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This week on Helping Hand, it’s The Caregiver Foundation and their 10th annual fundraiser and silent auction Saturday April 27, at the Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania Street in Honolulu at the Japanese Cultural Center 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at current and former aides who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, insisting the deeply unflattering picture they painted of him and the White House was "total bullshit."

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison.

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On May 1st, a stretch of Kuhio Highway on Kauai’s North Shore will reopen to the general public for the first time in more than a year. State and County officials are rolling out a new permit system that aims to limit the human impact on one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions: the Na Pali Coast.

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Honolulu is having an Art Moment, and now is the time to take advantage of it.  Many offerings are free!

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PARIS — Paris police investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark.

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All Nippon Airways has completed a test flight of a new wide-body aircraft with its arrival in Hawaii.

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Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. Now, Hawaii lawmakers are considering adopting a resolution calling for the creation of legal protections for Native Hawaiian cultural intellectual property. 

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WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.

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Local lawmakers are making another attempt to regulate short-term rentals. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council held a public hearing on the latest proposals to rein in Oahu’s vacation accommodations, like those rented on Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.

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Creativity is the number one soft skill sought by employers, according to LinkedIn.  Beginning today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa looks at two artists who approach creativity in different ways – starting with artist and educator Duncan Dempster.

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Attorney General William Barr delivers a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. A redacted version of the report is expected to be released on Thursday.

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LITTLETON, Colo. — A Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

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A 99-year-old Hawaii woman is appealing an order that required her to pay her embattled former prosecutor granddaughter more than $100,000 in legal fees.

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PHOENIX — Detained asylum seekers who have shown they have a credible fear of returning to their country will no longer be able to ask a judge to grant them bond. U.S. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that asylum seekers who clear a "credible fear" interview and are facing removal don't have the right to be released on bond by an immigration court judge while their cases are pending. 

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Problems counting mail-in ballots and an extremely small margin created chaos in the 2018 Honolulu City Council election between Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa. Several bills at the legislature aim to correct those problems.

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Legislation to regulate midwives in Hawaiʻi has highlighted a divide among home birth advocates.

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KALAOA, Hawaii — A weekend earthquake that struck Hawaiʻi was not related to volcanic activity, scientists said.

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PARIS — The inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus, officials said Tuesday.

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State lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up their 2019 session in less than three weeks. Friday marked a critical deadline for any bills that are still alive, a process called Second Crossover. 

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Electronic sports, or esports, is a form of competition using video games. And it's a growing industry. The University of Hawaiʻi is in the process developing a curriculum focusing on esports, and the many facets of the industry.

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For Stargazer, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with astronomer Christopher Phillips about the technology involved in last week’s groundbreaking black hole photo.

  

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It has been about a year since massive flooding on the Garden Island wiped out the only highway on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Since then, road repairs have kept Kūhiō Highway closed to the general public. 

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An inmate who escaped from a Hawaii jail has been found.

Police arrested Troy Diego Monday after an island-wide manhunt. The search began when he and another inmate escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center on Sunday.

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HILO, Hawaii — Scientists in Hawaii are monitoring increasing activity surrounding one of the Big Island's volcanoes.

Waters Wins Honolulu City Council Special Election

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Tommy Waters is the apparent winner in the Honolulu City Council special election representing District 4 stretching from Waikiki to Hawaii Kai. The unofficial results show Waters drew 17,491 votes to Trevor Ozawa's 16,487, a margin of 1,004 votes.

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Farmers and ranchers from across the state met with Governor David Ige and legislators today in an attempt to revive a contentious water rights bill. The group says without House Bill 1326, hundreds of Hawaiʻi’s farmers and ranchers would lose their access to water at the end of the year.

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TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to end their lives, joining states that include Hawaiʻi.

George Clinton is at the top of the list when it comes to funk. Next to the late great Godfather, James Brown, George can take credit as among the most influential musicians in the genre, for the groundbreaking sounds he helped make with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as numerous side, solo and spin-off projects.

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  WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been proposed.

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