Thursday, March 26, 2015         
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Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

By Angela Charlton & Dave McHugh Posted Thu Mar 26 05:34:59 PDT 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.

Kauai Fire Department rescues 32 stranded hikers

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 13:01:02 PDT 2015
The Kauai Fire Department rescued 32 stranded hikers from the Kalalau trail Wednesday after rising waters made Hanakapiai Stream too dangerous to cross.

Hawaii surfer nominated for ride of the year award

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 14:47:46 PDT 2015
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.

2nd suspect arrested in Palolo armed robbery

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 20:29:27 PDT 2015
Police have arrested a second suspect in last week's armed robbery of a convenience story in Palolo Valley.

Alleged L.A. serial killer charged with more attacks

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 20:17:44 PDT 2015
A man charged with killing four people during a Los Angeles shooting rampage has pleaded not guilty to more attacks, including one that killed a freeway driver last year.

Woman charged with damaging vehicle while trying to ram people

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 20:27:49 PDT 2015
A 28-year-old Waipahu woman was charged Wednesday with damaging a vehicle while trying to ram a group of people in Waimanalo.

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

By Gillian Flaccus, Kristin J. Bender & Ellen Knickmeyer Posted Thu Mar 26 19:13:29 PDT 2015
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.

HECO cleared backlog of PV approvals on Maui and Big Island

By Kathryn Mykleseth Posted Thu Mar 26 18:06:59 PDT 2015
Hawaiian Electric Co. said Thursday it has approved all rooftop solar applications on Maui and Hawaii island waiting since at least October for the go-ahead.

Teen says mom killed her siblings found in freezer

By Ed White & Corey Williams Posted Thu Mar 26 17:59:33 PDT 2015
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.

Apartment building burns, collapses in New York City

By Jonathan Lemire & Colleen Long Posted Thu Mar 26 14:57:21 PDT 2015
An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, partially destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan's trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles.

Indiana governor authorizes needle exchange to contain HIV outbreak

By Rick Callahan Posted Thu Mar 26 20:06:47 PDT 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

Monsanto fined $600K for not reporting toxic chemical releases

By Keith Ridler Posted Thu Mar 26 17:53:17 PDT 2015
Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

Schwarzenegger's back for high-octane 'Terminator: Genisys'

By Lindsey Bahr Posted Thu Mar 26 17:10:47 PDT 2015
As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own — the publicity kind.

Interior Secretary Jewell to attend Honouliuli dedication

By William Cole Posted Thu Mar 26 16:47:29 PDT 2015
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be in Hawaii next week to help dedicate the newly designated Honouliuli National Monument in Kunia. Hono-uli-uli Internment Camp was a World War II confinement site.

Jury: Life sentence for grandmother in girl's running death

By Jay Reeves Posted Thu Mar 26 15:37:26 PDT 2015
A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

Hawaii schools to dog owners: Keep your pooping pets off campus

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 13:04:00 PDT 2015
The DOE has received a number of complaints regarding pet owners bringing their dogs onto school property after school hours. Schools have seen an increase in dog waste on schoolyards.

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

By Tribune News Service Posted Thu Mar 26 13:04:00 PDT 2015
An international panel that has determined exactly how much alcohol it takes to cause liver cancer.

Indian police arrest 2 suspects in gang rape of nun

By Manik Banerjee Posted Thu Mar 26 12:07:36 PDT 2015
Police arrested two suspects Thursday in the gang rape of a nun in her 70s in a Catholic missionary school this month in a crime that focused attention on the scourge of sexual violence in India despite tough anti-rape laws introduced two years ago.

Pickup truck crashes into Kapiolani convenience store

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 00:54:13 PDT 2015
Police were investigating Wednesday night after the driver of a pickup truck crashed into the 7-Eleven on Kapiolani Boulevard at Atkinson Drive.

Alleged threats during argument leads to arrest

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 10:25:48 PDT 2015
A fight between two neighbors in Waimanalo ended with a 56-year-old man facing possible criminal charges.

Surfer who died near Kewalo Basin is identified

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Wed Mar 25 13:27:00 PDT 2015
A 56-year-old surfer who died Wednesday after being pulled from the water at Kewalo Basin has been identified as Roy Digma, of Ewa Beach.

13-year-old kills brother, 6, wounds another before killing self

By Associated Press Posted Wed Mar 25 19:08:41 PDT 2015
A young teenager shot his two brothers Wednesday during an argument over food, killing one and wounding the other, before fatally shooting himself.

Seattle woman reported missing found safe in Kalalau Valley

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Wed Mar 25 16:44:21 PDT 2015
A 24-year-old Seattle woman reported missing on Kauai was found in Kalalau Valley and is in good health. Police sought the public's help early Tuesday in finding Alycia Regan .

Suzanne Somers brings nightclub act to Las Vegas

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 14:32:30 PDT 2015
Television personality Suzanne Somers is bringing a nightclub act to Las Vegas starting in May.

New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in U.S.

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 10:55:31 PDT 2015
Advance orders for the new HTC One begin Friday, and those customers might receive their phones before April 10. Orders for Samsung's Galaxy S6 phones start Friday as well, with delivery expected around April 10.

Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

By Brian Melley Posted Thu Mar 26 10:09:56 PDT 2015
Before a woman's recordings of Donald Sterling ousted him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, she boasted she would be the next Mrs. Sterling.

Philippines says China rushing construction in disputed sea

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 12:02:02 PDT 2015
The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims.

Man injured in Kakaako moped accident

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 08:54:19 PDT 2015
A 22-year-old man suffered multiple injuries in a moped accident in Kakaako early Thursday morning.

Bergdahl describes torture at the hands of the Taliban

By Michael Biesecker Posted Thu Mar 26 10:29:03 PDT 2015
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed.

Police arrest 4 in kidnapping, killing of 3-week-old infant

By Gillian Flaccus Posted Wed Mar 25 20:35:13 PDT 2015
A California woman staged a sinister plot to snatch two babies from their mothers and pass them off as her own — a scheme that ended with the murder of a 3-week-old girl and the shooting and beating of both childrens' mothers, police said Wednesday.

U.S. denies young Mexican visa for vital organ transplants

By Felipe Larios & Alberto Arce Posted Wed Mar 25 23:36:21 PDT 2015
Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant.

$1M bond set for woman whose kids were found dead in freezer

By Associated Press Posted Wed Mar 25 22:05:43 PDT 2015
The 35-year-old mother of two Detroit children whose frozen bodies were found in a deep freezer in their home is due in court on five counts of first-degree child abuse.

Desertion charge intensifies debate over Bergdahl's release

By Allen G. Breed and Lolita C. Baldor Posted Thu Mar 26 06:07:23 PDT 2015
Charges that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted and endangered his post in Afghanistan intensify the debate over his politically wrought release: Should he spend years in prison as punishment for endangering soldiers who risked their lives to find him?

Saudi airstrikes target Yemen

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 05:51:23 PDT 2015
Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday after announcing a broad regional coalition to oust Shiite rebels that forced the country's embattled president to flee. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's capital, Sanaa, and flattened a number of homes near the international airport.

Suspect charged with assaulting man at Hilo house

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Wed Mar 25 19:46:22 PDT 2015
A Hilo man was charged Tuesday with three offenses in connection with a reported assault Monday night of a 43-year-old man at a house on Ohea Street.

Iraq official: Troops launch final phase of Tikrit offensive

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra Posted Thu Mar 26 06:14:43 PDT 2015
Iraqi troops have launched the final phase of an offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, an official said Thursday, hours after the U.S. launched airstrikes on the Islamic State-held city.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas; 1 dead, several injured

By Justin Juozapavicius Posted Thu Mar 26 06:11:13 PDT 2015
The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, as storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured.

Toyota outlines 'architecture' to grow after recall lull

By Yuri Kageyama Posted Wed Mar 25 23:28:40 PDT 2015
Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure

By Michael Liedtke Posted Wed Mar 25 23:13:25 PDT 2015
Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.

Panel pulls $28 million debt plan from Health Connector bill

By Cathy Bussewitz Posted Wed Mar 25 21:12:19 PDT 2015
A legislative committee has approved a bill related to the state's health exchange. But it removed part of the proposal that would allow the exchange to issue $28 million in debt financing.

Wedding planner pays back-wages

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Wed Mar 25 18:49:39 PDT 2015
Wedding planner Wave USA Inc., has paid eight employees some $35,481 in back wages and damages following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash in France

By New York Times Posted Wed Mar 25 18:49:39 PDT 2015
As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane's descent and was unable to get back in.

Maui County ranks as the healthiest in Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Wed Mar 25 12:36:01 PDT 2015
Maui County is the healthiest region in the state, beating out Honolulu for the first time in five years, a new study shows.

HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build $28 billion food giant

By Michelle Chapman & Candice Choi Posted Wed Mar 25 10:28:33 PDT 2015
Some of the most familiar names in pickles, cheese, hot dogs and other packaged foods are set to come under the same roof after H.J. Heinz Co. announced Wednesday that it plans to buy Kraft Foods in a deal to create one of the world's largest food and beverage companies.

Lawsuit says Las Vegas Strip casinos hid resort fees

By Kimberly Pierceall Posted Tue Mar 24 23:15:13 PDT 2015
A class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court alleges The Venetian and The Palazzo casino-resorts hid daily resort fees from travelers booking rooms at the Las Vegas Strip properties.

Investigation tracks slave-caught seafood to U.S. supply chain

By Robin Mcdowell, Margie Mason & Martha Mendoza Posted Tue Mar 24 19:53:08 PDT 2015
The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Kitchen fire closes Volcano House restaurants

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Tue Mar 24 17:29:35 PDT 2015
Restaurants at Volcano House in Hawaii National Park are closed following a kitchen fire.

'Wonder Blunder' suspect facing charges in Pennsylvania

By Dan Nakaso Posted Tue Mar 24 16:46:33 PDT 2015
A man awaiting trial in Honolulu in connection with "Wonder Blunder" scam that cost UH $200,000 for a bogus Stevie Wonder concert has been charged in Pennsylvania in an unrelated case.

Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare

By David Knowles Posted Tue Mar 24 15:11:20 PDT 2015
The Goldman Sachs health insurance plan has lost a high profile customer. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare.

Popular food truck event to relocate

By Erika Engle Posted Tue Mar 24 14:54:58 PDT 2015
The monthly Eat the Street food truck event will mark its last appearance at 555 South St. on Friday.

Rich get richer: Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

By Tim Dahlberg Posted Tue Mar 24 13:08:24 PDT 2015
The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.

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