Tuesday, March 31, 2015         
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Rains prompt flood advisories for Oahu and Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 04:55 AM HST, Mar 31, 2015
Radar showed heavy rain near Waikane that was nearly stationary. Steady rain was reported over most of the Koolau range from Waimanalo to Turtle Bay. Other locations in the advisory included Punaluu, Laie, Kahuku, Kaaawa and Hauula.

Federal agents accused of stealing $1M in online currency

By Kristin J. Bender & Paul Elias Posted 10:14 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the illegal black market Silk Road website while they and their agencies were operating an undercover investigation of the online drug bazaar.

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

By Associated Press Posted 10:02 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.

Hollywood producer questioned by police after groping accusation

By New York Times Posted 10:02 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The film producer Harvey Weinstein was questioned by the police on Saturday after a 22-year-old woman accused him of touching her inappropriately during a meeting in Manhattan, according to two law enforcement officials.

Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

By Kimberly Hefling Posted 08:19 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume.

Iran says U.S. drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq

By Vivian Salama & Nasser Karimi Posted 07:05 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State group, but the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.

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.

Hiker, 21, who died on Pali Notches trail identified

By Star- Advertiser staff Posted 06:18 PM HST, Mar 29, 2015
A hiker who fell to his death off the Pali Notches trail on Sunday has been identified as Navy sailor Johnathan McNeeley, 21.

Woman killed daughters before shooting self, authorities say

By Holly Ramer Posted 05:24 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A 34-year-old woman shot and killed her two young daughters at their New Hampshire home before killing herself, authorities said Monday.

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.

Yap Island in western Pacific under typhoon warning

By Associated Press Posted 03:44 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Located about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, the Federated States of Micronesia consists of 607 islands with a population of about 107,000.

China appears to attack GitHub by diverting web traffic

By New York Times Posted 03:44 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.

Report: Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans' benefit data

By Cathy Bussewitz Posted 01:08 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster it actually was, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.

Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

By Associated Press Posted 12:58 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The new guidelines could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to a nationwide shortage of execution drugs.

U.S. offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

By Associated Press Posted 01:29 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.

Missing college athlete died on Los Angeles freeway, police say

By Associated Press Posted 12:56 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A University of California, Berkeley, soccer player who disappeared after leaving a weekend party was killed by a car as he ran across a Los Angeles freeway, police said Monday.

Man injured on rocks at China Walls

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 11:58 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A 32-year-old man is in serious condition with multiple injuries after being tossed by waves against rocks at China Walls in East Honolulu.

Duckworth announces run for U.S. Senate

By Ali Elkin Posted 08:37 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic representative from Illinois who was raised in Hawaii, said Monday she will challenge Republican Senator Mark Kirk in 2016. If she wins, she will become the second female combat veteran ever elected to the Senate.

Food warehouse to pay nearly $200k in fines, fix safety flaws

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 08:29 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Unicold Corp. has agreed to pay $197,000 in penalties and to make health and safety improvements at its refrigerated food warehouse in Honolulu's airport area.

Burglary suspect caught after returning to Waikiki hotel

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 08:03 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
A witness recognized a man who allegedly returned to a hotel where a room was burglarized on March 25, police said.

NSA: Car smashes into police vehicle at Fort Meade; 1 dead

By Meredith Somers & Lolita C. Baldor Posted 06:11 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
Officers opened fire after two men dressed as women refused to stop a stolen car Monday at the National Security Agency gate at Fort Meade and then smashed into a police vehicle blocking the road, officials said. One of the men died, and the other man and the officer were hurt.

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.

German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

By Associated Press Posted 01:32 PM HST, Mar 30, 2015
How could someone once diagnosed with suicidal tendencies get a job as a commercial pilot, entrusted with the lives of hundreds of people? That's the question being asked after officials confirmed Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz received lengthy psychotherapy before receiving his pilot's license.

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.

'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.

Threatened sea turtle found dead in trash at beach park

By Associated Press Posted 10:21 AM HST, Mar 30, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will conduct research on a dead sea turtle was found discarded in trash at a Waianae beach park.

No. 2 Hawaii sweeps sand volleyball bracket play

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 04:53 PM HST, Mar 29, 2015
The goal for No. 2 Hawaii Sunday was to have all five of its sand volleyball pairs reach the championship final of their respective brackets. Four of five did with the SandBows sweeping the bracket tournament portion of the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Collegiate Challenge on Main Beach.

Rainbow Wahine sweep doubleheader against UC Riverside

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 02:56 PM HST, Mar 29, 2015
Brittany Hitchcock finished off a complete-game shutout in the University of Hawaii softball team's 3-0 win over UC Riverside in the resumption of a Big West series Sunday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

UC Irvine completes three-game sweep of Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff Posted 12:34 PM HST, Mar 29, 2015
Cole Kreuter hit a two-out infield single to score Ryan Cooper with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning and UC Irvine completed a three-game sweep of Hawaii with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Anteater Ballpark in Irvine, Calif.

Man in critical condition after swim portion of Lavaman Triathlon

By Star-Advertiser Staff Posted 11:36 AM HST, Mar 29, 2015
A 52-year-old man who was participating in the Lavaman Triathlon in Waikoloa on Sunday was unconscious after he was found floating in the ocean during the swim portion of the race, Hawaii County fire officials said.

NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC

By Associated Press Posted 07:56 AM HST, Mar 29, 2015
MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens since Andy Lack has been gone. Now Lack's mandate will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission.

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