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Military mover fraudulently overcharged, lawsuit says

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Since 2007 a major moving company and an affiliate bilked the U.S. government out of millions by making false claims about the weight of belongings of military personnel shipped to and from Hawaii and other locations worldwide, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. attorney's office in Columbia, S.C.

State of the State: Governor cites an $844M surplus in boosts

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Gov. Neil Abercrombie declared Tuesday that the state now stands on solid financial ground and is entering a new phase in which investments in early childhood education, a minimum wage increase, land conservation and tax relief for seniors are possible.

City Council bill would bring back sparklers

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Oahu revelers may be able to light sparklers and fountains on New Year's Eve and Independence Day under a new proposal expected to be unveiled by two Hono­lulu City Council members today.

Penthouse planned for Kakaako condo promises to be large, luxurious, pricey

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
The owner of Ward Centers is preparing to open a public sales gallery soon for the first two of 22 planned condominium towers envisioned to transform 60 acres of Kaka­ako into a largely residential community called Ward Village. But one big, eye-popping detail will be missing among all the marketing materials.

Waimea Bay closed for big surf

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
In anticipation of enormous waves reaching heights of up to 50 feet, state and county officials Tuesday shut down beaches on Oahu's North Shore and the Wai­anae Coast through 6 a.m. Friday. Authorities shut down the Keawa­ula Beach section of Kaena Point State Park and Wai­mea Bay at 5:30 p.m.

Kokua Line: Property owners do not have to clean up graffiti

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Question: Mahalo to the owner of the building at Wai­alae and Koko Head avenues for promptly painting over graffiti that’s marred the top of the building many times over the years.

Newswatch

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Shark guru to plead guilty over child porn • Water is safe, tests continue to show • Bicyclist killed in road accident ID'd as Hilo man • Help sought in locating father, baby

911 Report

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Dad driving truck fatally hits daughter, 2 • Victim in hospital as man held in stabbing

Shipyard worker denounces anonymous claim of spying

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
A senior Pearl Harbor shipyard manager says he was falsely accused of espionage, taken off the job in March and has not been paid since July — even though an investigation cleared him of the "foreign influence" allegations.

Telescopes in space and in isles help catalog Earth-size planets

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
As astronomers scan the skies for Earth's twin, they are assembling a collection of wild worlds large and small. Most are too hot, cold or massive to support life as we know it. Some might harbor some of the more exotic life forms found on this planet, such as the crabs and tube worms that congregate at volcanic vents on the seafloor.

Surf forecast prompts anti-erosion measures

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
North Shore residents affected by coastal erosion braced themselves Monday for what could be the largest ocean swell in a decade.

Marine killed by bulldozer at training site

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
A Hawaii Marine was crushed to death during training in Cali­for­nia last March by a lost bulldozer driver who did not see the Marines sleeping in shallow foxholes in the darkness and ran over the 20-year-old, an investigation into his death found.

Donald Bruce Cataluna: Sugar executive never forgot his humble roots

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:56
Retired sugar industry executive and former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Donald Bruce Cata­luna has died at the age of 77, leaving a legacy of service beyond the plantation.

Bogus report of jet hijacking lands man in federal prison

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
A Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a possible airplane hijacking was sentenced Thursday to a year and a half in federal prison.

New York Times: Pentagon study finds agencies ill-equipped to detect emerging nuclear nations

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
WASHINGTON » A 3-year study by the Pentagon has concluded that U.S. intelligence agencies are "not yet organized or fully equipped" to detect when foreign powers are developing nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing arsenals.

New York Times: Anti-immigration party occupies the center of an uneasy debate in Norway

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
MORTENSRUD, Norway » Lise and Kjetil Ulvestrand came to this town south of Oslo in 2005 for the space, the views, the forest and the cheaper rents.

Report finds elite Chinese using offshore companies

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
BEIJING » Members of the Chinese elite, including some of the country's most politically connected figures, have set up a large number of offshore companies that allow them to conceal billions of dollars abroad, according to a new report released Wednesday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington-based group that works with a number of news organizations around the world.

New York Times: Europe, facing economic pain, may ease climate rules

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
LONDON » For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the planet.

Corrections and Clarifications

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Ed Lynch, managing editor/news, at 529-4758.

Cheating on tests spurs KCC to change exam rules

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:46
A message from "Jane Doe" offering "a little help" popped up in the email accounts of first-year students at Kapiolani Community College's Radiologic Technology program, the only such program in the state.