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Spanish man paddles his way from California to Hawaii

HONOLULU — A Spanish man spent his summer vacation paddling his way from the west coast of the U.S. across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

It took Antonio de la Rosa 76 days to paddle some 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometres) while standing on a submarine-shaped craft.

He celebrated his 50th birthday at sea and arrived Saturday in Honolulu.

Indonesian walking 700 kilometres backward to save forests

BEKASI, Indonesia — An Indonesian man is walking more than 700 kilometres (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country’s capital to raise awareness about deforestation.

Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition on July 18 from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant volcano in East Java province that has been affected by deforestation.

Interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported

TIJUANA, Mexico — Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana returned Friday to the Mexican beach where her father entered the U.S. illegally before she was born, this time to put final touches on a mural of adults who came to the U.S. illegally as young children and were deported. Visitors who hold up their phones to the painted faces are taken to a website that voices first-person narratives.

Liz Weston: Will you be a scam artist’s next target?

Believing that fraud can’t happen to us because we’re too smart, logical or informed may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defences and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention programs.

“Scammers call it getting the victim under the ether,” she says.

New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy

LOS ANGELES — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his Traverse City Film Festival.

Trudeau given glimpse of life in the Far North during tour of Arctic Bay

ARCTIC BAY, Nunavut — Sitting on a bed next to the oldest Inuit woman in northern Nunavut, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heard and witnessed first-hand what life is like for the people of the Far North.

Trudeau visited Arctic Bay Thursday as part of a two-day visit to the territory.