Doctor-assisted suicide close to becoming law

State Sen. Breene Harimoto, D-Oahu, who is battling cancer, stands on the floor of the Hawaii Senate Thursday in Honolulu to voice his opposition to a medically assisted suicide bill. (Audrey McAvoy/AP photo)

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that would make it the latest liberal-leaning state to legalize medically assisted suicide.