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Top Story: Coronavirus declared a global emergency.
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Accessed on 30 January 2020, 2250 UTC, Post 20203.
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The World Health Organization defines an international emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response. Read more
Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city is “not yet confident” the first 11-mile segment of the Honolulu rail line will open on time at the end of this year. Read more
The vote on witnesses, expected Friday, could lead to an abrupt end of the trial with the expected acquittal. Read more
Former Alabama and Saint Louis School star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa plans to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, according to reports. Read more
Church leader Apollo Quiboloy claims to be “the appointed son of God” and last year claimed he stopped a major earthquake from hitting the southern Philippines. Read more
The owner of The Signature Steak & Prime Seafood is opening a second steakhouse next to Liliha Bakery on Nimitz Highway. Read more
Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s lawyers served notice to a Trump attorney today for Trump to submit a sample on March 2 in Washington for “analysis and comparison against unidentified male DNA present on the dress.” Read more
A self-described germaphobe, Trump has had little to say in public about the new virus that so far has killed more than 170 people in China, sickened thousands more there and led to a handful of confirmed cases in the U.S. Read more
Greek lawmakers ratified an agreement with the United States today to significantly expand military cooperation as Greece faces escalating tensions with neighboring Turkey. Read more
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at Diamond Head Park Chapel. Public visitation is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with services to begin at 10 a.m. Read more
When Americans crack open a cold one during Sunday’s Super Bowl, it might not be a traditional domestic beer. Read more
Another west-northwest swell has prompted weather officials to extend a high surf advisory for most islands as an approaching cold front threatens to dampen the weekend. Read more
Asked about Ross’ comments, Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, declined to endorse the notion that the U.S. economy stands to benefit from China’s health crisis. Read more
The Colorado baker whose refusal to design a wedding cake for a gay couple led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling and made him a conservative hero now has a book deal. Read more
There were 12 police officers fired and 12 others suspended in 2019 on Hawaii island, according to a recent report by the Hawaii Police Department. Read more
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira said their Super Bowl halftime show will pay homage to Latino culture, promising a joint performance that has an empowering message and also one that will remember NBA icon Kobe Bryant. Read more
The crash occurred on Kealahou Street, south of Kalohelani Place at about 7:25 p.m. Read more
Authorities allege church members were forced to solicit donations for the Children’s Joy Foundation USA, claiming the money would help support impoverished children in the Philippines. Read more
The Bryants would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary this April. Read more
Sowers makes very clear she hopes she’s blazing a path for many more to follow. Read more
Britain and the bloc fought tooth and nail for the best part of four years — with insults flying across the English Channel — over the terms of their divorce. Read more