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Search resumes on Kauai for missing California swimmer
The Coast Guard continued searching through the night and all agencies rejoined the search at first light today. Read more
Firefighters rescue injured, lost hikers on Christmas Day
HFD recommends that hikers bring a fully charged cell phone and backup battery, calling cell phones a potential “lifesaver.” Read more
South Korea fires warning shots after North flies drones
South Korea’s military detected five drones from North Korea crossing the border, and one traveled as far as the northern part of the South Korean capital region, which is about an hour’s drive away, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Read more
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At least 28 dead from cold, storm chaos in Western New York
The blizzard roared through western New York Friday and Saturday, stranding motorists, knocking out power and preventing emergency crews from reaching residents in frigid homes and stuck cars. Read more
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa in concussion protocol again
Tua Tagovailoa was experiencing symptoms when he met with team doctors Monday, though McDaniel said it is unclear if Tagovailoa was concussed in Sunday’s 26-20 loss to Green Bay. Read more
Russia says it shot down Ukrainian drone near airbase
Russia’s Defense Ministry said the incident took place in the early hours of Monday, and three servicemen were killed by debris at the Engels airbase, which houses Tu-95 and Tu-160 nuclear-capable strategic bombers that have been involved in launching strikes on Ukraine in the 10-month-old war. Read more
Over 80% of Southwest Air flights scrapped or running late
Southwest apologized for the “unacceptable” disruptions, saying that although the airline was fully staffed for the holiday, 23 out of its 25 top airports were affected by the storm. Read more
South Korea ends ban on imported sex dolls
Importers complained and took their case to courts, most of which agreed with them and ordered customs to release the sex dolls, saying they are used in people’s private spaces and don’t undermine human dignity. Read more
Brady, Bucs can clinch NFC South with victory over Panthers
“It always means something when you’re playing for something at the end of the year,” coach Todd Bowles said after the Bucs (7-8) rallied to retain a one-game lead in the division with a 19-16 overtime victory at Arizona. Read more
China sends 71 warplanes, 7 ships toward Taiwan in 24 hours
China’s military harassment of Taiwan, which it claims is its own territory, has intensified in recent years, and the Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army has sent planes or ships toward the island on a near-daily basis. Read more
Deep freeze breaks pipes, creates water crisis across South
The problems were happening Monday in large, troubled water systems like Jackson, Mississippi, where residents were required over Christmas to boil water months after most lost service because of a cascade of problems from years of poor maintenance. Read more
Holiday sales up 7.6% despite the squeeze of inflation
Holiday sales rose 7.6, a slower pace than the 8.5% increase from a year earlier when shoppers began spending the money they had saved during the early part of the pandemic, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks all kinds of payments including cash and debit cards. Read more
China to scrap COVID-19 quarantine for incoming passengers
Currently, arriving passengers must quarantine for five days at a hotel, followed by three days at home. That is down from as much as three weeks in the past. Read more
4th Washington state electrical substation vandalized
The attacks come as federal officials are warning that the U.S. power grid needs better security to prevent domestic terrorism and after a large outage in North Carolina earlier this month that took days to repair. Read more
First responders busy with ocean rescues on Christmas Day
Honolulu first responders had to more than a half-dozen ocean rescues during a busy Christmas Day. Read more
7th body discovered after bus plunged into Spanish river
The search was resumed when a surviving passenger said that the middle-aged woman she was traveling with was still missing, according to the Galician government’s delegate Jose Minones. Read more
UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar dead at age 45
Former fighter Stephan Bonnar, who originally was from Indiana, hadn’t fought in the UFC since 2014, and he went just 8-6 during seven years with the promotion. Read more
Tua Tagovailoa throws 3 picks, Packers defeat Dolphins 26-20
The Packers had a season-high four takeaways in the game — three interceptions, one fumble recovery. Alexander caught one of Green Bay’s three interceptions early in the fourth. Read more
1 dead, 3 hurt in Christmas Eve shooting at pub in England
“This investigation is in the very early stages, and we understand that this is a truly shocking and devastating incident that has happened just before Christmas Day in a busy venue full of young people,” Detective Superintendent David McCaughrean said. Read more
Frigid monster storm across mainland claims at least 34 lives
About 60% of the U.S. population faced some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, and temperatures plummeted drastically below normal from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians, the National Weather Service said. Read more
Migrants dropped near VP Harris’ home on frigid Christmas Eve
Texas authorities have not confirmed their involvement, but the bus drop-offs are in line with previous actions by border-state governors calling attention to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Read more
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Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net and https://hawaiidigestscience.com).