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Top Story: Kobe Bryant’s wife says her family is completely devastated by the loss of her husband and daughter.
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Accessed on 30 January 2020, 1525 UTC, Post 20200.
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The Bryants would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary this April. 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
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
The Honolulu Emergency Medical Services reported that the 7:25 p.m. incident involved two 68-year-old women and two men, one 24 and the other 18. Read more
Ten days away from the season opener, the Hawaii baseball team is predicted to place sixth in the nine-team Big West this year. Read more
White House lawyer Pat Philbin said there’s nothing wrong with the president acting on a personal as well as national interest. Read more
A Circuit Court judge today said he was inclined to allow the state Attorney General’s office to subpoena financial records of a non-profit group devoted to Hawaiian issues,. Read more
The death toll has risen to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China, with 7,711 cases reported within the country. Read more
It struck at about 12:23 p.m. at a depth of less than half a mile, according to the USGS. Read more
The five candidates all agreed about the need to restore trust and accountability in the prosecutor’s office after its recent troubles but also carved out their own visions for tackling the job. Read more
As many as 10,424,995 visitors came to Hawaii in 2019, an increase of more than 5% from 2018 when 9,888,845 tourists visited Hawaii. Read more
At the start of this year the Honolulu Police Department was “short” 318 officers, with many more eligible for retirement, Ward said in his statement. Read more
Sam Bennett, who spent the past season as an assistant with the Arizona Cardinals, is joining the University of Hawaii football coaching staff, the school announced today. Read more
Most economists say the most relevant way to look at the deficit is to measure it against the size of the economy, with deficits at 3 percent or so of gross domestic product seen as sustainable. Read more
He’s selling all of Berkshire Hathaway’s publications to Lee Enterprises for $140 million, including the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska and The Buffalo News in New York. Read more
The National Weather said a “dangerous, long-period northwest swell” is expected to travel down the isle chain today and tonight, and to hold through Thursday. Read more
Much of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement simply updates the 25-year-old NAFTA, with new laws on intellectual property protection, the internet, investment, state-owned enterprises and currency. Read more
Dr. Mark Mugiishi is replacing Michael Stollar, who is stepping down due to health reasons. Stollar became president and CEO in January 2018. Read more
The Fed sketched a mostly positive picture of the U.S. economy in the statement it released after its latest policy meeting. It also repeated its pledge to “monitor” the world economy, which may be held back in the coming months by China’s viral outbreak. Read more
Washington Post reverses suspension of reporter who tweeted about Kobe Bryant rape case hours after crash
Her tweet came in the hours after Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. Read more
The bodies of Kobe Bryant and three other people killed when a helicopter smashed into a foggy Los Angeles-hillside have been identified, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Tuesday. Read more