HONOLULU – A human rights complaint has been filed with an international commission to investigate claims of human rights violations in Hawaii’s commercial fishing industry.
Turtle Island Restoration Network told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it filed the complaint last week with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. The filing asks the panel to determine the responsibility of the U.S. for human rights abuses against foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline fishing fleet.
An Associated Press investigation into the seafood industry revealed that hundreds of men are confined to Hawaii boats that operate due to a federal loophole that exempts the foreign fishermen from most basic labor protections.
Many come from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific nations to take the jobs, which can pay as little as 70 cents an hour. The fleet catches $ 110 million worth of luxury seafood annually.
Harley-Davidson penalty reduced
The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels.
It eliminated a requirement that the Milwaukee company spend $ 3 million to curb air pollution in local communities by paying to replace conventional woodstoves with cleaner-burning versions.
Harley-Davidson would still pay a $ 12 million fine. The company has denied wrongdoing in the case, which involved about 340,000 Screamin’ Eagle Pro Super Tuners that allowed users to modify a motorcycle’s emissions control system to increase power and performance, according to court filings.
Greek earthquake kills at least 2
A powerful earthquake shook the Greek island of Kos early this morning, damaging several buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries, authorities said.
The 6.5-magnitude quake rattled Turkey’s Aegean coast as well, but Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit, with all of the deaths and injuries reported there. Buildings with damage included the old mosque and a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to the main port.
Hundreds of tourists were spending the rest of the night outdoors, resting on beach loungers with blankets provided by staff.
Linkin Park singer found dead
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.
Coroner spokesman Brian Elias said authorities are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide at Palos Verdes Estates, but no additional details are available.
Elvis Presley confidant dies
Actor and songwriter Robert Gene “Red” West, a longtime confidant of Elvis Presley, has died in Memphis, Tennessee.
Danita Allen of Memorial Park Funeral Home said West died Tuesday. He was 81.
West met Presley in high school and worked for him for 20 years. He was a friend, driver and bodyguard.