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The Associated Press Man arrested after woman found dead HONOLULU — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a Waikiki hotel. Officers were called Friday to the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, where they found the 30-year-old woman dead. A 42-year-old ...

HSTA, state reach tentative agreement

HONOLULU (AP) — The union representing 13,500 Hawaii teachers announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the state on a four-year contract that will raise salaries for teachers. The Saturday announcement comes after nine months of negotiations between the state and the Hawaii State ...

3 judges to hear travel ban appeal

HONOLULU (AP) — A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge’s ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a panel of 11 ...

Former governor wants Trump to stop rail funds

HONOLULU (AP) — Former Gov. Ben Cayetano is urging President Donald Trump to end the federal government’s spending deal with Honolulu on a billion-dollar rail project. Cayetano criticized the project in an ad featured in The Washington Post on Friday. The ad was paid for by the Princess ...

Honolulu mulls allowing plugs for sponsors on city property

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council is considering a proposal to allow sponsors to promote themselves on city property and equipment. The bill by Councilwoman Kymberly Pine would allow the sponsorships. Billboards and commercial advertisements would remain banned, but the change would ...

Two more confirmed to have rat lungworm disease

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii health officials said that two more people have contracted rat lungworm disease after consuming a homemade drink contaminated with slugs. State Health Director Virginia Pressler said Wednesday that the adults on the Big Island drank ...

Lawmaker criticizes Sessions’ dis of judge

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — One of Hawaii’s Democratic lawmakers on Thursday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a “judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could stop the president’s travel ban. U.S. ...

Rappelling window washer rescued at Oahu high-rise

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu firefighters have rescued a window washer who suffered a medical emergency while rappelling down a high-rise building. Capt. David Jenkins says a woman on the ground noticed commotion from four window washers dangling at the eighth or ninth floor Friday. She alerted ...

Many still support Gabbard despite Assad comment

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Democratic U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard surprised and angered many when she questioned whether Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and sparked a U.S. attack on an air base. But ...

Report cites agency for not doing better job with boy

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii agency could have done a better job protecting a 6-year-old child who was abused and later died, an expert said in a report. The court-appointed special master, Stephen Lane, said that Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr. and his siblings were returned to their parents’ home ...

Fisherman asks state to restrict foreign licenses

HONOLULU (AP) — A Native Hawaiian fisherman is asking a state board to declare that only people who are lawfully admitted to the United States can get commercial fishing licenses. The petition was filed Wednesday in response to an Associated Press investigation that found hundreds of foreign ...

Panel asks state to prepare for N. Korea attack

HONOLULU (AP) — State lawmakers want Hawaii officials to update plans for coping with a nuclear attack as North Korea develops nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach the islands. The state House public safety committee unanimously passed a resolution Thursday. Committee Vice ...

Senate approves high-deductible plans for health insurance

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow employers to offer employees a high-deductible health insurance plan that’s paired with a savings account. High-deductible plans have not been allowed in Hawaii’s insurance market, and some say the bill approved ...

Hawaii asks full court to hear travel ban appeal

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorneys representing Hawaii in the state’s challenge to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban are asking that the full panel of a federal appeals court hear the case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case May 15. Hawaii’s request, ...

State / In Brief

Man pleads guilty in fireworks accident HONOLULU — A project manager of a company accused of mishandling fireworks that led to a deadly 2011 Hawaii explosion has pleaded guilty. Carlton Finley pleaded guilty Friday to improperly storing explosives. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors ...

Hawaii LGBT couples seek equal access to fertility treatment

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — Sean Smith and his husband paid more than $20,000 for a fertility procedure when they decided to have a child using a surrogate mother. They did not know at the time that if they were a heterosexual couple they might have saved that ...

Bill would criminalize trespassing on state lands

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ The Associated Press HONOLULU — The Hawaii House of Representatives approved a bill to make it a crime to trespass on all state lands despite concerns it could harm homeless people, cultural practitioners, protesters and hikers. Critics said the bill passed Thursday ...

Pearl Harbor nonprofit CEO put on paid leave

HONOLULU (AP) — The CEO of a nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service’s operations in Pearl Harbor has been suspended while the group’s board investigates allegations made in an anonymous letter. Pacific Historic Parks Board of Directors member and spokesman Jim ...

Lawmakers weigh tighter DUI rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii drivers arrested on a repeat DUI offense would have to agree to stop drinking alcohol for at least 90 days and wear an ankle bracelet if they want to be released from jail on bail under a bill being considered in the Legislature. The bill also requires DUI offenders to ...

Housing advocates build tiny home at Capitol

HONOLULU (AP) — Affordable housing advocates have erected a small home on the grounds of the Hawaii state Capitol. The 400-square-foot studio was built there to showcase the growing interest in units that can be built alongside existing homes. Supporters see the units as a way to increase ...