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WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation's response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials "aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

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ROME  — Both China and South Korea reported new spikes in coronavirus cases on Sunday, setting off fresh concerns in countries where local outbreaks had been in dramatic decline. Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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CHICAGO — The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021.

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Keb' Mo' is back in the islands for solo acoustic dates through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii, performing 8 p.m. shows each night touring to support his latest album, Oklahoma. The gfited musician has fascinating history that stretches far past his 1994 debut.

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DALLAS (AP) — A basketball jersey believed to have been worn by former President Barack Obama while he was at a Honolulu prep school has sold at auction for $120,000.

Heritage Auctions said the jersey sold Saturday night in Dallas to a collector of American and sports artifacts who didn't wish to be identified.

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Updated: Aug. 17,  6:31 p.m.

Bidding was extended Saturday for a basketball jersey believed to have been worn by President Barack Obama. By Saturday afternoon, the current bid stood at $100,000 with bidding extended beyond the original Friday deadline.

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Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama's $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago's lakeshore, but it's no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

Obama picked Chicago over other places, including Hawaii where he was born. Erin Adams, a Chicago resident who attended today's hearing, said she worries that frustration over the lawsuit and the delays it has caused will lead Barack and Michelle Obama to rethink their selection.

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Hawaii Public Radio will air President Obama’s farewell speech live, today at 4pm on HPR-2, and fact check it with NPR’s political team. http://bit.ly/2jfTAvJ

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The leaders of the United States and Japan visited the USS Arizona Memorial together for the first time since the December 7 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid a wreath of Anthuriums at the USS Arizona Memorial.  Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the sunken battleship while in office.   Addressing dignitaries and survivors through an interpreter, he expressed his sorrow for all who died in World War II and reaffirmed his nation’s commitment to peace.

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Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have named a fish after President Obama.

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Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that President Obama may decide to make a fundamental change to US nuclear policy, by issuing a formal declaration that the US would never be first to use nuclear weapons.  The report triggered alarm in Japan and South Korea.  We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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  President Obama continues his Asian travels this week. Today he’s in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma. You’ll hear details on his meetings throughout the day’s news, but HPR’s Bill Dorman takes a look behind some of the events in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Following a tough mid-term election, President Obama will be heading to Asia next week. It’s an extensive itinerary that begins in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A picture snapped with President Obama this week is sparking some controversy. It’s not because it caught the president under any embarrassing circumstances, but it’s providing some publicity that’s definitely not endorsed by the White House. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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President Obama’s next travel plans to the Pacific won’t include Hawaii. But the White House says an April trip will include stops in four Asian nations. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One more change because of the federal government shutdown: some adjusted travel plans by President Obama. The White House says the president still plans on leaving for Asia in several days, but the trip is now shorter than originally planned.