California becomes first US state to ban manufacture and sale of animal fur products starting 2023
California becomes first US state to ban manufacture and sale of animal fur products starting 2023

The fur ban doesn't apply to used products or those used for religious or tribal purposes. And it excludes the sale of leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goat skin and anything preserved through taxidermy.

Survey names Vermont's South Burlington as best city for people with disabilities; big cities fail to find place in Top 10 list
Survey names Vermont's South Burlington as best city for people with disabilities; big cities fail to find place in Top 10 list

While South Burlington in Vermont with population less than 20,000 was found to be the best city for disabled persons, Providence in Rhode Island was ranked the last among 182 cities that were covered by the survey. None of the 10 most populous cities got a place in the top 10.

World Teacher's Day is on October 5 and here's how America's teachers are doing
World Teacher's Day is on October 5 and here's how America's teachers are doing

A recent study found that North Dacota is the best American state for teachers while Arizona is the worst. Michigan, meanwhile, has the highest average annual salary for public-school teachers while Hawaii has the lowest

Bernie Sanders says he admires Trump's hair color and his habit of getting up early
Bernie Sanders says he admires Trump's hair color and his habit of getting up early

Presidential hopeful Sanders told a youth forum that he respected several of his Republican colleagues in the Senate.

Abortion rates in US see sharp decline as improved access to contraception reduces number of pregnancies
Abortion rates in US see sharp decline as improved access to contraception reduces number of pregnancies

There were 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017, down from 926,000 tallied in 2014, according to researchers at the Guttmacher Institute

You could be stopped from boarding your flight if you don't have a REAL ID: Here's everything you need to know
You could be stopped from boarding your flight if you don't have a REAL ID: Here's everything you need to know

The REAL ID Act of 2005—set to come into effect soon—was passed in order to improve airport security after the 9/11 attacks and establishes minimum security standards

California is the most diverse state in the US, West Virginia comes in last, and Houston tops the list among cities, finds study
California is the most diverse state in the US, West Virginia comes in last, and Houston tops the list among cities, finds study

A survey that came out during the Hispanic Heritage Month compares states and cities on grounds of diversity — socio-economic, cultural, economic, religious and others. And some findings are quite interesting.

Tulsi Gabbard says Trump is making US 'Saudi Arabia's b***h' and awaits orders from 'masters' in the kingdom
Tulsi Gabbard says Trump is making US 'Saudi Arabia's b***h' and awaits orders from 'masters' in the kingdom

The Democratic presidential hopeful had made a similar charge when the POTUS remained flippant on the Saudi Crown Prince's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Leilani Estates' last evacuee during Kīlauea eruption stayed to witness 'natural wonder', says unpreparedness led to massive loses
Leilani Estates' last evacuee during Kīlauea eruption stayed to witness 'natural wonder', says unpreparedness led to massive loses

Travis Sanders, a Hawaiian resident who was the last one to leave his home when a mandatory evacuation was set in place in the Leilani Estates, spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) about his experiences

Pearl Harbor survivor who was one of the last to leave sinking USS Arizona dies at 98
Pearl Harbor survivor who was one of the last to leave sinking USS Arizona dies at 98

Lauren Fay Bruner was one of just 330 people who escaped the burning Pennsylvania-class battleship during the attack on Pearl Harbor. After his death, only three remain alive.

Mortality rates highest in Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi and West Virginia, claims CDC report
Mortality rates highest in Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi and West Virginia, claims CDC report

The report has come up with a detailed comparative analysis about the high mortality rates in certain Southern states. In terms of sex, age and economic status, some of the findings are alarming indeed.

Hurricane Dorian gave President Trump an opportunity to show leadership before the 2020 elections
Hurricane Dorian gave President Trump an opportunity to show leadership before the 2020 elections

US presidents have always found natural disasters tricky. While the likes of LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama handled their repercussions well, incumbents like George W Bush and Donald Trump have had ordinary records.

75-year-old cancer patient marries partner, sings and dances at 'death party' before killing himself
75-year-old cancer patient marries partner, sings and dances at 'death party' before killing himself

75-year-old Bob Fuller was one of about 1,200 people who have used Washington’s Death with Dignity Act to end their lives in the decade since it became law

Woman bitten twice by shark while swimming off Hawaii coast as officials say the predator is 'still in the area'
Woman bitten twice by shark while swimming off Hawaii coast as officials say the predator is 'still in the area'

The 27-year-old woman was bitten by a grey tip shark, the Hawaii police department revealed. She was rushed to the Kona Community Hospital with injuries on her lower back and right hip area but was in 'good health' and is expected to be released.

Pell Grant for inmates' education can make society safer by keeping re-offense rate under check
Pell Grant for inmates' education can make society safer by keeping re-offense rate under check

Recidivism, the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, is 14% for those who obtain an associate degree, 5.6% for those with a bachelor’s degree, and 0% for those who secure a master’s degree.

Cancer expected to cause 600,000 deaths in 2019 as estimates show US economy lost $94 billion in 2015 due to disease
Cancer expected to cause 600,000 deaths in 2019 as estimates show US economy lost $94 billion in 2015 due to disease

Study in oncology journal says lost earnings highest for leukemia in ages 16 to 39. Also, lost earnings per hundred thousand population varied considerably by state, ranging from $19.6 million in Utah to $35.3 million in Kentucky.

Convicted road rage felon shows up in court with blackface complaining he is being treated 'like a black man'
Convicted road rage felon shows up in court with blackface complaining he is being treated 'like a black man'

Mark Char was convicted of attempted murder and two counts of assault following a road rage incident in 2016. He claimed to have acted in self-defence and made his feelings on the jury's verdict known in an unusual protest

Tulsi Gabbard, who was seen opposing gay marriage in video, says she 'no longer holds those views today'
Tulsi Gabbard, who was seen opposing gay marriage in video, says she 'no longer holds those views today'

A poll also found that almost 40 percent of the viewers named Gabbard the winner of the debate, placing Senator Elizabeth Warren in second place at 12 percent

Grieving families pay tearful tribute to victims of Hawaii skydiving plane crash, as FBI begins investigation into plane's airworthiness
Grieving families pay tearful tribute to victims of Hawaii skydiving plane crash, as FBI begins investigation into plane's airworthiness

Friends and families are also sharing their grief over those they lost in what is being called the deadliest civil aviation accident since 2011

11 people killed after twin-engine aircraft crashes in Hawaii, authorities say no survivors
11 people killed after twin-engine aircraft crashes in Hawaii, authorities say no survivors

Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said the first crews on scene extinguished the fire and that the crash occurred near the perimeter fencing of the small airport

Maine governor signs bill to legalize medically assisted suicide, hopes it will be used sparingly
Maine governor signs bill to legalize medically assisted suicide, hopes it will be used sparingly

Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in 1997, and it took over a decade for the next state, Washington, to follow suit. While still controversial, assisted suicide legislation is winning increasing acceptance in the US, and this year at least 18 states considered such measures.

PET plastic used extensively in consumer products has permeated the deep sea water column and entered the food chain
PET plastic used extensively in consumer products has permeated the deep sea water column and entered the food chain

A new study provides direct proof that a potentially large pool of marine microplastics may exist within the largest living space on Earth, the deep-sea water column

To end suicide tourism, countries should give citizens a real choice in end-of-life issues, say experts
To end suicide tourism, countries should give citizens a real choice in end-of-life issues, say experts

A Gallop poll in 2018 revealed that three out of four adult Americans, a shocking 72%, were in support of laws that allow patients seeking the assistance of a physician in ending their lives.

Frightening video shows woman swimming 'directly over' a shark off Florida beach unaware of the predator below her
Frightening video shows woman swimming 'directly over' a shark off Florida beach unaware of the predator below her

In the video, beachgoers are heard calling out to the woman urging her to come back to the shore. Some can be heard shouting, 'Shark!'

Former Hawaiian cop avoids jail time for sexually assaulting 5-year-old child over a period of four years
Former Hawaiian cop avoids jail time for sexually assaulting 5-year-old child over a period of four years

45-year-old Teddy O Van Lerberghe reached an agreement that saw him guaranteed a five-year probation sentence with no jail time, though it will still require him to register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life

65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui
65-year-old California man dies after shark 'ripped off his left leg' while swimming off the coast of Maui

The authorities had posted signs in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui that warns beachgoers of a shark. The man was swimming about 60 yards from shore when the attack happened, according to authorities.

Hawaii woman who disappeared two weeks ago found alive in forest, spotted from helicopter
Hawaii woman who disappeared two weeks ago found alive in forest, spotted from helicopter

The physical therapist from the Maui town of Haiku went missing on May 8. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.

Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall
Judge temporarily blocks Trump from using defense funds to build parts of his US-Mexico border wall

A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency

Washington becomes first state in the country to implement a publicly funded long-term care program
Washington becomes first state in the country to implement a publicly funded long-term care program

Under the new law, premiums of 0.58% of wages will start being collected from employees by 2022. Starting January  1, 2025, people who need assistance with "activities of daily living" such as bathing, dressing or taking medication could tap into the fund to pay for them.

Measles outbreak: Counties in Illinois, Florida and Texas among those at highest risk of disease, say Johns Hopkins researchers
Measles outbreak: Counties in Illinois, Florida and Texas among those at highest risk of disease, say Johns Hopkins researchers

A part of the reason cases are on the rise is because of a growing fear of vaccines among people, despite the fact that an estimated 20 million lives have been saved by immunization from the disease due to vaccines since 2000

Man finally arrested for 1985 killing of 'Hawaii 5-0' and 'Six Million Dollar Man' director after DNA links to the crime
Man finally arrested for 1985 killing of 'Hawaii 5-0' and 'Six Million Dollar Man' director after DNA links to the crime

Edwin Hiatt was arrested in Burke County for the 1985 death of Barry Crane in Los Angeles. Crane directed dozens of episodes of hit 1970s and '80s TV shows such as 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Hawaii 5-O' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man'

US soldier miraculously survives 70 feet fall into Hawaii's Kilauea volcano
US soldier miraculously survives 70 feet fall into Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

The unidentified soldier was confirmed to be from Schoffield Barracks and was on Big Island as part of a training mission

First black hole to be photographed named 'Powehi' after traditional Hawaiian creation chant
First black hole to be photographed named 'Powehi' after traditional Hawaiian creation chant

Powehi means 'the adorned fathomless dark creation' or 'embellished dark source of unending creation' and comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant

The true story behind Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule': How a 90-year-old trafficked 1,400 pounds of drugs for El Chapo
The true story behind Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule': How a 90-year-old trafficked 1,400 pounds of drugs for El Chapo

World-renowned horticulturist turned drug trafficker Leo Sharp was the inspiration behind Clint Eastwood's latest project, 'The Mule.'

Marla Maples 'bedded Michael Bolton' while she was still dating Trump, FBI probe reveals
Marla Maples 'bedded Michael Bolton' while she was still dating Trump, FBI probe reveals

Chuck Jones was later fired after he was allegedly seen stealing lingerie and 200 pairs of shoes from Maples' apartment on video footage that was recorded by a hidden camera.

Woman who slashed boyfriend with samurai sword 26 times over cheating suspicion jailed for 19 years
Woman who slashed boyfriend with samurai sword 26 times over cheating suspicion jailed for 19 years

The woman, identified as 31-year-old Emily Javier, was charged with attempted first-degree domestic violence murder

7-month-old girl dies after she was left overnight at an unlicensed daycare at Army housing facility in Hawaii
7-month-old girl dies after she was left overnight at an unlicensed daycare at Army housing facility in Hawaii

The infant, Abigail, was found dead at the facility this past Sunday, with the Honolulu Police Department opening an 'unintended death' investigation into the incident

'Historic' winter storm wreaks havoc in the Northwest, brings 'very unusual' snow in Hawaii
'Historic' winter storm wreaks havoc in the Northwest, brings 'very unusual' snow in Hawaii

The National weather service said that strong gusts hit nearly 70mph in some of the regions during the storm, and the agency has warned of possible coastal flooding in the region.

Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief John Podesta insists she won't run for 2020 presidency
Hillary Clinton's former campaign chief John Podesta insists she won't run for 2020 presidency

The former Clinton campaign chief, however, said that he wished she were the president, and added that there were some excellent candidates who are lining up for the DNC

Diver snapped swimming with "world's largest great white shark" Deep Blue
Diver snapped swimming with "world's largest great white shark" Deep Blue

Two shark researchers and conservationists, Ocean Ramsey and Juan Oliphant, came face-to-face with the beast off Oahu's north shore in Hawaii.

'You're out partying and I'm working': Trump posts self-pitying 'Happy New Year' video
'You're out partying and I'm working': Trump posts self-pitying 'Happy New Year' video

Trump is spending his holidays at the White House instead of taking a customary trip to his resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida because of a shutdown, which began on December 21.

Chris Watts bombarded with bikini photos and love letters from fans despite him murdering his wife and daughters
Chris Watts bombarded with bikini photos and love letters from fans despite him murdering his wife and daughters

Watts is currently serving five consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife and two children

Chris Watts receives several 'love letters' from adoring female fans even though he brutally murdered wife and daughters
Chris Watts receives several 'love letters' from adoring female fans even though he brutally murdered wife and daughters

Despite being convicted of the murder of his wife and two children, Watts was the recipient of several letters from women who expressed their adulation for him.

Woman who launched campaign to find 'best friend' she met on cruise over 12 years ago is reunited with her within hours
Woman who launched campaign to find 'best friend' she met on cruise over 12 years ago is reunited with her within hours

Brianna tweeted out a picture of her and her best friend in the hope she could find her after more than a decade. Twitter delivered within half a day

Glamor model who underwent dramatic transformation to change skin color and become an 'African woman' ties the knot
Glamor model who underwent dramatic transformation to change skin color and become an 'African woman' ties the knot

Martina Big, who is from Germany and claims to have the largest breasts in Europe, tied the knot with her fiance Michael on Big Island, Hawaii

US Navy in heroic rescue as Air Niugini plane crashes into the sea claiming the life of one passenger
US Navy in heroic rescue as Air Niugini plane crashes into the sea claiming the life of one passenger

Dramatic footage shows the moment US Navy sailors evacuated passengers from the Air Niugini plane that crashed into water after overshooting a runway

Christine Ford's ex says she once helped a friend prepare for a polygraph test and doesn't have fear of flying
Christine Ford's ex says she once helped a friend prepare for a polygraph test and doesn't have fear of flying

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 but a letter from her ex-boyfriend casts a shadow on a lot of her claims

Man pleads guilty to dismembering mother and storing parts in freezer because she nagged him about going to school
Man pleads guilty to dismembering mother and storing parts in freezer because she nagged him about going to school

A Hawaii man accused of killing his mother months ago stuffed her dismembered body parts in seven plastic bags in the kitchen freezer of the Waikiki apartment they shared

Six white high school students with boots share shocking photo of them standing on a black classmate
Six white high school students with boots share shocking photo of them standing on a black classmate

Students at Moody High School have apologized for taking a controversial photo of six white male students in cowboy boots standing on an African-American student lying face down

"This is a scandal": Homeland Security transferred $10 million from FEMA to immigrant detention centers
"This is a scandal": Homeland Security transferred $10 million from FEMA to immigrant detention centers

Reports state that over $2.3 million from a total of nearly $9.8 million was transferred from the emergency management agency's 'response and recovery' budget

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