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Fireworks were seen from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Tuesday.
Revelers around the world usher in the new decade
By Associated Press Today 1 Comments
A look at how the world is ushering in 2020: Read more
Man suffers laceration to face in Ala Moana Center robbery
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 11:03 pm 13 Comments
A robber pulled a knife on a 76-year-old man at Ala Moana Center Sunday afternoon, leaving with the man’s watch and bag and giving him a laceration on his face. Read more
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, CHANNEL 7, CHANNEL 9 VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
An aerial scene shows fires burning in East Grippsland, Victoria state, today. Wildfires burning across Australia’s two most-populous states today trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions destroyed many properties.
Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town’s waterfront
By Associated Press Today
About 12.35 million acres of land have burned nationwide during the wildfire crisis, with 12 people confirmed dead and more than 1,000 homes destroyed. Read more
Protesters stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday.
Militiamen breach U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Trump blames Iran
By Associated Press Today Updated 5:34 am 12 Comments
U.S. guards fired tear gas and palls of smoke rose over the grounds. Read more
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
Residents at 1220 Aala Street evacuate as firefighters contain a fire within the complex tonight.
Fire evacuation at Chinatown public housing project worries elderly residents
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 12:07 am 6 Comments
A fire in an Aala Street apartment building worried residents who said many of the 16-story building’s occupants are elderly. Read more
The exterior of a McDonald’s restaurant in Mebane, N.C., in October.
Kansas officer resigns, faked story of expletive on his McDonald’s cup
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 7:00 pm 13 Comments
A Kansas police officer has resigned after he admitted to making up a story that a McDonald’s employee wrote an expletive and the word “pig” on a coffee cup, the police chief announced Monday. Read more
COURTESY RAINA HUANG
Asian American business network aims to reach 1M members
By Tribune News Service Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 9:57 pm
The Asian Hustle Network resonated with self-styled doers, investors, inventors and all manner of entrepreneurs going against the norm who flocked to the group’s Facebook page and invited hundreds of their friends to join in. Read more
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surfing contest was held at Waimea Bay. A high surf warning issued this morning for the north and west shores of Hawaiian isles from Niihau to Maui due to an extra large, northwest swell remains in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
High surf warning keeps Honolulu Ocean Safety busy around Oahu
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 12:06 am 1 Comments
The city said 14 rescues were performed on the North Shore of Oahu today, with approximately another 1,500 preventative actions taken by lifeguards. Another 16 rescues were made in West Oahu, with around 3,000 preventative actions taken. Read more
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo dropped back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half, Sunday, in Seattle.
Patriots to play in wild-card game, 49ers get NFC’s No. 1 seed
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 4 Comments
The defending Super Bowl champs open the playoffs during wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009 after they lost 27-24 to Miami on Sunday and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Chargers 31-21 to earn a first-round bye. Read more
KYODO NEWS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS
Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, right, and his wife Carole in Tokyo in March. Ghosn, who is awaiting trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, has arrived in Beirut, a close friend said today. He apparently jumped bail.
Former Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn in Lebanon, says he left Japan because of ‘injustice’
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 7:02 pm 19 Comments
It was not clear how Ghosn, who is of Lebanese origins, left Japan where he was under surveillance and is expected to face trial in April 2020. Read more
WEST FREEWAY CHURCH OF CHRIST/COURTESY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT VIA AP
In this still frame from livestreamed video provided by law enforcement, churchgoers take cover while a congregant armed with a handgun, top left, engages a man who opened fire, near top center just right of windows, during a service at West Freeway Church of Christ on Sunday.
Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 11:49 am 102 Comments
More than 240 congregants were in the church at the time. Read more
Wyland painted this mural on a Hawaiian Telcom building in Lahaina over the weekend, but the company painted over the wall on Monday.
Hawaiian Telcom paints over Wyland mural in Lahaina
By Dan Nakaso Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 9:53 pm 21 Comments
Hawaiian Telcom today painted over an unauthorized mural done by the mural artist Wyland over the weekend on a Hawaiian Telcom building in Lahaina. Read more
Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins NFL football team. Howard has been arrested on a domestic battery charge following an argument with his fiance.
Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback arrested on domestic battery
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 8 Comments
The police report from Davie, Florida, said the argument became physical when Howard grabbed his fiance’s arm and pushed her against a mirrored glass in the hallway of their bedroom. Read more
State suspends OHA audit over refusal to release records
By Mindy Pennybacker Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 4:32 pm 114 Comments
The Office of the Auditor has suspended its audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ limited liability companies because the OHA Board of Trustees is denying access to complete and unredacted minutes of its meetings. Read more
COURTESY COUNTY OF KAUAI
A helipad in a clearing used by investigators and rescue personnel was seen, Saturday, near the crash site of a Safari Helicopters aircraft that killed seven people in the mountains above Kokee, Kauai. NTSB investigators arrived Sunday to lead the investigation into what led to the fatal crash.
NTSB investigators face challenges with Kauai tour helicopter crash
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 11:21 am 8 Comments
Investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board are working on logistics to access the wreckage site of Thursday’s deadly tour helicopter crash in a remote area of Kokee. Read more
People walked inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York in June 2017. According to figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, the past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration.
With births down, U.S. had slowest growth rate in a century
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 4 Comments
The U.S. grew from 2018 to 2019 by almost a half percent, or about 1.5 million people, with the population standing at 328 million this year, according to population estimates. Read more
A man browses his smartphone outside a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing in 2018.
Huawei says sales rose 18% in 2019 despite U.S. pressure
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 2 Comments
Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies said its sales rose about 18% in 2019 despite U.S. moves to restrict its business. Read more
COURTESY HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
Honolulu Museum of Art unveils new logo for 2020
By Nina Wu Dec. 30, 2019 Updated 11:04 pm 10 Comments
Earlier in the year, HoMA began introducing its new brand by offering it on a few logo items in the museum shop. Read more
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
Police investigate an assault today at the Towers at Kuhio Park in Kalihi.
2 hurt in assault at Kalihi public housing
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 29, 2019 18 Comments
Two men were taken to the hospital today — one in critical condition — after an assault at the Towers at Kuhio Park, police said. Read more
Allyson Cole via ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kaitlyn Kong at the First Night Raleigh celebration in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 31, 2018. Kong suffered a gunshot wound after someone fired a gun into the air to celebrate the new year.
Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year’s Eve
By Associated Press Dec. 30, 2019 19 Comments
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2008
Woman, 29, and 4 children hurt in Ala Moana crash
By Star-Advertiser Staff Dec. 29, 2019 7 Comments
A 29-year-old woman and four children were injured on Saturday night after the compact SUV they were riding in struck a coconut tree in front of Nauru Tower on Ala Moana Boulevard. Read more
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