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Top Story: A Honolulu police officer faces assault charges involving a half brother and former police chief Louis Kealoha.
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HPD officer charged in connection with assault on half brother and former police chief Louis Kealoha
Louis Kealoha is free on bail pending sentencing next month on conspiracy and obstruction charges. He is seeking a divorce from his wife, Katherine Kealoha, a former deputy prosector, who awaits sentencing from jail. Read more
Honolulu police are investigating an attempted murder case in Makaha Saturday night that involved a suspect firing a handgun at others. Read more
South Korea on Monday reported 161 more cases of a new virus that has spread rapidly around a southwestern city, bringing the nation’s total to 763 cases a day after the president called for “unprecedented, powerful” steps to combat the outbreak. Read more
The fifth-ranked Hawaii beach volleyball team finished third in its season-opening tournament, sweeping No. 19 Stanford 5-0 today in the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic at Queen’s Beach. Read more
Honolulu police Saturday night said the body of a man was discovered at the bottom of a ravine near Diamond Head. Read more
More than 2,600 acres of land are still burning on Kahoolawe after a brush fire broke out on the western end of the island Saturday morning. Read more
Bernie Sanders’ commanding Nevada caucus victory made him a top target for his Democratic rivals and a growing source of anxiety for establishment Democrats worried that the nomination of an avowed democratic socialist could cost the party in November. Read more
In the rush to replace insecure, unreliable electronic voting machines after Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, state and local officials have scrambled to acquire more trustworthy equipment for this year’s election, when U.S. intelligence agencies fear even worse problems. Read more
Murder charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys suspected of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters at a central California library. Read more
Ryan Newman said he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details in a statement from the driver read before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Read more
Scrambling to contain rapidly rising number of new coronavirus infections in Italy, the largest amount outside Asia, authorities stepped up measures to ban public gatherings. Read more
A cruise ship passenger who had been hospitalized after testing positive for the new virus has died, Japan’s health ministry said. Read more
Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. Read more
Iran’s health ministry raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight, amid concerns that clusters there as well as in Italy and South Korea could signal a serious new stage in its global spread. Read more
WarnerMedia announced that the entire original “Friends” cast will reunite for an unscripted special that will be available on HBO Max when the service debuts in May. Read more
A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth. Read more
President Donald Trump is congratulating Bernie Sanders for his Nevada caucus win. Read more
President Donald Trump said he’s ready to sign a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce holds in America’s longest war. Read more
A pair of robbers apologized profusely after saying they broke into the wrong Cleveland apartment but robbed the man inside anyway, according to police reports. Read more
South Korea’s president said he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases and ordered officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight a soaring viral outbreak. Read more
The fifth-ranked Hawaii beach volleyball team finished 2-1 on Day 1 of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic at Queen’s Beach, upsetting No. 3 LSU 3-2, sweeping No. 19 Stanford 5-0 and falling to No. 1 UCLA 3-2. Read more
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