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Democrats spar at debate over how to beat Trump

Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard go at it again By BILL BARROW, WILL WEISSERT and JILL COLVIN The Associated Press ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning ...

New marine life forming near Kilauea

HONOLULU (AP) — New marine life has formed in pools at a black sand beach created by the Kilauea volcano eruption, according to researchers in Hawaii. Hawaiian red shrimp are beginning to thrive at the site of a former boat ramp on Hawaii island’s Pohoiki shoreline, Hawaii Public Radio ...

Telescope protest inspires Native Hawaiian activism

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press KAHUKU, Oahu — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore. Under the tent, protesters come and go. Some of them keep guard overnight, and some stop by to wave at ...

Honolulu council and mayor OK $214M for rail project

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council and Mayor Kirk Caldwell have approved a $214 million spending bill for the city rail project, officials said. The bill approves an annual maximum of $26 million toward the $9.2 billion project for rail service from East Kapolei to Ala Moana, The ...

Officials warn mail voting won’t mean faster results

Hawaii is the fourth state to shift to all-mail elections By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Elections officials warned Wednesday that shifting to voting by mail won’t mean that Hawaii election results will be available sooner. “The ability to get final results ...

Doctor’s employees plead guilty to opioid charges

HILO (AP) — Two former employees of a Big Island physician’s office that was raided for illegal distribution of prescription opioid painkillers have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the women were employees of Dr. Ernest Bade, whose Hilo ...

New homeless shelter near capacity

HILO (AP) — The newest homeless shelter on the Big Island has reached near capacity weeks after opening, Hawaii housing officials said. The emergency shelter Keolahou is 88 percent full after the first phase of renovations, Hawaii News Now reported Friday. Completed construction opened 25 ...

State / In Brief

The Associated Press Space squadron to operate from Kauai LIHUE — The U.S. Air Force has approved a naval facility and airport as the preferred alternative site for a technical squadron tasked with monitoring satellites in support of the national security space mission. The Space ...

Man found dead after falling into lava tube

HILO (AP) — Hawaii police say a 71-year-old man who had been missing for several days was found dead in an underground tube formed by lava. Police say it appears Robert Hisashi Nishimoto accidentally fell into the tube through a soft area on his property in Hilo on the Big Island. Lava ...

Gabbard’s denials don’t ease Dems’ fears

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI The Associated Press Tulsi Gabbard keeps making her fellow Democrats nervous. The Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. She wrote for the conservative-leaning editorial pages of The Wall Street ...

Hawaii may subpoena Airbnb for tax records of rental hosts

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that Hawaii tax authorities may subpoena Airbnb for records of its hosts as the state investigates whether operators of vacation rentals have been paying their taxes. First Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe approved the subpoena after a brief hearing. ...

Airbnb agrees to provide host records to state

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes. Airbnb and the state Department of Taxation reached the ...

Texts link suspected murder accomplices

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A man killed by Big Island police after shooting and killing an officer had a loyal group of friends who helped him elude capture for three days, prosecutors said. Three of those people are on trial together, accused of aiding Justin Waiki. Police say Waiki ...

Scientists: People getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals

NOAA recommends staying 50 feet away from seals on shore HONOLULU (AP) — Photos posted on social media indicate the public has been getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species protected by federal and state law, government researchers said in a new ...

Native Hawaiian heiress faces court test to control millions

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A 93-year-old heiress doesn’t need a guardian to take care of her, but a hearing will be held to determine whether she needs a conservator to oversee her $215 million trust, a judge ruled Friday in an ongoing battle over her ...

Gabbard announcement opens House race to more candidates

By AUDREY McAVOY The Associated Press HONOLULU — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii doubled down on her long-shot presidential campaign, announcing she wouldn’t also run for reelection in her congressional district where a state senator is mounting a spirited push to take her ...

Ex-Honolulu police chief, estranged wife plead guilty

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU — A retired Honolulu police chief and his wife, a former deputy city prosecutor, pleaded guilty Tuesday to bank fraud in order to avoid other trials against them, capping a federal corruption investigation that brought down the ...

State/In Brief

The Associated Press More wind farm protesters arrested KAHUKU, Hawaii — More protesters opposed to a wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore have been arrested. Dozens of protesters trying to block equipment from getting to the construction site were arrested Sunday night and Monday ...

Researchers find 2nd warship from WWII Battle of Midway

Vessel is sitting in a pile of debris By CALEB JONES The Associated Press MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic ...

Tide top Vols after Tagovailoa injury

Saint Louis grad has surgery on ankle, to miss at least 1 game By JOHN ZENOR The Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama leaned on the old formula once quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with an ankle injury: big defensive plays and running the ball. The top-ranked Crimson ...