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The test-optional pilot program takes effect immediately for incoming freshman this fall at the private university, which has 4,000 students and one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the country. Read more
The 10th death was a visitor from Washington state with no previous medical conditions who died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Read more
More than 100 visitors arrived in Hawaii on Saturday, a slight increase compared to the day before. Read more
Rare nursing and other interactions between seven newborn humpback whale calves and their mothers has been recorded in sweet, stunning photos and videos as part of a new study in the whales’ breeding waters off Maui. Read more
A 57-year-old man was killed and another man flown to Oahu for treatment after a head-on crash Saturday on Hawaii island. Read more
The Trump administration and Congress are nearing an agreement on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing. Read more
The 39-year-old Scottish actor said in a lengthy post on his Instagram and Twitter accounts that he’s been subjected to a range of claims that he has misled and tried to extort fans for money. Read more
A 69-year-old female is in serious condition following an accident at the intersection of Piikoi and Beretania streets this afternoon. Read more
A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, killing 16 people today, in the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead. Read more
As a doctor in North Korea during the SARS outbreak and flu pandemic, Choi Jung Hun didn’t have much more than a thermometer to decide who should be quarantined. Read more
Shake Shack, the U.S.-based burger chain, will return its entire $10 million loan from the U.S. government, the company’s leaders said in a statement, amid widespread criticism over who got access to the funds aimed at saving small businesses before they were depleted. Read more
The global health crisis is taking a nasty political turn with tensions worsening between governments locked down to keep the coronavirus at bay and people yearning to restart stalled economies and forestall fears of a depression. Read more
The world’s seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead. Read more
For Spanish traveler Carlos Payá, being on an around-the-globe luxury cruise while the rest of world scurried into their homes for fear of the COVID-19 pandemic was beyond surreal. It was “a stroke of good luck.” Read more
Many factors have fueled the speed of the COVID-19 spread throughout the world. But a three-hour call last month, and the bold decisions that came out of it were central to helping California avoid the devastation seen in parts of Europe and New York City, experts say. Read more
Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. Read more
New York’s daily toll of coronavirus deaths has hit its lowest point in more than two weeks, but officials still warn that New York City and the rest of the state aren’t ready to ease up on shutdowns of schools, businesses and gatherings. Read more
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard acknowledged it had a tense encounter with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf last week, but alleged American forces sparked the incident. Read more
President Donald Trump and members of the National Coronavirus Task Force gave a briefing on the national effort against COVID-19 today. Read more
Pressure mounted Sunday on governments to ease the economic pain of coronavirus lockdowns after protests from those fearing for their livelihoods. Read more
Two television doctors — Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil — are finding themselves trying to explain comments they made about coronavirus restrictions during appearances on Fox News Channel this week. Read more
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