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    It’s OK to talk on your cellphone while crossing the street in Honolulu, but it’s now against the law to text while in the crosswalk.

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    Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill Thursday afternoon making it illegal for pedestrians to look at their phones while crossing the street, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, becoming the first major U.S. city to ban use of the devices while walking.

    People caught texting or viewing a mobile electronic device while crossing a road or highway can be fined up to $35 for their first offense, BuzzFeed reported. A second violation rises to a $75 fine, while a third infraction would cost a texter $99.

    “We want to protect pedestrians both as they walk on our sidewalks but also on our crosswalks,” Caldwell said during a news conference. “And we hold the unfortunate distinction of being a major city with more pedestrians being hit in crosswalks, particularly our seniors, than almost any other city in the country.

    “Sometimes I wish there were laws that we didn’t have to pass — that perhaps common sense would prevail," Caldwell said, "but sometimes we lack common sense."

    The bill will take effect on Oct. 25, BuzzFeed reported. It will include cellphones, laptops, video games, digital cameras and pagers. However, people using the phone to call 911 will not be penalized.

    Starbucks announced Thursday that all 379 Teavana stores -- which are primarily based in malls nationwide -- will be closed because they have been “underperforming,” CNN reported. The move will impact 3,300 workers.

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    "The company concluded that despite efforts to reverse the trend through creative merchandising and new store designs, the underperformance was likely to continue," Starbucks said in a press release.

    Most locations will be shut down by next spring, CNN reported.

    In an apparent retaliation for sanctions, Russian officials have told the United States to cut its diplomatic staff to 455 by Sept. 1 and barred use of some properties, the BBC reported Friday.

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    Russia's action, outlined in a statement from the Foreign Ministry, came a day after the Senate voted for new sanctions against Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and anger the Republican Party, Reuters reported.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said it would retaliate again if the United States decided to expel any Russian diplomats, Reuters reported.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau graced the cover of Rolling Stone this week, and the pop culture magazine put forth a provocative question in its headline: “Why Can’t He Be Our President?”

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    Trudeau is pictured with his sleeves rolled up and his jacket slung over his shoulder. 

    The prime minister is among other world leaders to make the cover of Rolling Stone, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, MSN reported.

    In an article published online Wednesday, writer Stephen Rodrick contrasted Trudeau’s style with that of President Donald Trump, comparing the two politicians’ views on health care, the environment and marijuana.

    Trudeau told Rodrick that while he disagreed with Trump “on a whole bunch,” they still have “a constructive working relationship.”

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from office Friday by the country’s Supreme Court after a corruption probe into his family wealth, CNN reported. A spokesman said Sharif resigned despite having reservations about the court order.

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    The court said that Sharif was dishonest to the Pakistani parliament and judicial system, a panel of five judges ruled unanimously Friday. 

    “He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,”Judge Ejaz Afzal Khan said in court.

    The panel had been investigating Sharif's alleged links to offshore accounts and overseas properties owned by three of his children, CNN reported.

    The assets, which were not declared on the family's wealth statement, were revealed in the Panama Papers leak in April 2016.

    Sharif, 67, has denied any wrongdoing and has dismissed the investigation into him as biased and inaccurate. Reuters reported.

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    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau graced the cover of Rolling Stone this week, and the pop culture magazine put forth a provocative question in its headline: “Why Can’t He Be Our President?”

    >> Read more trending news

    Trudeau is pictured with his sleeves rolled up and his jacket slung over his shoulder. 

    The prime minister is among other world leaders to make the cover of Rolling Stone, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, MSN reported.

    In an article published online Wednesday, writer Stephen Rodrick contrasted Trudeau’s style with that of President Donald Trump, comparing the two politicians’ views on health care, the environment and marijuana.

    Trudeau told Rodrick that while he disagreed with Trump “on a whole bunch,” they still have “a constructive working relationship.”

    Prince William had a full day of work on his last day as an air ambulance pilot.

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    On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge said goodbye to the career he loved so much to free up his time to devote to his royal duties.

    According to the royals’ official website, William reported to work for his night shift and attended the shift change briefings per usual before joining his team for a photo.

    On his last day, the East Anglian Air Ambulance tweeted their thanks to the Duke.

    “William has been an integral part of the EAAA team. He’s a fantastic pilot, a much loved & valued member of the crew,” the EAAA wrote.

    Kensington Palace documented William’s final helicopter checks on his last day on the job with a video on Twitter.

    Prince William began piloting operational missions in July 2015 after joining the EAAA in March 2015. He has reportedly been based at the Cambridge Airport throughout his service as part of a team of doctors, paramedics and pilots. The helicopters William piloted can reach patients in the region within 25 minutes and provide treatment as soon as possible.

    In a recent interview with the Eastern Daily Press, William opened up about his last day on the job.

    I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia, who I have been so proud to serve. Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances. As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief. I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience.

    Prince William previously opened up about the “sad, dark” memories from his time as a pilot.

    “There are some very sad, dark moments, and we talk about it a lot. But it’s hard. You try not to take it away with you, but it can be quite difficult,” he said.

    He revealed that to get through the tough times, he and his colleagues would often talk it out and “banter” after a call.

    “If you share the same, in some cases, sad incidents, then if you can get over it together by being able to talk about it in the future. Being a close team, you come away with a collective way of dealing with it together, and it helps you move on to whatever you’ve got to do next,” he said.

    William’s last day on the job comes just months after he and his wife the Duchess Cambridge Kate Middleton, announced they would be moving to Kensington Palace in London from their home in Norfolk.

    Newly released body cam video shows a police officer telling Venus Williams she was at fault for an accident in which a man died from his injuries.

    “You were at fault,” a Palm Beach Gardens police officer told Williams in one of four body-camera video files police released Thursday.

    Officer David Dowling said he won’t ticket Williams, saying, “You just got stuck in a bad situation there.”

    Williams responds, “In a situation like that, what are you going to do?”

    Jerome Barson, 78, the passenger in the second vehicle, is seen in the video saying, “I’m a little confused.” He died two weeks later. His widow, Linda, now is suing Williams.

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    Police at first declared Williams at fault in the June 9 crash outside the entrance to BallenIsles Country Club, the gated community where she owns a home. They later said she lawfully entered the intersection. The crash remains under investigation.

    Williams has told police she had a green light when she left Steeplechase, a community on the south side of Northlake Boulevard, in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia and had to stop in the middle of Northlake for traffic.

    By the time Williams thought it was safe to drive, she said, the light for westbound traffic on Northlake turned to green from red.

    Linda Barson, the 68-year-old driver of a Hyundai Accent, said Williams cut in front of her and Barson couldn’t avoid hitting her. Williams told police she never saw Barson coming. Video released by police July 7 shows a third car, a Nissan Altima, leaving BallenIsles. The Altima turned left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police still are trying to identify the Altima driver nearly two months after the wreck.

    Related: Venus Williams responds to reports of involvement in fatal car crash

    In one of four 911 calls police also released Thursday, a motorist says, “These people need help.” At the end of the call, she tells the dispatcher she’s 95 percent sure that “one of the people in this accident is one of the Serena sisters … the Williams. And unfortunately she was at fault.” Serena Williams, another star in women’s tennis, is Venus Williams’ sister and also lives in Palm Beach Gardens.

    The earliest of the videos released Thursday shows Officer Tim Connors walking up to the crash and finding Williams out of her car.

    “Are you involved?” he asked Williams, who was dressed in a white skirt and T-shirt and ball cap. “I am,” she says. Connors asks if the people in the other vehicle are OK and Williams says, “I think so.”

    Connors then walks to the other car and has to pull away the activated driver’s air bag to get to Linda Barson.

    “Someone -- they ran a red light. They ran the red light,” she said. “My husband’s on blood thinners and he’s bleeding.”

    Connors tells her “Fire Rescue’s coming.” The woman mentions an arm injury and Connors tells her to put pressure on it and “try not to move it.” He then tells the Barsons, “It looks like that other car might have violated your right of way.”

    Related: Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

    Connors then approaches a woman who appears to have been the 911 caller. She “It’s one of the Williams (sisters) that is in the accident,” the woman said. “She was coming out of Steeplechase. It was coming out. Her light had turned red.”

    Connors again approaches Williams. “You’re sure you’re fine?” Williams nods. He asks if anyone else is in the car. Just her dog, she says. He asks if the dog was thrown; Williams says no.

    Moments later, Connors tells someone off-camera, “Yes, she is,” apparently confirming it’s Williams. Then, asked if anyone’s hurt, he says: “She’s not. The other people are.”

    Related: Police: New evidence in Venus Williams crash investigation shows she had green light

    After Williams has returned to her car the other officer, Dowling, tells her on his body-camera video that she’s at fault but he won’t cite her.

    “You just got stuck in a bad situation there. Let the insurance companies work it out,” Dowling says. “I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case.”

    Williams says, “I never saw that car coming, so I don’t know if they...I don’t think they stopped at the red light.”

    Dowling explains that because of the changing traffic light, “You kind of violated his right of way.”

    Nothing in any of the videos conclusively says whether the Barsons were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, although Linda Barson appears to have a seat belt that is unbuckled but still stretched across her lap when the first officer approaches her car.

    Related: Venus Williams wins emergency protective order in fatal crash lawsuit

    This week, lawyers for Williams said in a court filing that Barson wouldn’t have died if he had worn a seat belt. The police crash report says Barson and his wife both wore a belt across both lap and shoulder, and lawyers for Barson said this week his car’s “black box” says the same thing. Lawyers for Williams did not respond to inquiries made this week by The Palm Beach Post.

    At the end of one video, Dowling, now in his patrol car, tells Connors “if any media show up, I need you to keep them away. Keep them back. Don’t let them in the scene.”

    Connors asks, “What makes you think any of them are coming?” Dowling says: “They already got an email. A station. I want to get them out of here as quick as we can so we can beat the media.”

    Police did not publicly acknowledge the crash until after the TMZ broke the story on June 29, three weeks after the crash and a week after Jerome Barson died on June 22.

    Conner Mitchell, Palm Beach Post and Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post contributed to this story.

    John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are reportedly back together since breaking up over two years ago, according to a published report.

    Entertainment Tonight reported that the couple started dating in 2010 and broke up five years later. In a March interview with Howard Stern, Mellencamp said Ryan isn’t fond of him.

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    “Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan,” he told Stern. “She hates me to death. I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits -- I gripe. I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fellow can be, that’s me.”

    Apparently, he was a little off the mark.

    Mellencamp was most recently romantically linked to model Christie Brinkley, but the two called it quits after nearly a year together.

    A source close to the former couple revealed to Page Six that Brinkley and Mellencamp’s differences in lifestyle was the reason behind the split.

    “If you know John, you know he doesn’t do well at social gatherings and at tables filled with nice folks, particularly the Hamptons set,” the source said at the time of their break up. “He shoots straight from the hip. She may have liked that he’s a cowboy, but in the end that’s what drove her away.”

    The country music community is mourning the passing of legendary producer, musician and songwriter Joe Walker Jr., who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64.

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    According to CMT, Walker had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing in the early morning hours of July 25..

    As a producer, Walker worked on projects for artists from the early 2000s, including Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bryan White, Pam Tillis and the late Mindy McCready.

    His songwriting earned him cuts with popular stars like Trisha Yearwood, Jerrod Niemann, Tanya Tucker and Billy Currington.

    He was also a gifted guitar picker who played with some of country’s icons, including Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and Crystal Gayle.

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    A devastated Travis Tritt shared his heartbreak on social media.

    Bryan White, who credits Billy Joe with helping launch his career, also expressed his grief on Twitter.