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  • KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii— Greg Colden, a farmer on Hawaii's Big Island, said he is most worried about the damage that more rain and sustained winds could do to the area as Hurricane Ignacio passes by this week. He is one of the owners of Kona Natural Soap Co. in Holualoa, upslope of Kona Village on the west side of the island, and has 450 coffee trees and 1,250 cacao trees.

  • Waikiki water tested for bacteria after sewage spill Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 3:12 AM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's white sand beaches in Waikiki were mostly deserted after officials warned the public about a half-million-gallon sewage spill in Ala Moana Beach Park, which is adjacent to the world-famous tourist destination. The Department of Health was testing a 4- mile stretch of waterfront from Kapahulu Avenue in Waikiki to Point Panic in Kakaako.

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • Maui telescope protesters ready to disrupt convoy Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Protesters are mobilizing to attempt to block a convoy delivering materials to the construction site for a Maui solar telescope, and this time, they plan to be at two locations. The protest is inspired by a fight to stop a giant telescope from being built on the Big Island. Demonstrators laid on the ground and connected themselves with plastic pipes and...

  • Failure to agree with Mexico on rules for car-making was a key stumbling block when negotiators fell short of a deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the end of July. Mexican officials have expressed confidence an agreement can be reached in coming weeks, but car manufacturing remains a sticking point and upcoming elections in Canada this year and the...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Friday that an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be completed this year and said a recent nuclear deal with Iran proved hurdles in international agreements could be overcome. Kerry likened the TPP talks to a deal negotiated over 18 months between Iran and six other countries to lift sanctions in return...

  • Kerry says Pacific trade pact must stay on track Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 11:59 PM ET

    Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the need to forge ahead to "finish the job" on an ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership during a meeting with Vietnam's president on Friday, a week after lengthy talks in Hawaii ended with no deal. The Pacific pact is a "mega regional" accord set to cover 12 countries with a combined GDP of $28 trillion, among them Australia,...

  • TOKYO, Aug 6- Twelve-nation Pacific Rim trade talks must better reflect the interests of participants other than the United States and Japan, rather than centring on their bilateral agreements, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser told Japan's Nikkei business daily. Negotiators cited a clutch of lingering disputes, including auto trade between Japan and...

  • "As with any complex negotiation... there remain details to be hashed out," Kerry said in a speech during a stop in Singapore on his way to meetings of the 10 nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Malaysia on Wednesday. "Last week in Hawaii, we made good progress in our negotiations," he said adding that countries negotiating the 12- nation...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- Raytheon Co's Standard Missile-6 intercepted and destroyed a short-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii last week, the Pentagon said on Monday, paving the way for the SM-6 to be deployed on U.S. Navy Aegis ships next year. "This important test campaign not only demonstrated an additional terminal defense layer of the, it also proved...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- Raytheon Co's Standard Missile-6 intercepted and destroyed a short-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii last week, the Pentagon said on Monday, paving the way for the SM-6 to be deployed on U.S. Navy Aegis ships next year. "This important test campaign not only demonstrated an additional terminal defense layer of the, it also proved...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday each nation's interests clashed over an intellectual property issue and they could not reach a Pacific Rim trade deal. He also said trade ministers from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks share a view that they will continue to make efforts toward an early...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on Friday after talks in Maui on the Trans-Pacific Partnership but vowed to keep working. "Ministers and negotiators leave Hawaii committed to build on the momentum of this meeting by staying in close contact as negotiators continue their intensive engagement to find...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared between Japan and North America over autos, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 31- Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources involved in the talks said on Friday, with a dispute between Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations...

  • SOURCE CLOSE TO PACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS SAYS UNLIKELY TO REACH A DEAL IN MAUI, DUE TO DAIRY, AUTOS, BIOLOGICS.

  • AUSTRALIAN TRADE MINISTER SAYS PACIFIC TRADE DEAL 98 PCT COMPLETE, HARD TO SEE IF CAN BE CLOSED IN MAUI.

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • Pacific Rim free trade talks go down to the wire Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:51 PM ET

    Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, had a news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. local time on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not back a deal that is not good for...