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Facebook to fight fake news by fact-checking photos, videos

Facebook says it’s expanding its fact-checking program to include photos and videos as it fights fake news and misinformation on its service. The move comes as bad actors seeking to sow political discord in the U.S. and elsewhere are embracing images and video to spread misinformation. Read More

GM recalls 1.2M pickups, SUVs for power steering problem

General Motors is recalling more than a million big pickup trucks and SUVs in the U.S. because of power-assisted steering problems that have been cited in a number of accidents. Read More

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to help the homeless

Amazon is designating 47,000 square feet of space at its new corporate office for a permanent Mary’s Place shelter. Read More

Calling teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ officials weigh flavor ban

U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an “epidemic” and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. Read More

U.S. ‘likely’ taken over as world’s top oil producer

The United States may have reclaimed the title of the world’s biggest oil producer sooner than expected. Read More
 

Booming sales for Bob Woodward book on Trump presidency

Bob Woodward’s account of a dysfunctional Trump White House has already sold more than 750,000 copies the day after the book arrived in stores, Simon & Schuster announced. Read More
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Apple unveils biggest, most expensive iPhone yet

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Apple unveiled three new iPhones today, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product’s appeal amid slowing sales. Read More

Oahu solar permits fall for third month in row

Solar permits issued on Oahu declined in August for the third straight month and are now just slightly ahead of where they were at this time a year ago. Read More
 

Bankruptcies rise locally despite strong state economy

Hawaii bankruptcies rose in August for the sixth time in eight months this year even as the state economy continues to remain strong. Read More

Hawaiian Airlines passenger traffic dipped in August

Hawaiian Airlines’ transported fewer people in August than the year-earlier period, but the state’s largest carrier still increased its revenue per passenger mile. Read More

Travel waiver offered for storm by Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is waiving reservation change fees for passengers holding tickets for travel on Hawaiian Airlines and its codeshare partners to, from, within, and via Hawaii from today through Thursday due to Tropical Storm Olivia. Read More

Maui condo market surges but home sales flat

Maui’s condominium market posted strong results in August while activity for single-family homes was flat. Read More

After Les Moonves departure, CBS takeover a possibility

The resignation of longtime CBS chief Les Moonves won’t likely lead to drastic changes in network programs, but a related deal could make the company ripe for a takeover as traditional media companies compete with upstarts such as Netflix and Amazon. Read More

Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban, faces pushback

Japan proposed an end to a decades-old ban on commercial whaling at an international conference this week, arguing there is no longer a scientific reason for what was supposed to be a temporary measure. Read More
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California aims to drop fossil fuels for electricity by 2045

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California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown. Read More

U.S. consumer borrowing up strong $16.6 billion in July

Americans increased their borrowing in July at nearly double the pace of the previous month, evidence that confident consumers are willing to take on more debt to support their spending. Read More

State seeks 10 years of Airbnb records to find out if rental operators are paying state taxes

The state Department of Taxation wants to subpoena Airbnb Inc. records for the past 10 years to determine whether transient vacation rental operators in Hawaii have been paying their state taxes. Read More

Maui’s tourism plan aims to deter illegal vacation rentals

Maui officials have begun implementing a 10-year tourism strategic plan that includes efforts to discourage visitors from staying in illegal vacation rentals. Read More

Tesla woes mount as CEO smokes pot

Another executive departure, another controversy over the CEO’s behavior, another stock drop. Another typical day at Tesla. Read More

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