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Even if ZipMobile is fixed, traffic will still be bad

 
By Craig Gima Posted 06:20 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Thousands of state and city workers downtown -- and untold thousands of other commuters -- will begin flooding Honolulu roads and highways Wednesday afternoon, triggering a second consecutive pau hana traffic nightmare, Gov. David Ige acknowledged Wednesday.

Allegiant pilots plan Thursday strike, scrapping 250 flights

 
By Associated Press Posted 10:50 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air are planning a strike Thursday which they say could ground 250 flights, affecting 33,000 customers.

Firefighters contain brush fire in Koloa

 
By Star-Advertiser Staff Posted 09:51 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Firefighters contained a brush fire that scorched approximately 100 acres in Koloa on Kauai Tuesday.

Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

 
By Associated Press Posted 11:06 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

 
By Associated Press Posted 11:13 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.

Judge: Navy's Hawaii, California training plan inadequate

 
By Associated Press Posted 12:42 PM HST, Apr 01, 2015
A federal judge on Tuesday said the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental laws when it approved the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California.

Driver killed at NSA remembered as friendly, troubled loner

 
By Associated Press Posted 10:47 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate was a transgender sex worker in Baltimore, according to those who knew her, and she was remembered Wednesday as a friendly but troubled loner.

Important Agricultural Lands meeting postponed

 
By Star-Advertiser Staff Posted 10:19 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
A meeting at Kapolei Hale Wednesday night to discuss the city's Important Agricultural Lands initiative is being postponed.

McDonald's revamps grilled chicken to cut ingredients

 
By Candice Choi Posted 08:50 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
McDonald's says it is simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes.

Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from U.S.

 
By Gosia Wozniacka Posted 04:50 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
More than three decades ago, a three-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long.

Mulching to add costs in fighting little fire ants

 
By Associated Press Posted 08:36 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Officials on Hawaii's Big Island are looking at an expected additional cost of $600,000 in preventing the spread of invasive little fire ants in mulching operations.

Hawaii attorneys sought for per diem judge service

 
By Associated Press Posted 10:02 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Per diem judges are part-time judges appointed by the chief justice on an as-needed basis. Per diem judges preside in District Court or Family Court.

Police: Man damaged cars after argument in Kalihi

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 06:31 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
A 55-year-old Palama man allegedly damaged cars in Kalihi following a dispute with four people Tuesday afternoon.

Man kills woman, himself in California office shooting

 
By Scott Smith Posted 04:24 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
A Fresno man with a history of domestic violence stormed into a medical office building in California and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself.

Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, dies at 34

 
By Mesfin Fekadu Posted 10:01 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years old.

Death of Getty oil heir is likely natural causes or accident

 
By Tami Abdollah & Andrew Dalton Posted 05:30 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.

State Department finds 4 emails about drones sent by Clinton

 
By Jack Gillum Posted 07:42 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The State Department says it can find only four emails sent between former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her staff concerning drone strikes and certain U.S. surveillance programs, and those notes have little to do with either subject.

Singer Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

 
By Associated Press Posted 07:01 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

 
By Grace Garces Bordallo Posted 04:56 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.

Suspect arrested in Mililani shooting

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 11:41 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Police arrested a 33-year-old Wahiawa man in connection with a Saturday shooting in Mililani.

Judge: Navy's Hawaii, California training plan inadequate

 
By Audrey McAvoy Posted 06:45 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
A federal judge has ruled the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental laws when it approved the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California.

Raw sewage spills at Maui County treatment facility

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 04:44 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
About 11,500 gallons of raw sewage spilled Tuesday at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility because of a mechanical failure.

Woman suffers leg injury at Makapuu tidepools

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 01:05 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
A woman was injured after being swept from rocks Tuesday at Makapuu tidepools.

Man in serious condition after near drowning in Waikiki

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 12:03 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Honolulu firefighters and paramedics responded to a report of a near drowning in waters off the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki Tuesday morning.

Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes

 
By Matthew Barakat Posted 04:21 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt.

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

 
By Tom Davies and Andrew DeMillo Posted 04:23 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence asked lawmakers Tuesday to send him a clarification of the state's new religious-freedom law later this week, while Arkansas legislators passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.

Loan recipients on 'strike' meet with federal officials

 
By Kimberly Hefling Posted 09:31 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master's degree that she's joined others on a "debt strike" and refusing to pay back the money.

Lufthansa CEO at crash site: 'Long, long time' to understand

 
By Lori Hinnant Posted 04:42 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the French Alps last week -- but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

Comedy Central: 'Unfair' to judge Noah based on tweets

 
By Frazier Moore Posted 02:32 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

Haleakala cabin, campground to close for treatment of ants

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 12:59 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The Holua cabin and campground at Haleakala National Park will be closed April 9 and April 10 as biologists from the U.S. National Park Service use insecticide to control invasive Argentine ants.

Lufthansa: Co-pilot disclosed earlier "severe depression"

 
By Associated Press Posted 12:39 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of "severe depression" before he finished his flight training with the German airline.

Google Maps turns into Pac-Man's chomping grounds

 
By Associated Press Posted 11:38 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac-Man's chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools' Day.

Bullet prompts partial evacuation, delays at Alaska airport

 
By Associated Press Posted 11:35 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The Juneau, Alaska, airport was partially evacuated after a bullet was found on a passenger ramp before a flight.

U.S. admiral says China 'creating a great wall of sand' in sea

 
By Rod McGuirk Posted 06:28 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday

Health providers' stand could invite other execution methods

 
By Associated Press Posted 02:08 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
That could make it increasingly difficult for corrections departments to obtain the already scarce drugs for lethal injections and prompt death penalty states to return to previously shunned methods like firing squads, gas chambers and electric chairs, people on both sides of the issue said Tuesday.

Hawaiian Humane Society to open West Oahu campus

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 01:46 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
The Hawaiian Humane Society is being given a 5-acre site for a second campus at the 11,750-home Hoopili development in West Oahu.

ZipperLane open to westbound drivers as traffic at standstill

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 10:46 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Pau-hana commutes were running more than three hours to get from downtown to either Kapolei or Mililani Tuesday after the state's two ZipMobiles went down because of bad battery packs, creating congestion on the H-1 Freeway.

Highway traffic lanes reopen in both directions at Kahana Bay

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 04:28 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Kamehameha Highway fronting Kahana Bay is closed in both directions due to a traffic accident, according to an advisory issued by the Honolulu Police Department.

Study: Honolulu traffic third-worst in U.S.

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 09:16 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
It's not just your imagination, traffic congestion in Honolulu has gotten worse. It increased three percent in 2014 from 2013, according to the annual TomTom Traffic Index released Tuesday.

At least 5 dead as typhoon hits Micronesia

 
By Grace Garces Bordallo Posted 05:42 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Officials say a typhoon has killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia.

Man, woman found dead after medical office shooting

 
By Scott Smith Posted 04:02 PM HST, Mar 31, 2015
A man stormed into a medical office building in downtown Fresno and fatally shot the mother of his five children before he killed himself, police in central California said Tuesday.

Hawaii TV vet takes to sky, dives into sea to help injured animals

 
By Sue Manning Posted 08:31 AM HST, Apr 01, 2015
Scott Sims gets to far-flung locales in the Hawaiian Islands by flying a plane he built himself or by biking, riding an ATV or swimming to reach sick or injured animals. He will wrangle overweight pigs, scuba-dive to free a sea turtle tangled in a net and patch up patients in unexpected places, operating in a barn or the back of a truck.

No. 1 Hawaii rallies past No. 12 UCLA in volleyball

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 06:24 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Junior hitter Siki Zarkovic put down 18 kills and senior middle Taylor Averill added 16 as No. 1 Hawaii rallied after being down 0-2 to pull out a 22-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-8 win over No. 12 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation volleyball match Monday night in Los Angeles.

Ex-NASCAR driver gets jail after 3-state high-speed chase

 
By Associated Press Posted 04:55 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A former NASCAR driver who authorities say led police on a 150-mph chase through three states has been sentenced to 90 days in a Utah jail.

China appears to attack GitHub by diverting web traffic

 
By New York Times Posted 04:55 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The Chinese government has long used a sophisticated set of Internet filters known as the Great Firewall as a barrier to prevent its citizens from obtaining access to foreign websites with information it deems threatening.

Hawaiian Electric sale to NextEra gets federal approval

 
By Kathryn Mykleseth Posted 11:08 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. to NextEra Energy, Inc., the companies said Monday.

'Iolani School announces new athletic director

 
By Star-Advertiser Staff Posted 09:50 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
'Iolani School has announced Maurice P. Maggiolino as its new athletic director, effective July 1. He replaces Carl Schroers who is retiring after 37 years.

Hawaii remains No. 1 in men's volleyball poll

 
By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 09:10 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The Hawaii men's volleyball team remained at No. 1 in Monday's AVCA Di-DII Men's Top 15.

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