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Top Story: After a night of heavy rains, crews have reopened the Pali Highway leading to Kailua, Oahu.
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Crews have cleared the road to reopen Pali Highway heading toward Kailua. Read more
The Honolulu Fire Department sent seven units staffed with 23 personnel to a single-story home on Huli St. this afternoon. Read more
Houston and Washington battled back-and-forth in the second half, until the Cougars prevailed with a late run and won the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic 75-71 today at the Stan Sheriff Center. Read more
Georgia Tech went on two huge second-half runs to seize third place from host Hawaii, 70-53, in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament today at the Stan Sheriff Center. Read more
County Coroner John Fudenberg identified the victims Tuesday as city and county officials were investigating the cause and spread of the Saturday fire that also injured 13. Read more
According to the Department of Defense, Goble, of Washington Township, N.J., assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Read more
This year, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer were apparently swapped for a workhorse CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Read more
The 37-year-old man had been surfing near Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands, during the attack, according to a news release. Read more
North Carolina college student who saved classmates from shooting honored as Jedi by ‘Star Wars’ production company
The North Carolina college student hailed by police as a hero for preventing more injuries and deaths after a gunman opened fire in a classroom in April 2019 has been immortalized as a Jedi by the production company for the Star Wars franchise. Read more
Britain’s longest reigning monarch emphasized the need for forgiveness and reconciliation and admitted it had been a difficult year. Read more
The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the annual Christmas Day message that “the light of Christ is greater” than the darkness “in human hearts” and ”in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts.” Read more
Visitors converged on the town’s large Christmas tree in Manger Square, near the spot believed to mark Jesus’ birthplace. Read more
A construction needed to improve the fragile structure underneath of a planned relocation site for a U.S. Marine Corps. base on Okinawa is to require twice as much time and cost than the previous estimate, adding more than a decade to the plan that has already been delayed for more than 20 years. Read more
Australian authorities have warned that the fires in New South Wales could fester for months, causing more angst for exhausted firefighters. Read more
Michigan attorney general suspends investigation of Michigan State over serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar
A spokeswoman said Tuesday, Dec. 24that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has suspended a nearly two-year-long investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of complaints against now-imprisoned serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar. Read more
Black Rock City LLC, the nonprofit that produces the annual Burning Man event, filed the lawsuit Dec. 13 in U.S. District Court in Washington. Read more
A copy of Kennedy’s 1961 letter is being featured at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Read more
Wall Street ended nearly flat Tuesday in a shortened trading session before closing for Christmas Day. U.S. markets reopen Thursday. Read more
Starting this afternoon, jackets and umbrellas could come in handy as a period of wet and unsettled weather blankets the islands through Thursday. Read more
Cole McDonald throws four scoring passes and rushes for another touchdown to boost Hawaii to a 38-34 victory over BYU in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. Read more
A flash flood warning is in effect for Kauai until 11:45 p.m. Read more
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