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  • The United States and Japan, the two biggest economies in the talks, are both keen for strong intellectual property protections, such as long copyright periods and data protection for next-generation drugs. Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari, arriving in Hawaii with his counterparts from the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership countries, told...

  • HONOLULU _ Bank of Hawaii Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $41.2 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 93 cents per share. Bank of Hawaii shares have risen 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— The State Department on Monday took Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. Thailand, downgraded with Malaysia last year because of pervasive labor abuses in its...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 26- Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the talks, which run from July 28 to 31 on the island of Maui, with high hopes of a pact to...

  • The United States, New Zealand and Australia are pushing hard for Canada to open up its protected dairy market and allow more imports, complaining that the country has not given its trade partners a sign it is ready to talk and even mulling a TPP without Canada. Sugar refiner Imperial Sugar Co, part of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, says Australia should be allowed to...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks that could make or break an ambitious trade deal which aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Trade ministers go into the talks, which run July 28-31 on the island of Maui, with high hopes of an agreement to conclude...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— When Tyler Richardson's son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. He wandered outside one day after his aides left his grandmother's home, where he was living. After a long, nationwide search and...

  • WASHINGTON— State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO's political committee has recommended the nation's largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages. The move highlights the pressures Clinton is facing...

  • Central Pacific Financial posts 2Q profit Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    HONOLULU _ Central Pacific Financial Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $12.3 million. Central Pacific Financial shares have risen almost 9 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Central Pacific Financial, Earnings Report.

  • They think of him as Kenyan-American, "said EJ Hogendoorn, deputy program director for Africa at the International Crisis Group. Obama's link to Kenya is a father he barely knew, but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. A White House initiative to support young men of color who face similar circumstances has become a project dear to...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Washington lobbying by companies and groups involved in global trade boomed in the past nine months, records show, as Congress debated a landmark trade pact proposed by President Barack Obama, the 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lobbying expenditures by members of a pro-TPP coalition increased to $135 million in the second quarter...

  • HONOLULU— A Honolulu woman who became a fugitive for several days while out on bond awaiting trial in a complex real estate scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges. At times sounding like she was crying, McTigue said in U.S. District Court in Honolulu that she takes responsibility for her role in a scheme...

  • Associated Press, Movietone to place archives on YouTube Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    LONDON— The Associated Press and British Movietone are placing their extensive newsreel archives on YouTube. They will place more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage on the video-sharing platform. The archive will include coverage of major historical events like the bombing of Pearl Harbor and footage of celebrities like Elvis Presley,...

  • Gov. Ige opposes NextEra deal to buy Hawaiian Electric Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 8:59 PM ET

    The sale was approved by Hawaiian Electric's shareholders in June but still needs approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. "If allowed to support Hawaii's energy goals with the Hawaiian Electric companies, NextEra Energy and its extensive renewable energy expertise and resources will strengthen and accelerate Hawaiian Electric's clean...

  • HONOLULU— A man was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly arranging to buy six pairs of military-grade night-vision goggles from an undercover federal agent and trying to export them to China, court documents show. Kim, 41, tried to send the devices to China, according to the complaint, but it's unclear what he intended to do with them after that. He was born in North...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— The main contractor in Maryland's initially flawed health care exchange website has agreed to repay $45 million to avoid legal action over its performance, officials announced Tuesday. Maryland's website crashed right after opening Oct. 1, 2013, as part of President Barack Obama's health care law, and it wasn't the only state to have problems.

  • LONDON, July 21- California motorists are paying $1 per gallon more for gasoline than drivers in the rest of the country as problems at state refineries leave the state fuel market unusually tight. The gap between fuel prices in California and the rest of the country hit a record $1.06, up from just 43 cents at the start of the year. California levies almost 61 cents...

  • *Dollar/yen seen capped under 125 yen for time being. TOKYO, July 21- The dollar hovered near five-week highs versus the yen on Tuesday after a top Federal Reserve official added to expectations that U.S. interest rates could be raised as early as September. Louis Fed President James Bullard told the Fox Business network on Monday that the central bank is likely to...

  • TOKYO, July 21- The dollar hovered near five-week highs versus the yen on Tuesday after a top Federal Reserve official added to expectations that U.S. interest rates could be raised as early as September. Louis Fed President James Bullard told the Fox Business network on Monday that the central bank is likely to raise rates in September as inflation is set to...