Thursday, March 26, 2015         

Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside. Story »

A man has been fired from his job as a "hospitality ambassador" in Berkeley after video surfaced that appears to show him beating up a homeless man. Story »

The Kauai Fire Department rescued 32 stranded hikers from the Kalalau trail Wednesday after rising waters made Hanakapiai Stream too dangerous to cross. Story »

 Tourism numbers miss HTA goals
It looks like 2015 tourism is off to a slow start, with arrivals and spending below targets. Although visitor arrivals came back in February, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Wednesday that total visitor spending continued trending down, dropping by 4.3 percent from a year ago to $1.2 billion. Average daily spending also dropped by 6.4 percent to $194 per person. Story »
Woman charged with damaging vehicle while trying to ram people

A 26-year-old Waipahu woman was charged Wednesday with damaging a vehicle while trying to ram a group of people in Waimanalo.

Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

New Google CFO gets $70M pay package

Ruth Porat, Google's new chief financial officer, is joining a company that has more than 50,000 employees and is one of the most valuable corporations in the world.

Study: 3 drinks a day causes liver cancer, but coffee protects

An international panel that has determined exactly how much alcohol it takes to cause liver cancer.

Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't a hoax, boyfriend was drugged

The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

More residents are packing up and leaving Oahu

More people left Oahu between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, than moved in, but births made up the difference and nudged the island's population closer to 1 million, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

Hawaii surfer nominated for ride of the year award

Hawaii surfer Shane Dorian is nominated twice for the Billabong Ride of the Year Award for waves off Jaws on Maui and at Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

TGIF A Tony Award nominee helps keep “South Pacific” relevant with her dark portrayal of Bloody Mary. Story »

The University of Hawaii introduced David Matlin as its new athletic director on March 25. Video by Brian McInnis. More Videos »
 House plan to audit rail advances
A House resolution that would call for a state audit of Oahu's cash-strapped rail project is gaining momentum. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 181. Story »
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday proposed to expand the focus of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to include all the marine species within its boundaries. Story »

 On the Scene: ‘Footloose’ kicks it at Castle
John Berger’s On the Scene photos run throughout the week. Contact him at jberger@star­adver­tiser.com. Story »
 Our View: Let state pursue SNAP eligibles
People in Hawaii who are eligible for food stamps should be encouraged to sign up for the benefit, which is funded by federal taxpayers to help impoverished people afford nutritious food. Story »
 It's time for aloha and support, says Amemiya
Keith Amemiya said he will "move forward" from the disappointment of not being named the University of Hawaii's athletic director. Story »
Benjy Taylor still likes his chances. David Matlin's hiring as the new Hawaii athletic director on Wednesday did nothing to dampen Taylor's enthusiasm that he can be the long-term men's basketball coach in Manoa. Story »

 Hawaii's Backyard: Maui museum pays tribute to Makawao's history
Although the Makawao History Museum measures just 353 square feet — the size of an average living room — it covers several decades of Upcountry Maui history. Story »
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Miranda Lumsden, 43, a single mother of four, had never protested against anything before the Irish government introduced new water fees last summer. Story »

Call it the revenge of the nerds, Washington-style. The gun-toting FBI agent and the swashbuckling CIA undercover officer are being increasingly called upon to share their clout, their budgets and even their Hollywood glamour with the humble, desk-bound intelligence analyst. Story »


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