanges.

Three U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships will participate. They are the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal, the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee, the dry cargo ship USNS Matthew Perry and the cutter USCGC Galveston Island.

The drills scheduled for today and Wednesday come shortly after monthlong Rim of the Pacific multinational exercises were held in Hawaii. Both Japanese and South Korean forces participated in RIMPAC.

The Pacific Fleet says the drills will help the nations work better together, improve readiness and boost proficiency.


Two churches challenge civil union laws

HONOLULU - Two Oahu churches are continuing to challenge Hawaii civil union laws, saying that a recent exemption aimed at them isn't broad enough.

The Lighthouse Outreach Center Assembly of God and Emmanuel Temple, the House of Praise argue that they should not be forced to allow same-sex civil unions on their premises.

The new amendment exempts churches that restrict marriage ceremonies to their members, but doesn't apply to churches that are open to the public.

Deputy Attorney General John Molay said the churches are using the lawsuit as a vehicle to overturn civil unions.

A federal hearing on the on the state's request for a dismissal is scheduled for Oct. 1.


Former Hawaii Gov. Cayetano in hospital

HONOLULU - Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is in the hospital after suffering a bleeding ulcer, just days before the primary election in his quest to become mayor of Honolulu.

Cayetano's wife, Vicky Cayetano, drove her 72-year-old husband to the emergency room Sunday at the advice of his doctor.

The former governor is running for mayor as a candidate vowed to stop Honolulu's rail project. Campaign Manager Sam Callejo said the hospitalization won't affect his campaign.

Cayetano will remain at The Queen's Medical Center until today or Wednesday, pending tests and surgery.



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