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Stormy weather over the state is likely to stick around through Christmas Eve, and could bring a white Christmas to Big Island summits.

Gov. David Ige has released the first draft of Hawaii's $25.7 billion budget that covers the next two fiscal years.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for a snow storm in upstate New York, before going on his usual morning workout on a rainy Monday morning at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."

Hawaii basketball forward Stefan Jankovic said during an afternoon shootaround he is eligible to play on Monday night's game against Nebraska in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Mid-price hotel operator Hampton Inn & Suites has agreed to manage one of two hotels slated to be part of the planned regional mall Ka Makana Ali'i in Kapolei.

Spectacular scenery on Kauai is a draw for photographers but cameras on drones have started drawing complaints.

The Hawaii volleyball team kept its same ranking from before the NCAA tournament, remaining at No. 23 in Monday's final AVCA Coaches Division I Women's Volleyball Top 25.

A 58-year-old Kapaa man died while he was attempting to cut down a tree near his cabin in Kokee. He is identified as Adrien "Eddie" Malina.

His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.

The pace of lava flowing toward the Pahoa Marketplace shopping center continued to slow Monday as the flow moved through rough terrain.

Police arrested two men in separate domestic abuse cases Sunday that both allegedly occurred in front of children in the Waianae area.

Images of Heidi Klum will appear in an electronics and gift products company's ads inside McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after all.

A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.

Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway.

Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.

A 9-year-old boy was in serious condition Sunday morning after a vehicle hit him as he was crossing the street in Waimanalo, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Jerod Mcdade, who doesn't have a local address, was charged at 4:15 p.m. Saturday with two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer. His bail was set at $40,000.

Police said the Palolo woman physically abused the victim in the presence of three minor children at about 12:20 p.m.

A motorcyclist died early Sunday morning after a crash fronting the Diamond Head Theatre, according to an Emergency Medical Services report.

Power was restored to all but one of 1,500 Hawaiian Electric Co. customers in the Ahuimanu area who lost service for nearly two hours Monday morning.

A driver deliberately slammed his car into passers-by around Dijon on Sunday night, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France.

A fugitive trying to evade an arrest warrant shot a Tarpon Springs police officer and then ran him over early Sunday, killing the officer, police said.

Many young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy are expected Monday to begin applying for Arizona driver's licenses, a privilege first denied by the governor but now given to them by the courts.

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.

Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 4 miles inland.

President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months.

Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program.

Authorities in Maryland are identifying a woman who was shot by the same man who killed two NYPD officers before shooting himself to death.

South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.

An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

Before jetting off to Hawaii for his annual holiday break, President Barack Obama stood before reporters to pat himself on the back on Friday. He's proud of his accomplishments this year, he said. He's shown America solves problems.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Maui county film and tourism officials are planning to produce a safety video to be played at airports and in hotel rooms throughout the island.

The Makawao History Museum moved to a new location last month to gain more exposure within the Makawao community. The museum now is at 3643 Baldwin Ave., the main street of Makawao town, in a "quaint little spot right at the heart of town," project coordinator Cheryl Ambrozic said Tuesday.

There is no mercy rule in college basketball, but if ever it were needed, it was Saturday. When UCLA scored its first points in the 83-44 loss, with about 12 minutes left in the first half, the crowd cheered, even the Kentucky fans. By that point, it was the polite thing to do. Kentucky led, 24-2.

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