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Court orders state agency to follow water heater mandate

HILO (AP) — A Hawaii court has ordered the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to follow the state law that requires all new single-family homes to have solar water heaters. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled this week that the law ...

Judge denies state’s move to get Airbnb host records

HONOLULU — A judge denied Hawaii’s move Thursday to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes. State 1st Circuit Court Judge James Ashford said the state did not sufficiently ...

Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83

Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. Robinson, the only player to ...

East contenders make moves, Davis has to wait

Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday before the NBA trade ...

Must See: The comic brilliance of Tomas Kubinek

ONE-MAN SHOW IS A STUDY IN VINTAGE VAUDEVILLE AND MASTERFUL WHIMSY Czech performer Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show has been aptley described as “equal parts old-time clowning and Monty Pythonesque silliness.” Appropriate for all ages, the peformance is a collision of theater, music hall ...

Army aims for more combat-ready troops with new fitness test

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army soldiers struggle to haul heavy sleds backward as fast as they can down a grassy field at Fort Bragg, filling the brisk North Carolina morning air with grunts of exertion and the shouts of instruction from their coaches. Watching from the sidelines, Sgt. Maj. Harold ...

Financial watchdog to gut most payday lending rules

NEW YORK — The nation’s federal financial watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to abolish most of its critical consumer protections governing payday lenders. The move is a major win for the payday lending industry, which argued the government’s regulations could kill off a large chunk ...

Users of Honolulu hygiene center increase over month

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of homeless people using a hygiene center in Honolulu has steadily increased over the nearly month it has been in operation. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports daily users of the Punawai Rest Stop have grown from eight people recorded on the facility’s first ...

Kauai resort employees amend lawsuit over locker room videos

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Female employees of a Kauai resort have added claims of sexual harassment and retaliation to their class-action lawsuit filed after a male co-worker was accused of recording women in the employee locker room. Attorneys for the employees have filed an amended complaint ...

Big Island man gets 20-year sentence for rape, kidnapping

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — A Big Island man convicted in the 2016 rape of a woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. Samuel Latrik, 19, was sentenced Monday in 3rd Circuit Court after pleading guilty in November to charges that included sexual assault, assault and kidnapping, West Hawaii ...

Slew of changes being discussed by Major League Baseball, players

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and its players are discussing bold changes to spark the sport that include a three-batter minimum before a pitching change except at the start of an inning, a single trade deadline set before the All-Star break and expanded rosters. The union renewed its ...

Harden hits eight 3-pointers, extends scoring streak as Rockets beat Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are finding their rhythm at the right time. Looks as if some help is on the way, too. Harden made eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Houston beat the Sacramento Kings 127-101 on Wednesday. “We played very, very ...

Trump calls for end of resistance politics in State of Union

WASHINGTON — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that “ridiculous partisan investigations” into his administration and ...

Hawaii: Airbnb has acknowledged hosts not paying all taxes

HONOLULU — A judge should compel Airbnb to hand over 10 years of receipts and other documents from its hosts to the state of Hawaii in part because the home-sharing platform has acknowledged that the hosts aren’t fully complying with state tax laws, a court filing said. Hawaii’s ...

Sandusky denied retrial, but gets new sentencing

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Seven years after Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child molestation and sentenced to decades behind bars, an appeals court has ordered a resentencing hearing for the former Penn State assistant football coach whose crimes have cost the university a fortune and triggered ...

‘Go for No. 7’: Boston celebrates Patriots’ latest Super Bowl title

BOSTON — With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild ...

Pacers hand James worst loss of career

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers have suddenly found a new winning combination. Not even LeBron James could slow it down Tuesday. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and the Pacers tied an NBA franchise record by making 19 3-pointers in a 136-94 rout over the Los Angeles Lakers — the ...

Wall needs Achilles surgery, likely to miss another year

WASHINGTON — Already done for this season after one operation, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now will miss most — if not all — of next season, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home. Wizards team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said ...

State of the Union is ultimate security challenge

WASHINGTON — It’s one of the most sensitive security challenges in America: The State of the Union address puts the president, his Cabinet, members of Congress, military leaders, top diplomats and Supreme Court justices all in the same place at the same time for all the world to ...