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SBA loans for Kilauea eruption recovery top $30M

The U.S. Small Business Administration said it has approved more than $30 million in federal disaster loans for Hawaii businesses and residents impacted by the Kilauea eruption that began May 3. Read More

Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria to debut in Las Vegas

Hilton will begin rebranding the Mandarin Oriental hotel on the Las Vegas Strip as a Waldorf Astoria this week, a transition for the 389-room, casino-less property that will lead to renovations and mark the debut of another luxury brand on the world-famous corridor. Read More

July sets single-month record for Hawaii visitors

Despite volcanic-activity related softening on Hawaii island, more visitors came to Hawaii in July than in any other month in the state’s history. Read More

Widely used diabetes drug can cause flesh-eating genital infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and patients that some widely used diabetes drugs may, in some rare cases, cause a flesh-eating bacterial infection of the genitals. Read More
 

Dozens at Facebook unite to challenge its ‘intolerant’ liberal culture

The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity,” it quickly took off inside the social network. Read More

Rebuilding a struggle after California wine country fires

Santa Rosa was the hardest-hit city after California’s most destructive wildfire, with entire neighborhoods burned to ashes. But as of late August, only nine of nearly 2,700 single-family homes lost here had been rebuilt, according to figures from the city’s permitting office. Read More

China struggles to curb its reliance on U.S. buyers, suppliers

From medical products to smartphone chips to soybeans, Beijing is responding to President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes by pushing companies to trade more with other countries. But there are few substitutes for the United States as an export market and source of technology. Read More
 

Nissan launches China-focused electric car

Nissan’s first electric sedan designed for China began production today at the start of a wave of dozens of planned lower-cost electrics being created by global automakers for their biggest market. Read More

Musk says investors convinced him Tesla should stay public

The eccentric and sometimes erratic CEO made the decision based on feedback from shareholders, including institutional investors, who said they have internal rules limiting how much they can sink into a private company. Read More

Powell signals more hikes ahead if US economy stays strong

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled today that he expects the Fed to continue gradually raising interest rates if the U.S. economic expansion remains strong. Read More

Prosecutors grant immunity to longtime Trump finance chief

President Donald Trump’s finance chief, a confidant who has worked for the family’s real estate business since the early 1970s, was granted immunity in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on today. Read More

Facebook pulls security app from Apple store over privacy

Facebook has pulled one of its own products from Apple’s app store because it didn’t want to stop tracking what people were doing on their iPhones. Read More

Government acts to stop high-tax states from skirting $10K cap

The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. Read More

Google takes on alleged Iranian influence campaign

Google announced this week that it had disabled dozens of YouTube channels and other accounts linked to a state-run Iranian broadcaster for a political influence campaign. Read More

All major Oahu malls close ahead of Lane

Ala Moana Center, Oahu’s largest open-air shopping mall, along with the isle’s other major malls, are closed today due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Lane. Read More

New Mexico utility seeks to join western energy market

New Mexico’s largest electric utility is asking state regulators for approval to join a wholesale trading market that allows participants in several western states to buy and sell energy to better balance supply and demand. Read More
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Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations

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Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines to suspend China service due to low demand

Hawaiian Airlines, which expected great promise from China and spent about a decade trying to get the green light to initiate service, has suspended its only route there after about four years due to low demand. Read More

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