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May 27, 2012
The Associated Press

Ailing cruise passenger evacuated off Big Island

HONOLULU - A Coast Guard helicopter evacuated a woman suffering from pneumonia from a cruise ship to a hospital on the Big Island.

The Coast Guard says in a statement that it was notified of the woman's condition Thursday and carried out the evacuation Friday, when the cruise ship The World was about 90 miles southwest of Kona.

The World was originally en route to Honolulu but diverted to the Big Island to conduct the evacuation.


Honolulu man charged in homemade bomb plot

HONOLULU - FBI agents have arrested a man suspected of leaving a homemade bomb at a Honolulu home where he apparently had a grudge against a resident.

Patrick Lopes, 45, was arrested Wednesday on charges of possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying an explosive during commission of a felony. FBI spokesman Tom Simon said that the arrest led to closing Chinatown streets near Lopes' rooming house while agents searched for other possible explosives.

A criminal complaint says Lopes left an improvised explosive device at a Kaimuki home in March because of a grudge against a resident. The resident found the unexploded bomb near the home's gas line.

Agents tracked down Lopes through a receipt for materials used to make the device.


Report: Honolulu traffic the worst in the country

HONOLULU - Honolulu has surpassed Los Angeles as having the worst traffic in the country.

That's according to a report released Tuesday by INRIX, a Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic research firm, analyzing the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas in 2011.

Honolulu is No. 1 on the list, with drivers wasting 58 hours in traffic in 2011. The report says the worst time to be on Honolulu roads is Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Los Angeles drivers spent 56 hours in traffic.

In 2010, Honolulu ranked second behind Los Angeles.



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