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Federal officials have denied the state’s request to close the H-3 Freeway to hold surge testing for COVID-19. 

The Trump administration says the U.S. will not participate in a global push to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, in part because the effort is led by the World Health Organization, which the White House describes as "corrupt" and has accused of initially aiding China in covering up the scope of the pandemic.

Update at 4:30 p.m. ET: White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah responded to NPR's request for comment on Elizabeth Neumann's charges that the White House has not addressed the threat of domestic extremism, particularly what Neumann referred to as "right-wing extremism."

In an email, Farah dismissed Neumann's concerns as those of a "disgruntled employee."

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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim says further restrictions are not the answer in stopping a surge of COVID-19 cases and community spread on the Big Island.

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Locations around the world continue to adjust their policies to halt the spread of the coronavirus. This week, South Korea has again tightened restrictions on movement — while targeting younger adults.

Walmart is officially launching a new rival to Amazon Prime: an annual membership service giving shoppers free delivery of groceries and other perks.

Walmart+ will cost $98 a year or $12.95 a month. Its offer centers on free delivery of food and other items from nearby stores "as fast as same-day." Other perks, which the company expects to expand, include a discount on gas at the company's stations and the ability to pay by mobile phone to skip checkout lines at stores.

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Updated: 9/1/2020, 12:08 p.m.

 

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Hawaii recorded four more deaths today and 181 new COVID-19 cases, the state Department of Health reported. The latest numbers bring the death toll to 74 and total number of cases to 8,653. 

A group of 52 Black former McDonald's franchisees is accusing the fast-food giant of discrimination, alleging they were "denied equal opportunity to economic success" compared to their white peers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents lack the training to take over the initial processing of asylum claims, a federal judge wrote in a ruling filed Monday.

For nearly 20 years, officers from Citizenship and Immigration Services have conducted all interviews with asylum-seekers and made what are called "credible fear determinations" for those who arrive at the nation's borders while fleeing to the U.S. to escape persecution.

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State Health Director Bruce Anderson and Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring by the end of September. Both came under heavy criticism for what some saw as their inadequate response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases statewide and in the prison system.

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For Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and Christopher Phillips discuss the latest on the Starlink satellite controversy, which has caused concern for a number of astronomers and observatories.

  

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Washington declined Monday to order the dismissal of the Michael Flynn prosecution, permitting a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department's request to dismiss its case against President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

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Chances are it will be some time before a lot of people come to Hawaii on airplanes. But in the next stage of air travel in the age of COVID-19, customers will be looking for some new developments. And a couple of companies in Asia are working on it.

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Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings appeared for the first time on an Oahu beach owned by the U.S. military, which wildlife experts believe may be partly a result of the coronavirus.

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Updated: 8/31/2020, 1:35 p.m.

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Hawaii had its deadliest day today with 7 deaths reported by the state Department of Health. New cases totaled 133. The latest numbers bring the death toll to 70 and total number of cases to 8,472. 

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Local governments in Hawaii have not yet faced the acute budget woes being felt at the state level. That may change if more local businesses are forced to close.

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Auliʻi Cravalho’s life changed forever at age 14 when she was cast as the voice of Disney’s “Moana.” The Hawaiian native loved singing and acting, but they were just hobbies to her. So were horseback riding, swimming and microbiology, for that matter. A career in Hollywood seemed implausible at best.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — No nation is too small or too distant from Washington, it seems, to be excluded from the Trump administration’s campaign to counter China’s efforts to supplant America as the dominant Pacific power.

Evidence of this is Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s decision to fly nearly halfway around the world partly so he can spend several hours in Palau, a Pacific archipelago of barely 20,000 people southeast of the Philippines.

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Updated: 8/30/2020, 12:05 p.m.

  

Hawaii Department of Health today reported 1 death and 200 new cases of COVID-19. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,339 and deaths to 63.

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Bar exam applicants in Hawaii have been granted more time to decide whether to take the in-person exam or defer the test to a later date with no additional fee after concerns over the coronavirus.

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HAGATNA, Guam — Guam's governor has signed a law cancelling this week's primary election in the U.S. territory because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated: 8/29/2020, 4:30 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported three more deaths and 310 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 8,139 and deaths to 62. Of the new cases, 263 are on Oahu, 39 on Hawaii Island, 7 in Maui County and 1 on Kauai.

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SAN FRANCISCO — California wildfires were slowly being corralled Friday as cooler, humid weather and reinforcements aided firefighters and tens of thousands of people were allowed back home after days of death and destruction.

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The Hawaii Department of Health is disputing a state auditor report that said health officials did not provide timely information on its coronavirus contact tracing program.

The report, released Wednesday, says the auditor’s office “encountered barriers, delays, and ultimately were denied access to those responsible for leading the department’s contact tracing.”

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Several local companies, hospitals and schools are part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19. One technology company that’s deeply involved is Oceanit. 

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Higher education is just one of the state functions about to be hit by budget shortfalls. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents is raising alarms about a nearly $100 million expected loss in revenue, possibly starting this November.  One critical piece of information is still needed for detailed planning. 

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Restaurants on Oahu are now once again reduced to take out service, as part of the latest “Stay at Home” order. But a major city in the Asia Pacific is now letting restaurants stay open a bit longer than before.

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Updated: 8/28/2020, 12:15 p.m.

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Hawaii Department of Health today reported four more deaths and 265 new cases. The latest case count brings the state's total to 7,830 and deaths to 59.

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Hurricane Laura tore through a region that is home to dozens of major oil refineries, petrochemical plants and plastics facilities. Now, residents could be breathing dangerously polluted air from those sites, public health experts and local advocates say.

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Oʻahu is under a lockdown for the next two weeks because of COVID-19. But discussions have already started on reopening. This time, city officials hope to learn from the mistakes that followed the first reopening.

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