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  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates ticked up noticeably in six states in June, even as employers continued to add jobs and the hiring outlook improved. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate in June,...

  • HONOLULU _ Hawaiian Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $79.6 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.14 per share. Hawaiian Holdings shares have increased 23 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Four U.S. carriers have won tentative approval to launch daytime U.S. flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as this fall, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday. Approvals were given to Delta for flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Hawaiian from Honolulu, American from Los Angeles, and United from San Francisco.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Wednesday he is tentatively approving daytime flights to Japan's Haneda Airport from the United States for American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines Inc, and United Airlines Inc.. The proposed U.S. cities are Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and are scheduled to start as...

  • HONOLULU— People in Hawaii are talking about what's next for the state's largest utility now that a merger between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric failed. "What you've seen on the neighbor islands, on the Big Island, on Maui, even here on Oahu... is how to transition that utility model to be one that is locally controlled, is accountable to the people, will look out...

  • NextEra and Hawaiian Electric terminated their merger agreement because the Hawaii Public Utility Commission didn't approve their plans, the companies said in a joint press release Monday. "We wish Hawaiian Electric the best as it serves the current and future energy needs of Hawaii, including helping the state meet its goal of 100 percent renewable energy...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiners Tesoro Corp and Par Hawaii Refining reached a $425 million settlement with the United States on Monday to resolve air quality violations at six refineries in Western states, the government announced on Monday. The accord requires the companies to invest $403 million in new equipment to better control air emissions at...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiners Tesoro Corp and Par Hawaii Refining reached a $425 million settlement with the United States on Monday to resolve air quality violations at six refineries in Western states, the government announced Monday. The accord requires the companies to invest $403 million in new equipment to better control air emissions at...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- U.S. oil refiner Tesoro Corp said on Monday it has reached a $10.4 million settlement with the United States for air quality violations at refineries in six Western states. Under the settlement, Tesoro will also invest $400 million in technology to better control air emissions at operations in Alaska, Northern California, North Dakota, Utah,...

  • SEATTLE— The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. It covers five refineries that Tesoro operates in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, North Dakota; and Martinez, California.

  • HONOLULU— The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has voted to not approve a merger between Florida- based NextEra and Hawaii's largest utility, saying the companies didn't show they would provide adequate benefits to ratepayers or help the state meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. The commission said NextEra and Hawaiian Electric failed to show...

  • HONOLULU— Medical marijuana dispensaries can now legally open in Hawaii, but not one is ready to do so. The state Department of Health said none of the state's eight dispensaries was approved to open by July 15, the first day they were allowed by law. The state hasn't yet received any applications from interested laboratories, said Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the...

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  • HONOLULU— Hawaii is a national leader in rooftop solar power, but despite the state's ambitious goal of using only renewable energy by 2045, people are being shut out of solar incentive programs because of limits set by the state. "We were going along fine at a pretty fair clip doing exactly everything that people in public policy in Hawaii want us to do, which is to...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000 for the week ended July 2, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing last week's claims data. However, claims for Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Virginia and Wyoming were estimated...

  • June 28- A Haitian woman in Florida has delivered the first baby in the state born with the birth defect microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, Florida's health department said on Tuesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the child will be the fifth in the United States to be born with a birth defect linked with travel to a country...

  • WASHINGTON, June 22- Seven Democratic senators urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to block two mergers of major health insurance companies, saying that the proposed deals would mean higher premiums and lower-quality healthcare for consumers. "We urge the DOJ to challenge these mergers from proceeding and to prevent the damage they would cause to...

  • June 2- U.S. vehicle owners will find some answers to their questions about the ongoing- and still growing- recalls of millions of cars with defective Takata air bag inflators:. Q: If the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that the air bags in my vehicle are at risk of rupturing, why hasn't my vehicle been recalled?