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MEXICO CITY — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

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Restaurants and bars dominate the group of businesses that have closed in Hawaii since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a list compiled by Pacific Business News.

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As coronavirus vaccines continue to roll out around the world, there's a growing focus on the differences among versions. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have a high rate of effectiveness. So does the Astra Zeneca version. But there's a bit more uncertainty with some vaccines coming from China.

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HONOLULU — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility.

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Two mass COVID-19 vaccination centers will soon open on Oahu.

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As planning continues for wider vaccinations across the state, that process is taking place around the world. That includes Indonesia, where authorities are taking a slightly different approach with a different vaccine.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Education will prohibit events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year.

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Updated 11/14/21, 12:45 p.m.

The Honolulu Police Department is defending its purchase of a semi-autonomous robot dog named SPOT using federal CARES Act funds.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government's deficit in the first three months of the budget year was a record-breaking $572.9 billion, 60.7% higher than the same period a year ago, as spending to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic surged while revenue declined.

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New cases of the coronavirus are continuing to rise, not only in the United States but also in several other parts of the world. That includes Malaysia — where the government has now declared a state of emergency covering the entire country.

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Updated 1/13/21, 11:58 a.m.

Any reports of mass vaccination centers being set up in Hawaii are not yet definite says House Speaker Scott Saiki.

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In the closing days of the Trump Administration, there are still new developments in certain policy areas. And some of them could complicate transition efforts for the incoming Biden Administration. One example is U.S. policy when it comes to Taiwan.

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WASHINGTON — Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots after a slow start that had triggered widespread concern from states and public health officials.

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Updated 1/12/21, 12 p.m.

Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth is still recovering at Hilo Medical Center from a heart attack he suffered over the weekend. County officials say a second evaluation is underway as doctors continue to monitor his condition.

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The nurses at Kapiolani Medical Center have authorized a strike after about four months of negotiation with the hospital. 

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On Stargazer today, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss an upcoming landing on Mars.


  

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The Hawaii man arrested in connection with last week's armed riot at the U.S. Capitol made his first appearance in federal court today and was released on bail.

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HONOLULU — Businesses in Hawaii are anticipating a possible tripling of unemployment taxes that could slow the recovery of the economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated 1/11/21, 12:51 p.m.

The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination drive in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people.

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As vaccines continue to be administered across the islands, other countries are moving ahead with their own plans. That includes three countries in the Asia Pacific that are on different timetables for vaccinating their residents.

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HONOLULU — The mayor of Hawaii island underwent a procedure to implant a stent after suffering chest pain Saturday evening.

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HONOLULU — Nurses in Hawaii have voted to authorize a strike over concerns that management practices have endangered staff and patients at an Oahu hospital.

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With unemployment in Hawaii at some of the highest levels in the country, a group of local business owners are pushing back on a state plan to end commercial operations at Oahu’s Dillingham Airfield.

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The Yukio Okutsu State Veteran’s Home on the Big Island is officially under new management. This comes just months after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Hilo nursing home claimed the lives of 27 residents and infected more than 100 residents and staff.

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One of the men identified as taking part in Wednesday’s armed riot at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested in Hawaii.

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WFH means "work from home," but a public-private group hopes people will see it as a "work from Hawaii." It's all part of a drive to boost technology work in the islands.

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The city of Tokyo is under a state of emergency today. New cases of the coronavirus have been spiking this week, and have set new daily records.

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Updated 1/8/21, 1:00 p.m.

Oʻahu will remain in the second phase of its reopening plan -- despite Thursday's 212 new reported cases for the island. 

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The holiday surge of COVID-19 cases the state was bracing for has started. Hospitals are expected to be heavily affected in the coming weeks.

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The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 — on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deep political divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic.

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