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  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The Trump Hotel Collection company has agreed to pay $50,000 and shore up data security after breaches exposed more than 70,000 credit card numbers and other personal data, the state's attorney general said on Friday in announcing a settlement. In May 2015, multiple banks analyzed hundreds of fraudulent credit card transactions and determined...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu- based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they weren't allowed to leave. The lawsuit alleges that San Jose, California, resident Thoai Nguyen, owner and...

  • HONOLULU— The Latest on Disney's costume for Maui, a character in its upcoming movie "Moana." The costume depicts Maui, a legendary Polynesian figure featured in the upcoming animated movie "Moana. Disney says it is pulling a costume of the character Maui from its website and stores after public outcry.

  • HONOLULU— Disney said Wednesday it would no longer sell a boy's costume for a Polynesian character that some Pacific Islanders have compared to blackface. The getup depicts Maui— a revered figure in Polynesian oral traditions and viewed by some Pacific Islanders as an ancestor— who is a character in the upcoming animated movie "Moana." "The team behind Moana has...

  • HONOLULU— Regulators have approved a program for Hawaiian Electric customers to pay different rates for electricity based on the time of day. "It can help encourage people to use electricity during the day when solar is most productive, when our renewable resources are more productive," Darren Pai, spokesman for Hawaiian Electric, said of the rate change...

  • KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii— In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity. To that end, the Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, with hopes the technology can someday be used to produce clean, renewable power for offshore fueling stations for the fleet and provide electricity to...

  • State and federal lawmakers are promising to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in Hawaii's commercial fleet, and at least one company has already stopped buying fish from the boats following an Associated Press investigation that found the men have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections.

  • United States president Barack Obama

    President Obama made a plea to his Democratic base: African-Americans must vote en masse in November's presidential contest, NBC News reports.

  • Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential nominee

    Donald Trump admitted Friday that he believes President Obama was born in the US, after refusing earlier to say what he believes, NBC News reports.

  • *Hunting biggest threat to large marine life-Science study. OSLO, Sept 14- Big fish and other large ocean creatures face higher risks of extinction than small ones, overturning a 500 million-year pattern and indicating that human hunting is to blame, scientists said on Wednesday. The past extinction events are not, " Jonathan Payne, of Stanford University, who led...

  • HONOLULU— A new report shows Hawaii has the nation's highest average home prices as the cost of housing in the state has soared over the last year. Hawaii took the top spot with average home prices at nearly $905,000. The figures represent an increase from the real estate company's analysis last year, which found the average price of a four-bedroom home in Hawaii...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 8- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength even as the pace of job growth is slowing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 3, the lowest level since mid-July, the Labor...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 259,000 for the week ended Sept. 3, the lowest level since mid-July, 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 Virginia, New Mexico, Alabama and Minnesota, as...

  • *South Africa, Australia have protection in domestic law. LONDON, Sept 5- The world's biggest mining companies called on Monday for action to stop any firms, including the oil and gas industry, extracting resources from natural sites protected by the United Nations. "Yet 13 years later, other companies and industries are still operating in these precious sites,"...

  • President Barack Obama said on Wednesday as he began a 10- day trip to stress the urgency of curbing climate change and attend a G20 meeting in China. "No nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate," Obama said after landing in Hawaii, the Pacific island state where he grew up. Earlier on Wednesday, Obama stopped in to a summit...

  • Obama, who is racing to cement his legacy on climate change before his presidency ends on Jan. 20, will showcase both progress and looming threats in stops at Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Honolulu; and an ocean refuge in the remote Midway Atoll. At a Nevada summit on the health of Lake Tahoe, whose average surface temperature reached an all-time recorded high last year, Obama...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 31- President Barack Obama on Wednesday embarked on a 10- day trip during which he will stress the urgency of curbing climate change and try to achieve some final agreements on the issue with world leaders at a G20 meeting in China. Obama, who is racing to cement his legacy on climate before his presidency ends on Jan. 20, will showcase both progress on...

  • Hurricane watch issued for Florida's Gulf Coast

    The Weather Channel's Jen Carfagno gives the latest hurricane forecast as both Florida and Hawaii are threatened by storms.

  • CHICAGO/ TAMPA, Fla., Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its decision to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about more cases...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The agency said its move to expand blood screening in the United States was based on concerns about increasing cases of local...