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Coast Guard responds to report of downed aircraft off Maui
At around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard said via Twitter that its Small Boat Station Maui and multiple aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point are responding. Read more
HFD warns public of ‘potential dangers’ of lithium-ion batteries
As many shoppers purchase items such as cellphones laptop computers and electric tools in the holiday gift-giving season, the Honolulu Fire Department warns the public about the “potential dangers” of lithium-ion batteries found in those items. Read more
Senate passes $858B defense bill, revoking vaccine mandate
The bill provides for about $45 billion more for defense programs than President Joe Biden requested and roughly 10% more than last year’s bill as lawmakers look to account for inflation and boost the nation’s military competitiveness with China and Russia. Read more
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Louisiana officers charged in Black motorist’s deadly arrest
Greene’s bloody death on a roadside in rural northeast Louisiana got little attention until an Associated Press investigation exposed a cover-up. Read more
New health clinic to treat chronic conditions from Red Hill spill
Patients can begin scheduling appointments on Dec. 27. Read more
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fall for 5th straight week
The average on the benchmark 30-year rate inched down to 6.31% from 6.33% last week. Read more
No fuel, no mast, no water: Rescued sailors describe ordeal
The nightmare began for the two sailors midway through a planned journey from New Jersey’s Cape May to the warmth of the Florida Keys. Read more
Man, 58, injured in Kalihi carjacking
Police have opened a first-degree robbery investigation. Read more
Texas officer convicted in killing of Atatiana Jefferson
Aaron Dean, 38, faces up to 20 years in prison, with the sentencing phase of his trial set to begin Friday. Read more
Pilot ejects from fighter jet in Texas in failed landing
The Marine Corps F-35B took a nose dive and spiraled after its wheels briefly touched down on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. Read more
U.S. stocks sink as Fed signals it will remain aggressive
The S&P 500 fell 2.5%, with more than 90% of stocks in the benchmark index closing in the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.2% and the Nasdaq composite lost 3.2%. The broad slide erased all the weekly gains for the major indexes. Read more
$698M deal to end Monsanto PCB pollution lawsuit in Oregon
The move makes Oregon the latest U.S. state to receive millions of dollars in damages from the company for pollution allegedly caused by the chemicals. Read more
Georgia and New Hampshire ban TikTok from state computers
Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire on Thursday immediately banned the use of TikTok and popular messaging applications from all computer devices controlled by their state governments, saying the Chinese government may be able to access users’ personal information. Read more
South cleans up from tornadoes as blizzards advance north
Three straight days of volatile weather in the South continued today, with forecasters issuing a stream of tornado warnings across the Florida peninsula. Read more
EU approves new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine war
The package was approved after days of deliberations during a meeting of the 27-nation bloc’s ambassadors in Brussels while EU leaders held a summit nearby. Read more
Twitter suspends journalists who wrote about Elon Musk
The company hasn’t explained why it took down the accounts and made their profiles and past tweets disappear. Read more
Hawaii records 1 more mpox case as emergency winds down
To date, 4,851 doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been administered in Hawaii, including more than 1,800 second doses. Read more
New York bans pet stores from selling cats, dogs, rabbits
The new law, which was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul and takes effect in 2024, lets pet shops work instead with shelters to offer rescued or abandoned animals up for adoption. It will also ban breeders from selling more than nine animals a year. Read more
Peru judge orders 18-month detention for ousted president
The judge’s decision came a day after the government declared a police state as it struggles to calm violent protests that have led to at least 14 deaths. Read more
Russia warns of ‘consequences’ if U.S. missiles go to Ukraine
White House and Pentagon leaders have said consistently that providing Ukraine with additional air defenses is a priority. Read more
White House reveals winter COVID-19 plans, more free tests
COVID-19 cases have shown a marked increase after the Thanksgiving holiday, and further increases are projected after Christmas and New Year’s. Read more
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