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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter. In a speech Thursday in Washington, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said FCC investigators were on the ground in Hawaii. "We want to understand how this mistake...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in December, recording its biggest drop in just over a year, amid a steep decline in the construction of single-family housing units following two months of hefty gains. The decline in claims for jobless benefits, however, probably exaggerated the health of the labor market as data for seven states,...

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    First-time claims for benefits were expected to total 250,000 in the most recent week, down from the 261,000 claims reported for the prior week.

  • HONOLULU— A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide. The debate comes as North Korea claims it is...

  • HONOLULU— Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. FEMA said Hawaii did not require its approval to cancel the alert on Saturday. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, both of Hawaii, have asked the House Armed Services Committee...

  • TOKYO— Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Wednesday that an erroneous alert about a North Korean missile fired at Japan was sent by a staff member who meant to transmit a different news flash. The false alert said North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan and that the government was warning people to take shelter. Tension has grown in Japan over...

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • Pope Francis attends Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

  • HONOLULU— Policies to alleviate Hawaii's persistent homelessness problem and chronic housing shortage are expected to top the agenda when state lawmakers open a new legislative session this week. On homelessness, Saiki said the House would prioritize creating more transitional centers modeled after the Family Assessment Center in Honolulu's Kakaako...

  • A screenshot of an alert mistakenly sent to cellphone users in Hawaii on January 13.

    A Hawaii emergency management employee was reassigned amid fallout from a botched ballistic missile alert, USA Today reports.

  • A woman walking past Marriott signage in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province. Authorities in China have shut down Marriott's local website for a week after the US hotel giant mistakenly listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries.

    Just as Alaska and Hawaii are part of the U.S., Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet are "all parts of China," China Daily said.

  • A screenshot of an alert mistakenly sent to cellphone users in Hawaii on January 13.

    "The false emergency alert sent yesterday in Hawaii was absolutely unacceptable," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

  • As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. That's the official line, but the reality of how the policy might be enforced in Pennsylvania and other...

  • NEW YORK— A former official at Columbia University's Teachers College pocketed at least $350,000 by carrying out a decades-long scheme that dished out hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial aid in exchange for kickbacks from three students, authorities said Thursday. Melanie Williams-Bethea, director of financial aid at Teachers College until...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they will force a vote later this year on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules and will try to make it a key issue in the 2018 congressional elections. The FCC voted in December along party lines to reverse rules introduced in 2015 that...

  • The FCC voted in December along party lines to reverse rules introduced in 2015 that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. It marked the biggest win for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in his sweeping effort to undo many telecommunications regulations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican,...

  • With Republicans unable to agree on a vision for health care, Democrats are debating ideas that range from single-payer, government-run care for all, to new insurance options anchored in popular programs like Medicare or Medicaid. There's also widespread support for authorizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, an idea once advocated by...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 4- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose for a third straight week last week, but that likely does not suggest a material shift in labor market conditions as data for several states, including California, were estimated. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 250,000 for...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 1- In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the world rang in another year. The fantasy reboot, which finds Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart transported into a video game world, has outperformed expectations, picking up a lordly $66.5 million over the holiday weekend.

  • LOS ANGELES, xxxxxx- In a battle of box office heavyweights, Luke Skywalker just managed to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the world rang in another year. The fantasy reboot, which finds Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart transported into a video game world, has outperformed expectations, picking up a lordly $66.5 million over the holiday weekend.