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  • The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people." Brian Schatz, of Hawaii, drew on the words of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and President Ronald Reagan, among others, to champion the role of the free press, which it said is "integral to the democratic foundations of the United States. Newspapers from Maine to...

  • NEW YORK— Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press on Thursday— and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently. The campaign was set in motion by an editor at the Boston Globe, which argued in its own editorial that Trump's label of the...

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  • *Don Quijote's sales forecast to hit one trillion yen this year. These days, however, Donki- as it popularly known- is more of a role model, defying Japan's weak retail environment to last week report its 29th year of unbroken sales and profit growth. With sales projected to hit 1 trillion yen this year, Donki is joining the top ranks of Japan's heavyweight retail...

  • HONOLULU— A group of investors is planning a $10 million restoration to an iconic building in Honolulu's historic Chinatown district that is expected to include a new restaurant and boutique hotel. Details of the project were published last week in an environmental assessment by the state, outlining plans to restore and reuse the three-story Wo Fat building,...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— New Zealand plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting the precious coastal and marine environment.

  • Aug 9- A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely-used pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to ban...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii _ Maui Land& Pineapple Co. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $385,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Lahaina, Hawaii- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents. Maui Land& Pineapple shares have decreased 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Aug 7- U.S. supermarket chain Kroger Co said on Tuesday it is exploring strategic alternatives for its Turkey Hill Dairy business, including a sale. The unit was not part of the sale of Kroger's convenience stores business to British gas station operator EG Group for $2.15 billion earlier this year. Turkey Hill distributes frozen dairy desserts and drinks in 49...

  • A map showing Hurricane Hector picking up strength as it approaches the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 5th, 2018. 

    Hurricane Hector regained strength in the eastern Pacific and swelled into a Category 4 storm again, officials said.

  • Hawaiian Airlines CEO on the challenges facing the industry

    Peter Ingram, chief executive of Hawaiian Airlines, talks about the impact of higher fuel costs and how his company is coping.

  • NEW YORK, July 27- New York City is moving toward becoming the first major U.S. municipality to cap ride-sharing services, sparking a tsunami of protest on Friday from Uber and others, which warned that those living in far-flung neighborhoods will suffer most. The City Council is considering five bills aimed primarily at reducing traffic congestion and...

  • CHICAGO, July 26- Southwest Airlines Co has overcome the business effects of a fatal mid-air engine explosion in April, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on a conference call on Thursday after reporting solid second-quarter earnings that sent shares higher. Shares climbed 5.5 percent to $55.19 after Dallas- based Southwest posted a rise in second-quarter...

  • A major Hawaiian airport is about to get more than 4,000 new solar panels. 

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 19- Hawaiian Airlines said on Thursday it would buy 10 787-9 widebodies from Boeing Co with purchase rights for up to 10 more 787 aircraft, putting pressure on rival Airbus to defend its A330neo jet against the Boeing series. The firm order, valued at $2.82 billion at list prices and announced during the Farnborough Air Show in southern...

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 19- Hawaiian Airlines said on Thursday it would buy 10 787-9 widebodies from Boeing Co with purchase rights for up to 10 more 787 aircraft, putting pressure on rival Airbus to defend its A330neo jet against the Boeing series. The firm order, valued at $2.82 billion at list prices and announced during the Farnborough Air Show in southern...

  • A woman takes photos while riding a tour boat to view Kilauea volcano lava entering the Pacific Ocean at dawn, as a steam plume rises, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 22, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii.

    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.

  • After Trump's spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan. BRUSSELS- NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond U.S. DKURASHIKI, Japan- Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200..

  • For Putin, Helsinki talks with Trump a win before he even sits down. Trump calls Germany' captive' of Russia; demands higher defense spending. President Donald Trump accused Germany on Wednesday of being a captive of Russia due to its energy reliance, before a NATO summit where he pressed allies to more than double defense spending.

  • A prison guard opens a locked door with keys inside Angola prison.
The Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, and nicknamed the 'Alcatraz of the South' and 'The Farm' is a maximum-security prison farm in Louisiana operated by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. It is named Angola after the former plantation that occupied this territory, which was named for the African country that was the origin of many enslaved Africans brought to Louisiana in slavery times. 

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