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Good afternoon. Here are the top Hawaii stories at 1:00 p.m. HST. If you have questions about stories, please call Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia at (808) 536-5510. Our email is aphonolulu(at)ap.org. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns also are available from the Service Desk (800-838-4616).

TOP STORIES:

SENATE RACE-HAWAII

HONOLULU — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to back Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his bid for re-election next year amid a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a spokesman said Tuesday. Justin Barasky, national press secretary for the campaign committee, told The Associated Press by email that it was notified by Hanabusa that she plans to challenge Schatz. By Oskar Garcia.

STATE BUDGET-HAWAII

HONOLULU — Senate and House lawmakers meet a final time in conference committee to announce compromises on a budget plan to be sent to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. By Anita Hofschneider. Developing from 7 p.m. hearing.

ARMY TRAINING DEATH-LAWSUIT

HONOLULU — A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Texas soldier killed during a live-fire training exercise in Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturned a jury verdict that found the manufacturer of mortar cartridges not liable for causing the 2006 explosion that killed Staff Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher.

GREAT WHITE SHARKS

LIHUE, Hawaii — A study of great white sharks spotted in waters around the Hawaiian Islands finds that there have been recorded observations of them every month except November, according to the Journal of Marine Biology. Satellite tracking studies have previously shown that Hawaii's great white sharks are migrants from population groups off California and Mexico. A relatively small proportion of those West Coast sharks migrate all the way to Hawaii, which is why they are so rarely seen, according The Garden Island.

OF HAWAII INTEREST:

SPENDING CUTS-ARMY

WASHINGTON — Senior Army officials warned Tuesday they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. By Richard Lardner.

IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — Sweeping immigration legislation would improve U.S. security by helping authorities to know who is in the U.S., Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of an immigration overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. By Erica Werner.

BAUCUS-RETIREMENT

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, the powerful Senate Finance chairman who steered President Barack Obama's health care overhaul into law but broke with his party on gun control, said Tuesday he will not run for re-election. By Donna Cassata and Matt Gouras.

ALSO:

— DOG RESCUE — Dog stranded on ledge is rescued.

— LAWYER DISBARRED — Maui attorney disbarred for ethical violations.

— BEST SMALL TOWNS — Smithsonian ranks Lihue 18th best small town.

— EPA AWARDS — EPA recognizes Postal Service's Honolulu center.

The AP-Honolulu

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