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  • Chrysler gives in to gov't, expands air bag recall Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    The vehicles have driver's air bags equipped with inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. that can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators. For instance, Chrysler's recall covered just Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress. The news conference came two days after the president made the surprise announcement that he was moving to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after half a century of Cold...

  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. Obama spoke Friday during his year-end news conference, shortly before he was leaving the White House for a Hawaii vacation. Obama will have a Republican-led Congress for the first time in his presidency when the GOP...

  • Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    DETROIT— Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. Ford's action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to national recalls. Honda and Mazda already took their recalls national.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company rank among the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • 'Nut rage' gives Hawaii macadamia nuts a boost Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    HONOLULU— A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Cho Hyun- ah, an airline vice president of cabin service and daughter of the company's chairman, ordered a flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight from New York City after she was served...

  • Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Officials say lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station in seven to 10 days. Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Monday the lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa. In October, the lava stalled just before Pahoa's main road.

  • Big Island brothers' T-shirts commemorate lava Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    HILO, Hawaii— Two Hawaii brothers are selling concert-like T-shirts commemorating a Big Island lava flow as a way to make money in case the molten rock burns down their auto parts store. The lava from Kilauea volcano has been threatening homes, business and roads for months after slowly creeping into the small town of Pahoa. They came up with the idea in October,...

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • Southern California mudflows trigger evacuations Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A dangerous storm system blamed for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington, and flooded roadways in the Bay Area that kept many from work and school, pushed into the southern California and caused mudslides and evacuations, officials said. Avalanches of mud and debris blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura...

  • Hawaii takes small steps on $20B retiree liability Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii is taking small steps toward paying off its $20 billion unfunded liability for retiree pensions and health benefits. Hawaii's state and county employees have just 2 percent of projected retiree health care expenses set aside. The shortfall for retiree health benefits in Hawaii stands at $11.2 billion, according to an analysis by Gabriel,...

  • Hawaii envisions presidential library on the beach Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu- born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down. Hawaii officials predicted Thursday that the prime 8- acre spot on a rocky shoreline between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, combined with the state's many tourists, would make the facility one of the nation's most heavily visited presidential centers.

  • Son to reunite with dad found after 12 days at sea Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

    His father, Ron Ingraham, arrived Wednesday on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, where he lives on his boat that was towed to shore by the Coast Guard. He was found dehydrated and hungry Tuesday after being missing since Thanksgiving, when the Coast Guard picked up his first mayday call. Coast Guard officials sought to contact his next of kin, son Zakary Ingraham, 43, in...

  • Obama announces $1B for early childhood education Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners. He said the investments announced at a daylong...

  • Nut rage spat latest stumble for Korean Air family Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— When South Koreans heard that a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a flight because she was angry at being served macadamia nuts in a bag there was outrage but no surprise. In the headline hogging incident now dubbed "nut rage," Cho Hyun- ah, the airline's head of cabin service and daughter of its chairman, ordered a senior crew member off the plane,...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...

  • Dec 3- Hawaiian Holdings Inc, operator of Hawaiian Airlines, will add more seats to its short-haul aircraft next year, a senior company executive said on Wednesday. Hawaiian Holdings, which mainly operates flights in Hawaii, will add as many as 10 seats to each of its 18 Boeing 717 jets, Peter Ingram, the company's chief commercial officer, said at an investor day in...