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L&L runs beach park concessions

By Star-Advertiser staff
The City and County of Hono­lulu has chosen L&L Hawaiian Barbecue to operate food concessions at Ala Moana Beach Park, beginning with the stand near Magic Island.

Slumping market sucks money from China's richest

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2015
The worst monthly slump in Chinese stocks in two years wiped away more than $34 billion in combined net worth of the richest people in China and Hong Kong in June.

Health insurer Aetna to buy Humana for $35B

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 4, 2015
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

Artisans’ wares use reclaimed materials

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Artisans’ wares use reclaimed materials • Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.08% • U.S. to punish automaker over recall lapses • FDA approves costly cystic fibrosis drug • • Sizable stock holdings by justices revealed • Tesla delivers record number of cars • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

Maui Brewing taking Jimmy Buffett’s spot

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Kaiser Permanente will open clinic in Lihue • Maui Brewing taking Jimmy Buffett’s spot • Big Isle burger called among best in U.S. • Auto celebrity to speak at gathering • July 4 holiday promises to be lucrative • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

Loans available for residential PV systems

By Star-Advertiser staff
Treetops opening for lunch, dinner buffets • Home prices increased 4.9 percent in April • U.S. consumers gaining more confidence; and more

Gannett splits print, TV

By Associated Press
Gannett has completed the split of its print and broadcasting divisions into separate companies.

Japanese cash in on jewels acquired during boom years

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Diamonds aren’t necessarily forever. At least not in Japan, where jewelry owners are unloading unwanted jewels for cash at a record pace and shipping them off to buyers in China and India.

Milestone reached in move toward more diverse America

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 28, 2015
Racial and ethnic minorities now surpass non-Hispanic whites as the largest group of American children under 5 years old, the Census Bureau said last week.

Firm poised to swap Arctic offshore oil rigs

By Star-Advertiser staff
Ford truck brake part under federal review • New technology emerges at CE Week show • Uber stands firm amid French crackdown; and more

Tenants lining up at Aloha Tower complex

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Tenants lining up at Aloha Tower complex • Affordable units at Kalaeloa open Tuesday • Board urges PUC to approve solar projects • Average rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 4.02% • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

HECO to dedicate Wahiawa car charger

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Strong economy, cheap gas forecast to spur holiday travel • Greece bailout talks stall over reforms • European deal creates U.S. grocery giant • Congress set to let trade guarantor lapse • Ikea in U.S. again raising minimum wage • Report says IRS employing tax scofflaws • Dutch court orders greenhouse gases cut • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

Lions Clubs headed to Oahu for convention

By Star-Advertiser staff
Maui named top U.S. vacation destination • Delta Air Lines pilots to vote on contract • Facebook beats Walmart on stock market • May new-home sales increased 2.2%

Oahu electrical bills to be smaller in July

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Meeting set for North Shore wind project • Plastic surgery business has new location • Beach association elects its directors; and more

GM partners with Isuzu on trucks

By Associated Press
TOKYO >> Detroit-based General Motors Co. is expanding its partnership with Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors by collaborating in the U.S. and marking GM’s return to the medium-duty truck business.

FAA approval allows drone testing for insurance claims

By Tribune News Service
Allstate said last week that it is one step closer to using drones to assess damage after catastrophes.

Companies boost mobile payment services

By Star-Advertiser staff
Austerity measures see success in Europe • Unemployment increases in 25 states • All Nippon Airways begins Houston flights; and more

Applications for jobless aid fell last week

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Applications for jobless aid fell last week • Average rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 4 percent • Fitbit’s IPO beats expectations on the NYSE • Cost of gas raises consumer price index • Trade deficit hit $113.3B in first quarter • Economic health predictor up 0.7% in May • Manufacturing grows in Philadelphia area • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

State tells P.B.C. Productions to halt operations

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
State tells P.B.C. Productions to halt operations • Pasha Hawaii adds L.A.-to-Oahu trips • Honolulu is No. 2 for expensive travel • Hawaii ranks No. 30 in survey of states' car-repair costs • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

Castle adds Kanaloa at Kona to its stable

By Star-Advertiser staff
Home building dropped 11.1% in May • Toyota adds 1.4M vehicles to air bag recall • Ex-AIG CEO still wants damages in bailout; and more

Pineapple Grill pays $113K in back wages

By Star-Advertiser staff
Pacific Rim Bank shareholders OK deal • Teen auto insurance in isles the cheapest • Free rides available for blood donors; and more

Hackers thwart privacy tools

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Chinese hackers have found a way around widely used privacy technology to target the creators and readers of Web content that state censors have deemed hostile, according to new research.

Passenger airplanes are expected to double in 20 years

By Associated Press
Demand for new airplanes around the world will continue to soar as millions of people in developing nations take to the skies for the first time.

Court lets contact lens pricing law stand

By Star-Advertiser staff
Eggs and gas boost U.S. wholesale prices • French agency tells Google to remove links • Honda links air bag to seventh death; and more

Hawaiian Air finishes first again in U.S. for punctuality

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Hawaiian Air finishes first again in U.S. for punctuality • Murdoch’s sons to be CEO, co-chairman • Twitter’s Costolo stepping down as CEO • U.S. jobless aid applications remain low • Household wealth hits high of $85 trillion • Retail sales jump as confidence grows • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

Apple cars hit Oahu amid Maps upgrade

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Apple cars hit Oahu amid Maps upgrade • Netflix’s stock soars as shareholders set stage for split • Target doubles share buyback, ups dividend • 76ers stop using arena’s corporate name • Airbag victim got recall notice after crash • Walgreens, insurers push virtual doctors • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

SeaWorld puts shareholder meeting online

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Costco egg supplier accused of bird cruelty • HSBC axes jobs to focus on Asian roots • Campbell Soup purchases salsa maker

Kaiser and workers OK tentative contract

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Allegiant wins appeal in pilots dispute • Apple unveils music streaming service • Slow quarter to impede economic growth

5 aviation taxes passengers pay should end, travel group proposes

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Washington » A travel organization is calling for major changes to the nation's aviation system, including how to pay for it and eliminating a tax loophole that it says encourages airlines to charge extra fees for services like checked bags.

Cookie, tofu companies take home top Taste honors

By Star-Advertiser staff
Honolulu Cookie Co. and Aloha Tofu Factory Inc. were named the state's top food manufacturers Saturday at the Taste Awards, sponsored by the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association at Dole Cannery.

Walmart keeps leadership in the family

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. » Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from the eldest son of late founder Sam Walton to a third generation.

Central Pacific Bank puts 2 executives in new board seats

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Central Pacific Bank puts 2 executives in new board seats • Single-family home sales rise on Maui • Hawaiian Air planes were 80% full in May • Investment funds sell Central Pacific stock • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

Allstate will offer insurance for Uber and Lyft drivers

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Allstate will offer insurance for Uber and Lyft drivers • Waipahu dealer files for bankruptcy • HCC course covers hybrid vehicle care • Car buffs to view Kia electric models • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

U.S. factory orders slumped in April

By Star-Advertiser staff
New Web service sends tailors to homes • Former Domino's CEO to head Toys R Us • Groups sue over Alaska drilling approval; and more

Manufacturing index on the increase

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Construction spending up 2.2% in April • Health plans go big with '16 rate requests

McDonald’s ending release of monthly sales reports

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
CHICAGO >> McDonald’s is the latest major chain to back away from sharing monthly sales data, a move it is making as it works on a turnaround.

Banks continue to show gradual, steady growth

By Associated Press
U.S. banks' earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of "problem" banks reached a six-year low.

Low-income home energy aid is available

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Low-income home energy aid is available • Weak economy dampens consumer mood • Drug switch ruled to violate antitrust law; and more

Hawaiian Air designates permanent CFO

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
30-year mortgage rate increases to 3.87 percent • Hawaiian Air designates permanent CFO • King of Pop's ranch offered for $100 million • Move into drones drives up GoPro stock • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

Rising generic drug prices mark 'beginning of a shift'

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Rising generic drug prices mark 'beginning of a shift' • Isle stevedores get contract after a year of negotiations • Co-founder of L&L eateries will head Chinese Chamber • Slow spending drags down Philippines' economic growth • Ford starts car-sharing service for part-time drivers in London • Fuel tank, steering problems force recall of Ford models • Automakers ahead of schedule for 2020 fuel economy targets • Detroit goes after Silicon Valley to be leader in driverless cars • Ship Ahoy!

Honolulu ranks lowest in property taxes

By Star-Advertiser staff
Honolulu ranks lowest in property taxes • Sales of new homes in U.S. jumped in April • Consumer confidence edging up in May; and more

Fish app to show origin of catch

By Star-Advertiser staff
Fish app to show origin of catch • Japan's trade gap expected to persist • China to cut import tax on some goods; and more

Unemployment filings for the week at 1,253

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 25, 2015

31 million with health coverage still face hefty costs

By Associated Press
Nearly a quarter, or 23 percent, of U.S. adults who were insured all last year lacked adequate protection from big medical bills based on their income, according to Commonwealth Fund research.

First Hawaiian offers free Mariota posters

By Star-Advertiser staff
First Hawaiian offers free Mariota posters • Hilton finishes $7M center renovation • Prison term of ‘nut rage' exec suspended; and more

Blangiardi garners honor from Boy Scouts

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Average rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.84 percent • Blangiardi garners honor from Boy Scouts • Feds seek to manage Takata air bag recall • Deal bolsters CVS specialty drug business • Upheaval worsens Mideast unemployment • Cheap housing luring whites to Detroit • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Banks fined $5B over market rigging • Fed minutes indicate June rate hike unlikely • Lowe's profit up but misses expectations • Wage protest prompts McDonald's closure • ConAgra settles salmonella criminal case • Japan's economic growth picked up in first quarter • Hawaii Kai show to display 300-plus drool-worthy rides • Motorcycle sales up 8.2% despite high fatality rate • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Isles get aid for housing, health • Discounter's profit drops 7%

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By Star-Advertiser staff
New local bakery opening in Manoa • Joy of Sake event shifting to Las Vegas • A&B donates $1.4 million to nonprofits; and more

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 18, 2015

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By Tribune News Service
Average CEO earned 373 times average worker’s wage

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Honolulu among best cities for bartenders • Listeria woes spur Blue Bell to lay off 1,450 • Industrial output falls for fifth month in row; and more

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By Associated Press
Rise in 30-year mortgage rates marks third week in a row • NextEra to stream shareholders meeting • Takata air bag recall reaches 33 million • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Wal-Mart to test unlimited shipping for $50 a year • U.S. retail sales unchanged in April • Chief of Frontier Airlines steps down • Facebook seeks better pay for contractors   On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay state $316,739 • For-profit ITT college execs accused of fraud • U.S. job openings fall amid hiring pickup

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By Star-Advertiser staff
State selects new Medicaid director • Par Petroleum names Dods to board • Senate confirms 2 HTA board members; and more

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 11, 2015

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Posted 1:51 a.m. HST, May 10, 2015
If you’re planning on shelling out a little extra to celebrate Mom this year, you’re not alone. Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on Mother’s Day gifts this year.

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Hawaii among worst states for business • Local farmers market among best in U.S. • U.S. sales fuel Toyota's record $18B profit

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
30-year mortgage rate increases to 3.80 percent • Hilton menus to go on ANA's Hawaii flights • Isle exec part of Queen Kapiolani Hotel deal • L.A. Times parent to buy U-T San Diego paper • Ship Ahoy • On the Move

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Hawaiian Airlines passenger traffic up 4% in April • Firms bypassing Asian workers for executive technology jobs • Stock prices are quite high, according to Fed chief Yellen • Ship Ahoy! • On the Move

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Googling on mobile devices tops PCs in U.S. • Freddie Mac's profit narrows to $524M • Tech exec mourned by Silicon Valley leaders; and more

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Solar plane delays departure to Hawaii •

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 4, 2015

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By New York Times
Percentage of law graduates with legal jobs inches up

Business Briefs: Labor board settles hotel-union dispute

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, May 2, 2015
Labor board settles hotel-union dispute • Bill boosting distance from turbines OK'd • Factory growth stable while hiring down; and more

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Average rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.68% • On the Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Hawaii solar power integration ranks seventh in U.S. • Nearly 600,000 Fords recalled • Porsches on Lunch Bunch menu • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Ford's net falls on strong dollar, low sales • Overseas growth boosts GoPro's sales • UPS profit up 14% to more than $1 billion; and more

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Maui Pine's revenue and loss up in quarter • Hawaiian Air will introduce a new website • PCC unveils statue of steel guitar inventor; and more

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2015

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 26, 2015
Most Americans believe people who want to go to college can get in somewhere — they just don't think they'd be able to afford it, according toa new Gallup-Lumina Foundation poll.

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Roberts Hawaii plans Pearl Harbor shuttle • Comcast withdraws bid for Time Warner • Amazon appeals to FAA on use of drones; and more

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Real estate industry rebounding, data say • Mokulele accepts 11th new Grand Caravan • 30-year mortgage declines to 3.65 percent • Volvo to send ‘Made in China' cars to U.S. • Buyers think big, lifting GM quarterly profit • Walmart CEO's pay falls to $19 million • Ship Ahoy! • On the Move

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Students seeking 100% renewable energy • Pasha cleared by feds to buy Horizon's isle operations •

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Union files labor charges against Aston • Shaindlin named to industry leadership post • Bills Sydney cracks best-brunch list

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By Star-Advertiser staff
New Kailua firm to hire 30 caregivers • Bank workers plan Chinatown cleanup • Kraft Mac & Cheese is shedding dyes; and more

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2015

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 19, 2015
The number of U.S. households dropping or choosing not to sign up for traditional cable or satellite TV service will rise 5 percent to 1.32 million this year, fueling changes in the way television is delivered and watched.

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Hawaiian Air appeals Haneda decision • AARP Hawaii starts Fraud Watch Network • GE posts $13.6B loss on finance unit sale; and more

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
30-year mortgage increases to 3.67 percent • T&C Surf, Rix Island to open in new mall • Seafood business contest seeking entries • Woman ousted for poking snoring flier • Party City shares jump 22% in debut • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 16, 2015
Only small number of Jeeps fixed after recall began • Toyota plans to construct plants in Mexico, China

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
NextEra, HEI meetings on Oahu this week • Hawaii Public Radio begins pledge drive • Kids' mental health nonprofit gets $20K; and more

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By Star-Advertiser staff
New season of CabaRAE show is in the works, manager says • Female workers in isles lose $8,070 a year due to wage gap

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
New Maui location is fifth for Maverick Helicopters • Propel water changes up with promise of electrolytes

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2015

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By Star-Advertiser staff
State gets OK to evict World Gym Honolulu • Former DataHouse re-brands as ‘ike • Electrical customers eligible for energy kit

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Mokulele Air offering $30 standby fare • Hawaiian Air second again in punctuality • NextEra accused of not acting in good faith • Group supports public-owned Maui utility • Falling mortgage rates give homebuyers cause to cheer

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
Island Air offers 20% hospitality discount • Bloomberg adds $30M to anti-coal effort • Crash findings seen as risky precedent • Shell move could lead to wave of mergers • Japan's economic progress stagnates • Mylan offers $29B for rival drugmaker • Strike causes canceled flights in France • High school teams compete in auto skills • Exotic cars will cruise for a cause • Ship Ahoy! • On The Move

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By Star-Advertiser staff
ASB donates $400,000 to nonprofits • FedEx agrees to take over Dutch rival • Uber gains traction with business travelers; and more

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Honolulu one of healthiest cities • Hawaiian Air traffic up in March

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 6, 2015

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By Tribune News Service
Bolstered by stock-market gains, affluent Americans bought more than 1.1 million vacation homes last year, according to an annual trade group survey — up 57 percent from 2013 and the most since the survey began in 2003.

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By Star-Advertiser staff
AARP has hired Joshua Wisch as director of advocacy. Prior to joining AARP, Wisch served as a deputy director of the Hawaii State Department of Taxation as well as a special assistant to the state attorney general, district director for then-U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and litigation attorney with the Honolulu law firms Cades Schutte and Chun Kerr.

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
30-year mortgage rate edges up to 3.7 percent • Burns & McDonnell expands Hawaii office • Judge OKs sale of Revel casino for $82M • U.S. applications for jobless benefits fall • Economy keeps improving, Buffett says • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

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By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
OHA chief operating officer stepping down • GoDaddy shares jump in market debut • New cologne lures Burger King patrons • Refiners relying more on North American oil • Businesses in U.S. slow pace of hiring • Construction spending declines again • Isle car insurers cannot use age to set their rates • Toyota safety features will be low-cost option • On The Move • Ship Ahoy!

Business Briefs: Global consortium begins sea cable construction

By Star-Advertiser staff
Construction of a $250 million undersea broadband cable directly connecting Indonesia and the United States began Tuesday, it was announced by a partnership of seven telecommunication companies including Hawaii Telecom.

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By Star-Advertiser staff
Solar installations top isle home projects • McDonald's to test all-day breakfast • Century-old N.Y. matzo factory to go high tech • Consumer spending up 0.1% in February; and more

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Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2015

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By Tribune News Service
Consumer spending for the Easter holiday — on apparel, decorations, gifts, candy, food and flowers — is expected to reach $16.4 billion this year, according to a recent trade group report.

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