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HONOLULU — A Hawaii corruption case alleging a former police chief and his wife conspired to frame a man is now in the hands of a jury.

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Twenty candidates have made it to the first round of Democratic primary debates. Ten take the stage Wednesday night, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the center. Night 2, on Thursday, will include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has proposed to remove Ha’iku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven, citing liability risks and high security and maintenance costs. But the idea of dismantling the staircase has run into resistance from Mayor Kirk Caldwell who wants to save it.

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Noe Tanigawa

Honolulu welcomes an expected 300 mayors this week for the 87th U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Eight resolutions at the conference take aim at homelessness and housing affordability. They include one sponsored by Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who presides over one of the worst homeless situations in the country. That crisis is playing out on the streets in Kaka’ako, where major sweeps have been underway. 

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HONOLULU — The former police chief of Honolulu and his wife, a former deputy prosecutor, abused their positions in an attempt to silence a relative who could have exposed the financial fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle, a U.S. prosecutor said Tuesday.


HONOLULU — Beth Chapman, who co-starred with her husband on the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show and later spoke out against some bail reform measures as leader of a national bail agents' organization, has died.

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Updated: June 26, 4:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service maintained a flash flood watch for Kauai and Niihau Wednesday afternoon while removing Oahu in face of improving conditions.

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell vetoed one short-term rental measure and signed another that will restrict the operation of the rentals on Oahu. 

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A U.S. prosecutor says 30 Honolulu police officers conducted 24-hour surveillance on the uncle of former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha the week she claimed he stole her mailbox in 2013.

HOUSTON — The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency's stations in Texas.

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HONOLULU — A man who was involved in a terrifying 2016 skydiving accident on the same plane that crashed and killed 11 people in Hawaii on Friday says he wishes he could have done more to prevent the tragedy.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's governor will support a state bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a report said.

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Kauai tourists will need to save their change if they're planning a visit to two of the island’s most popular state parks.

Starting Friday, the state plans to charge out-of-state visitors and commercial buses fees to park at Koke’e and Waimea Canyon State Parks. Residents, however, can enter the parks for free after showing identification.

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The Honolulu medical examiner has released the identities of seven of the 11 victims in Friday night's skydiving airplane crash at Dillingham Airfield.


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Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii Governor David Ige on Monday announced he plans to veto a bill that would require short-term rental booking platforms to collect state taxes. The measure, S.B. 1292, was passed by the state Senate last month by a single vote.

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Updated: June 24, 1:02 p.m.

The Oahu emergency management agency wants residents and tourists to prepare for the possibility of heavy rains and flash floods that could begin as early as Monday afternoon. A flash flood watch remains in effect for Oahu, Kauai and Niihau from 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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For this week’s Stargazer, HPR’s Dave Lawrence and astronomer Christopher Phillips revisit a recent segment about the threat to dark skies with an update to the story…


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  HONOLULU — Federal investigators will review repair and inspection records on the skydiving plane that became inverted before crashing shortly after takeoff on Oahu's North Shore, killing all 11 people on board in the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011.

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  HONOLULU — Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker.


HILO — A memorial has been dedicated to Hawaii Island military members who died during the Korean War, a report said.

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The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he'd prefer to run for re-election against Joe Biden, suggesting that the former vice president won't be the "great candidate" Hillary Clinton was in 2016.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of decisions with two politically charged issues unresolved, whether to rein in political line-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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Casey Williamson's love of adventure led him to winter snowboarding in Vail, Colorado, and summer skydiving in Moab, Utah. A year-and-a-half ago, he found his way to Hawaii, where he could skydive year-round.

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  WASHINGTON  — Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say.

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BATH, Maine — A Hawaii delegation brought a tropical flair to a state known for cold weather as a Navy destroyer bearing the name of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye was christened Saturday at Bath Iron Works.

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Updated: June 23, 4:22 p.m.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner determined 10 men and one woman died Friday night at Dillingham Airfield, all the result of multiple blunt trauma injuries caused by the crash of a skydivers airplane. Official identities of the victims may be released starting Monday, the medical examiner said through a city spokeman Sunday afternoon.

9 Reported Dead In Crash Near Dillingham Airfield

Jun 21, 2019
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Updated: June 21, 9:20 p.m.

Nine people perished in a crash of a King Air twin-engine plane near Dillingham Airfield, state transportation officials said on Twitter Friday.

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HONG KONG — Protesters in Hong Kong ended their overnight siege of police headquarters peacefully Saturday, disappointed that their demands for the territory's leader to formally withdraw a contentious extradition bill and police to apologize for heavy handed tactics have gone unmet.

By daybreak, police had cleared the streets of barriers set up by protesters to snarl traffic in the Asian financial center, and only a few groups in the mostly youthful crowd remained. Many slept outside the legislature.

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WASHINGTON — It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon.