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LOS ANGELES — Authorities searched Sunday for a gunman who shot and critically wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were sitting in their squad car — an apparent ambush that drew an angry response from the president.

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Updated: 9/13/2020, 12:010 p.m.

The state Department of Health today reported 2 more deaths and 114 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state death toll to 99 and the total number of cases to 10,700. 

Lt. Gov.  Josh Green
Lt. Gov. Josh Green

Updated: 9/12/2020, 12:12 p.m.

The state Department of Health today reported 1 more death and 131 new cases, bringing the state death toll to 97 and the total number of cases to 10,588. 

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PHOENIX — Christina Torres, 32, a middle school teacher in Honolulu, had to postpone her June wedding and was not able to travel to her grandmother’s funeral in California because of the pandemic. She misses being able to deal with stress by going to the gym and getting together with friends.

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The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission denied a motion to reconsider its previous denial of a bidding waiver for a $350 million biomass plant.

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Updated: 9/12/2020, 12:27 p.m.

SALEM, Ore. — Wildfire smoke that posed a health hazard to millions choked the West Coast on Saturday as firefighters battled deadly blazes that obliterated some towns and displaced tens of thousands of people, the latest in a series of calamities this year.

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Utilities and alternative energy providers have felt the economic effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Demand has fallen, but both groups also hope to be part of Hawaii’s eventual recovery.

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LIHUE, Hawaii — Kauai became the final county in Hawaii to pass a bill prohibiting the sale and use of plastic foam food containers.

Big Island Video News

Updated: 9/11/2020, 12:08 p.m.

The state Department of Health today reported 2 more deaths and 167 new cases, bringing the state death toll to 96 and the total number of cases to 10,459. There have now been 9,446 cases on Oahu, 562 on Hawaii Island, 367 for Maui County, and 58 on Kauai. Twenty-six residents were diagnosed out of state.

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A Honolulu City Council committee got its first look at just how the city is spending $387 million in federal COVID-19 assistance funds. One concern: the millions that have gone to the Honolulu Police Department.

COVID-Pau initiative

Updated: 9/10/2020, 12:05 p.m.


Hawaii recorded three more COVID-19 deaths today and 169 cases of new infections. The latest daily counts bring the state death toll to 94 and the total number of cases to 10,292.

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Honolulu Council Chair Ikaika Anderson's unexpected resignation yesterday follows a tumultuous year of controversies and COVID-19 challenges.

Marshallese Community Organization of Hawai'i

Pacific Islanders in Hawaii are being disproportionately hit by the pandemic. They're 4 percent of the population and more than 30 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. The state has struggled to bring that number down, prompting at least one Pacific Islander community to take matters into their own hands.


Kailua residents are debating a controversial housing project that has split the community in support and opposition. The Honolulu City Council’s zoning committee met yesterday to hear both sides.

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii  — The U.S. Army has requested public input for an upcoming environmental impact statement to retain a lease on Hawaii state land used for training.

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Updated: 9/9/2020, 4:50 p.m.

Honolulu Council Chair Ikaika Anderson says he’ll be resigning from his seat later this month, citing family reasons. Anderson made the unexpected announcement today at the end of a special City Council meeting.

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The use of an Oahu hotel to quarantine people will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal coronavirus recovery funds each month, officials said.

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The departures of top leaders from the state Department of Health follow disclosures of major shortcomings in the state’s response to COVID-19. These events have diminished public confidence in what officials say. However, trust is crucial in maintaining the public’s health.

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Updated: 9/8/2020, 1:20 p.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has extended the second stay-at-home, work-from-home order for Oahu through Sept. 23 beyond its Thursday expiration. The two-week extension comes as Hawaii recorded 2 more COVID-19 deaths today and cases fell to 66 new infections.

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No injuries were reported after an Atlas Air flight carrying more than 200 people had to return to Honolulu after experiencing engine problems Saturday evening, officials said.

The Honolulu Police Department headquarters
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A Honolulu Police Department committee said a neck restraint should be designated as a “deadly force” option in the department’s use-of-force policy.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Updated: 9/7/2020, 12:05 p.m.

The death toll at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home rose to eight today, a day after U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz called for immediate intervention by federal agencies and chastized the state and county for failing to act fast enough to control the outbreak at the Hilo nursing home.

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The drastic reduction in visitors coming to Hawaii has afforded scientists a unique opportunity to see how one of the state’s most popular natural attractions fares without a human presence.

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Sentencing has been rescheduled again in Hawaii's biggest corruption case after it was previously postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Arthur Brun mug shot on his arrest in October 2019.
Kauai Police Department

A U.S. judge on Wednesday postponed trial for 12 people accused of drug trafficking in Hawaii, over the objections of a councilman accused of leading the ring.

Big Island Video News

Updated: 9/6/2020, 12:14 p.m.

Hawaii recorded 1 more COVID-19 death today and 164 new cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest counts bring the state death toll to 85 and the total number of cases to 9,855. 

Pasifika Medical Association via AP

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Joe Williams may have been 85 years old, but when the coronavirus struck this year, the Auckland doctor worked extra hard to warn his Pacific Island patients of its dangers. His friend suggested he take a vacation, but Williams was having none of it.

Hawai‘i COVID-19 Joint Information Center

The head of Hawaii's coronavirus contact tracing program has returned to work after going on leave earlier in the week because of department confusion over the chain of command.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Law enforcement declared an unlawful assembly Friday night and arrested 27 people after protesters marched through the streets of Portland on to a police building, where officers stood waiting outside.

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MBA programs are on the rise across the country—but not in Hawaii. However, some of the changes that are taking place with business education are also happening here.