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  • "We have a lot of elders who are concerned about having enough capacity to bury their families when it's time to go," said Mahealani Cypher, who represents the Koolau Foundation, which is pushing the state to update its burial laws. Several bills in the Legislature seek to change state law to encourage traditional Hawaiian burials. "Across all these practices, the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps. "We know what the internment camps were," Rago Arts and Auction Center founding partner David Rago said Thursday. Roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at 10 relocation camps...

  • Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    DETROIT— Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the cars were added when Nissan found out about Wilson's injury while analyzing field data. In November, Nissan recalled more than 52,000 vehicles to fix potentially faulty...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps. "We know what the internment camps were," Rago Arts and Auction Center founding partner David Rago said Thursday. The New Jersey auction house has declined to identify the owner of the collection,...

  • That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years— but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them. The United States is "trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture," says Miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA's organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Audit finds wide mismanagement at Philadelphia VA Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs facility in Philadelphia have led to mismanagement and delays in handling veterans' disability and pensions claims, according to a government audit released Wednesday. In a blistering 79- page report, the VA's inspector general cites a litany of problems, all part of a rush to...

  • HONOLULU— The Hawaii attorney general's office said Tuesday it will investigate Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's use of his county-issued credit card, after he acknowledged using it to cover personal expenses that included nearly $900 at a bar. Attorney General Doug Chin said his office will investigate at the request of Hawaii County Prosecuting...

  • WASHINGTON— The Education Department says it will fine Heald College $30 million, alleging the Corinthian Colleges subsidiary engaged in egregious misconduct and misled students. In one instance, the department said, the company's Honolulu campus declared that a graduate had found work in her chosen field of accounting— even though administrators knew she...

  • The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff on Monday from Seattle. Alaska Airlines has said the leader of a baggage-loading crew noticed the worker was missing and tried to call and text him before concluding he had gone home when his 9 1/ 2- hour shift ended. Safety experts say the crew should not have closed the cargo doors of Flight 448 to Los...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell's plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern shore. The public will have until April 20 to comment on environmental aspects and until May 1 to comment on the overall revised plan, submitted by the subsidiary, Shell...

  • Which state residents pay the most property taxes? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    Palmer Square in Princeton, N.J.

    These states have the highest average property taxes.

  • April 8- A Northern California cancer patient whose removal from an Alaska Airlines flight caused outrage online said on Wednesday that the carrier refunded her family's airfare, which will be donated to research. In a video posted on her Facebook page, Elizabeth Sedway said she was asked to leave the flight from Lihue Airport in Kauai, Hawaii, to San Jose on...

  • HONOLULU— After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week. In a statement released Tuesday, Thirty Meter Telescope Project Manager Gary Sanders said, "TMT agrees with...

  • April 7- Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it has filed a complaint in federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove Greenpeace activists who climbed aboard an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean bound for the Arctic on Monday in a protest against Arctic drilling. "We're here to highlight that in less than 100 days Shell is going to the Arctic to drill for oil," 32- year-old...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Attorneys for Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Tuesday sued in federal court to remove six Greenpeace activists who boarded a vessel carrying an oil-drilling rig leased by Shell across the Pacific. The six on Monday used inflatable boats launched from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza to climb aboard the Blue Marlin, a heavy-lift ship carrying a...

  • Virgin America is adding Hawaii to its map with flights from San Francisco starting in November. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines already fly to Honolulu from San Francisco, and Alaska Airlines flies there from San Jose and Oakland, California. Virgin America CEO David Cush said in an interview that Hawaii was "the big glaring hole" in his...

  • The 400- foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board, Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nichols said. Shell USA spokeswoman Kelly Op De Weegh said by email that Greenpeace protesters illegally boarded the...

  • The billionaire and the $93M (or $118M) Modigliani Sunday, 5 Apr 2015 | 10:11 AM ET
    Dmitriy Rybolovlev

    An accusation of fraud by a Russian billionaire offers a glimpse into the workings of the private art market, The NYT reports.