Friday, March 27, 2015         
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2 charged with murder, kidnapping in alleged baby-theft plot

By Associated Press Posted Fri Mar 27 11:53:46 PDT 2015
A 47-year-old woman and a friend were charged Friday with kidnapping, murder and attempted murder in an alleged plot to steal babies that investigators say was an effort by the woman to convince her married boyfriend that she had given birth to his twins.

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

By Chris Grygiel Posted Fri Mar 27 11:43:13 PDT 2015
Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox has tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.

Court battle settled over Susan Powell insurance money

By Associated Press Posted Fri Mar 27 10:12:09 PDT 2015
The family of missing Utah mother Susan Powell has settled a court battle over insurance money with the family of her husband, Josh Powell, who was the only suspect in her disappearance.

Business owner gives thank-you bonuses totaling about $750K

By Associated Press Posted Fri Mar 27 10:09:50 PDT 2015
A business owner has given thank-you bonuses totaling about $750,000 to 70 workers at a factory in southwestern Michigan.

Stiviano testifies about relationship with Clippers owner

By Brian Melley Posted Fri Mar 27 09:47:55 PDT 2015
In a recording played Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sterling told V. Stiviano that he wanted her to give up the house he bought her that his wife was seeking in court as community property the couple acquired over six decades of marriage. He said he was going to figure out a way to get her another home.

Teenager arrested for alleged assault at Makiki park

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Fri Mar 27 09:15:45 PDT 2015
Police arrested a 15-year-old boy for the alleged assault of a 32-year-old man Thursday night in a Makiki park.

Coroner: Baby cut from Colorado mother's womb not born alive

By Sadie Gurman Posted Fri Mar 27 07:51:55 PDT 2015
A Colorado woman accused of cutting the unborn baby from an expectant mother's belly will not face murder charges in the gruesome attack that revived the highly charged debate over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being.

Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flight

By Jocelyn Gecker Posted Fri Mar 27 07:49:35 PDT 2015
Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday.

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

By Frank Jordans and David McHugh Posted Fri Mar 27 07:28:04 PDT 2015
Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

Sheriff describes 'horrific' scene where brothers were shot

By Jonathan Milton Posted Fri Mar 27 01:52:41 PDT 2015
When a Florida sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call of a shooting at a mobile home, he heard a chilling sound, a young, high-pitched voice screaming: "I've been shot. I've been shot."

California restaurant owner accused of slavery, beating employee

By Tribune News Service Posted Fri Mar 27 01:52:41 PDT 2015
An Indian national who was employed at a Valencia restaurant endured three years of slavery — including regular beatings — and was so scared of his boss that he feared for his life if he ever tried to escape, authorities said Wednesday.

Video shows 'hospitality ambassador' beating homeless man

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 23:09:08 PDT 2015
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.

Mom to murderer: You're 'going straight to hell'

By Michael Rubinkam Posted Thu Mar 26 22:38:57 PDT 2015
A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, after the mother of one of the victims called him a "useless waste of space and air" and declared he's "going straight to hell."

Woman charged with damaging vehicle while trying to ram people

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

Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

By Donna Cassata Posted Fri Mar 27 06:43:06 PDT 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will not run for another term in 2016, saying he wanted to focus on bringing Democrats back to power in the Senate rather than his own re-election.

2 missing after NYC blast; 6 others might be missing, too

By Colleen Long Posted Fri Mar 27 09:25:22 PDT 2015
Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were missing and six others might be, too.

Man charged in Palolo armed robbery

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted Thu Mar 26 20:29:27 PDT 2015
Prosecutors Thursday charged the second suspect arrested in last week's armed robbery of a convenience store in Palolo Valley.

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.

California deputy police chief arrested on drug charges

Posted Thu Mar 26 21:12:03 PDT 2015
Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday.

California loosens sex offender residency restrictions

By Don Thompson Posted Fri Mar 27 01:28:49 PDT 2015
California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks and instead impose the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children, state officials announced Thursday.

Cauliflower, the new hot food of 2015

By Tribune News Service Posted Fri Mar 27 01:28:49 PDT 2015
Trends are a peculiar thing, especially when you live in a city that doesn't exactly shape the zeitgeist. Somebody somewhere decides something is the Next Big Thing, and even though you might have previously been totally clueless, suddenly you've also got to have it, do it, see it.

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.

Lawyer says woman talking to police, kidnapping wasn't a hoax

By Gillian Flaccus, Kristin J. Bender & Ellen Knickmeyer Posted Thu Mar 26 19:13:29 PDT 2015
The lawyer for a California woman whose reported kidnapping is being investigated as a possible hoax said she has met with police and is cooperating with them.

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.

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.

A-Rod cousin set to plead guilty in steroids case

By Associated Press Posted Fri Mar 27 01:24:24 PDT 2015
A guilty plea is set for a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in the federal investigation into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

Twitter's new live-streaming app Periscope battles Meerkat

By Barbara Ortutay Posted Fri Mar 27 00:44:04 PDT 2015
Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago.

Fiancee of ex-NFL player Hernandez due to be called in trial

By Michelle R. Smith Posted Thu Mar 26 22:47:52 PDT 2015
The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due to be called to testify by prosecutors in his murder trial, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

Arizona outlasts Xavier to reach West region finals

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 22:17:57 PDT 2015
Just when Arizona appeared to be in serious trouble against underdog Xavier, T.J. McConnell sparked his Wildcats back to the brink of the Final Four.

New Google CFO gets $70M pay package

By New York Times Posted Thu Mar 26 22:17:57 PDT 2015
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.

Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 21:50:11 PDT 2015
A former executive of a San Francisco-based bank that received federal bailout money has been convicted of fraud.

Drones beaming web access are in the stars for Facebook

By New York Times Posted Thu Mar 26 21:50:11 PDT 2015
In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter's thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company's lofty ambitions.

Kentucky now 37-0 after overwhelming West Virginia

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 21:27:01 PDT 2015
Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia's press look pathetic.

Airlines to require 2 crew members in cockpit at all times

By Associated Press Posted Thu Mar 26 21:23:17 PDT 2015
Airlines and officials around the world on Thursday began requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberated crashed the plane into the mountains below.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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