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The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

FAA Confirms Helicopter Pilot Lacked Instrument Rating

Jan 2, 2020
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The helicopter pilot who was killed with six passengers last month while on a tour of Kauai's coastline did not have an instrument rating, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman confirmed Thursday.

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BAGHDAD — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces, but U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further violence.

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KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii transportation officials requested $90 million in special funds and revenue bonds to help pay the cost of extending Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

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Revelers around the globe including those in Hawaii bid farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump.

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Hawaiian Telcom painted over an unauthorized mural on one of its buildings by renowned marine artist Robert Wyland.

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The National Weather Service is changing the way it sends out some cell phone alerts, with the goal of better capturing users’ attention.

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NEW YORK — Revelers danced, celebrated, shouted — and waited — in Times Square on Tuesday for the dawn of the New Year.

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A Hawaii tour helicopter that crashed and killed all seven people on board hit a ridge at an altitude of 2,900 feet (883 meters) then fell about 100 feet (30 meters), the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as investigators planned how to recover the wreckage from the remote and rugged crash site.

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TOKYO — Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday from Lebanon that he was not fleeing justice but instead left Japan to avoid “injustice and political persecution” over financial misconduct allegations during his tenure leading the automaker.

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WAILUKU — Hawaii officials want to deploy a wasp throughout the state to combat another type of wasp that threatens a species of native trees.

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The state now owns nearly 4,000 acres of native forest on Oʻahu's North Shore with the purchase of land stretching from the Koʻolau summit to the middle of the Waimea Valley.

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In the wake of the deadly Kauai helicopter crash last week, U.S. Congressman Ed Case has again called for stricter regulation of tour helicopters and small planes. But he acknowledges federal regulators may prove an obstacle.

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The state is suspending its performance review of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs after OHA’s board of trustees refused to release records to the auditors.

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WASHINGTON — As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.”

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Five percent of Hawaiʻi's population came from the mainland or abroad between 2013 and 2017 but the state continues to see a declining population overall.

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All plastic bags, including compostable ones, will be banned in Oahu stores beginning in 2020, and that's just the start of the city's coming restrictions on plastics.

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Honolulu authorities say a pilot mobile homeless center program has seen success after launching multiple inflatable tents at a park on Oahu.

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The U.S. Navy has started planning the construction of the first new dry dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard since World War II, officials said.

The Navy is also considering the creation of a floating dry dock to help maintain its Pacific-based submarine fleet, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

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Updated: Dec. 29, 6:22 a.m.

HONOLULU -- Tour helicopter operations in Hawaii have come under increased scrutiny after the deadly crash Thursday, one of several recent accidents in the state, with a congressman calling the trips unsafe and lacking proper oversight.

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HILO — Puna Geothermal Venture hopes to finish reconstruction of its facility this year after the eruption of a Hawaii volcano shut down its operation, the company said.

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HONOLULU — A restoration of the iconic Wo Fat Building could serve as a catalyst in a makeover of Honolulu's Chinatown, developers said.

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Updated: Dec. 27, 5:40 p.m.

HONOLULU — The remains of six people have been found after a helicopter on a tour of one of the most rugged and remote coastlines in Hawaii crashed at the top of a mountain on the island of Kauai, authorities said.

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HILO — The Hawaii Police Department has gone $3 million over budget primarily because of the necessity of an increased police presence near the site of demonstrations at the Mauna Kea Access Road, an official said.

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Hawaii is gaining doctors, but not enough to keep up with the patient demand, according to a University of Hawaii report on the state’s continuing physician shortage.

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Honolulu officials have received 40 complaints of suspected illegal short-term rentals this week, most of them in Kailua.

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2019 has been a very strong year for the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 17%. And the broader S&P 500 is even higher — up more than 26% at Monday’s close. We’re taking a look at how some local publicly-held companies have done this year.

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Updated: Dec. 7:57 p.m.

The National Weather Service canceled a flood advisory for Oahu on Wednesday after heavy but short-lived rains passed to the east. A weakening front is expected to move over Maui tonight then dissipate as it shifts to the Big Island later in the week.

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Two candidates running for Tulsi Gabbard's congressional seat are calling for her to do a better job in Congress. This comes a week after Gabbard voted "present" during the House impeachment decision.

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Updated: Dec. 26, 2:15 p.m.

Hawaii County is temporarily closing the Mauna Kea Access Road on Hawaii Island until Saturday as the road is cleared and made completely accessible to the public, Mayor Harry Kim announced Thursday. This follows a morning when public traffic was flowing around protestersʻ tents on the road.