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  The owners of a family ukulele business in Hawaiʻi will celebrate their deep musical roots at a cultural festival in Portugal.

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Honolulu's police commission has approved hiring a lawyer to represent a retired chief in a federal case that accuses him of using police resources to frame a relative.

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In some states, one political party dominates even without a lift from gerrymandering. The most extreme examples are Hawaiʻi, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, all of which have legislatures controlled by Democrats.

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The University of Hawaiʻi has warned that proposed budget reductions by the Hawaii Legislature would result in the elimination of hundreds of positions.

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Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a firefighter who died after he was injured in a training exercise.

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  A woman who's been dubbed a serial stowaway was sentenced today to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to sneaking past Chicago airport security last year, boarding a plane and flying to London without a ticket. She has been nabbed in and near airports dozens of times, including in Hawaiʻi, and made it onto planes possibly a half-dozen times.

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Hawai'i taxpayers lost money following a private investment firm's failed plan to establish a dairy on Kauaʻi.

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Hawaiʻi would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.

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Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard says her top priorities if she's elected to the White House in 2020 would be to end military action in countries such as Iraq and Syria and to de-escalate tensions with nuclear-armed countries like Russia and China.

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Survivors of the Kilauea eruption have said they want to return to their homes despite incomplete restoration work in the area.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple.

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W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died today in Haiku, Maui.

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Big Island County Council members are seeking details about how administrators plan to spend millions in disaster funds resulting from the volcanic eruption last year.

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Several Boeing 737 Max jets were sitting at Hawaiʻi airports this afternoon as investigators probe the cause of the most recent crash of that model aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered all 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes grounded yesterday in response to the crashes in Ethiopia on Sunday and Indonesia in October.

One plane was sitting on the tarmac of Kahului Airport after arriving yesterday morning from Los Angeles and another was at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport.

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent bid for president, is apologizing for saying he had likely spent more time with the military than the other candidates.

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A U.S. judge on Wednesday approved the sale of a home belonging to a retired Honolulu police chief and his former prosecutor wife mired in a corruption investigation.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.5 earthquake has hit the southern flank of Hawaiʻi's Kīlauea volcano. The agency reports light to moderate shaking was felt across the Big Island and Maui early Wednesday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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  The U.S. is issuing an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately," in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people, President Donald Trump said.

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The Honolulu City Council has agreed to pay $550,000 to a retired police lieutenant who claimed that Police Chief Susan Ballard had tampered with recruits' test scores when she was in charge of the training division.

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A Philippine appeals court has upheld a decision that an online news site critical of President Rodrigo Duterte violated a constitutional ban on foreign ownership of news media.

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The Honolulu City Council today approved hiring a law firm to represent the city's prosecutor against an impeachment effort launched when he became a target in a federal corruption investigation.

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Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro announced today he is taking a leave of absence from his office. His action follows reports that he is a target in an ongoing federal corruption investigation and subsequent calls for him to step down.

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Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said today that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer.

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Hawaiʻi joined a coalition of 21 states in challenging a Trump administration's rule restricting tax-funded family planning providers from referring women to abortion services.

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A trial for a former Honolulu prosecutor, her now-retired police chief husband and officers accused of framing her uncle to try to mask her financial schemes has been moved back so she can get cancer treatment.

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Some Big Island residents are asking how they will be able to afford sewer systems connections after large-capacity cesspools are shut down.

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Efforts to allow recreational pot in Hawaiʻi appear to have been delivered a fatal blow at the Legislature this year with a key Senate committee effectively killing a marijuana legalization measure. 

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The planned reopening of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor that had been set for the end of March has been delayed.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it has granted Southwest Airlines approval to begin flights between California and Hawaii, capping the airline's effort to extend its reach 2,400 miles (3,800 kilometers) across the Pacific.

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A group of sightseers injured by a "lava bomb" during a boat tour in Hawaiʻi have filed a lawsuit.

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