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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. 

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Prosecutors pursuing a third trial against a federal agent for a fatal 2011 shooting in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant plan to take their quest to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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A private research vessel owned by the estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen rescued the University of Hawaii's $2.5 million undersea research drone in August. The drone had broken its tether and was lost on the ocean floor for 40 days.

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King tides, high winds, and possible heavy rains will impact most of the state over the next several days.

Former Hawaii Gov. and Congressman Neil Abercrombie called Monday for U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s resignation.

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Consumers across the country are expected to spend more than $727 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. But for tens of thousands of Hawaiʻi residents without a bank account, shopping means high-interest loans, prepaid cards with fees, and sometimes a continuing cycle of debt.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Donald Trump has signed a measure that extends federal grant programs aimed at preserving indigenous languages and expands eligibility so more tribes can participate.

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New U.S. Navy contracting terms have resulted in a pullout by a major contractor that is expected to result in the loss of hundreds of jobs at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, officials said.

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Hawaii Congressman Ed Case wants amendments to the Jones Act, the maritime shipping law that requires only American-owned and built ships transport cargo between the U.S mainland and Hawaii as well as other American territories and states.

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A free textbook program at the University of Hawaii's community colleges has saved students more than $3.4 million since 2015, officials say. Commons / Released into the public domain

WAILUKU — Officials on Maui have launched a wellness mobile app for police officers to help them deal with the stress of the job.

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PERTH, Australia — Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.

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Updated: Dec. 22, 7:35 a.m.

The Honolulu City Lights displays and Honolulu Zoo reopen Sunday after they were closed earlier because of windy conditions. The National Weather Service's wind and high surf advisories continue in effect for parts of the state.

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WAILUKU— A World Surf League competition has drawn complaints of trespassing, blocked roads and parking overflow from Maui residents.

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The founder of the Partners in Development Foundation is stepping down. And he’s leaving behind a 20-million-dollar nonprofit that has become essential.