POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 2:11 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2012
» Two sites on federal land in Kahuku are the top choices for a new Oahu landfill, a city consultant announced Wednesday in correcting a previous ranking that listed a Kailua site as the No. 1 option.
» The U.S. will move more than 2,500 Marines from Okinawa to Hawaii as the Marine Corps reduces its presence in Japan, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said Tuesday.
» The City Council approved Wednesday a ban on nonbiodegradable plastic checkout bags and nonrecyclable paper bags, to take effect July 1, 2015.
» The state officially began construction Monday of the $5.27 billion rail transit system, boring holes up to 120 feet deep in Ewa for the columns that will support the elevated tracks.
» The National Football League is considering not playing the Pro Bowl in 2013, sources said Thursday, because of lackluster effort by players. The all-star game has been held in Hawaii every year but one since 1980.
» The state completed a $2.5 million project Wednesday to widen a one-third-mile stretch of Waikiki using sand pumped from offshore.
» Officials identified Monday the four Wheeler Army Airfield soldiers, including Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray of Waipahu, who were killed April 19 when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in southwestern Afghanistan.
» Tourism from Japan continued to rebound from the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday, with 114,055 Japanese visitors spending $186.8 million.
» U.S. consumers and employers will receive about $1.3 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year, according to a new study quantifying a key early benefit of the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010.
» Mitt Romney took the helm of the Republican Party on Tuesday after five primary victories across the Northeast solidified his stature as the party's presidential nominee-in-waiting. Newt Gingrich's campaign announced Wednesday he would soon end his Republican presidential run.
» Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared inclined Wednesday to uphold a controversial part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law, based on their questions at a Supreme Court argument.
» John Edwards, whose personal life and political career have publicly fallen apart over the past five years, faced a federal jury last week on charges of misusing campaign money to hide an affair with a former campaign videographer, and the child they conceived, as he made his run for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.
»After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan completed drafts last Sunday of the strategic partnership agreement that pledges American support for Afghanistan for 10 years after the withdrawal of troops at the end of 2014.
» Charles G. Taylor, the former president of Liberia and once a powerful warlord, was convicted by an international tribunal Thursday of arming, supporting and guiding a brutal rebel movement that committed mass atrocities in Sierra Leone.
>> Tuesday: The state Board of Education will discuss school bus services, update of the 2011-18 strategic plan and other business, 1:30 p.m., 1390 Miller St., room 404.
>> Wednesday: The City Council Budget Committee will discuss resolutions urging the city to acquire the land under Kahuku Village Phase 5 and Kahuku municipal golf course, and other business, 9 a.m., council committee room.
>> Thursday: The state Environmental Council will discuss a state request for regulatory exemptions for geothermal energy exploration, noon, 235 S. Beretania St., room 1500.
>> Monday: President Barack Obama meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Washington.
>> Tuesday: The one-year mark of Osama bin Laden’s death.
>> Tuesday: Newt Gingrich is expected to end his presidential bid and endorse Mitt Romney.
>> Wednesday: The National Libertarian Convention convenes in Las Vegas with Gary Johnson likely to win its presidential nomination.