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The Associated Press Bill to cover air ambulances floated HONOLULU — A proposed law in the state Legislature would require insurance companies to cover air ambulance rides to the Mainland for critical procedures not offered in Hawaii. The measure would take the burden off families ...

30% of prison guards out sick Sunday

Phenomenon remains an annual problem for state during Super Bowl HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly 30 percent of Hawaii’s prison guards called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday, state officials said. Officials said Wednesday that while fewer guards took sick leave this year than in the past two ...

Bill would tighten state oversight on home schooling

HONOLULU (AP) — Some state lawmakers have called for more oversight of families who home-school their children. The push comes in wake of the child abuse death of 9-year-old Shaelynn Lehano, Hawaii News Now reported Monday. Democrat state Sen. Kaialii Kahele of Hilo introduced a bill that ...

State EMA worker threatened after misleading photo

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state’s emergency management agency office where he works as an ...

AG takes on new role

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorney General Doug Chin, who led the state’s legal opposition to the Trump administration’s travel ban, will have a new job in state government. Chin announced Friday he will accept the position of lieutenant governor, replacing Shan Tsutsui, who resigned this ...

Authorities to help remove Coco Palms property occupiers

LIHUE (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety said it will help remove a group of people who are occupying the Coco Palms property on Kauai. The deadline for activists to vacate the land was Jan. 29, but the occupiers remained on site as recently as Tuesday, Hawaii News Now ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press FBI called in to police investigation HONOLULU — The FBI is investigating four Honolulu police officers who are accused of forcing a man to place his mouth on a urinal inside a public restroom, according to the police department’s top official. Honolulu Police ...

Man says he’s devastated he sent missile alert

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — A former Hawaii state worker who sent a false missile alert last month said Friday he’s devastated about causing panic but was “100 percent sure” at the time that the attack was real. The man in his 50s spoke to reporters ...

‘Last Hawaiian princess’ mired in legal fight

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, The Associated Press HONOLULU — Every day, tourists flock to a downtown Honolulu palace for a glimpse of the way Hawaii’s royal family lived, marveling at its gilded furniture, lavish throne room and grand staircase made from prized koa wood. But few know ...

Missile defense test failed intercept

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says a missile interceptor failed to hit its target in a test conducted in Hawaii on Wednesday. The official was not authorized to discuss the outcome and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said test data is being analyzed to determine why the ...

Tick tock of terror: New details in Hawaii missile timeline

HONOLULU (AP) — The missile alert mistakenly sent on Jan. 13 by Hawaii officials came just a few minutes after a shift change at state Emergency Operations Center in Diamond Head Crater. Here’s a timeline of what happened: 8:05 a.m. — The midnight shift supervisor started a no-notice ...

Partial list of winners in top categories at the Grammys

The Associated Press • Album of the year: “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars. • Record of the year: “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars. • Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “That’s What I Like.” •  Best new artist: Alessia Cara. • Best pop solo performance: “Shape of You,” Ed ...

Bruno Mars sweeps the Grammys, winning top album, song

By MESFIN FEKADU The Associated Press NEW YORK — Bruno Mars went six for six at the Grammys, winning all of the awards he was nominated for with his energetic and upbeat 90s-inspired R&B album. Mars won album of the year for “24K Magic,” record of the year for the title track, and ...

Workers picket Hawaii hotel after concierge jobs were outsourced

HONOLULU (AP) — Hotel workers and members of a hospitality industry union were picketing a Honolulu hotel after it recently outsourced its concierge desks. The dozens of workers and members of the Local 5 union were demonstrating at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach on Friday after ...

Unsealed documents: Soldier obsessed with terrorism videos

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A Hawaii-based Army soldier was obsessed with videos depicting terrorism beheadings, suicide bombings and other violence and he watched them in his bedroom for hours every day, a confidential informant told agents who put a tracking ...

Official: Worker who sent attack alert uncooperative

By AUDREY McAVOY, The Associated Press HONOLULU — The state employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack has refused to cooperate with federal and state investigators, officials said Thursday. Lisa Fowlkes, head of the Federal Communications Commission Public ...

Two sacred Torah scrolls stolen from synagogue

HONOLULU (AP) — Two sacred Torah scrolls have been stolen from a Jewish synagogue in Honolulu. The Sanctuary at Chabad of Hawaii said the scrolls were stolen either Saturday or Sunday. The synagogue is offering $5,000 for the safe return of the scrolls. They are handwritten copies of the ...

Hawaii wants to find out which phones didn’t get false alarm

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii disaster response officials say they are trying to figure out which cellphones didn’t receive an alert an employee mistakenly sent warning of a missile attack. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Operations Chief Victor Gustafson told state lawmakers on Wednesday the ...

Hawaii alliance calls for shift in approach to homelessness

HONOLULU (AP) — An alliance of Hawaii service providers renewed the debate over whether clearing homeless encampments convinces homeless people to seek shelter. The consortium Partners in Care wants money spent on enforcement to be redirected to housing as well as mental health and drug ...