Hawaii State News, evening edition, 13 Jan 2019

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park using recreation fees to offset shutdown
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the most popular visitor attractions in the state, announced today that areas of the park will remain accessible to visitors despite the government shutdown.
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Hawaii and a dozen states
OAKLAND, Calif. >> A U.S. judge in California today blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

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With no new talks, L.A. teacher strike all but inevitable
LOS ANGELES >> A massive teachers strike in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district, is all but inevitable starting Monday after the two sides did not renew negotiations over the weekend.
New England Patriots roll past L.A. Chargers, 41-28
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. >> Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs today to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game.
Honolulu police investigate death following family fight
Police are investigating a potential case of abuse of a family member after a man, 60, died following an altercation in Ewa Beach on Thursday.
Suspect arrested after Iwilei robbery
Police arrested a 42-year-old male on Saturday for second degree robbery after he allegedly used force to steal merchandise from an Iwilei store.
Man, 52, allegedly threatens police with bat
Honolulu police were the victims in an alleged attack on Saturday night.
Police investigate attempted murder in Kapolei
Honolulu police have opened a second-degree attempted murder case after a man was attacked early this morning.
Tiana Wong crowned 70th Narcissus Queen
Sacred Hearts Academy graduate and University of Hawaii student Tiana Wong was crowned the 70th Narcissus Queen at Hawaii Theatre on Saturday night.
Kevin Hart’s ‘The Upside’ unseats ‘Aquaman’ in $19.6M debut
NEW YORK >> Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he’s got a number one movie. “The Upside,” starring Hart and Bryan Cranston, surpassed expectations to open with $19.6 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Average price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to $2.31
CAMARILLO, Calif. >> The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.31.
Wisconsin teen in ‘good spirits’ post-kidnap, escape
BARRON, Wis. >> The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say escaped a man who killed her parents and held her captive for three months said today she’s in “exceptionally good spirits.”
Firefighters battle blaze at Waimanalo Apartments
Nearly two dozen firefighters responded to a fire on Saturday night that broke out in a unit at the Waimanalo Apartments.
Beef-friendly Nebraska eyes regulations on the word ‘meat’
LINCOLN, Neb. >> More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term “meat” on product labels, Nebraska’s powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat.
Carole King shows up as herself in Broadway bio
NEW YORK >> Anything can happen in live theater, and audience members seeing “Beautiful,” the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared in the role of herself to celebrate the show’s fifth anniversary on Broadway.
Wild dogs in Texas linked to endangered red wolf
DALLAS >> Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carry a substantial amount of red wolf genes.
Thorny questions threaten to slow legal pot in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. >> Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicts a bill will pass this year. But don’t expect to see pot shops opening up from Brooklyn to Buffalo anytime soon.
Companies improvise to dodge trade war’s cost hikes
WASHINGTON >> In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump’s import taxes — a move that threatens a handful of its 26 U.S. jobs.
HFD extinguishes Nuuanu house fire; 2 rescued
An elderly mother and her son apparently escaped unharmed after a fire broke out in their Nuuanu home this morning, the Honolulu Fire Department said.
Lanai High gets own bus thanks to Maui-based donation
LANAI CITY, Hawaii >> Lanai High and Elementary School has its own bus for the first time in school history.
Iran exploring new uranium enrichment, country’s nuclear chief says
TEHRAN, Iran >> The head of Iran’s nuclear program said today that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for a 2015 nuclear deal.
Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia
WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he currently is or has ever worked for Russia after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.
Sen. Graham says Trump isn’t giving in on border wall
WASHINGTON >> A leading Senate Republican close to President Donald Trump says Trump isn’t giving in on his demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue that’s caused the partial government shutdown that’s
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