Top News & Analysis Hawaii

  • HONOLULU-- Hawaiian Airlines on Tuesday said its consolidated adjusted net income jumped 78 percent in the third quarter to $45.5 million as the company continued expanding flights to Asia and the U.S. mainland.

  • The risk of a devastating cyberattack on the United States is real. There's no question the country remains vulnerable to an "electronic Pearl Harbor," as debate continues on the role the federal government should play in securing computer networks that control the nation's electrical grid, water supply and other critical sectors.

  • HONOLULU-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Honolulu company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed to Oahu restaurants because the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

  • NEWARK, N.J.-- The Transportation Security Administration on Friday moved to fire 25 employees at Newark Liberty International Airport and suspend 19 others for what it said was improper screening of checked luggage, the latest in a series of problems at one of the country's busiest airports.

  • HONOLULU-- Hawaii's unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent last month, its lowest rate in nearly four years. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday the last time Hawaii's jobless rate was this low was December 2008. Hawaii added jobs in the fields of education, health services and tourism.

  • HONOLULU-- A state appeals court is upholding Honolulu's handling of a half-billion dollar contract for the construction of a commuter rail line. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Wednesday the Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the city's decision to disqualify one of the bidders, Bombadier Transportation USA, Inc..

  • HONOLULU-- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding a $300,000 grant to a public-private partnership aiming to revitalize the neighborhood around Kuhio Park Terrace and Kuhio Homes in Honolulu.

  • HONOLULU-- A rail project shut down by court order will cost Honolulu more than $114 million, according to the head of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

  • Oct 11- California's refiners increased their stockpiles of gasoline by more than 5 percent last week, despite a drop in production that fuelled an unprecedented spike in prices, state data showed on Thursday.

  • Oct 11- West Coast oil refiners saw only a small dip in operations last week and gasoline inventories were little changed, according to government data that shed little new light on the unprecedented spike in California gasoline prices.

  • HONOLULU-- Average hotel room prices hit an all-time high in Hawaii in August as tourist spending rose and visits from Japan, Korea, China and other markets spiked, a tourism analysis firm said Wednesday.

  • Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed BancWest Corporation's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' A'. Fitch has also affirmed the ratings of the subsidiary banks, Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank. Today's rating action on BWE was taken in conjunction with Fitch's Global Trading and Universal Bank review.

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • HONOLULU-- An investigation into why Honolulu International Airport security officers failed to screen some checked bags for explosives says the slip-up might not have happened if Transportation Security Administration supervisors did a better job of overseeing the officers.

  • SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia says she hopes her embarrassment during a Seattle airport security pat-down might change the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she traveled through Seattle en route to Hawaii.

  • SEATTLE-- A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions. Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.

  • NEW YORK-- Increased competition on several key routes led Hawaiian Airlines Inc. to cut its third-quarter revenue expectations on Tuesday. The stock of its parent company, Hawaiian Holdings Inc., lost as much as 6 percent. Hawaiian started flying nonstop between New York and Honolulu in June.

  • SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "