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  • Sept 19- Hurricane Maria was on course Tuesday to slam Puerto Rico with a direct hit that could devastate the island's underfunded power grid, still recovering from Hurricane Irma two weeks ago. Irma grazed Puerto Rico, knocking out power to more than 1 million of PREPA's 1.5 million customers, according to the U.S. Energy Department. This is an unprecedented...

  • HONOLULU— The Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection is investigating resort fees charged by hotel operators as part of a nationwide effort to curb hidden industry fees. "It's becoming more pervasive in the industry," said Stephen Levins, executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection. Resort fees at Hawaii hotels typically range between $10 and $40 a...

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, introduced a bill on Thursday that would make it easier for the government to stop mergers and another that would raise fees that companies pay for merger reviews. One bill would lessen the burden on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, which review...

  • *Invitation to White House slammed by some rights groups. President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, praising his country for investing in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal. The visit is important for Najib, who faces elections next...

  • HONOLULU— Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries. All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six...

  • HONOLULU— The Latest on Hawaii's push to have all marijuana sales be conducted without cash:. Hawaii's financial institutions commissioner says officials haven't discussed whether people only wanting to pay for their marijuana in cash will be turned away from dispensaries. Iris Ikeda told reporters Tuesday that Oct. 1 is the state's target date for having...

  • HONOLULU— Hawaii said Tuesday that it aims to be the first state to require marijuana sales to be handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries. All of Hawaii's eight licensed dispensaries have agreed to go cashless by Oct. 1, the governor's office said. The Hawaii dispensaries will set up accounts with the...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, praising his country for investments in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal. The visit is important for Najib, who faces elections next year and wants to signal he is still...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- President Donald Trump welcomed Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, praising his country for investments in the United States while steering clear of an American investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal. The visit is important for Najib, who faces elections next year and wants to signal he is still...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- President Donald Trump is set to welcome Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak to the White House on Tuesday, a meeting expected to focus on security issues while steering clear of a U.S. investigation into a Malaysian corruption scandal. The visit is important for Najib, who faces elections next year and wants to signal he is still welcome at...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 7- At least 32 people were killed after a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake, one of the biggest recorded in Mexico, struck off the country's southern coast late on Thursday, causing cracks in buildings and triggering a small tsunami, authorities said. Alejandro Murat, the state governor, said 23 deaths were registered in Oaxaca, 17 of them in...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 7- An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least six people and triggering small tsunami waves but no major destruction. The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this...

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 7- An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least five people, triggering small tsunami waves and damaging some buildings. The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 7- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits jumped to its highest level in more than two years last week amid a surge in applications in hurricane-ravaged Texas, but the underlying trend remained consistent with a firming jobs market. A Labor Department official said last week's data had been impacted by Hurricane Harvey,...

  • Sept 7- The U.S. energy storage market fell 11 percent in the second quarter as utilities connected fewer large projects to the grid, but batteries deployed in homes and businesses hit a record thanks to state incentives in California and Hawaii and lower prices on the technology. Overall, the U.S. deployed 38 megawatts of new energy storage during the period, down...

  • District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue claims for damages over Craft Brew Alliance Inc's packaging for six- and 12- packs of Kona. She said this was despite a disclaimer on Kona packaging saying the beer was brewed in New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington state, as well as Hawaii.

  • Opioid addiction in America has become an epidemic.

    Medicare patients in Hawaii take fewer opioid painkillers and fewer antibiotics, on average, than those in any other state, ProPublica reports.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 30- Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on Louisiana on Wednesday, pouring down more water after setting rainfall records in Texas that caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the U.S. energy hub of Houston. There is some relief in sight for Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, with forecasters saying five days of torrential rain may come to an...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 30- Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again on Wednesday near the Texas- Louisiana border, adding more rain after a record downpour that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city of Houston. Harvey, which made landfall west of Cameron, Louisiana on Wednesday, was expected to produce an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain to an area about 80...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 30- Tropical Storm Harvey was set to make landfall again on Wednesday near the Texas- Louisiana border, adding more precipitation after a record rainfall that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city of Houston. Harvey was expected to produce an additional 6 to 12 inches of rain to the north and east of Houston as it moves into...