Hawaii State News, 12 Jan 2019

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Tulsi Gabbard says she is running for president
U.S. Rep Tulsi Gabbard told CNN today that she is running for president in 2020 and will make a formal announcement next week.
Father angry over scuba death of teenage son in Maunalua Bay
The water was choppy and the wind was blowing the morning of Jan. 5 when an excited 13-year-old boy from Mongolia put on scuba equipment for the first time and ended up dead in 60 feet of water in Maunalua Bay.
FAA bringing back safety inspectors sidelined by shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. >> The Federal Aviation Administration says it has brought about 500 furloughed safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return next week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid a partial federal government shutdown.


Matt Kuchar boosts Sony Open lead to 2
Matt Kuchar gave himself a tiny bit more breathing room, expanding his one-shot lead to two with a 4-under-par 66 in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii today.
Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record
WASHINGTON >> As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books today, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void.
Ex-kidnapping victims say Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal
CHICAGO >> Katie Beers’ joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home.
Alabama QB Jalen Hurts attends game with Maryland football coach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. >> Maryland freshman forward Jalen Smith is starting to make his name on the college level as he did in high school at Baltimore’s Mount Saint Joseph.
State warns public to stay away from Sand Island after whale carcass removal
The public is asked to refrain from entering waters at Sand Island State Recreation Area after a decomposing sperm whale carcass was removed from the area today.
Hawaii women’s basketball team upsets UC Davis
The Hawaii women’s basketball team rallied to defeat two-time defending conference champion UC Davis 65-60 today at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The government shutdown is putting a strain on hundreds of Native American tribes
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.>> Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, where one person often supports an extended family.
Saudi teen refugee finds a new home in Canada after fleeing her family
TORONTO >> Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived today in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign.
Democrats roll out big health care proposals in California, Washington and New York
SEATTLE >> Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable.
California town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to use hungry goats to prevent wildfires
NEVADA CITY, CALIF. >> The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren makes first 2020 campaign trip to New Hampshire neighbors
MANCHESTER, N.H. >> Sen. Elizabeth Warren floated a likely presidential bid in New Hampshire, visiting the early primary state today to deliver a message of economic populism and clean government.
Five-0 Redux: Near-tragedy helps Danny forgive, make peace with past on “Hawaii Five-0”
Ever since the Hawaiian word for “family” became part of our everyday vernacular, it is not uncommon for people to call close friends or a group they work or socialize with, part of their “ohana.” The core foundation of “Hawaii Five-0” is the ohana and the sense of family that surrounds Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan), the rest of the Five-0 team. It includes the ot
3 dead, dozens injured after a powerful explosion and fire at Paris bakery
PARIS >> A powerful explosion apparently caused by a gas leak blew apart a Paris bakery on today and devastated the street it was on, killing three people and injuring dozens as it blasted out windows and overturned nearby cars, French authorities said.
Kaumualii Highway on Kauai reopened following fatal car crash
A 54-year-old man from Kalaheo has died following a two-vehicle crash early this morning that closed Kaumualii Highway in both directions near Halfway Bridge in Kipu.
Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race
SAN ANTONIO >> Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race today as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates.
Technology brings images of Holocaust survivors to life in interactive exhibit
DALLAS >> Max Glauben was 17 and had already lost his mother, father and brother at the hands of the Nazis when U.S. troops rescued him while he was on a death march from one German concertation camp to another.
Chinese tech company Huawei fires sales manager who Poland charged with spying
LONDON >> The Chinese tech company Huawei today announced it has fired a sales director who was arrested in Poland and charged with spying for China, saying he has brought the firm’s reputation “into disrepute.”
Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr is poised to reclaim his old job
WASHINGTON >> When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America’s biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The “Age of Aquarius,” he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor.
R. Kelly denies all allegations of sexual misconduct made by women, lawyer says
CHICAGO >> An attorney for R. Kelly said Friday that the R&B star denies all allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls, including those made in a recent documentary, although he says neither he nor Kelly have watched the entire movie.
High surf warning in effect for portions of Oahu, Hawaii island, Kauai, Molokai, Maui and Niihau
A high surf warning is in effect for the north- and west-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Niihau, the north-facing shores of Maui and the west-facing shores of Hawaii island.
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