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Top Story: Democrats claim President Trump asked for Ukraine help for his own political benefit while holding back aid as leverage.
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Trump is accused of seeking the investigation — and probes of political foe Joe Biden and Biden’s son — for his own political benefit while holding back congressionally approved military aid as leverage. Read more
Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds. Read more
The FDA will be cracking down on these products due to the significant rise in vaping among youth across the U.S. Companies have until the end of the month to comply. Read more
The names of Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama were added Wednesday to the Honolulu Police Department’s “Roll of Honor” plaque at the main police headquarters, joining 48 other officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Read more
The state of Hawaii did not reach the milestone of reaching 10,000 registered passenger electric vehicles in the state by the end of 2019 — at least, not according to the most recent energy trend report. Read more
Despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring troops home, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East today said the most recent forces to enter the region could be there for “quite a while.” Read more
The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy requirement for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator complain it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the requirements set under the Obama administration. Read more
Most hotel markets statewide saw gains across all categories, except Oahu and Kauai. Read more
The experts said the evidence in the privately commissioned report does not show with certainty that Bezos’ phone was actually hacked, much less how it was compromised or what kind of malware was used. Read more
The employee alleged that FAA managers engaged in “gross mismanagement and an abuse of authority” for “the financial benefit of the airline,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the federal Office of Special Counsel. Read more
Police said the victim was seated in a white 2003 Chevrolet Blazer in the 900 block of Kawaiahao Street at about 7:30 p.m. when the perpetrator approached him and used physical force to remove him from the vehicle. Read more
The administration is using the new rule, which takes effect Friday, to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their child by giving birth. Read more
Carter, 23, walked out of the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, wearing the same white blazer, dark slacks and a dark turtleneck she wore last February, when a judge ordered her to begin serving a 15-month sentence. Read more
Two Papyrus stores on Oahu will be among the more than 250 stores closing across North America in the next four to six weeks, according to the greeting card chain’s parent company, Schurman Retail Group. Read more
Approximately 40 firefighters responded and observed personnel battling the blaze. Read more
The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company was ordered to spend 5 1/2 years in prison for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. Read more
A gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle tonight, killing one person and wounding seven others, authorities said. Read more
Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama were unveiled in February 2018. Read more
The training is taking place along Waialae Avenue from 11 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Read more
Police said a witness saw the man on a bodyboard at lagoon 4 when he got into trouble at about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. Read more
The collision occurred on Highway 137 near the Pahoa-Kalapana Road intersection shortly before 11:30 p.m. Read more