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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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Southern Airways says it is laying off 10 percent of Mokulele Airlines' staff after acquiring the Big Island-based carrier earlier this month.

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Contraflow lanes are open today on the Kailua-bound side of the Pali Highway, a major roadway that had been closed since Monday following several landslides near the Pali tunnels. But a permanent solution to fully restore the highway may be months away.

Crews removed a section of Old Pali Road that had been hanging above the highway, making it safe for drivers and allowing the contraflow traffic, officials said in a news release.

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State lawmakers are weighing two bills intended to create a housing voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii Department of Education or at public charter schools.

The bills would authorize the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. to implement the housing program, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday.

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A deputy Hawaii sheriff shot and killed a man during a struggle at the state Capitol.

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California's attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Joining in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaiʻi, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

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A Hawaii pain doctor and his former prosecutor sister were released on bond Wednesday while awaiting trial on charges they dealt opioids.

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A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses a former Honolulu city prosecutor of dealing opioids with her physician brother and using her position to cover up their crimes.

A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.

Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.

Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.

The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.

"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.

Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.

A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

"We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news," the statement said.

Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.

While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.

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