Thursday morning news

Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii » Hawaii residents are bracing for Hurricane Lane, which poses an increasing danger to the islands.

The storm is approaching Hawaii and could pass near or over the islands beginning this afternoon. Governor David Ige said Wednesday…

IGE: A direct hit in any significant populated area would be far more than any emergency planning can plan for. 

Hurricane Lane packed Category 4 winds as of Wednesday afternoon, but forecasters expected it to continue weakening to a Category two as it nears Hawaii with winds of about 100-miles-per-hour.

Some islands could see more than 12 inches of rain and officials warn of possible devastating flash flooding and mudslides.

Lane’s expected to be the first hurricane to hit Hawaii since 1992.

Trump again defends Manafort, jabs Cohen » President Trump once again defended former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Wednesday, while taking a shot at his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. On his Twitter account, the president said, “I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. ‘Justice’ took a 12-year-old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’—make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a brave man!”

Manafort was found guilty Tuesday of bank fraud and tax evasion while Cohen struck a plea deal on multiple charges. His attorney Lanny Davis responded to President Trump…

DAVIS: I wouldn’t take too seriously his reaction to Michael Cohen deciding to step up to the line and take responsibility and under oath describe that what he did, he did at the direction and with the coordination of the president, meaning that his crime was the president’s crime.

China/U.S. tariffs take effect today » China and the U.S. are imposing a new round of tariffs, beginning today. The U.S. is hitting Chinese imports with$16 billion of fresh duties while China does the same to U.S. imports. WORLD Radio’s Sarah Schweinsberg has the details.

SARAH SCHWEINSBERG, REPORTER: The list of U.S. duties on about 280 Chinese product lines is heavy on industrial items, such as steam turbines and iron girders. China’s list of more than 300 U.S. products includes passenger cars and motorcycles. It also hits various fuels and fiber optic cables.

Chinese officials traveled to Washington earlier this week to resume trade talks, but officials described the meetings as low level and the White House said it didn’t expect much from them.

Data released earlier this month showed China’s trade surplus at a near record high of $28 billion.

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Sarah Schweinsberg.

Republicans call for tougher immigration laws after Tibbetts murder » News that a man in the country illegally confessed to kidnapping and murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts has sparked renewed calls for immigration reform.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the 20-year-old’s death.

President Trump noted the Tibbetts case in a video message Wednesday …

TRUMP: A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall. We need our immigration laws changed. 

Iowa’s governor and lawmakers also pointed to a broken immigration system, saying the tragedy “could have been prevented.”

But the suspect’s attorney said in court filings Wednesday his client may have legal immigration status in the U.S. Allan Richards said Rivera passed an E-verify immigration check performed by an area farm where he worked for the past four years.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement  said it lodged a federal immigration detainer for the suspect after his arrest—meaning the agency believes he may be subject to deportation.

Richards also asked for a gag order and closed court proceedings, saying attention brought to the case by President Trump could “poison the entire possible pool of jury members.”

Zimbabwe court hears appeal of election result » Zimbabwe’s top court is set to issue its ruling on the results of last month’s presidential election after the main opposition party appealed. WORLD Africa reporter Onize Ohikere reports.

ONIZE OHIKERE, REPORTER: Police barricaded streets in the capital city of Harare on Wednesday, bracing for more protests. Tension is once again building as the Constitutional Court hears a challenge to the results of the presidential election.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner. The commission said he won by 50.8 percent of the vote, narrowly avoiding a runoff.  It said his main challenger, Nelson Chamisa, received 44.3 percent.

But Chamisa’s party claims the electoral commission inflated Mnangagwa’s figures by counting some votes twice and creating fake polling stations. And his party claims at some polling stations vote totals were higher than the number of registered voters.

The court says it will issue its ruling tomorrow. If it upholds Mnangagwa’s win, the inauguration will take place within 48 hours.

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Onize Ohikere.

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(AP Photo/John Locher) Kainalu Kitashima hands his father a piece of wood to help tie down their tiny home in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, along Ewa Beach in Honolulu.

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