Hawaii State News, evening edition, 02 Feb 2019

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Dolphin from Hawaii, named Kai, dies at Arizona facility
A dolphin, named Kai, from Dolphin Quest’s Hawaii island location, died Thursday at Dolphinaris Arizona. Now, Dolphin Quest is terminating their contract with the dolphin attraction.
Makeshift memorial for Kakaako crash victims is moved
The makeshift memorial for the victims of Monday’s deadly Kakaako crash has been moved to allow a crew to replace a light pole damaged in the tragedy.
Virginia’s Gov. Northam says that wasn’t him in racist photo
RICHMOND, Va. >> Resisting widespread calls for his resignation, Virginia’s embattled governor today pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

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Trump plays golf with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods
JUPITER, Fla. >> President Donald Trump played golf today in Florida with two of the game’s greatest champions, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Super fan who has attended every Super Bowl can’t stop because Patriots won’t stop
KENNEBUNK, Maine >> One of the handful of fans who has seen every single Super Bowl is keeping the streak alive as he prepares to cheer for his New England Patriots.
Tulsi Gabbard launches presidential campaign at Waikiki event
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard plans to kickoff her presidential campaign this afternoon at an event on the great lawn of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
61-year-old man arrested for allegedly stabbing man in suspected road rage incident
A 61-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon in Kapolei after what appeared to be a road rage incident, Honolulu police said.
TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport
ORLANDO, FLA. >> An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida’s busiest airport today, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours, grounded flights and caused serious delays.
Hong Kong court denies male status on IDs for 3 transgender men
HONG KONG >> Hong Kong’s High Court refused on Friday to allow three transgender men to be recognized as males on their official identity cards because they have not undergone full sex-change operations.
Immigrant-rights lawyers and journalists are being denied entry to Mexico
Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry to Mexico in recent days after their passports were flagged with alerts by an unknown government.
Duchess Meghan Markle writes messages on bananas sent to sex workers in Britain
LONDON >> Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has written personal messages to women being helped by a charity that seeks to help sex workers break free from prostitution.
Fallen tree removed from Round Top Drive
Round Top Drive reopened today after a fallen tree closed a portion of the roadway this morning.
Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after U.S. does same
MOSCOW >> Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
North Korea’s underground Christians keep the faith amid persistent crackdowns
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA >> One North Korean defector in Seoul describes her family back home quietly singing Christian hymns every Sunday while someone stood watch for informers. A second cowered under a blanket or in the toilet when praying in the North. Yet another recalls seeing a fellow prison inmate who’d been severely beaten for refusing to repudiate her religion.
Northwest measles outbreak revives bitter debate over vaccine laws
VANCOUVER, WASH. >> A measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, has revived a bitter debate over so-called “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations as public health officials across the Pacific Northwest scramble to limit the fallout.
ICE officials force-feeding detainees on hunger strike, detainee says
Three times a day, a 22-year-old Indian man on a hunger strike says, he is dragged from his cell in a Texas immigration detention center, his feet scraping the floor as he goes. He’s put on a bed where he says his arms and legs are strapped down and a group of people force-feed him by pouring liquid into tubes pushed through his nose.
Powerful storm slams California, resulting in floods and evacuation orders
LOS ANGELES>> The second in a string of powerful storms battered California today, bringing down trees, flooding roadways and prompting evacuations in wildfire burn areas where intense downpours could loosen bare hillsides and cause mudslides.
Thousands of jobs in jeopardy as GM plans to restructure and close 5 factories
TOLEDO, OHIO >> The sting from a major restructuring at General Motors and its planned closings of five North American factories in the coming months is putting thousands of jobs at auto parts suppliers at stake, as well.
Flood advisory canceled for Maui
The National Weather Service canceled this afternoon’s flood advisory for Maui.
On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA. >> It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs.
#ExposeChristianSchools stirs debate over the role of Christian schools in U.S.
NEW YORK >> For their supporters, the thousands of Christian schools across America are literally a blessing — a place where children can learn in accordance with biblical teachings, untainted by the secular norms of public schools.
Man, 43, in serious condition following car crash in Kalihi
A 43-year-old man is in serious condition following a car crash in Kalihi early this morning.
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