Bill would raise legal smoking age to 21

A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature and is headed to the governor. It's unclear whether Gov. David Ige will sign the measure. The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing traditional and electronic cigarettes. Those caught breaking the rules would be fined $10 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses would lead to a $50 fine or mandatory community service.

Washington, D.C.

First tribal youth gathering set for July

The White House is planning what it says will be the first-ever gathering of tribal youth in Washington. The July 9 event will give American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the U.S. a chance to meet with senior members of President Obama's administration, along with members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

New York

Bomb threat forces Liberty evacuation

The National Park Service evacuated hundreds of tourists from the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island after reports of a bomb threat. Federal authorities and the New York Police Department conducted security sweeps before giving the island an all clear several hours later. While throngs of visitors were directed back to the ferryboats, SWAT teams and bomb-sniffing dogs, based on the island, swarmed the area.


President set to meet Taiwanese leader

President Xi Jinping of China, who is also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, will meet May 4 with the chairman of Taiwan's governing party in Beijing, both sides said, in what would be the first meeting of the two parties' leaders since 2009.


Migrants killed by overnight train

Migrants trying to reach Europe by trekking along train tracks through the Balkans were hit by an overnight train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, killing 14. Many of those killed were sleeping on the tracks.

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