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September 5, 2012
The Associated Press

Diver recounts shark encounter

WAIANAE, Oahu - A Hawaii diver said he's going to wait a few weeks before braving Yokohama Bay again after a close encounter with a 13-foot tiger shark.

Bite marks on Cheyne Settlemire's buoy after a Labor Day weekend spearfishing dive at the Waianae Coast beach are reminders he's lucky to be alive. He recounted to reporters Monday the previous morning's scare with the shark as wide as a refrigerator that swam in a circle around him.

The 27-year-old tried to scare the shark away by shooting at him with his spear gun. He then swam to shore and called for help.


Hawaii improves in reading, math tests

HONOLULU - Newly released data show an increase in reading and math proficiency among Hawaii's schoolchildren.

The Hawaii State Assessment data show 9 percent of students tested "well below" in reading, down from 11 percent in the 2010-11 school year. Sixteen percent tested well below, down 2 percentage points from the previous year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that all but 10th-graders saw the percentage of students exceeding reading standards grow in 2012, while all grades saw the percentage of students in the "exceeds" category in math increase.

The test was administered to 96,000 public school students in 2011-12 school year. Children in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 took the exam from October to May.


Man admits groping woman on flight

HONOLULU - A 21-year-old man is pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for groping a woman sitting next to him on a flight from Manila to Honolulu last month.

Luavalu Seuvaai entered his plea in federal court Wednesday. He will be sentenced Dec. 4. He faces up to six months in jail. Seuvaai told U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang that he touched the woman's breast without her permission.



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